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Motown Manager To Speak At Sound City

Stevie Wonder's UK manager to teach aspiring youngsters

Written by . Published on April 24th 2014.


Motown Manager To Speak At Sound City
 

MAKING it big in the music industry is a hard task, and one that only a handful succeed at.

Whether you make millions during your fifteen minutes of fame, or become an iconic name lasting through the ages, 'making it' is not going to be easy.

So with looking after one of the world’s most famous musicians, as well as working on such legendary Motown Records sounds as Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, The Commodores and Marvin Gaye, Harris has a wealth of knowledge on the music business.

It's a tricky business, one that Keith Harris knows inside out.

And no it's not that Keith Harris with his hand up Orville's jacksie, but the respected music mogul Keith Harris.

Whilst he might not be the one warbling into the microphone or moodily strumming a guitar on stage, Harris has carved out a successful name for himself since starting out at Transatlantic Records in 1974.

Forty years later and he’s still at it, holding the position of Director of Performer Affairs at global music company PPL - the UK's only not-for-profit licencing company for recorded music.

He’s also Stevie Wonder’s UK manager. Yes, THAT Stevie Wonder.

Screen Shot 2014-04-24 At 12.30.42Keith Harris manages Stevie Wonder, yes THAT Stevie Wonder.

So with looking after one of the world’s most famous musicians, as well as working with legendary Motown names such as Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, The Commodores and Marvin Gaye, Harris has a wealth of knowledge on the music business. So who better to speak to the emerging young talents of today?

Sorry, but we'll have to drop-in The Beatles here. Liverpool has a strong musical heritage and the city remains a hub of musical talent with many young starry-eyed musicians dreaming of hitting the big time. Harris is here to talk them through it.

Screen Shot 2014-04-24 At 11.41.11Harris will speak at The Hilton as part of the Liverpool Sound City festival

As part of Liverpool Sound City, taking place at various venues around Liverpool from 2 May, Harris is presenting his expert views on how to make it in the music business. The (catchy) ‘Breaking artists internationally and where the money comes from’ talk will take place at The Hilton Hotel in Liverpool One.

Also presenting is Arwen Hunt, who has worked with international stars such as The Black Lips and Kate Nash. She will share tips and knowledge from her many years at Sony, and now at ATC management.

‘Breaking artists internationally and where the money comes from’ talk will be held at The Hilton, Liverpool, L1 8LW on Friday 2 May at 3.30pm

More information can be found here.

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