Dec 18, 2023 1 min read

⏩ One Liners: Music Venue Trust, Tom Gray, European Music Managers Alliance + more

New MVT board members; EMMA expands YouTube Music Partnership; Croydon music business event NXTGEN announced; Gomez’s Tom Gray beats Eddie Izzard to stand as Labour candidate in Brighton

⏩ One Liners: Music Venue Trust, Tom Gray, European Music Managers Alliance + more


The Music Venue Trust has appointed musician Rhoda Dakar, Factory International’s Director Of Music Jane Beese, O2 Arena programmer Emma Bownes, and Music Programme Manager of Summerhall in Edinburgh Arusa Qureshi to its board.


The European Music Managers Alliance has expanded its partnership with YouTube Music, which will provide additional support for the organisation’s professional development, training and networking programmes. "I am delighted [YouTube] continues to recognise the importance of a healthy and vibrant management community, supporting EMMA in nurturing a more diverse and sustainable ecosystem for all creative talent”, says Executive Director Jess Partridge.


Music company Finesse Foreva and the Music Managers Forum have announced a one day event aimed at emerging music talent and entrepreneurs called NXTGEN, which will take place at Croydon’s Fairfield Halls Concert Hall on 12 Feb. "We are delighted to partner with our friends at Finesse Foreva on this incredible event”, says MMF CEO Annabella Coldrick. “NXTGEN aims to provide young people in Croydon with a comprehensive overview of the music business and will hopefully encourage some of the UK's next wave of entrepreneurs to take their first steps to success”.


Gomez member and Ivors Academy Chair Tom Gray - also known in the music industry, of course, as founder of the #BrokenRecord campaign - has been selected as the new Labour Party candidate for the Brighton Pavilion ward. In a post on Twitter, he said that he was “delighted and humbled”. Other candidates included comedian Eddie Izzard. The seat is currently held by the Green Party’s Caroline Lucas, who has said she will stand down at the next election.
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