Simon Fuller, the Pop Idol visionary and CEO of 19 Mangement (The Spice Girls) was among the highly acclaimed music executives to be heralded at the MMF’s 2008 annual awards dinner. On screen tributes from Prince Charles, Gordon Brown, Bono and David Beckham substantiated his achievements.
The MMF (Music Management Forum) is a worldwide network of professionals dedicated to delivering first class management services to the artistic community. t5m.com was there at the awards talking to key players about developments in the music industry and their unique experiences.
Fuller was presented with his award by Annie Lennox on an evening that included a performance by his self created star, Will Young. The night also championed the commitments of Ron Fair (President of Geffen Records and inspiration to artists ranging from The Black Eyed Peas to Christina Aguilera), Terry McBride (Fouding CEO of Nettwerk Management and the man behind Dido and The Stereophonics), and the founding chairman of the MMF, Dennis Muirhead, all of whom had plenty to say to t5m.
We were also priviledged to hear some insights from the awards host, Paul Gambaccini – presenter of the Radio 1 US Chart Show for 18 years and co-author of The Guinness Book of Hit Singles; current MMF Chairman and management legend, Jazz Summers (Wham!, Snow Patrol, The Verve); MMF CEO John Webster who founded the Mercury Music Award and co-created the ‘NOW! That’s What I Call Music‘ brand; and various other movers and shakers who help shape the music that warms our ears.
Wednesday May 14th 2008
By Robin Kennedy