Stephen Budd - Founder, Record-Producers.com

After starting in the music business as a roadie in the late 70’s (for Motorhead, Hawkwind, Jayne County, Generation X etc) Stephen went on to start an independent label (Torch Records) scoring several independent hits. He continued into artist management throughout the 1980s representing several successful recording artists including Tanita Tikaram, Sally Oldfield, The Big Sound Authority and latterly, Heaven 17.

After 4 years managing producer Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T Rex, U2) Stephen founded Stephen Budd Management http://www.record-producers.com/ in 1988 as one of the first companies to focus purely on sales, management and career development of songwriters and record producers.

SBM now represents over 30 of the world’s leading songwriters and producers including Rick Nowels, Billy Steinberg, Tore Johansson, Jon Kelly, Mark Wallis, Arthur Baker.

Artists his clients have written and produced for range from Dido, Franz Ferdinand, Kylie Minogue, Santana, Madonna and U2 through to Will Young, Jamelia, Craig David, Ronan Keating, Celine Dion, the Corrs and Jewell.

In 1998 Stephen and Paul Craig started, SuperVison Artist Management which now represents artists including Franz Ferdinand (Domino), Kaiser Chiefs (B Unique / Universal), The Cribs (Whichita), Magnet (Atlantic / Ultimate Dilemma), Cord (Universal Island) and Duels (Nude/V2).

In 2001 he merged his management businesses with Channelfly PLC and became a director of this group of companies which includes the leading UK venues Barfly Clubs (which has 5 live music clubs across the UK showcasing the best in ‘indie’ talent, including The Libertines, The Strokes, The White Stripes and many up and coming new artists); The Fly Magazine (a monthly magazine with an ABC circulation of 110,000).

Stephen is the majority partner in Pollination Music a new successful independent music publisher which has recently signed renowned producer / DJ Paul Oakenfold (Paul wrote the themes for Big Brother, CSI Miami and many other TV shows.

He is a founder and council member of the Music Managers Forum and created the Producer Management Group of the MMF to develop producers rights and initiated the Producer of the Year Award at the annual MMF Roll of Honour awards.