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Greater London Authority
Amy has a long and successful track record as a leader and collaborator in the cultural and creative industries. She is co-founder of the Olivier Award winning arts company and club night Duckie, and co-founded RVT Future, a voluntary LGBT+ community group campaigning to preserve the iconic Royal Vauxhall Tavern.
She served as Mayoress of Camden in 2010-2011, and spent her year highlighting the history and culture of live music and nightlife in the borough. Amy is a familiar presence on TV, in print and on radio. She broadcasted for a decade on BBC Radio London, and now hosts Sunday afternoons on BBC6 Music.
Her debut book, From Prejudice to Pride: A History of the LGBT+ Movement – the first LGBT+ history book for children – was published by Hachette in June 2017.
In 2018, Amy was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from University of East London (UEL) and appointed Honorary Professor at University College London (UCL). Originally from New Jersey, Amy has been a proud Londoner for over 25 years. She has served as London’s first Night Czar since 2016.
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.
Becci is the Senior Grants and Programmes Manager at PRS Foundation leading the planning, management and evaluation of all PRS Foundation’s grants and programme activities, With over 17 years’ music and arts industry experience, Becci was a core member of the WOMEX 13 delivery partners; Cerdd Cymru : Music Wales team, and has advised the likes of JAAK, Help Musicians UK, Association of Independent Music, Welsh Government, and Arts Council of Wales. She previously held roles at Roadrunner Records, Welsh Music Foundation, and Wales Arts International.
PRS Foundation is the UK's leading charitable funder of new music and talent development. Since 2000 PRS Foundation has given more than £32 million to over 6,800 new music initiatives by awarding grants and leading partnership programmes that support music sector development. Widely respected as an adventurous and proactive funding body, PRS Foundation supports an exceptional range of new music activity – from composer residencies and commissions to a network of talent development partners and showcases in the UK and overseas.
Dusko is VP, Intl’ Marketing & Partnerships, Latin-Iberia Sony Music Entertainment
In his ever expanding search to connect music, culture and sports, Dusko heads up the strategy for marketing Sony Latin-Iberian artists outside of their home territories. A London-based, forward-thinking marketing professional who loves music and creativity, Dusko has built the profiles of recording artists on a global level over the past 15 years.
In addition to having a knack for signing, developing and marketing international talent, Dusko embraces the marriage of music and sport having worked on campaigns for FIFA World Cup, Olympics and UK/European football.
Born in Caracas, he obtained a BA Honours in Music (Drums & Production) at the London Centre of Contemporary Music, Middlesex University. In Venezuela he studied percussion & classical guitar, is a multi-instrumentalist and producer based in the UK and holds a degree in journalism. Ernesto was creative director for the worldwide advertising Agency BBDO.
The multi award winner taught at London City Academy and London Centre of Contemporary Music, has written music for films and commercials and was the musical director for the London Cabaret Club musical and percussionist for Motown the West End musical.
Endorsed by: Gretsch, Latin Percussion, Vater sticks and Cosmic ears.
Has worked with: Larry Harlow (Fania), Jordan Rakei, Sigala, Craig David, John Newman, Natalia Lafourcade, Maite Hontelé, Tony Vega, Maelo Ruiz, Rafael ‘Pollo’ Brito, Osvaldo Román, Cheo Feliciano, Hermán Olivera, Luisito Carrión, Nella Rojas, Javier Limón, Moncho Santana, Hnos. Rodríguez, Ska Cubano, Loyle Carner, Tom Misch, Armando Manzanero, Simón Díaz, Soledad Bravo, Laura Guevara, Ashley Henry, Roberto Pla, Dele Sosimi (Fela Kuti), Plastilina Mosh, Los Tetas, Sur Carabela, Chucho Avellanet, Danny Rivera, María Rivas, among others.
West One Music Group
Music Producer and Label Manager with over 50 albums produced and released with the record labels SOMOS and SOMOS MÁS; labels he founded alongside the might of the London based, music publishing powerhouse, West One Music Group. Since their creation in 2016 and 2020, SOMOS and SOMOS MÁS have achieved multiple milestones like signing Latin Grammy nominated albums and artists, tallying up several entries and #1 spots in the Radio Nacional de Colombia and Latina Estéreo music charts, being nominated for various music and media industry awards (Jerry Goldsmith Awards, Mark Awards, PMA Awards, LUKAS Awards) and getting numerous placements in media productions and channels (BBC, MTV, Netflix, etc).
As well as the latter, Felipe has also played a key role as Music Producer, Sound Engineer and close collaborator for territory specific albums of the record labels West One Music, Asia Record Collective and Zero Degrees, all labels from the West One Music Group family, a relationship that has taken him to produce albums through different continents, manifold cultural backgrounds and recording at historical musical landmarks such as London's Abbey Road and Cuba's Estudios EGREM.
Brownswood Recordings / Worldwide FM / BBC 6 Music
Gilles Peterson is a broadcaster, DJ and record collector who hosts a weekly Saturday afternoon show on BBC Radio 6 Music that’s one of the broadcaster’s most popular music shows, helms independent record label Brownswood Recordings, and is the founder of online radio station Worldwide FM.
Throughout his career, Peterson has promoted the new frontiers of jazz, hip-hop, and electronic music. Starting by installing illicit transmitters and hosting shows for pirate radio station Radio Invicta, he later joined the newly-founded Jazz FM and, after that, joined the pirate-turned-legal station Kiss FM. In 1998, he was hired by BBC Radio 1, where he hosted a weekly show until his move to his current slot on BBC Radio 6 Music.
He has been behind several game-changing record labels. Firstly, he founded Acid Jazz in the late eighties, and in the early nineties he started Talkin’ Loud where five of the albums on the label were nominated for a Mercury Music Prize. His current venture is Brownswood Recordings and as a curator and collector, he’s compiled over 100 albums.
In 2011, he founded the Steve Reid Foundation in memory of the legendary jazz drummer. The charity supports musicians who are ill and facing financial difficulties and, jointly with the PRS Foundation, runs the Steve Reid InNOVAtion Award, which has supported upcoming artists such as Moses Boyd, Nubya Garcia and Sarathy Korwar.
Since 2005, he has hosted the annual Worldwide Awards in London and Worldwide Festival in Sète, France, and in 2019, he launched the new We Out Here festival in the UK.
Since his arrival from Caracas 20 years ago, Jose Luis has established himself as one of Europe's leading Latin DJs and events promoters, and has become a central reference point for Britain's Latino community. He pioneered the Urban Latin music and club movement in Europe, taking his creation, La Bomba – the UK’s most successful Latin club night at the Ministry of Sound – to Ibiza and Germany, South Africa and Hong King. As well as starting some of London’s most innovative club nights, Jose Luis has directed the UK's biggest Latin festivals, such as Latin Splash, Carnaval del Pueblo and the Latin Stage at The Notting Hill Carnival. Jose Luis also specializes in consulting and marketing for Latino brands in the UK. Rooted in a deep love of Latin music, years of expertise and loyalty to his roots, Jose Luis always has his finger on the Latin pulse. In addition to The LUKAS, Jose Luis co-produces La Clave Fest, and LoLaMC, The London Latin Music Conference
Arts Council of England
Kim Macari is an artist-activist who believes in improvisation as a vital form of creative expression, empowerment and freedom. Her favourite mediums are graphic scores, trumpet playing and spoken word.
She is currently programmer at Vortex Jazz Club, Chair of Jazz Promotion Network and works for Arts Council England.
Lisa Lugo is VP of Marketing & Creative Solutions for Live Nation’s UK Brand Partnerships division. Originally from New York, Lisa made the transition from Live Nation US to Live Nation UK in 2015. Since her arrival, she has built the entire UK integrated marketing practice from the ground up, developing a full team across creative solutions, design, digital, research, insights, strategy and PR.
In her role Lisa oversees a team responsible for developing programmes for brand partners across Live Nation’s festivals and venues and other assets. Her team’s award-winning programmes help leading brands reach their goals and enhance the fan experience across each phase of the live music journey. To date, Lisa and her team have successfully worked on brand partnerships to date such as O2, Barclaycard, Amazon Music, Google Assistant, Carlsberg, Co-Op, Pepsi, Smirnoff and many more. Lisa is currently expanding the team to include a new functionality for pan European brand partnerships.
Over the course of her career, Lisa has received industry recognition and awards for her programmes from organizations such as EFFIEÒ, REGGIE® and PRO™ Awards, European Sponsorship Association, and the UK Sponsorship Awards. Most recently, she was recognised by Women in Marketing during their global awards for being a Changemaker within the industry. She also served on WARC’s annual Global Media Awards jury alongside some of the industry’s leading media experts.
Prior to joining Live Nation, Lisa worked at various advertising agencies in the US. During that time, she led US Hispanic market and Latin music strategies for brands like Heineken, McDonald’s, L’Oreal, Mastercard, and partnerships with the Latin GRAMMY® Awards, Billboard® Latin Music Awards and several national music tours with leading Latin music artists. Before agency life, Lisa worked in sponsorship sports marketing at the NBA and supported the launch of the WNBA in the US.
Lisa is passionate about mentorship and has worked with young people in London, New York City and Puerto Rico, with a focus on ethnic minority communities. She serves as Executive Sponsor of EMBRACE Nation, Live Nation’s employee resource group celebrating the cultural diversity in the workplace and aiming to broaden racial awareness and promote cultural exchange to enhance professional and personal growth.
Maddy Shaw is a flutist based in London playing jazz, funk, Cuban and blues across the whole family of flutes: concert, alto, bass and piccolo flute. Maddy holds a performance ATCL (distinction) and LTCL diploma in jazz flute from Trinity College. She graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama at BMus level with merit, and has been lucky enough to study with world class flutists: Gareth Lockrane, Rowland Sutherland, Joaquin Oliveros and ‘Magic’ Malik Mezzandri. She is the founder and Director of the Girl Plays Jazz project which was set up to help redress the gender imbalance in jazz and improvised music, by introducing girls and young women to jazz and developing them as improvising musicians.
Girl Plays Jazz Project (established in December 2017) is dedicated to the support and promotion of girls and young women in jazz. Our Project has three strands. We run an introduction to jazz improvisation workshop programme – introducing girls and young women to jazz, funk, blues and world music improvisation, and developing them as jazz musicians. We organise jazz masterclasses where top level professionals from the London jazz scene come in to teach the girls, including jazz, Cuban and Brazilian workshops. We also arrange performance and development opportunities for the girls in well known London venues including Ronnie Scott’s and the Vortex.
Music Venues Trust
Mark Davyd is the co-owner of Tunbridge Wells Forum, a venue he founded in a toilet 25 years ago. Since then, Mark has split his time between various music activities; he was CEO of the award-winning music charity Rhythmix for 20 years and has a commercial career as an artist manager, label owner and music supervisor.
Mark founded Music Venue Trust in 2014, a representative body for grassroots music venues which campaigns on their behalf and manages the Music Venues Alliance. In 2016, MVT changed UK law with a landmark amendment to the Town & Country Planning Act, and in 2018 the National Planning Policy Framework was changed to protect music venues. Music Venues Alliance boasts over 900 venue members.
Mark is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a regular speaker at international conferences (ILMC, SXSW, CMW, LAMC, Eurosonic, Primavera Sound). He was one of the h100 winners 2015, and won the CC Skills Music Award 2017.
Greater London Authority
Olivia Bellas is a Community Engagement Consultant and Cultural Producer. For over 20 years she has worked at grass roots level and across academia and policy settings to encourage civic and cultural participation, platforming lived experience.
At the GLA’s Community Engagement Team, she has initiated a programme of community focused creative campaigns including the mentoring and funding strands for 'Africa in London' and the City Hall events 'We are all Londoners' supporting European Londoners and ‘Arrival’ celebrating 70 years of Windrush.
At the Stephen Lawrence Trust she lead the nationwide heritage and built environment research 'Connecting People and Places' with Historic England, Heritage Fund and RIBA. Her research into participatory tools for community engagement has included oral history work with Goldsmiths and University College London Hospitals and working with artists and researchers for the London tour of pop up audio recording facility; 'The Conversation Booth'.
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.
Tom Kiehl is a specialist in music and creative industries policy and strategy.
Tom was a founding architect of the Live Music Act, designed to deregulate live music performance from entertainment licensing, and navigated its passage through Parliament as a Senior Parliamentary and Political Adviser in the House of Lords. At UK Music, Tom subsequently coordinated the successful Parliamentary campaign to introduce the agent of change principle to protect music venues.
Tom has also played a key role in major debates on copyright policy. This includes campaigning to support music rights in the Copyright Directive and organising a successful industry wide judicial review of Coalition Government plans to introduce an exception to copyright for private copying without fair compensation.
Tom joined UK Music in 2012 as Director of Government and Public Affairs. Prior to this, Tom worked in the Houses of Parliament for 11 years as an advisor and researcher in a Whips Office in both Government and Opposition.
In 2018 Tom was promoted to the role of Deputy CEO and Director of Public Affairs. In this role, Tom retained oversight of all public affairs work at UK Music, as well as research, policy, skills and education work-streams and budgets.
Tom took the role of acting CEO from January 31.