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Keith Harris – MusicTank

Keith Harris

MusicTank Chair & Industry Advisor

Consultant specialisms include: artist management; performer affairs; collective management of neighbouring rights and music business higher education. Keith Harris began work in the record industry in 1974.  The first record company for which he worked was a small independent UK label called Transatlantic records.  The label represented mainly British folk musicians but also distributed the Blue Note and Milestone Jazz labels.  In 1976 he joined EMI Records where he initially worked for several in-house EMI labels in the promotions department.  These labels included Rocket where he worked on the Elton John album ‘Blue Moves’, Fantasy, Ariola and EMI International.   He then joined Motown, which was an EMI licensed label.  He worked for Motown for two years ending up as General Manager for the label.  During his period at the label he worked with artists such as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, The Commodores, Rick James, The Supremes, Thelma Houston and Stevie Wonder.

Keith left Motown in 1978 and moved to Los Angeles to work with Stevie Wonder and became Operations Manager for Stevie’s companies.  On his return to the UK in 1982 he formed his own management company and has been involved in the management of various UK based artists since. He has managed Junior Giscombe, Junior Tucker, Paul Johnson, & Omar.

Keith managed the late Lynden David Hall, and still represents Stevie Wonder.

Other roles include: Chairman of MusicTank; Consultant in Performer Affairs for PPL; Former Chairman the MMF; Trustee of the British Music Experience, the Midi Music Company and EMI Music Sound Foundation. Keith was awarded an Honorary D.Litt (Doctor of Letters) by the University of Westminster in November 2007 where Keith was a visiting lecturer, BA Commercial Music, from 1990s to 2008. Keith was awarded an OBE June 2015 for services to the music industry.  

Keith is no longer associated with MusicTank.