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Music Business School – Guest Speakers

The Guest Speaker programme at Music Business School has been created to compliment our exclusive version of the MMBE. Leading executives from all sections of the music business spend one or two hours giving students insights into how to achieve success based on their own experience of running some of the UK’s most successful music organisations and companies. Students have the opportunity to ask direct questions and even build their music business contacts by talking with, hearing from, and connecting with these presenters.

The roster of presenters is regularly rotated and not all presenters listed here are able to attend every course. However Music Business School ensures that all aspects of specialised knowledge are covered every course and we are always adding to the roster of top presenters.

Henry Semmence Absolute MarketingAbsolute MarketingHenry Semmence – Absolute Marketing & Distribution

Henry founded his label services company in 1998. Absolute create marketing campaigns for artists and labels; they have worked on album releases for The Editors, Deep Purple and many others. Henry started his career in independent retail, he then moved to Phonogram Records before working with Madness, Wham, Depeche Mode, Erasure and UB 40 on their radio and retail promotions. To successfully release an album takes a huge amount of planning. Henry’s presentations give an insight into what is required along with must have information about how to build your network and the music business organisation that you must connect with to be successful.


Keith Harris PPLPPLKeith Harris – Artist Liaison Director – PPL

Keith started in the music business working in the promotions department with several labels for EMI. These included Rocket, where he worked on the Elton John album ‘Blue Moves’. He then joined Motown becoming General Manager working with artists such as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, and Stevie Wonder. He left in 1978 to work with Stevie full time becoming his operations manager. In 1982 whilst continuing to work with Stevie he formed his own management company. He is a Senior Fellow of the University of Westminster School of Music, Film and Fashion where he has lectured since 1993. He is a former Chairman of the MMF and he is the Chairman of Musictank.


Chris PanayiWhite SquareChris Panayi – CC Panayi & Co LLP: Accountants & Business Advisors.

Chris is the founder of this leading UK Music Business company. He understands the kind of small business that many of our students are starting having started his own company from his front room some 30 years ago. He now leads a team of 30 staff and three partners in the business. Their clients include artists, management companies, recording studios, publishing, record producers and writers,  and an extensive list of other music related businesses.


MMBE Guest Speaker Dave GogginPPLDave Goggin – Repertoire Data Quality Manager – PPL

Although Dave has perhaps one of the most perplexing job titles in the music business his presentation at Music Business School is one of the most enlightening and enjoyable. Dave takes students through the process of how artists and labels get paid when recorded works are played on the radio or elsewhere in public. (Think shopping centres and the like.) The PPL is one of several collection societies in the UK that manage the rights and licence different types of music. PPL members range from emerging artists to major record labels. Through agreements with over 50 music licensing companies around the world, PPL is also able to collect royalties for its members globally.


Music Business Course Guest Speaker Tahir BasheerSheridans Solicitors LogoTahir Basheer – Partner at Sheridans

Tahir runs a legal practice as a partner at Sheridans. He specialises in music, intellectual property, fashion, merchandising along with many other relevant areas of the law. He founded Sheridans’ Technology practice and is a specialist in digital media issues. His clients include up-and-coming musicians, artists, and entrepreneurs.

His presentations at Music Business School help students by giving them an introduction to the ins and outs of engaging assistance from the legal profession plus first steps to protecting your intellectual property rights as part of the music business.


White SquareSimon Parkes

In 1982, aged 23, Simon Parkes bought a virtually derelict building in Brixton. Over the next 15 years he turned it into Britain’s most iconic music venue. And now he’s telling his story: full of fond – and wild – reminiscences of the famous musicians who played at the venue, including Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, Lou Reed, The Ramones, New Order, the Beastie Boys and The Smiths.

Simon’s presentation is one of the most inspiring you will hear as a young music business entrepreneur.

Music Managers Forum MMBE Guest Speaker Jon WebsterJon Webster – Chief Executive MMF

Jon has been Chief Executive of the peak organisation representing artist managers since 2007. His experience in the music business prior to that is the stuff of legend. Much of his career was spent at Virgin records. He started as a sales assistant in one of their stores but progressed swiftly to being an executive and finished with Virgin as Managing Director in 1988. In 1983 he was famously instrumental in starting the Now! That’s what I call Music brand. In 1992 he founded the Mercury Music Prize. His contact data base is second to none, if he doesn’t have the answer, he knows someone who does and how to get to them.


Joe Vesayporn 150Joe VesaypornMusic Glue 150 - Copy

Joe Porn has been working at Music Glue for the past 6 years helping clients get the most out of the Music Glue platform. Music Glue is a direct-to-fan platform which allows musical artists to sell digital content, merchandise, and event tickets in multiple currencies and languages. The company is headquartered in London, with offices in New York and Sydney. In October 2007, Music Glue was nominated for a ‘Best Innovation’ award at the BT Digital Music Awards.Music Glue had been called one of the “Top 100 tech media companies” by The Guardian.

Gabrielle Nicot 150Gabrielle Nicot-BerengerBelieve 150 - Copy

Working closely with label managers and directly with the artists on releases Gabrielle runs Marketing strategy, implementation and reports to clients on how their campaign is reaching its objectives. She knows the importance of creative as she collaborates with the design department to come up with visuals matching the clients’ requirements.

Music Business Organisations

Along with some of the UK’s leading music business executives, the MMBE guest speaker programme at Music Business School also includes presentations from a range of leading organisations.

Along with some of the UK’s leading music business executives, the MMBE guest speaker programme at Music Business School also includes presentations from a range of leading organisations.

These presentation from leading music business organisations are also a great way for students to begin building a network of contacts within organisations that will be essential to the success of their future music business enterprises.

AIM LogoAssociation of Independent Music

AIM is a not-for-profit trade organisation that represents over 800 member companies, from the largest and most respected labels in the World, to small start-ups and individual artists releasing their own music for the first time. AIM runs a vibrant events programme that offers ideal networking opportunities for people new to the music business. It also runs the AIM Independent Music Awards, an event that is fast becoming a must attend event on the UK music business calendar.

AIM’s presentation at Music Business School is intended to give students an insight to the potential of running an independent music business with a particular focus on setting up a indie record label.

Broadcast Music incBroadcast Music Inc

Broadcast Music Inc is one of the world’s leading music rights organisations. Founded in 1939 it collects royalties and protects the public performance rights of works composed by its members. Operating on a non-profit basis, the organisation also nurtures new talent and new music. It represents more than 8.5 million music works written and owned by it’s over 600,000 members.

BMI’s presentation at Music Business School is one of a number of presentations by music rights organisations. The presentation will help students to understand the often complex area of music rights and royalties and the options open to them to collect royalties when running a music business and representing artists.

PRS for Music LogoPRS for Music

The PRS for music is the UK’s leading collecting society representing the rights of songwriters, composers and music publishers. Amongst it’s many duties on behalf of its members, the PRS for Music collects royalty payments for the performance of written works  when they are performed live at licensed venues and when they are played in shops and offices. Music Publishers also register works with the PRS for Music ensuring that royalties are correctly received and paid.

The PRS for Music’s presentation at Music Business School is another in the series of presentations that covers the sometimes complex area of music rights management. Along with presentations from the PPL and the BMI students should feel they have a solid grounding in music rights having attended these presentations.