Andy Edwards is a music business executive and artist manager whose career encompasses every aspect of the industry, with a strong technology thread throughout. His focus is commercial deal making and talent representation.
Andy has worked with artists as varied as Yusuf Islam, Chase and Status, Pendulum, Dido, Cher Lloyd, James Morrison, The Guillemots, Phil Collins, Genesis, Feeder, New Order, Katherine Jenkins and Andreya Triana amongst others.
He is a board director of the Music Managers Forum, advises Imogen Heap and the board of the Featured Artists Coalition, and works closely with UK Music, the umbrella organization representing the collective interests of the music industry to government. 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.
Technology has been a constant thread throughout his career. In 1993 he wrote his undergraduate thesis on the digital distribution of music and later worked in a number of digital and start-up roles. He currently advises ticketing start-up, Twickets.
Earlier in his career, Andy worked for both BMG Records and Sony Music in marketing strategy roles. During that time he worked on campaigns as varied as Bob Dylan, Manic Street Preachers, Mariah Carey and Lauryn Hill. He also provided executive support to the then Chairman & CEO.
Andy is a sought after speaker, moderator and writer for the likes of Music Week, MBW, RoTD, The Great Escape, MIDEM and In The City. He is a respected thought leader who has contributed to the Berklee College of Music Rethink Music report and the Dissecting The Digital Dollar reports.
Aside from technology and the music business, Andy is an accomplished racing cyclist. In his teenage years he raced alongside the likes of 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.