Artist Managers – The New A&Rs?

Sat May 6th 15:45-16:30 | Nortvegia

This panel will discuss and put a focus on the work of managers when we talk about promoting artists at an international level, but also to discuss how the work of managers has changed in regards to the development – or disruption of the traditional music business. The panel will consist of managers working out of the Nordic region, so it is obvious also to discuss how streaming is used strategically.

Panel:Stefan Facius/Heartbeat Management, Antti Kosonen/PME, Matthew Greer/ATC & Babak Azarmi/RMH Sweden.

Moderator: Jakob Sørensen/The Bank

Presented by Promus & SPOT+

Stefan Facius (DK)

Manager & Booking Agent, Heartbeat Music
Stefan is co-owner of the management bureau Heartbeat Management and represents a small handfull of artists such as Go Go Berlin, Bon Homme, Lydmor, Carpark North and Jacob Dinesen. Stefan has earlier been employee at the booking bureaus MN Music, Recart & Copenhagen Music.

Antti Kosonen (FI)

Co-Founder & COO, PME
Antti Kosonen is a co-founder and COO of PME Records a boutique music company based in Helsinki, Finland. Antti is part of a new wave of entrepreneurs in the music field in his home country. His experience ranges from running the companys business side to a variety of operational tasks, including label work, publishing and management. He is currently working with artists like ALMA, JVG, Reino Nordin and Elias Gould, among others.

Babak Azarmi (SE)

Founder & Manager, RMH Sweden
Babak Azarmi is the manager and branding strategist for artist such as Silvana Imam, Erik Lundin, Cherrie, Leslie Tay & Michel Dida. He has worked with brands such as Red Bull, Tiger of Sweden, G-Shock and Sandqvist. In 2006 he founded RMH Sweden, a management company, label and creative consultancy, with the ambition to create cultural expressions instead of just following fashions.

Jakob Sørensen (DK)

MD & Partner, The Bank
Jakob Sørensen is MD & Partner of the management and publishing agency The Bank that works with artists such as The Minds Of 99, TopGunn, Eloq, AV AV AV, Thanks, Vera and more. Earlier Jakob was MD at Copenhagen Records from the period 2004-2013 and here he worked with artists such as Nephew, Nik&Jay, Alphabeat and Lukas Graham.

Matthew Greer (UK)

Artist Manager, ATC Management
Matthew Greer is a UK-based Artist Manager at ATC Management. The management started about 15 years and currently manages artists such as Radiohead, PJ Harvey and many more. Matthew himself are currently working with Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes, A top 10charting rock band, and Half Moon Run, fast rising Canadian indierock superstars.