Andy Edwards has spent the bulk of his professional career in the music business, most recently in artist management and previously in various tech start-ups, rights acquisition, touring and major record labels (BMG Records and Sony Music). His expertise spans strategy and analysis, marketing and business development in addition to commercial dealmaking and talent representation. 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, New Order and many others.
Andy has served on the UK Music board in various capacities and is a board director of the Music Managers Forum (MMF). He has previously advised Imogen Heap and the board of the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC). On a policy level, Andy plays a leading role in pushing a progressive, tech-friendly agenda while fiercely guarding the rights of creators to be fairly remunerated both within the industry and to government. He leads the Futures Group on behalf of UK Music, which engages with younger executives from across the music industry and has contributed to the 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.
His experience in government engagement, policy, mentoring, diversity and inclusion has led Andy to take an informed interest in broader social issues. Democracy is not a spectator sport and we all have an opportunity to apply our own life experiences to improving the lives of others and the world around us.
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 three wins. He has competed alongside professional racing cyclists almost half his age including a number of 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 and industry colleagues interested in improving their riding. This includes organizing skills days and coaching sessions for Kingston Wheelers, Sigma Sport and others involving the likes of Rod Ellingworth, Daniel Lloyd, Matthew Stephens, Yanto Barker and Chris Lillywhite amongst others.