Confirmed Speakers

Music Tourism Convention will bring together executives across the tourism, public, private and creative sectors to expand on the opportunities the music and tourism sectors can gain from each other.

Mike Clewley, Cultural Tourism Officer, Greater London Authority

Mike is Cultural Tourism Officer in the Culture team at City Hall. He’s responsible for delivering the Mayor’s cultural tourism vision and ensuring London continues to be the world’s leading capital of culture.

Mike is currently leading on Punk London; the year-long festival celebrating forty years of punk culture. He previously worked for VisitBritain, marketing London and Britain in New York, Toronto and Sydney as well as working in the music industry for Domino Records and at the British Music Experience at The O2. Mike loves London, Woody Allen films, the music of the Pixies and making his son giggle.


Drew Young, global tourism & brand strategist

Drew Young likes to be called a dedicated music fan first and foremost. Everything in his career has been based on this love of music. Drew cut his teeth in the heyday of the Athens, GA music scene where he fronted his own all-original band, Ruben Kincaid. 4 recordings, 10 years and tens of thousands of miles logged all led to a deep understanding of the life of a working musician and of the music industry from a grass roots level. After the band called it quits, Drew kept up his songwriting and performances but decided to move into the business side of the music industry.

Currently Drew Young is working iconic liquor brand, Southern Comfort as their Music Strategist. Drew also works with Lionsgate as a music consultant for the episodic drama, Greenleaf which premieres June 2016. Greenleaf is a co-production with the Oprah Winfrey Network. This series sees Oprah returning to the screen. Drew is currently overseeing the music programs for the State of Mississippi, consulting for UK based Sound Diplomacy and teaching classes at Berklee online. Some of his past career highlights have included, General Manager of Clinton Recording Studios in New York City, Product Development/Strategic Marketing/A&R for Putumayo World Music, Music Consultant for episodic television series The Big Easy and Soundtrack and Digital Marketing for Lionsgate Television.

Drew was an Artist in Residence in Entertainment Industry studies at The University of Southern Mississippi specializing in Publishing, Digital Marketing, and Music for the visual Image. Drew has a masters degree in Economic Development with an emphasis on the Creative Economy. Drew created and hosts an episodic web series focused on Music and interviews called The Porch Sessions. Drew is currently trying his hand at Screenplay writing and he currently has a script in pre-production.

Drew runs his own music consultancy business and some of his past clients have included Preservation Hall, Poorman/Mayfield Records among, talent booking for summer music series at Pontchartrain Vineyards and many others.


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vic galloway, Presenter/DJ

Vic Galloway is a broadcaster, journalist, musician and author based in Scotland. With 17 years of experience from 1999 until now, he has presented weekly music programmes for the BBC, including over 11 years broadcasting for Radio 1. He continues to broadcast and champion new music on BBC Radio Scotland every week, and regularly on BBC 6Music. He has written for Clash, The Skinny, The List, The Times and Sunday Herald. Vic is also a musician, DJ, curator, host and has presented various different music TV shows. His first book ‘Songs in the Key of Fife’ (about The Beta Band, King Creosote, KT Tunstall, James Yorkston & the Fence Collective) was published recently and was well received.


Aubrey Preston, Founder, Americana Music Triangle Project

Aubrey Preston is a Nashville-area real estate entrepreneur, avid preservationist and lifelong student of music history. He founded the nonprofit Americana Music Triangle Project to educate visitors from around the world on the geographic and creative roots of America’s most influential cultural export: the nine genres of music born in the culturally rich region between New Orleans, Nashville and Memphis.

At the core of the project is AmericanaMusicTriangle.com, an online history resource and travel guide featuring some of the world’s most significant music heritage sites. The guide blends music history and cultural tourism, offering a self-guided road trip through the heart of the American South, considered by many historians to be the birthplace of Jazz, Blues, Country, Rock&Roll, R&B/Soul, Gospel, Southern Gospel, Cajun/Zydeco and Bluegrass. Since its 2015 launch, the project has successfully established a five-state coalition of music communities united for the purpose of education, heritage tourism, preservation and community development.

Preston’s other projects include preserving the historic village of Leipers Fork, an effort that launched the nonprofit Land Trust for Tennessee; developing the Tennessee Trails and Byways initiative, executed by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development; preserving and restoring the historic Franklin Theatre in downtown Franklin, Tennessee; establishing the Kids on Stage Foundation to empower youth through arts; and most recently, the purchase and preservation of the endangered and historic RCA Studio A on Music Row in Nashville, Tennessee.


Natalie McCool, Artist

Having risen through the ranks of the UK indie world, championed by pop stars and indie icons and collaborated with Suede legend Bernard Butler on her stunning 2013 self-titled album, the inimitable Natalie McCool returns with brand new single ‘Fortress’.

McCool’s breed of slick alternative pop has won acclaim from tastemakers including The Sunday Times, Q, Clash, Line of Best Fit and the 405, as well as Huw Stephens and Alice Levine, while BBC Introducing described the edgy artist as “one of the finest emerging songwriters around”.

The singer-songwriter’s brilliant debut was built on a foundation of deliciously dark, gloomy indie-pop, but ‘Fortress’ is an awakening – emerging from the shadows and rising victoriously. Produced by Rich Turvey (Blossoms, Clean Cut Kit, VITAMIN), ‘Fortress’ swells and shimmers, culminating in a jubilant cascading crescendo, McCool’s rich, rousing lead vocals soaring across an epic backdrop.


Jon Hornyak, Senior Executive Director, The Recording Academy

Jon Hornyak wasn’t born in Memphis, but like B.B. King, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Sam Phillips and thousands of other young dreamers, he got there as quick as he could. In the almost 50 years since arriving for his freshman year at the University of Memphis, he has done almost everything possible with music - performing it, writing it, publishing it, recording it, and producing it both in the recording studio and onstage. He’s worked alongside a Who’s Who of rock, soul, country, jazz and other genres, including Al Green, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Billy Joel, Journey, Lionel Richie and the Commodores, Jerry Lee Lewis, Marvin Gaye, and Ray Charles. As co-producer of the GRAMMY Salute to Gospel series, he worked with the entire pantheon of Christian artists, from legends like Shirley Caesar and BeBe and CeCe Winans to Kirk Franklin, Michael W. Smith and even actor/singer/Southern Gospel artist Andy Griffith. Hornyak joined The Recording Academy (the GRAMMY Awards organisation) in 1994 as the first full-time Executive Director of the Memphis Chapter and continues to serve in that role. During his tenure, he expanded the region served by the chapter to include Louisiana, Mississippi and St. Louis, and documented the region's rich music heritage in more than 50 filmed interviews for the GRAMMY Living Histories program. In 2013 he organised “And The GRAMMY Goes To Memphis,” a year-long exhibit at the renowned Stax Museum of American Soul Music, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Memphis Chapter. He serves on the Board of GRAMMY Museum Mississippi in Cleveland, Miss. His lifelong love of music still brings him to the stage as a founding member of the nationally touring Memphis Ukulele Band. He is the 2016 recipient of The Distinguished Achievement in the Creative and Performing Arts Award which, since 1979, has been presented by the College of Communication and Fine Arts of the University of Memphis in memory of Elvis Presley.


TIM HUSBANDS MBE, CEO, TITANIC BELFAST

Tim became CEO of the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience in May 2011. The now internationally known visitor attraction has already seen over 3 million visitors go through its doors since it opened on 31st March 2012 to coincide with the centenary of the sinking of the great vessel, which was built and launched in Belfast. With over 75% of visitors now coming from outside of Northern Ireland, it has created a new international tourist to the benefit of not only the city but the province as a whole.

Tim was also honoured by H.M. The Queen in her New Year’s Honours list in January 2014, awarding him an MBE, for Services to Economic Development and Tourism.

Prior to this, between 1994 and May 2011 Tim was Managing Director of the Belfast Waterfront Hall, the city’s premier arts, entertainment, concert hall and conference centre, which generates over 300,000 visitors each year, arriving in Belfast two years before the facility opened to launch the project. For the last five years of his time with the city council he was also responsible for the operation of the Ulster Hall, another major player in the city’s arts and entertainments provision.

In 2009 Tim assumed the position of Head of City Events and Venues, which also saw him take the lead in the delivery of all major events in the city, including the Tall Ships Festival in 2009 and the securing of the MTV Music Awards for Belfast for November 2011.

Prior to coming to Belfast, Tim was Managing Director of the Riviera Centre in Torquay, a major UK Conference Centre, concert hall and leisure facility. Concurrently he was also the General Manager of the English Riviera Conference Bureau, responsible for generating both profile and business for not the only Riviera Centre but for the region as a whole.

At the end of the 1980s Tim held the post of Head of Commercial Development at The Dome in Doncaster and helped launch what was, at that time, the UK’s largest indoor leisure facility including leisure pools, two level ice rink, health suites, and concert hall.

As CEO of TBL International, Tim also acts as Chief Executive for the British Music Experience in Liverpool, the national museum for popular music, which only recently last week opens it’s doors to the

public on 11th February 2017. The BME is a highly interactive, audio visual journey through the social history of British music from 1945 to present day reflecting the important role that music has played in society over the last seven decades.


SALLY BALCOMBE, CEO, VISIT BRITAIN

Sally joined the VisitBritain team as CEO in September 2014. Before that she was part of the VisitBritain board from 2013. From 2008 to 2011 she was Chief Marketing Officer for Travelport GDS, responsible for marketing, the product portfolio, strategy, pricing and global communications.

Before joining Travelport, Sally held a number of senior international roles in the travel industry, most recently as Commercial and Product Director at Opodo, the pan-European online travel agency set up by the major European airlines (2004-2006). Prior to that, she held the roles of Managing Director of the TUI-owned Specialist Sun Holiday Group, and Managing Director of British Airways Holidays, which operated in 75 markets worldwide.

Sally is also a Commissioner for English Heritage, a Governor of the Museum of London and sits as a Non-Executive Director of two online businesses.


Nic Greenan, External Relations Director, East Street Arts 

Nic Greenan is a director of East Street Arts and sits on the steering group for Leeds Bid for European Capital of Culture 2023, chairing the engagement group. 

Nic has been embedded in Leeds creative scene for over 20 years. Her past project and roles have included; Chair of Leeds Music Trust, stage manager for BBC Introducing at Leeds Festival, director of LS14 Trust, programme manager of the Teenage Festival, Under The Owls and coordinator for Yorkshire Showcase at SXSW in Austin Texas.  

Nic set up the UK's 1st Social Enterprise Art Hostel and she wrote the strategy for the Yorkshire Music Network.


BURKHARD KIEKER, CEO, VISITBERLIN (BERLIN TOURISMUS & KONGRESS GMBH)

Burkhard Kieker has been Chief Executive Officer of Berlin Tourismus & Kongress GmbH, operating under the trade name visitBerlin, since 1 January 2009. He is responsible for marketing Berlin worldwide as tourism and congress destination as well as maintaining the brand Berlin.

In his career to date, he held positions in the German industry with Deutsche Lufthansa AG and headed the Aviation Marketing of Berlin Airports. As journalist, he worked for RIAS Berlin, the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT in Hamburg, and the television channel Deutsche Welle. Burkhard Kieker completed the International Executive Program (IEP) at INSEAD Business School.


John Rash, International Development Director, Broadwicklive

John Rash, International Development Director at Broadwicklive, is a former touring musician with a degree in Economics and 30 years of international Marketing Experience – the last 15 years pioneering culture partnerships and brand engagement marketing.

A career initiated client side as Marketing Manager first in the US and next in the UK, John then emigrated to Australia to commence a decade long Advertising career at Australia’s most awarded Ad Agencies heading up global brands such as Pepsi, Heineken, Lipton, Kelloggs, Smirnoff, etc.John went on to lead Australia’s Culture Engagement Agency –where he commercially represented Australia’s largest culture properties, festivals and music & arts industry bodies and created & produced Australia’s largest and most acclaimed brand culture initiatives, directly placing over $40m of brand investment in the arts.

A shared ambitious vision for the marrying up, and championing of the music, culture and travel worlds, coupled with recent This is Global investment and rapid Festival Portfolio expansion has led John to take up his current role as International Development Director at Broadwicklive where he leads Engagement brand initiatives and develops new and existing Festival IP for overseas expansion and partnership. The rollout of the Snowbombing Festival to Canada and the sell-in of a 5 year foundation partnership deal with Molson Coors is his most recent success there.


Sebas van der Sangen, Senior Communications Advisor, City of Amsterdam

Sebas van der Sangen (1981) is an Amsterdam based city marketeer with a broad interest in arts, culture and nightlife. From 2011 till 2016 Sebas worked for Amsterdam Marketing on the successful "I amsterdam" campaign. At Amsterdam Marketing he was responsible for the international press openings of the EYE Filmmuseum (2012), the Stedelijk Museum (2012) and the Rijksmuseum (2013). In 2013 Sebas helped to set up and manage the temporary International Press Centre for the inauguration of King Willem Alexander. Recently Sebas played a major role in the cultural programme of the Dutch EU Presidency that took place the first half of 2016. At this moment Sebas works as a Senior Communications Advisor for the External Relations Department of the City of Amsterdam where he is working on the cities new events policy. Sebas is a former member of the Amsterdam Arts Council and a volunteer at Amsterdam's nightlife collective 'U*S'. Sebas studied Communications at the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences.


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PROFESSOR VANESSA TOULMIN, director of City and Cultural Engagement 

Professor Vanessa Toulmin is Director of City & Cultural Engagement at the University of Sheffield, Director of Festival of the Mind and academic lead for the University’s Public Engagement & Impact Team. Vanessa also chairs Renew Sheffield and the Culture Consortium which, in partnership with the University, is delivering and programming the Year of Making in Sheffield in 2016. 

Professor Toulmin is a leading authority on Victorian entertainment and film, and has completed extensive research on traveling showpeople. She also acts as a leading authority on new variety and circus and has acted as creative advisor to leading festivals in the United Kingdom including the Roundhouse in London and Showzam in Blackpool.

Professor Toulmin is the author of several books, including The Lost World of Mitchell and Kenyon, Electric Edwardians, and Pleasurelands. Her recent publications include four major works on the architecture and history of Blackpool's attractions: Winter Gardens, Blackpool Tower, Blackpool Pleasure Beach and the Blackpool Illuminations.


Helen Sildna, Owner and Founder, Tallinn Music Week

Helen Sildna, based in Estonia, has been a music promoter and events producer for 15 years. In 2009 she established her own music promotion company Musiccase, which has promoted Morrissey, Air, Sigur Ros, Patti Smith, Feist, Swans, etc. Helen is the founder and owner of Tallinn Music Week, a showcase festival and music industry conference, set up in 2009. The event has grown into one of the biggest city festivals in the Baltic-Nordic region, hosting various art forms and around 200 artists of different music genres and nationalities within its extensive music programme. The festival attracts around 1000 notable industry professionals and over 30 000 festival visitors each year.

Helen is a board member of Music Estonia, currently also a member of the Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves’ Think Tank. In 2014 Helen was awarded with the Tampere Music Award at Music & Media Finland’s industry gala for Exceptional Achievements in Music Business, in 2015 she was nominated the Citizen of the Year by Estonian Ministry of Culture and in 2016 Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves awarded her the Order of White Star of IV Class for her contribution to Estonian music life and civil society.


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Debora Alleyne De Gazon, Creative Director, Notting Hill Carnival

Debora Alleyne De Gazon is a national of Trinidad and Tobago residing in the UK. She at present is an independent Creative Consultant, the Creative Director of the award winning arts organisation Creative Learning Circuit and the Creative Director of the London Notting Hill Carnival.

She has a PgDip in Arts Education and MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Diplomacy. She also has extensive cultural experience as a performer, choreographer, storyteller, dancer and in the areas of research, leadership and management.

At present she is working on the project 'Calypso Grooves' which aims to explore music tourism to promote and preserve carnival and calypso  in Trinidad and Tobago by focusing on using Calypso music as a stimulus to influence new work from national and International artistes of diverse styles.


Yaw Owusu, Creative Director, Nothin But The Music

Yaw Owusu is the Creative Director of music curation and consultancy agency, Nothin But The Music, Director and Artist Manager at the playmaker group and the Curator of Liverpool International Music Festival.

Yaw launched URBEATZ Ltd, in 2005 as a music and media organisation. URBEATZ soon become known throughout the UK for its unique brand of music, film and media, resulting in several awards for creativity, innovation and enterprise.

In 2009, Yaw set up One Hundred Global Ltd, a music and youth culture management and consultancy company, which worked with a plethora of artists and brands. In 2010, One Hundred Global merged with media and events company the playmaker group (PMG), establishing a multi-strand creative solutions organisation. Under PMG, Yaw has worked with a number of world leading brands, organisations and artists including Nike, AEG, Sony, Universal Records, The Fader, BBC Radio 1Xtra, MTV and Dizzee Rascal.

Yaw is the Creative Director of Nothin But The Music (NBTM) which launched in 2012. Under NBTM, he has programmed and curated a number of key music events and projects working with and for clients such as MTV, Liverpool International Music Festival, BBC Radio 1 Academy, MOBO, Jockey Club Live (The Grand National), Liverpool Sound City, Everton FC and The Brit School to name a few. Under NBTM, Yaw has released a number of singles and projects that have earned acclaim, major syncs and national and international radio support.


Norbert Kettner, Director, Vienna Tourist Board

Norbert Kettner was born in 1967 and grew up in Tirol. He has been the Vienna Tourist Board’s Director since September 1, 2007. Prior to this (from September 2003), he was founding managing director of departure wirtschaft, kunst und kultur GmbH, Austria’s first business promotion institution for the creative industries. From August 1993 till August 2003, Norbert Kettner was spokesman for the Executive City Councilor of Finance and Deputy Mayor of Vienna. He worked for him until 1999 in the Vienna health department, and then moved to the City of Vienna’s finance and economics policy department.

From 2010, Norbert Kettner has been a member of the board of trustees of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF. He is a member of the supervisory board of Vienna City Marketing Agency, deputy chairman of the supervisory board of Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna’s biggest exhibition space for contemporary art, and a member of the Tourism and Hospitality Industry Advisory Board of MODUL University Vienna. From 1997 to 2007 he belonged to the board of directors of the Life Ball, Europe’s biggest AIDS charity event.

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Debbie Wilson, North Alabama Regional Director, Alabama Tourism Department

Debbie Wilson has 25 years of experience in the tourism industry. She currently serves as the Alabama Tourism Department’s North Alabama Regional Director and Welcome Center Administrator. She served for 20 years as the Executive Director of the music tourism rich Muscle Shoals, Alabama area. Debbie works with the Swampers, FAME Recording Studio, the Muscle Shoals Music Foundation and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in showcasing and growing music tourism for the state’s Sweet Home Alabama Brand.

Debbie has a long history of being involved, engaged and excited about music promotion. Her first job was as a country radio air personality. After graduation from college Debbie landed a job as an on-air news reporter at radio stations owned by Sun Records founder Sam Phillips.

Debbie officially joined the tourism industry at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, CA where she worked in the public relations, marketing and sales department. She was promoted to Location Film Director and landed lucrative location shoots for the hotel in several feature films such as, Clint Eastwood’s “In the Line of Fire” and “Indecent Proposal”.

Debbie was also a part of the Americana Music Triangle launch team with founder Aubrey Preston. Alabama Welcome Centers feature the Triangle map and promotional materials in all 8 of their Welcome Centers.


Ellie Westman Chin, President & CEO, Visit Franklin, Tennessee

Ellie Westman Chin is the President & CEO of Visit Franklin. Serving in that role since July, 2014 her responsibilities include growing the reputation of Visit Franklin as a world-class destination for visitors to experience, increasing the economic impact of visitor spending, and working with city leaders to assist with developing exceptional attractions. Along with Visit Franklin’s marketing pillars of history and culture, Westman Chin has increased promotion of Visit Franklin’s live music scene which now includes 17 live music venues, a weekly radio and television program, Music City Roots, that is nationally broadcast, the launch of the Americana Music Triangle and the world-class Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival.

Westman Chin has enjoyed a 20-year career in marketing and event management. Ellie began her career in Nashville, Tennessee where she assisted in creating the Nashville Sports Council for the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau (NCVB). As associate executive director of the Council she helped secure both the NFL Houston Oilers (now the Tennessee Titans) and the NHL franchise Nashville Predators.

Highlights of her career include working for Empire Force Events in New York City where she had the opportunity to work with corporate clients such as NYC2012 (New York City’s bid committee for the 2012 Olympics), Johnson & Johnson, Sony Electronics and Volkswagen. Following her time in New York City, Westman Chin and her husband moved to Atlanta where she served as vice president, business development & corporate events for the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Westman Chin is a member of Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) and earned her Certification as a Destination Marketing Executive (CDME) in 2013. She also serves on the boards of the Greater Nashville Hospitality Association, the Nashville Predators Foundation and the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Nashville International Airport Air Service Coalition.


Miguel Riego, External Relations, AMCHA, Asunción, Paraguay 

An entrepreneur born in a countryside city, located about 54 km from the city capital. He has always been fan of music. Studied in Asunción, were he worked in different multinational companies, in sales and marketing.

Founding Partner of the Association for the Movement of the Historic Center of Asunción, organisation who's main role has become the revitalisation of Asunción Historic Downtown. Founding Partner of Neighbourliness (Association dedicated to developing one traditional neighbourhood of Asunción). Active member of the board of AMCHA.

Has worked with the government promoting activities for the development and revitalisation of the Historic Center of Asunción. Has led a number of works tables for the project named 'Downtown Secure', a joint work with the National Police, Public Prosecution Office, City Hall among other institutions.

Traveled to São Paulo, invited by Heineken for the UEFA Champions League opening. Participant in Toluca-México of Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. Participant of the International Forum: Cali 24 hours, in Cali, Colombia.

Promoter of international musical events, working with different music bands of the south continent, producing shows with a audience of at least 4,000 people. 'I really hope there's music in the afterlife.'


PHILIP KOLVIN QC, HEAD OF CORNERSTONE BARRISTERS

Philip Kolvin QC is a barrister specialising in the leisure economy. He is Head of Cornerstone Barristers, which specialises in town and country planning, property and public law. He acts for and advises operators, developers, public authorities and community groups. He is the author of several leading books in his field, including Licensed Premises: Law, Practice and Policy, which explains how the public and private sectors can combine to create sustainable and diverse leisure economies.

Philip is the Patron and past Chair of the Institute of Licensing, which is the professional body for licensing practitioners in the UK.  He is a legal advisor to the Night Time Industries Association and the Confederation of British Pubs. He is a Board Member of the Sports Grounds Safety Authority. He is a past Chair of Best Bar None, which accredits safe bars, and Purple Flag, which recognises great town centre leisure areas. He was a co-opted expert on Commission for a Sustainable London 2012, which was the assurance body for the sustainability of the London Olympics. 


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Julie Chappell, Chief Digital Officer, London & Partners

Julie Chappell is Chief Digital Officer of London & Partners, the Mayor of London's international promotional agency. Julie and her talented team manage visitlondon.com and all associated promotional activity. Julie is a highly experienced director and her specialisms are launching and growing digital products and platforms, content marketing, brand and event partnerships, building large consumer audiences and commercialisation of assets.

Julie was instrumental in shaping non sporting visitor comms during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and was editor in chief of the non accredited media centre. She also founded the top level domain for London - .london

More recently, Julie forged a partnership with Studio Canal and NPCC to devise and deliver the hugely successful Paddington Trail to celebrate the movie (£1m raised for the charity) and with EOne and Save the Children on The BFG Dream Jar Trail. Recent Event partnerships include Lumiere London, Great Fire 350 and more large scale event partnerships are planned for 2017. Commercial partners have supported many of the visitor and brand focussed projects including MasterCard, Shaftesbury Plc, Unilever and Barclays to name a few.

Julie is a member of the London Music Board, is a director of London & Partners Ventures and is a non exec director of Dot London Domains. She also has a background in entertainment publishing, brand licensing and the music industry.


tom kiehl, UK Music

Tom has been at UK Music since June 2012. Prior to that he was the Senior Political and Parliamentary Adviser in the House of Lords. In 2012 Tom was awarded Dods Parliamentary Researcher of the Year.

Tom was a founding architect of the Live Music Act 2012 which deregulated live music in small venues and has worked on a number of IP/copyright issues affecting the music industry (such as the Digital Economy Act, Copyright Term Extension, the Hargreaves Review into IP and Growth) both before and after joining UK Music.


Stephen Budd, Co-founder, Africa Express

Stephen Budd is a London-based artist manager, festival owner and is Co-Chairman of the Music Managers Forum, the world’s largest trade body of music managers.

He co-founded Damon Albarn’s Africa Express project in 2006 which aims to challenge expectations of African music and bring it to a wider audience via collaborations between African musicians and western musicians. It has hosted a series of remarkable adventures, which led to it being hailed “the most revolutionary force in music over recent decades”. 

It has won international acclaim from artists, audiences and critics alike for its inventive, collaborative and thrilling approach to concerts and recordings. Musicians that have participated in Africa Express include; Amadou & Mariam, Baaba Maal, Basement Jaxx, Bassekou Kouyate, Bjork, Brian Eno, Carl Barat, Charli XCX, Corinne Bailey Rae, De La Soul, Elvis Costello, Fatboy Slim, Fatoumata Diawara, Femi Kuti, Flea, Franz Ferdinand, Gang of Four, Ghetts, Graham Coxon, Ghostpoet, Gilles Peterson, Gruff Rhys, Jamie T, Johnny Marr, John Paul Jones, Kano, Kasabian, Laura Mvula, Martha Wainwright, Massive Attack, Mick Jones, Nicholas Jaar, Nitin Sawhney, The Noisettes, Oumou Sangare, Paul McCartney, Paul Weller, Peter Hook, Rachid Taha, Rizzle Kicks, Rokia Traore, Salif Keita, Songhoy Blues, The Specials, Tinariwen, Tony Allen, Toumani Diabate, Trentemoller, Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

It has created dozens of large-scale shows at the likes of Glastonbury and Roskilde festivals, the Royal Festival Hall, at the London Olympics and around the world.  It has created four albums featuring musical collaborations and in June 2016 reunited The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians and featuring the likes of Paul Weller, Julia Holter, Damon Albarn, Rachid Taha and others to perform shows around Europe and to release an album.

In 2010 he co-founded the NH7 Weekender festival in India which is now in five cities yearly and in 2015 featured Mark Ronson, Flying Lotus, SBTRKT, Megadeth, Mogwai, The Wailers and many more.

Stephen also created the annual ‘Passport: Back to the Bars’ charity concert series for WarChild featuring; Coldplay, Florence & The Machine, Bring Me The Horizon, Jamie XX, Bastille, Elbow, The Pet Shop Boys, Amy Winehouse, The Cure, David Gray, The Vaccines, Duran Duran, You Me At 6, Frank Turner, Block Party, Above & Beyond and others, raising over £1.4m to date.

In 2011 he co-founded OneFest in Wiltshire featuring Laura Marling, Damien Rice, Damon Albarn. This festival is now reborn at The Roundhouse, London as a 4 day event in May 2017 curated by Frank Turner and designed as an employment vehicle for young people entering the live events industry.


Stevie Freeman, Chair, Americana Music Association UK

Having always been an entertainment and retail entrepreneur Stevie decided to open Union Music Store with her musician husband Jamie Freeman in 2010. They had been making regular trips to Nashville and loved that almost all record shops and cafes had small stages and decided to bring this back to the UK in Lewes, East Sussex. Union Music Store hosts regular gigs and in-stores, and the shop became a hub the local roots music scene. The business has now expanded to include an independent record label and recording studio.

Americana music is Stevie’s passion and she was delighted to be invited to join the board of the AMAUK in 2013. She made it her mission to get the website up and running and to drive membership recruitment through social media. This has been highly successful with membership constantly in steady growth. In 2014 Stevie became Chair, and her new goal was to see the inaugural UK Americana Awards happen in 2016. As a retailer she noticed there was a gap in the Official Charts for the Americana genre, so she worked tirelessly for two years with the Official Charts Company to make this a reality. The chart launched in January 2016, several months before the Billboard Chart launched a similar chart in America.


Peter Hooton, Musician, The Farm

Peter Hooton was born in Liverpool and has lived in the city all his life. He worked as a Youth & Community worker in the city during the 1980s and was heavily involved in local community politics. During this period he co-founded The End magazine a satirical publication that has achieved legendary status and was championed by the late DJ John Peel.

During the 1980’s he was also the co-founder of Liverpool group The Farm who eventually set up their own independent record label Produce Records and went on to score a string of top 40 hits and a No 1 album Spartacus in 1991.The group still perform live, mainly at festivals.

In 2011 he started the Justice Tonight band with Mick Jones of The Clash/BAD to highlight the Hillsborough campaign for justice and in 2012 the Justice Collective went to No 1 at Christmas with their cover of ‘He Ain’t Heavy.’ In 2015 he was awarded a Doctorate in Philosophy from Edge Hill University for his commitment to social justice and in 2016 he was appointed by the Mayor of Liverpool to chair a group that will oversee The Beatles Legacy in Liverpool.


Becky Ayres, COO, Liverpool Sound City 

Rebecca Ayres is COO of Liverpool Sound City which is a world renowned international music, media and technology conference and live arts and music festival. Hosting hundreds of artists performing to an audience of 40,000 music fans and 3,600 industry professionals from 26 different countries, it packs controversial debate, unparalleled networking, amazing music, ground breaking film, fantastic photography, eclectic art, an Expo, and even a football tournament into 3 inspirational days and hedonistic nights in the world’s most legendary music city. Rebecca is passionate about emerging talent succeeding and one of the favourite parts of her role is overseeing the international and emerging artist programme. She also runs the Sound City Entrepreneur Training Programmes, aimed at anyone who has a burning desire to work in the music industry, plus a development programme for 75 digital and creative businesses in the Liverpool City Region.


Kevin Kane, President & CEO, Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau

As the leader of Memphis tourism for the past 25 years Kane has led the effort of merging Memphis’ iconic music heritage with tourism and hospitality. He developed the phrase 'Memphis – Home of the Blues, Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll', Co-Chaired the global celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Rock‘n’Roll with the city of Liverpool in 2004, and in 2007 the “Celebration of 50 years of Soul”. Kane is past Chairman of the International Blues Foundation headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, Board member and past Chairman of the Memphis Rock and Soul Museum – an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute. He is a member of the Memphis Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, assisted in the establishment of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, and sits on the board of Memphis in May International Festival. Kane also sits on the Executive Board of the U.S. Travel Association in Washington, D.C., is past Chairman and Board member of Destination Marketing Association International, and has been a featured speaker on “Marketing Cities” through Music and Culture” in Europe, Asia, and Central America. Kane is a lifelong Memphian and a passionate supporter of Memphis music.


ALAN DAVEY, Controller of BBC Radio, Proms and Performing Groups, BBC

Alan Davey CBE was appointed Controller of BBC Radio, Proms and Performing Groups and took up the post in January 2015. Awarded a CBE in February 2015 for services to the arts, he was formerly, Chief Executive of Arts Council England where he served for 7 years from November 2007. In that time the Arts Council expanded its reach to cover music education, museums, libraries and cultural property, and increased public audiences for culture by 10%.

Prior to this he was Director for Culture at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport from 2003, having previously worked in the department as Head of the Arts Division since 2001. In an earlier stint at the then Department of National Heritage he was responsible for designing the National Lottery.

Alan has also worked at the Department of Health. He has been a visiting Fulbright/Helen Hamlyn Scholar at the University of Maryland, has degrees from the universities of Birmingham, Oxford and London, and honorary degrees from the universities of Birmingham and Teesside. In the past he has been a member of the Creative Industries Council, of the Council of the University of Birmingham and also chairman of IFACCA - the International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies.