Diane Wagg becomes sole MMF chair as Stephen Budd steps down

Diane Wagg becomes sole MMF chair as Stephen Budd steps down

Deluxxe Management's Diane Wagg has become the sole chair of the Music Managers Forum (MMF) following the organisation's annual general meeting. 

Nostromo Management's Paul Craig, co-manager of Biffy Clyro, has been elected to the new role of vice-chair, in the wake of yesterday's AGM, while Stephen Budd (pictured, right), of Stephen Budd Management, who served as co-chair with Wagg since 2014, has stepped down to focus on a number of upcoming projects, including the Give a Home concert series promoted by Amnesty International and Sofar Sounds for World Refugee Day. 

“Working with Stephen these past three years has been a pleasure," said Wagg (pictured, left). "He’s one of the industry’s best loved characters and sharpest entrepreneurial operators. Together we’ve overseen the continued development and progress of the MMF as a trade organisation that represents and is relevant to the full diversity of the UK’s music management community. That work carries on to create a transparent and fair world for all artists, including well over a thousand of the best acts on the planet who are represented by our ever increasing membership.

"While Stephen continues to break new and exciting ground with the Give a Home concert series, I am delighted to welcome onboard Paul Craig, who has played such a fundamental role in developing Biffy Clyro into the all-conquering festival-headlining band that they are today, as our first ever vice-chair.” 

Budd said: “Coming to the end of my three-year term as co-chair, I’m delighted that Diane has agreed to stay on and that Paul Craig, who I have known well for over 20 years, will assist her as vice-chair. It's been a privilege to help the MMF grow and develop its program over that period and I will continue to serve on the board."

Following a change in governance, the MMF has also announced the first five board members to be elected under a new voting process. They are Claire Southwick (Primitive Management), Ellie Giles (Various Artists), Paul Crockford (Paul Crockford Management), Steven Braines (The Weird & Wonderful) and Tom Burris (ie:music).

Designed to increase diversity and inclusivity, the move will see the organisation’s 16-person board rotate on an annual basis - with members elected to serve a fixed three-year term, and with at least five members required to stand down each year to make way for a newly-elected group. 

Brian Message (ATC Management) and Paul Burger (Soho Artists) have also been re-elected to the board.

Outgoing board members Carol Crabtree (Solar Management), Gary McClarnan (Sparklestreet), Ian McAndrew (Wildlife Entertainment), Scott Rodger (Quest Management) and Tim Clarke (ie:music) were all elected into the newly-formed MMF Custodians - a group consisting of some of the UK’s most experienced and esteemed music managers, who will meet on a bi-annual basis to help advise on MMF policy. 

Commenting on the newly-formed board, MMF CEO Annabella Coldrick said: “The constant challenge for all trade bodies is to balance continuity with relevancy - to ensure you can deliver the services and lobbying demanded by your existing membership, while providing the pathways and encouragement for a new generation to get involved.  

“It is a constant cycle, but having added 100 managers to our fold in the past year I believe the MMF is now starting to reach that sweet spot where members can get involved at a level that works for them, and regardless of background or genre they represent.  On that front, I must pay tribute to Paul Burger who, as Chair of our Governance Committee, has undertaken an immense amount of work behind the scenes to develop more clearly-defined rules of Governance and to ensure the MMF can go forward on a stable and coherent footing.” 

Read Music Week's recent Big Interview with Coldrick here.

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