The Music Managers Forum (MMF) has promoted General Manager Fiona McGugan to the position of Strategy & Operations Director, while Joseph Lever has been named as the organization’s first ever Industry Relations & Events Manager.
The changes are effective immediately.
The MMF currently represents 660 UK-based managers – a 25% increase year-on-year – and has attracted more than 40 Associate Members, including the world’s biggest record labels and technology platforms.
McGugan, who joined the MMF in 2012, has been key to founding and developing the Accelerator Programme for Music Managers, the funding and training initiative that launched in partnership with YouTube Music, Arts Council England and the Scottish Music Industries Association in January 2019.
Lever meanwhile was the first beneficiary of the Jazz Summers Future Genius internship programme, launched by the MMF and Big Life Management in February 2017.
Joining the MMF full-time in January 2018, he has led development of the organization’s Education Associate Programme.
The MMF’s five-strong team is completed by Membership Secretary Nicky Carder, and Paul Bonham, who is taking a 12 month secondment from the Arts Council to oversee and manage the Accelerator Programme.
The MMF’s office relocated to the Ministry of Sound (103 Gaunt Street, London) at the start of 2019.
“We are a really small hands-on team, but we punch above our weight and I am delighted to recognise the hard work of Fiona and Joseph in delivering truly groundbreaking initiatives like Accelerator and our Education Associate Programme.”
Annabella Coldrick, MMF
Annabella Coldrick, CEO, MMF, said: “The past 12 months has seen some truly exciting changes at the MMF.
“We are a really small hands-on team, but we punch above our weight and I am delighted to recognise the hard work of Fiona and Joseph in delivering truly groundbreaking initiatives like Accelerator and our Education Associate Programme.
“Along with Nicky Carder and Paul Bonham, both have taken ownership of these in-house projects and consistently over-delivered. As a result, we have seen the MMF attract a record number of manager and Associate members.”Music Business Worldwide