Marco Giuliani (PPL)

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Marco Giuliani is a Performer Relations Manager for PPL, the UK’s collective management organisation (CMO) for over one hundred thousand performers and recording rights holders (record companies).  At PPL, he account manages a number of international artists ensuring that their royalties are accurately paid when their music is broadcast or played in public. Marco has a background in music production having released records on the likes of Sony, Southern Fried Records and Coyote Records and working with artists such as AJ Tracey, Trim, Jam Baxter and D Double E. As a DJ he has toured the UK, Europe, Asia and the United States. 

Matt Wanstall (Musicians' Union)


Matt is the MU Regional Organiser for the North of England and takes overall responsibility for advising the region’s members on all manner of industry related issues, copyright, recording and touring, as well as dealing with unpaid fees and employment issues. He previously worked as a keyboard player, programmer, producer and mixer, and is still involved in various writing and production projects. 

Ben Cleverly (Business & IP Centre Leeds)

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Manager of Business and IP Centre Leeds, at Leeds Central Library, for 4 years. Experience in supporting local businesses and dealing with enquiries on all aspects of business information and intellectual property (copyright, trade marks, designs and patents).

Business and IP Centre Leeds, based in Leeds Central Library, is a one-stop source for all your business information and intellectual property (copyright, trade marks, designs and patents) needs. We can help you if you’re taking your first steps in setting up in business or wanting to target new customers or research your market, and we can guide you through the procedures required to help you protect your intellectual property.

Tony Morley (The Leaf Label)


Tony Morley has run The Leaf Label since 1995. The label sprang from his activities as DJ, writer, club promoter and press officer (for 4AD) in the early 90s, and initially began as a hobby, moving to a full time job in 1997, alongside his own No9 promo agency. The label has always operated completely independently, with an efficient DIY ethos and a strong visual aesthetic. In 1999 he established the ahead-of-its-time PostEverything mail order community of labels with Wire’s Colin Newman.Significant artists signed to the label have included Susumu Yokota, Caribou, Asa-Chang & Junray, Murcof, Colleen, A Hawk And A Hacksaw and Efterklang. More recent successes have included Melt Yourself Down, Snapped Ankles and Warmduscher, as well as Mercury Prize nominations for both Polar Bear and The Comet Is Coming. 

Initially based in South London, the label relocated to Yorkshire in 2006. With the metamorphosis of the traditional record company model, Morley has made a logical progression into artist management, production music and publishing (Root & Branch Music), with a new reissue label on the way. He served as a Director on the board of the Association Of Independent Music from 2011 to 2016 

Kirsty Booth (Music Publishers Association)

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Kirsty joined the Music Publishers Group of Companies in 2014 taking on the role of part-time Project & Outreach Manager whilst also working at Fintage Music Publishing as Creative Services Manager. Fintage was sold to Kobalt in late 2016 and as of January 2017, Kirsty re-joined the MPA on a four days a week basis, as Membership & Outreach Manager.

Kirsty has a wealth of experience from the music publishing, recording and management businesses, starting her career with the A&R team at Virgin Music Publishers. After the Virgin Music Group was sold to EMI, Kirsty went on tour with various artists for Circus Productions, a live production company.  She eventually re-joined her former friends and colleagues at Chrysalis Music as Artist Liaison / Production Manager (for their label Hansome Records).

After taking time off to have a child, Kirsty went on to study Commercial Media at the University of Westminster, whilst also working part-time at Bucks Music as Artist Liaison for Rinsin’ Music, specialising in the jungle & drum’n’bass genres. Alongside her music industry career Kirsty has worked with social enterprises such as Media for Development and The Forgiveness Project, where she has used her passion, as well as the skills she has learnt within the music and film industry.


Richard Brown (Arts Council England)

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Richard is part of the Music team in the North at Arts Council England. 

Before joining Arts Council England, Richard served as Manager of the Hebden Bridge Picture House, Managing Director of Arts & Business Yorkshire and previously spent 12 years leading Scotland’s independent record company and publisher Soma Recordings. He also served as Board and Council member of the Association of Independent Music (AIM). Richard’s commercial and artistic experience at senior levels make him expert at understanding the objectives and challenges of music and creative companies alike. 

Lins Wilson (Magick Mountain, Music:Leeds)


Lins Wilson is a cellist, guitarist, bassist and vocalist splitting time between between cello work (primarily as a part of a collective called Buffalo) and her psych garage-rock band, Magick Mountain. As an active and longstanding member of Leeds’ music community she is passionate not only about creating and performing, but also connecting artists, audience and communities through music. Lins has played live in the UK, Europe and US for many many acts including Grammatics, Lone Wolf, Sam Airey, Menace Beach, Pulled Apart by Horses, Sky Larkin and Mother Vulpine. She also works as a creative producer / project coordinator, having delivered projects for Music:Leeds, creative studio Lord Whitney and Transform theatre festival.