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Stephen Budd's Biography

Starting as a teenage roadie (for Motorhead, Generation X etc), Stephen founded indie label 'Torch' in 1980, signing and managing The Sound, The Big Sound Authority and The Cardiacs. He later went on to manage artists including Tanita Tikaram, Sally Oldfield, Heaven 17 and Gang of Four.

In 1984 Stephen met producer Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T Rex, U2) who invited him to become his manager and to run his ‘Good Earth’ recording studio in Soho. 

After 4 years he founded Stephen Budd Management in 1988 as one of the first companies to focus purely on sales, management and career development of songwriters and record producers.

SBM has grown to become the second largest company of its kind in the world representing over 30 leading songwriters and producers including; Rick Nowels, Tore Johansson, Ken Nelson, Valgeir Sigurðsson and Arthur Baker, who have produced hits by the likes of Dido, Franz Ferdinand, Katie Melua, N Dubz,Kylie Minogue, Camille, Colby Caillet, John Legend, Yusuf Islam, N-Dubz, Bonnie Prince Billy, Bjork, Nelly Furtado, Santana, U2, Coldplay and many more.

In 1999 Stephen co-founded SuperVision Management with Paul Craig and in 2001 became a director of the Channelfly PLC Group, which then included SBM, the Barfly Clubs, The Fly Magazine and SVM, which has now grown to represent Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs, The Vaccines, White Lies, The Cribs, Crystal Castles and many more. 

In 2003 he founded Pollination Music Publishing, signing Paul Oakenfold.

Channelfly became MAMA Group PLC in 2006 which now also owns several other venues including Hammersmith Apollo, The Forum, Jazz Café, Borderline,The Garage etc and co-owns festivals including; Lovebox, Global Gathering andThe Great Escape. 

In January 2010, MAMA Group was purchased by HMV PLC.

In 2009 Stephen took on personally managing The Magic Numbers and Dry the River through SuperVision Management and in 2010 co-founded, (with Glastonbury Festival’s Martin Elbourne, The GreatEscape’s Jon Mac and Indian music entrepreneur Vijay Nair) a new music festival in Pune, India called NH7 Weekender, which features the cream of UK and Indian ‘Indie Rock’ bands.

Stephen's other activities include; 

Co-founding the Africa Express project with Damon Albarn, Ian Birrell and others to promote musical collaborations via hosting trips to Africa formusicians and collaborative concerts world-wide.

He is a founder member and long-term council member of The Music Managers Forum

Stephen has given lectures around the world for The British Council andat ITC, SXSW, The Great Escape etc.

He has appeared on many TV shows,documentaries and featured in several books.

He created thesuccessful ‘Passport : Back To The Bars’ project, featuring major artists (inc.Amy Winehouse, Elbow, Sugababes,The Cure, David Gray etc) playing in the Barfly Clubs raising funds for WarChild and Shelter charities.

A life-long Arsenal Football Club fan, he founded 'The Music Industry Gooners' club and co-produced the Arsenal Players End Of Season Charity Ball 2009 with The Who's Roger Daltrey and others.



Record Producer Management, Artist Management, Music Publishing, Festival booking, Film Music Supervision,TV Presenting, Specialist Talks. 



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