• Panel: Management - the new label?
    • Sunday 20 June 1:30pm - 2:30pm


Mark Richardson

Began his music career in 1979 as a musician, bass player.

In 1984 he moved to London and set up promotions company Worldwide talent agency, promoting artists throughout the club network from Madonna to Eric B & Rakim, Bros to Michael Jackson.

In 1986 he moved to Virgin Records working with Soul II Soul, Neneh Cherry and Paula Abdul.

1988 he moved to head the marketing division of SBK Records UK where he oversaw the UK label and the release of Wilson Phillips and Vanilla Ice.

1989 saw a move to CBS Records (later Sony Music) as General Manager for new label S2 directing the careers of Jamiroquai, Des'ree and Reef . Also overseeing all video production for Sony UK; the high point being an US MTV award for Best Video with Jamiroquai's “Virtual Insanity”.

In February 2000, Mark joined Independiente as Managing Director , overseeing the Labels development and artists Travis, Embrace, Gomez, Paul Weller, Supermen Lovers.

Mark has been a board member on the BPI council, the AIM board, and on the board of the OCC (Official Charts Company) deciding rules and policy. Has given expert evidence to a UK Government select committee on Culture media and sport, house of commons - session 2005-06 on New media and the creative industries.

In 2006 after moving with his family to Australia, he set up Forum5 an artist management and investment company in partnership with Fremantlemedia Forum5 debut music artist Bertie Blackman won AIR award for Best Breakthrough artist, an ARIA award for Best independent release and is nominated for The AMP (Australian Music Prize).

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Mark Richardson

Mark Richardson