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MMF unveils participants in second year of its Accelerator Programme

By | Published on Monday 3 February 2020


The UK’s Music Managers Forum has announced the managers who are taking part in the second edition of is YouTube-backed Accelerator Programme.

The professional development initiative, also supported by Arts Council England, Creative Scotland and the Scottish Music Industry Association, provides early-career artist managers with financial support, training, mentoring and networking opportunities. The aim is to help participants to grow their individual management businesses so that they can start to make a sustainable full-time living as a manager.

Welcoming the new round of managers set to benefit from the programme, MMF’s Accelerator Programme Manager Paul Bonham says: “I am delighted to welcome another 20 managers onto the Accelerator Programme”.

He goes on: “The quality of applications was, yet again, ridiculously strong, but after a tough and competitive selection process we have another seriously high calibre group onboard. It’s especially pleasing to have more female managers involved, more managers from BAME backgrounds and more managers from outside of London”.

“These people are already playing a linchpin role in British music”, Bonham then adds. “They’re supporting 66 of our most impressive and progressive music makers, and going forward we want them to add to these rosters and empower their clients to the greatest possible success”.

The 2020 Accelerator participants – and the artists they manage – are as follows:

Ameena Badley, The Ko-Lab (Birmingham) – Smuggzy Ace, Mowgli, A Class
Andrew Ellis, Samizdat (Liverpool) – Immix Ensemble, Vessel, Rakhi Singh
Ashley Perry, Ozone Music (Luton) – Nafe Smallz, Jibsta
Bobby Brown (Brighton) – Frankie Stew & Harvey Gunn, Karl Benjamin
Charlie Owen (London) – Joy Crookes
Christopher Grey, Problem Child (London) – Nyge, Gibbo, Clonez, Paige Lihya
Clare Wright, (London) – JFDR, ESYA, Sons of Raphael, Okandi
Conor Ferris, Narrative Management (Newcastle-Upon-Tyne) – InVisions, Captives, Immerse
Denise Allan, 677 Management (Glasgow) – Glasvegas, Freakwave, Steph Johnston
Earl Bailey, Frontlinzz (Coventry) – Pa Salieu, Mugun, Andrwea, Flava, Jam
Gaius Mavila (London) – House Of Pharaohs, DamnShaq
Jade Richardson, Jade-Inc (Birmingham) – Khloe Anna, DameDame, Madara Beatz, Digital Mozart
Jasmine Srih, Obscura Artists (London) – KEYAH/BLU, BBZ, Martha, Sippin T, Azadi.mp3
Jazz Rocket, 67 Artists (London) – Yo Preston, Tinx, Tylr Rydr, Hakon, Xandr Fox, OXX
Kaiya Milan, Off Balance, (London) – Afronaut Zu, Steam Down, Ahnansé
Louis Curran, From Concentrate Music (London) – Quiet Man, Joy Anonymous, Mei
Lyle Scougall, Mañana Music Management (Glasgow) – Joesef, Testpress
Megan Burns, Tone Management (Liverpool) – Palm Reader, TARLD
Pip Newby, Friends Vs Music (London) – Honeyvale, Cherry Cherry, Al Groves, Ben Mclusky, Darren Lawson, Henry Brill, Rocky O’Reilly, Owen Lewis, Sean Oakley, Simon Byrt, St£fan, Steven A Griffiths
Tim Hampson, Cannibal Management (London) – Dream Wife, Out Girl, Willie J Healey, Dry Cleaning