Howden create and configure specialist insurance services by giving our people the infrastructure, technology and freedom to get the best results for clients.
Firstly, could you please tell us a bit about Howden, what you do and how you work with music managers and artists?
The Entertainment team provides all types of insurances for all aspects of the music industry, specialising in contingency insurances for Artists, Management and Promoters.
Please share a bit more about your background specifically, how did you get into your role and the work you do with managers and artists?
For 5 years I was part of a music management team dealing with the everyday challenges of trying to break a band into the industry. In this position, I had responsibility for the insurance aspect of the management company and took on the main role in negotiations with brokers, which I found really interesting, and challenging! This all set me up well for an opportunity that came my way in 2000, to work within a Broking firm to head up their music department. Now, with over 20 years’ experience specialising in music insurances, I have found the perfect home at Howden.
As a specialist insurance broker tell us a bit more about your services and the importance you play in the music industry?
Due to my experience with the managing company, I am all too aware of the incredible difficulties and risks that can be faced at any time, in the music business. Therefore, I believe I have a little more foresight when it comes to helping and supporting a client with their insurance programme.
What has Howden been working on recently?
The music industry moves continuously and is always evolving, therefore the insurance solutions we offer our clients have to reflect this. We are constantly working at improving the coverage we can offer our clients.
When is the right time for an artist or manager to start working with an insurance firm such as Howden?
Honestly, as soon as possible. We understand that insurance isn’t always a priority at the beginning as budgets are always tight, however, there’s always a necessity for some basic insurance cover that the artist(s)/management would need. We pride ourselves in discussing our clients’ insurance needs on a very personal level – to the point that if we believe your existing policy fits your needs, we would advise you stick with it. If we can help you, we absolutely will.
What new music releases are you currently enjoying?
I’m a traditional rocker! I love guitar music and particularly enjoy seeing ‘Alter Bridge’ live. I’m very much looking forward to their album release later this month.
What was the last gig you went to?
Mason Hill in Camden Town – really good!
Is there anything you would like to say to managers who are interested in finding out more about Howden?
If you need any advice, just give us a call and let’s see if we can help!