Panellists

Get to Know Them

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Abigail McQuater

Help Musicians

Abi is a Creative Programme Officer at Help Musicians currently leading on the delivery of support across Creative Activities, the MOBO Help Musicians Fund & Peter Whittingham Jazz Award. With previous experience working for Live Nation Music & the Financial Times, Abi leads of impact evaluation for the Creative team as well as conducting beneficiary relationship management and outreach work.
Help Musicians is a charity that loves music and for over 100 years has been working hard to make a meaningful difference to the lives of musicians across the UK. It offers a broad range of help to support music creators in times of crisis and opportunity - ensuring musicians across the UK can achieve their creative potential and sustain a career in music

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Avril Oneil

LIVENow

Abi is a Creative Programme Officer at Help Musicians currently leading on the delivery of support across Creative Activities, the MOBO Help Musicians Fund & Peter Whittingham Jazz Award. With previous experience working for Live Nation Music & the Financial Times, Abi leads of impact evaluation for the Creative team as well as conducting beneficiary relationship management and outreach work.
Help Musicians is a charity that loves music and for over 100 years has been working hard to make a meaningful difference to the lives of musicians across the UK. It offers a broad range of help to support music creators in times of crisis and opportunity - ensuring musicians across the UK can achieve their creative potential and sustain a career in music

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Andy Wood

Como No

Director of Como No, the UK’s main promoter of Latin music and dance, and director of La Linea – The London Latin Music Festival, which takes place in venues across Central London in late April and early May, since 2001.
www.comono.co.uk

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Angelica Lopez

Musician and bandleader)

Known to be the benchmark of Colombian music worldwide, Angelica Lopez imposes herself as a very talented singer and songwriter. Her talent, charisma and discipline helped her achieved the Best Vocalist at The Lukas Awards in 2018 , amongst many others.

Her music is a gentel but yet powerful fusion of Afro-Colombian sounds, pop, rock and urban genres, all influences that have generated her own brand of music.

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David Flower

Sasa Music Agency

David Flower founded the booking agency SASA Music in 1990 for touring in UK, Europe and the wider world. We’ve worked with some truly great artists. <www.sasamusic.com/information/about-us-sasa-artists-the-long-or-short-of-it>Working with Cubans Sierra Maestra from 1993 led to the creation of Buena Vista Social Club which we toured from 1996 till the end. Other top names on the SASA roster: Tinariwen, Ana Moura, John McLaughlin, Roberto Fonseca, Justin Adams & Mauro Durante.
 

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Francisco Carrasco

Musician-Activist Liverpool

Creative director at www.luma creations.org promoting Latin American & Diversity Arts. LUMA Creations delivers festivals, large scale events and cultural programes. he has lectured on the music performance degree course at Chester University in band performance, the business of music business and developing professional practise.
Also leadership coach and creative industries consultant. He has a Masters in Music Industries from University of Liverpool and sit on various boards and sustainability networks including the North Culture Network and Shift

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Huey Walker

Arts Council of England

Huey has worked in and around music, the arts and grass roots community matters for the last 20 years.  He has toured internationally with some of the most well-known heritage names of reggae from Jamaica, been involved in the Notting Hill Carnival and run a grass roots music venue.   He is currently Senior Relationship Manager for Music and Diversity at Arts Council England where his role focusses on cultural policy and supporting the development and ambition of diverse cultural organisations and individuals.    Alongside his team he oversees a multi-million pound funding portfolio which includes organisations such as the Royal Opera House, Tomorrow’s Warriors, London Symphony Orchestra, Jazz re:freshed, Serious and NTS Live. 

Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. We have set out our strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high quality cultural experiences. We invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision. www.artscouncil.org.uk

Following the Covid-19 crisis, the Arts Council developed a £160 million Emergency Response Package, with nearly 90% coming from the National Lottery, for organisations and individuals needing support. We are also one of the bodies administering the Government’s unprecedented £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Funds. Find out more at www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19

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Jules Kammann

Beatport

Jules Kammann is a multifaceted music industry professional with a career spanning over ten years in a variety of areas within People Operations. Through a holistic lens, Jules' has a people centred focus approach that supports development and growth of the individual. Outside of work, she has volunteered for the ‘Career Carrousel’ for youth in partnership with Tower Hamlets Education Business, talking work lifecycle, education and workplace culture.



A passionate music enthusiast, DJ and producer who has collaborated with various labels & venues in different capacities. An advocate for diversity, inclusion and community, Jules’ diverse background being Latinx woman /LGBTQ+ drives her to foster an inclusive space that welcomes all.



Jules is currently based in London where she is the Director, People & Culture / Global Head of HR at The Beatport Group - the worldwide home of music for DJs, producers, and their fans.  Beatport was founded in 2004, The Beatport Group family of companies includes Beatport, the preeminent store for electronic music DJs, Beatsource for the open-format DJ community, Loopmasters, Loopcloud and Plugin Boutique for music producers, and Beatport Media Group for brands and fans of DJ culture. She is part of The Beatport Group’s D.I.S.A. Committee (Diversity, Inclusion & Social Action) where she and colleagues promote a stream of change and raise awareness both internally and externally amongst other efforts or community outreach with partners such as AFEM and many more.

 

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Lisa Lugo

Live Nation

Lisa Lugo is SVP of Marketing & Creative Solutions for Live Nation’s UK Brand Partnerships division. In her role, Lisa oversees a team responsible for developing programmes for brand partners across Live Nation’s festivals, venues and digital assets. Her team’s award-winning programmes have helped leading brands reach their business goals while enhancing the fan experience across each phase of the live music journey. Prior to Live Nation, Lisa led youth and U.S. Hispanic marketing efforts for brands at several advertising agencies, focusing on national Latin music tours, the Billboard Latin Music Awards and the Latin Grammy Awards and worked in sports marketing at the NBA (National Basketball Association).

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Lubi Jovanovic

Casa latina - Leeds

Lubi Jovanovic aka DJ Lubi, has been a major player on the UK Latin music scene for almost four decades now and one of the few high profile personalities based outside London.  From his base in Leeds in the north, he has worked as a music promoter (live gigs with artists such as Eddie Palmieri, Orishas, Charanga Habanera), club promoter (Casa Latina/Salsoul/Calle Ocho), international DJ, tour organiser (Latin Promoters Network), compilation album curator (including titles for Fania Records), music journalist (Straight No Chaser Magazine "Latin Lowdown") and music plugger (promo for Palm Pictures, Rykodisc, Fania Records). Over the years, his DJ work took him across the UK, mainland Europe and beyond (Los Angeles, Singapore, Gran Canaria, Turkey). In 2022, he celebrates 40 years in the game and still has the same love for salsa/Cuban/Latin music as the day he bought his first Fania Records LPs in London and Paris back in 1982.
 

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Luz Elena Caicedo

Musician

Luz Elena Caicedo from Cali Colombia is one of London’s most accomplished and versatile Latin American singers, as well as an ethnomusicologist and events organizer.
She fronts and leads her own two bands, the renowned Conjunto Sabroso Salsa band which she has successfully run for over 20 years, helping them to become a household name in the UK, and Matices Latinos Quartet, a more acoustic project focusing on folkloric and traditional Latin American rhythms. She also created and directs The Latin American Community Choir.
Her ethnomusicology Masters dissertation ''Cantaoras' Guardianas De La Tradición' focused on the importance of female singers within 'Currulao', one of the main Afro-Colombian musical traditions of the Pacific coast.

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Mauricio Reyes

Latin Motion - Birmingham)

DJ Mauricio Reyes is the founder of Latin Motion, the biggest Salsa outfit in the Midlands (UK) since it was established in the early 1990’s. Originally from Latin America but based in Birmingham (UK), Mauricio has been dancing & listening to Salsa all of his life, and began teaching Salsa dancing since the tender age of 17. He is also a renowned Salsa DJ, playing (& teaching) regularly for some of the biggest salsa events, weekenders, dance holidays, congresses & festivals all over the UK, Europe & beyond
 

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Nick Lewis

Head of Music Koko

Nick Lewis - Nick is a venue programmer,  promoter and radio show presenter – he is currently the Head Of Music for KOKO in Camden. Previously Nick was Head of Music and Promotions at the iconic Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, playing a significant role in the venue’s resurgent fortunes, with a particular interest in roots and improvised music from jazz & latin to soul blues & hip-hop and everything in between!


 KOKO - an iconic Grade II listed theatre in Camden, which holds 1500 standing capacity and proudly hosts emerging artists as to international icons. Dua Lipa, Stormzy, Christine and the Queens, and H.E.R all graced the stage early on in their careers, while Amy Winehouse appeared at the height of her fame… KOKO will reopen this spring after a £70m refit, 20,000 square ft of new public and member spaces reimagined into a musical haven for artists and fans everywhere.

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Robert Guterman

Latino Life

Over 25 years of working in the live market. Robert is now working closely with Latino Life to deliver Latino Life in the Park as well supporting the rest of the business. Robert is also a guest lecturer at Tileyard Education.

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Jemelin Artigas

Influencer

BBC apprentice candidate, Influencer, Public Figure, Entrepreneur, Specialist in Social Media Growth and and Motivational Speaker/Presenter. Jemelin is a familiar face that is one of the few Latinas who has managed to compete in the famous television business show BBC The APPRENTICE UK 2019 in its fifteenth series. Jemelin managed to conquer the hearts of many millions of viewers, due to her inspirational story.
 

Jemelin is sharing her nuggets with our guess  Her talk will be around her journey so far, her passion for business also how to position your self as an authority on social media platforms which she now runs a successful business helping others do the same.

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Sara McGuinness

Musician

Sara McGuinness is well known on the UK Salsa scene, having worked as a piano player, bandleader and educator in the field of Cuban music for more than 20 years. She is the band leader of Latin/Congolese fusion band Grupo Lokito (2017 Lukas Award Winners) and Cuban salsa band Sarabanda. In 2018 she was the UK Lukas Awards Latin Musician of the Year. Sara has a passion for teaching people about and giving access to Latin music. Her projects include running the 30 strong, successful Cuban Big Band Orquesta Estelar, teaching an annual Cuban Music Course in Havana Cuba and teaching Sound Recording and Performance in the Saharawi refugee camps in the Sahara desert. She currently is working on a project to playback musical performances in a low-tech 3D immersive setting. In parallel with her musical activities, Sara lectures in performance and recording at The London College of Music and and University of West London School of Oriental and African Studies.

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Eliane Correa

Musician

Eliane Correa is a Latina pianist, MD and composer based between London and Havana. Known for the versatility of her creative output, she is one of the driving forces of the UK Latin scene who forged a name for herself at the front of Latin Alternative pioneers WARA (winners of 3 LUKAS Awards), later launching her critically acclaimed Afrocuban jazz project En El Aire and 13-piece Timba band La Evolución, who regularly perform to sold out audiences at the legendary Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. She tours as soloist keyboard player for The World Of Hans Zimmer and curates the yearly London Latin Jazz Fest, as well as arranging, directing and/or collaborating with array of projects and artists from across the pan-Afro-Latin spectrum including Do You Speak Djembé, Mayito Rivera, Desta French, the New Regency Orchestra and Maite Hontelé.

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Tom Kiehl

Deputy CEO UK Music

Tom Kiehl is a specialist in music and creative industries policy and strategy. A founding architect of the Live Music Act, he also played a key role in organising a successful judicial review of the Coalition Government’s plans to introduce an exception to copyright for private copying without fair compensation.
 
He worked in the Houses of Parliament for 11 years as an advisor and researcher and joined UK Music in 2012 as Director of Government and Public Affairs. He took the role of acting CEO between January-September 2020 and is currently the organisation’s Deputy CEO and Director of Public Affairs.
 
UK Music is the collective voice of the UK’s world-leading music industry. We represent all sectors of our industry – bringing them together to collaborate, campaign, and champion music.

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Luciano "Luch" Pinto

Candela Records - TLSR

Luciano Santana , born in London to Chilean parents was one of the founding members of Rumba FM, UK's pioneering Latino pirate station where his team pioneered the future sound of reggaeton, reflecting the tastes of the new UK-Latin generation. He later positioned himself as a manager of the ground-breaking and award- winning trap collective B.E.R.C.D and founded his media platform LSR MEDIA, launching Luciano into the world of social media. His platform @latinoshaderoom is the UK's most popular latino themed social media channel. Luciano is also one of the founders of Candela records and the Director to A&R, this has positioned Luciano as one of the most influential young latinos in Britain.

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Juan Bedoya

Content Creator

Juan Bedoya , Colombian born and raised in the UK. He is an up and coming music video director , podcaster, Videographer and editor who’s worked  with brands such as Puma , Fifa and Netflix.
He’s also Worked with Various upcoming Latinx Artists and created the podcast “La voz” to support community talent.

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Sue Miller

Musician

Sue Miller studied charanga flute improvisation with Richard Egües from Orquesta Aragón in Havana and is the musical director of the UK's only full charanga orchestra 'Charanga del Norte' which she founded in 1998. In addition to working with her own group across the UK she has performed with veteran charanga musicians in Havana including Estrellas Cubanas, Charanga de Oro, Orquesta Sublime and Orquesta Barbarito Díez. She is also Professor of Music at Leeds Beckett University and her books Cuban Flute Style: Interpretation and Improvisation (Scarecrow Press, 2014) and Improvising Sabor: Cuban Dance Music in New York (University Press of Mississippi, 2021) draw on her experiences as a performer of Latin music. The new album by Charanga del Norte Pachanga Time was released in 2020.

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Jane Cornwell

Journalist

Jane Cornwell is an Australian-born journalist, author and longtime London resident who writes about music for publications in the Uk and Australia including the London Evening Standard, where she is a jazz critic, and Songlines, for which she is a contributing editor. She is a compere and onstage interviewer at the WOMAD Festival and the EFG London Jazz Festival, and more.