Andy Edwards is a talent manager and music business executive whose career encompasses artist management, tech start-ups, rights acquisition, touring and major record labels. His expertise spans strategy, marketing, business development and commercial dealmaking. Technology is a constant thread throughout.
He has conducted business globally with artists, executives and entrepreneurs across all genres of music and with everyone from global superstars to cutting edge names. This includes Genesis, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Chase and Status, Pendulum, James Morrison, Dido, Cher Lloyd, Katherine Jenkins, Feeder, Andreya Triana and many others.
Andy serves on the UK Music board in various capacities and currently chairs the UK Music Futures Group. This is a board-type forum that connects young music executives and creators with industry level policy making and government engagement. The group has advocated on mental health, sexual harassment, diversity and inclusion, talent pipeline and music education issues.
On a policy level, Andy plays a leading role in pushing a progressive agenda. This means encouraging a proactive approach to technology, an openminded and transparent approach to commercial business practices and an inclusive approach to encouraging a diverse and healthy working environment. Andy has contributed to the music industry Diversity Taskforce.
Andy is a sought after speaker, moderator and writer for the likes of MIDEM, Music Week, Music Business Worldwide, Record Of The Day, The Great Escape and In The City. He is a respected thought leader who has contributed to the Berklee College of Music Rethink Music report and the MMF’s Dissecting The Digital Dollar reports.
Away from the music business, Andy is an accomplished racing cyclist. In his teenage years he raced alongside the likes of British riders such as Chris Boardman, Matthew Stephens and Mark Lovatt. More recently, he has enjoyed mixing things up in a variety of amateur road races, scoring a number of wins. This includes competing in a number of Elite/ professional level races, including Premier Calendars (which are televised on Eurosport) and the Elite Men’s National Road Race Championships alongside Team Sky and other World Tour level riders.
Off the bike, Andy has coached and mentored younger riders focusing on Elite level racing. This includes organizing skills days and coaching sessions for his cycling club Kingston Wheelers and cycling brands Sigma Sport and G!RO. He has worked with names such as Team Sky’s Rod Ellingworth, Rapha Condor’s John Herety and ex-pros Daniel Lloyd, Matt Stephens and Yanto Barker. Currently, his focus in diversity in cycling. He is working on various initiatives with the Sustainable Cycling Foundation that supports the growth of cycling in Nigeria, in addition to supporting greater diversity in the UK.