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Ben is the Creative Director of Green Man. He has been responsible for the delivery of the festival’s identity since 2008 and has curated/booked the music and film for 8 years.

Green Man begun in 2003, taking place annually in Wales’ beautiful Brecon Beacons and has developed into one of Europe’s leading arts events. This years festival dates are 12th – 18th August.

Vic Galloway is a broadcaster, journalist, musician and author based in Scotland. With 19 years of experience from 1999 until now, he has presented weekly music programmes for the BBC including over 11 years broadcasting for Radio 1. He continues to broadcast and champion new music on BBC Radio Scotland every week and regularly on BBC 6Music and the World Service, alongside documentaries for various radio and TV networks. As a journalist, Vic has written for CLASH, Gigwise, The Skinny, The List, The Times and Sunday Herald. He is also a musician, DJ, curator and event host. His first book ‘Songs in the Key of Fife’ (about The Beta Band, King Creosote, KT Tunstall, James Yorkston & the Fence Collective) was published 2013 and was well received. His most recent book, ‘Rip It Up – The Story of Scottish Pop’ was published successfully in collaboration with the National Museum of Scotland in 2018, accompanying the major exhibition and TV series of the same name.

As Portfolio Manager at Arts Council of Wales in Arts Development, Lisa’s responsibilities focus on ways that we can nurture a thriving but sustainable arts sector.

Recent initiatives that Lisa’s led on for Arts Council include Horizons/Gorwelion, a music development initiative with BBC Wales; Get Creative Festival, a national celebration of creativity with BBC and What Next?; Collectorplan, interest free loans to purchase works by living artists from Welsh galleries, partnering with Nesta to deliver innovation programmes and working with Welsh Government to expand PRS Foundation’s Momentum to Wales. She also chairs the Arts Council’s music sector development group

Born and raised in Wrexham, Lisa started out in and is passionate about contemporary independent music, with previous roles including secondment as Director of Creative Economy at Cardiff University and (continues to work closely on culture in the Capital Region), Managing Director of music industry development agency Welsh Music Foundation and a Director of Cerdd Cymru: Music Wales.

Winnie joined PRS Foundation in February 2018 and works to co-ordinate the Industry Funds, programmes and events. She also coordinates several partnerships at PRS Foundation.
Having worked in the music industry and educational sector as a freelance consultant and researcher, the focus of her work is to develop new models and nurture new ideas within cross arts.

Matthew Covey has worked in music and arts immigration since 90s. As a member of the critically acclaimed US/Slovak indie-rock band Skulpey, as Knitting Factory Records’ Amsterdam booking agent, and as the manager of Grammy Award winning band, the Klezmatics, Covey’s varied career has given him a broad understanding of the entertainment industries. He has presented and chaired panels on artist mobility issues at numerous conferences, including SXSW, CMJ, WOMEX, Folk Alliance, APAP, The Great Escape, M4Music, YouBloom, Swn, Reeperbahn, HWCH, IndieWeek, Western Arts Alliance, Mundial Montreal, NXNE, The Edinburgh Fringe, Palestine Music Expo, Output Belfast, NY Winter Jazz, FimPro, and Eurosonic. Covey is a founding director of Tamizdat, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that promotes international cultural exchange. He is president of Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People’s History of the United States, and founder of ContraBanned. He holds a J.D. from New York Law, an M.A. focussing on post colonial literary theory from University College Dublin, a B.A. in English from Oberlin College, and is admitted to the New York Bar.

In October 2011 I moved from Barcelona to London and I started working as head of Catalan Arts/ ICEC London Office. One of my main jobs is to help companies and artists based in Catalonia to get access to international markets, and be present at professional fairs, market events and festivals, focusing in the UK scene, as well as Ireland, USA, Canada and Asia. Our will is to establish links with other professionals and organizations both ways, mostly to build cultural and professional bridges between Catalonia and the rest of the world and exploring opportunities and finding partners.

Joe Frankland is Senior Grants and Programmes Manager at PRS Foundation, the UK’s leading charitable funder of new music and talent development across all genres.

Since 2000 PRS Foundation has given more than £26 million to over 6,000 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 festivals and showcases in the UK and overseas.

Through schemes such as Momentum, The Open Fund, ISF, Women Make Music, The Composers’ Fund and Flash Funding, PRS Foundation support the creation, performance and promotion of outstanding music.

A former astronaut and stunt driver, Gordon has been a journalist for three decades and has specialised in the music industry for the past 19 years.
When he is not saving the Amazon rainforest or rescuing kittens from trees, Gordon spends his time as editor of IQ Magazine, the International Ticketing Yearbook and the European Arena Yearbook, as well as being on the agenda team for the International Live Music Conference.
Prior to his much-publicised barefoot ascent of Mount Everest and his epic swim across the Pacific Ocean, Gordon was the live editor at Music Week and international editor for Billboard. In addition to his various United Nations ambassadorial roles, Gordon has also undertaken a number of consultancies for record companies and other music industry organisations.
Prior to moving to London, Gordon developed ground-breaking breeding programmes for a number of endangered species. He also spent two years in Washington DC where he established publications for the space and satellite industry, while in the early 1990s he was a reporter for The Courier and Evening Telegraph newspapers, among others, in his native Scotland.

CV- Ruud Berends

1979 – 1988: C0-founded venue (Debarak) in Zutphen, The Netherlands (acts, bar, the crew, dj-ing, cleaning the toilets, cooking, finances)
1984 – 1986: cultural worker in youth club De Steile Trap in Deventer.
1981 – 2001 Paperclip Agency, Co-owner&founder, senior agent & international Director. Discovering and build up new talent, coordinate tours, production, budgets and accounts. Artists include; The Feelies, Screaming Trees, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Tad, Nirvana, Hole, Lemonheads, Union Carbide Productions, Soul Asylum, Buffalo Tom, The Doughboys, Femi Anikulapo Kuti, Spain, Andre Williams, Link Wray, L7, Babes In Toyland, Yo La Tengo, Motorpsycho, Afghan Whigs, The Flaming Lips, The Gunclub, Alex Chilton, The Saints, The Fuzztones, The Hellacopters, Gluecifer, The Nomads, The Turpentines, Suicide, The Wipers, Dead Moon and many more.
In 2001 i started Networking Music, a one stop shop for the international (live) music industry.
Clients include:
NPI, Buma Cultuur, MCN, PSB program / Dutch Impact Parties / Dutch Music Export.
ESNS: Head of Conference | Manager ETEP | Manager Music Moves Europe Talent Awards.
Consulting; Where’s is The Music? (Norrkoping, Sweden), EEMC (East European Music Conference, Sibiu, Romania), Marcato (Canada), Motorpsycho (Norway) and co-founder of the IFF (London, GB)

Achal Dhillon started Killing Moon in early 2011 in his parents’ loft as a new music blog following a string of A&R/artist management positions at Universal Music, Quest Management and Turn First Artists/First Access Entertainment.

Since then, as a completely independent music company Killing Moon has evolved into one of the UK’s most respected and innovative record labels, artist management companies and concert/club promoters, having recently launched a PR division in 2018, receiving numerous commendations from international press and radio along the way in it’s short lifespan.

Achal was elected in 2014 to the board of directors at the Association of Independent Music, and is regularly engaged by third party labels and managers on developing artist campaigns as an area of expertise.
He continues to write on the Killing Moon blog, and now also writes on a freelance basis for The Metro (a weekly reach of circa 5 million) and more-recently as an opinion columnist for Music Business Worldwide.

Achal also personally manages the careers of Draper (as well as his newly-created label Emprise Records), Måntra, and Annabel Allum.

Rachel Cragg is the Director of A&R for Nettwerk Music group as well as an artist manager. Throughout her career Rachel has had the opportunity to work with many artists including the Beastie Boys, Jimmy Eat World, The Mars Volta, Sarah Mclachlan, Hermitude, Radical Face and Family of the Year to name a few. Rachel also does freelance consulting for music festivals including Coachella and Bonnaroo and as well as educational lectures at Universities. Previous to Nettwerk Rachel worked at Silva Artist Management.

Based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY since 2000, I have worked in pretty much every aspect of the music business. From working in small indie record stores (Rebel Rebel, Rough Trade), to running club nights for 15 years in the NYC/Brooklyn area (booking bands, djing, promoting), managing bands, A&R and Sales at various indie labels (Mexican Summer, Rough Trade), working in physical and digital distribution (Alternative Distribution Alliance), to currently co-running my own record label (Kanine Records) and helping start The New Colossus Festival ( in NYC its been an amazing adventure.

But I would have to say my greatest feat has been running and maintaining the healthy environment that Kanine Records ( has had for the past 16 years. From releasing numerous debut releases from indie greats like Grizzly Bear, Chairlift, Surfer Blood, Braids, and many more we have helped culture a true environment of music love. And we continue to do so each day with each new release. You can find the same musical love within many of our newer releases by artists; Tallies, Pearl Charles, Hockey Dad, Honey Lung, Beverly, Fear of Men, Flowers, Pinact, Living Hour, The Natvral, Wooing, and many more.

Anika Mottershaw is the A&R and Project Manager at Bella Union where she has worked for the past eight years. Anika started at Bella Union after moving to London, dropping out from university and meeting label founder Simon Raymonde at the gigs she was going to. Not long after this, Anika became Label Assistant, signing her first artist in 2012. She now works as A&R and is project manager for about half of the roster, working closely with the Bella Union artists. Outside of the label Anika is a huge fan of literature and film, and loves to get involved in creative endeavours as often as possible.

Sam Dabb has been working in and managing Le Pub for 22 years. Under her guardianship it became a top venue on the Uk touring circuit and has been nominated for many awards including NME Small Venue Of The Year, in which it finished third overall and first in Wales. In 2016, when faced with closure due to the sale of the building Sam set up a co-operative and launched a community share offer, enabling Le Pub to move to much bigger premises and become a multi use artspace as well as a venue.

Previous to running a venue Sam sang in a punk band

Music Venue Trust was created in January 2014 to protect the UK live music network by securing the long term future of grassroots venues. Beverley runs the charity, co-ordinates campaigns and communication, fundraises, produces Venues Day, manages the Music Venues Alliance, liaises with arts/cultural sector partners, advises venues and local authorities, represents MVT at national/international meetings.

Beverley has over 20 years’ experience of Arts Development, event management, tour co-ordination, building networks, funding, evaluation and strategy. She has worked as a local government Arts Development Officer in 3 different authorities and as a freelance Arts Consultant in London and Barcelona.

Adam Williams is a Welsh live music promoter based in Cardiff. Adam can be found mostly at Clwb Ifor Bach where he’s the Live Music Manager, also promoting gigs across Cardiff and the occasional small tour across Wales. Since promoting his first show in 2011 Adam has brought the likes of Mogwai, Thee Oh Sees, John Grant, Shame, Low and Wiley to the Welsh capital. Most recently, Adam became the Booker and Programmer for Swn Festival (with Clwb Ifor Bach taking over the reigns in 2018) and in November 2018 launched the first in a series of Welsh Showcase events at The Lexington, London.

Jay Taylor was born in Manchester, the son of a bass player and a showgirl. He has been variously… In-house promoter-manager at Manchester’s Ruby Lounge and Manchester235 Casino, a radio presenter, studio producer, illustrator (notably at Deadline Magazine alongside Jamie Hewlett et al), a music journalist, shoe model, Mister February in the inaugural Beards of Manchester calendar, Gold Blade guitarist, partner in the wonderful folly that was Manchester’s first urban beach project and tour manager for the sensational Ren Harvieu. He’s also worked for the Musicians Union, BIMM, SJM Concerts, the PRS Foundation, Sound City Festival, In the City Festival and The Tipping Point.

Jay is currently carving up his time between running the diary at Manchester’s 27-year-old Night & Day Café (his favourite venue in the world), running a weekly open mic called Open Door at Nook Café in his neighbourhood, lecturing for the Musicians Union and promoting shows elsewhere under his Classic Slum moniker. He’s also drawing one cartoon panel a day to go inside his daughter’s school lunchbox and he hopes to at some point make a 3rd LP by his unwieldy 8 piece combo Bone-box.

Andi Crutwell-Jones is an artist, writer and music producer who has worked for the likes of Fox USA, 19 Entertainment and the BBC, producing and writing music for TV and artists internationally as well as being proactive in artist development. He has worked closley with PRS over the years and has an in depth understanding of royalty collection.

Andi is also working with other industry professionals in order to empower and help artists gain a better understanding of their mental health, and possible issues faced when working in the creative industries.

Nikki is manager of Martyn Joseph’s independent Pipe Records. She also works with him on all aspects of his career, including UK tour bookings, financial planning, PRS and PPL management, along with tour management throughout the UK and organising his annual one-day Festival event, PipeFest.

Sam Comley is Member Development Manager at PPL, the UK’s collective management organisation (CMO) for over 100,000 performers and record companies. At PPL, he works with record labels and emerging performers to ensure they are fully-registered and that their rights are being managed correctly, helping to maximise the revenue they are entitled to receive from around the world.

Outside of PPL Sam runs his own label, Disorder Recordings, and often puts on gigs in London and the South East.

John has worked for PRS for Music for over 24 years. He has long experience of both the Welsh and London music industry. John started as a musician and composer in numerous Welsh language bands before moving to London with a band. Currently he is PRS for Music’s Senior Membership Relations Manager for Wales, he serves all Welsh PRS and MCPS composers, publishers and authors. Before his membership role he worked across several different areas ranging from repertoire and copyright to all aspects of licensing. He initiated the first joint licensing of MCPS and PPL repertoire and was instrumental in devising the blanket licensing of repertoire used by independent production companies for S4C, which is in place to this day.

Having moved back to Wales from London in 2013, his current role for PRS for Music involves dealing with Welsh membership issues on behalf of composers and publishers, hosting PRSfM events, giving seminars at colleges and festivals, and meeting Welsh composers, publishers and key stakeholders.


Mike specialises in explaining difficult stuff in engaging and creative ways. Working with clients ranging from pre-starts to multi-nationals, he specialises in the development of people, places and organisations through effective communication, clear thinking and creative education. He has worked with clients across the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, and through conferences, seminars, festivals and events, has engaged with over 100,000 individuals of all ages and abilities. Mike has supported the FOCUS Wales team since the festival’s inception.

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