SIX ORIGINAL members of the Music Managers Forum (MMF) board were joined by more than 180 young managers and artistes as the trade body marked its 25th anniversary.
Bruce Findlay, Dennis Muirhead, Ed Bicknell, Elliot Rashman, Gail Colson and Steve Finan, who respectively managed bands including Simple Minds, Hugh Padgman, Dire Straits, Simply Red, The Pretenders and All Saints, were among those celebrating the occasion at Manchester’s Old Granada Studios, following You Are The Future of Music – a free day of workshops and seminars.
The managers had all been in attendance when MMF was founded in 1992 at Manchester’s In The City conference.
“What happened 25 years ago was a seismic moment for the music business and empowered a whole generation of managers,” says MMF chair Diane Wagg. “From that point on we had a collective voice, and a vehicle to share ideas, knowledge and experiences.”
The organisation now has over 500 members and engages, advises and lobbies on issues relevant to managers.
“What these managers kickstarted in 1992 has benefitted managers, artistes and songwriters around the world, and laid the foundation for what the MMF is today,” says MMF chief executive Annabella Coldrick.
MMF is presenting two panels at conference and networking event LIVE UK Summit on 12 October – Money For Nothing? – discussion grants and funding, and Crossing Streams, which will look at the convergence of streaming, digital and live music. In addition, The Live Story session will feature former Dire Straits manager Ed Bicknell interviewed by long-time MMF member David Stopps. For more information, www.liveuksummit.com.