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.
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 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.
Oliver has worked in a broad range of educational settings, formal and informal, with a variety of learners since 2001. Before taking up his role as Director of Education & Skills with UK Music he had been lecturing in education and human geography at Aberystwyth University and undertaking doctoral research. His educational experience encompasses widening access to HE programmes, undergraduate tutoring, community education, schools, and youth work with a creative focus (as musician, composer, deviser and performer). He was also extensively involved in the voluntary sector in his home-county of Ceredigion in mid-Wales both as community worker and trustee with the County Voluntary Council and his local Communities First partnership. He is currently trustee of Creative & Cultural Skills and on the advisory board for Live Music Exchange. He has played music since his teens in a variety of bands and composed and performed for theatre and TV. For a number of years he was drummer for a lion dance troupe and has also been long-listed for the BBC Fame Academy Award and was a finalist in the John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry in his native Wales.