With over forty years’ experience in the music industry, I offer in-depth knowledge and expertise as well as a raft of international contacts, to clients and partners who require:

  • Guidance on media banking, corporate finance as well as private equity contacts and specialist know-how.
  • Non-Executive Director in media-related businesses
  • Advice and assistance in all aspects of music management from structuring and negotiating publishing and recording, through to production, artist management, agreements, etc.
  • High level project management
  • Strategic planning and advice for media businesses
  • Supervision of all music-related litigation
  • An expert witness; experienced in assisting and instructing solicitors, writing detailed reports and testifying in court.

 

I’ve been fortunate enough to make my living doing something I love for more than forty years. I’ve seen the music industry change from a business populated almost exclusively by unschooled enthusiasts to one which employs “professionals” from other industries and has established its own school to educate the next generation of artists, songwriters and business leaders. Outside investors, banks and private equity funds employ media specialists and have made significant investments in music. The industry has become thoroughly professional.

I’ve witnessed and participated in numerous game changing developments. The move from a singles market in the 50s and early 60s to an album market by the late 60s. From vinyl to cassette and eight track cartridge, to CD to mp3 downloads and filesharing. I’ve observed the enormous growth generated by the CD boom, increasing professionalisation and the subsequent contraction of income as a result of new technology.

The traditional industry gatekeepers have been swept aside and the barriers to entry dramatically lowered. Today an artist can record their performance on a laptop and distribute, market and promote it directly to the customer. My experience and contacts give me a unique perspective from which to take advantage of the opportunities presented.

Having been active in senior positions, including the boards of most industry trade bodies, I’ve taken part in and worked through all the stages of the development of the modern music industry. My partners and I sold Stage Three Music, our successful music publishing company, in 2010. I’ve since in part occupied myself helping friends and acquaintances who have sought my advice or wanted me to effect introductions. It was flattering that they thought I could help but, more importantly, it brought home to me the fact that my experience is unusually broad and varied, ranging from start ups (as Virgin was when I met Nik and Richard), Stock Exchange quoted companies (as Chrysalis Group was when I joined the board) or private equity backed companies, as was Stage Three Music. I realised too that my relationships with media bankers, private equity executives, corporate finance boutiques and other media finance executives could be put to use more extensively to the benefit of my contacts in the financial and media sectors.

I now offer my services, experience and contacts to companies and individuals needing help in navigating the complex and challenging terrain of the modern music industry.

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Testimonials

‘I have known Steve since he was 16 years old when he was very much involved in the birth of Virgin. You will find few people in the music business or elsewhere with the breadth, width, and depth gained over four decades, of his knowledge of the business not to mention his integrity- a rare quality in the entertainment business! I would without hesitation recommend him. And because of his integrity he has not paid me a penny to write this’

— NIK POWELL CO-FOUNDER VIRGIN GROUP, DIRECTOR NATIONAL FILM AND TELEVISION SCHOOL, CHAIRMAN SCALA PRODUCTIONS

“Steve Lewis was CEO of Chrysalis Group’s Music Division from 1993 to 2001. He restructured the division bringing in some key executives, many of whom stayed with the company for a substantial period of time. He was instrumental in attracting a $20m investment from Pony Canyon, a division of the Japanese media group Fuji Sankei, which co-funded the new record company Echo. Throughout his time at the company, Steve played a full role as a main board director and we were sorry to see him go when he chose to leave the company.”

— CHRIS WRIGHT CBE, FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN CHRYSALIS GROUP, CHAIRMAN BMG CHRYSALIS

“Ingenious was the first investor in Stage Three Music Ltd. in 2002. I was Chairman from the outset until our successful exit in 2010. Steve and I shared a vision of a different type of publishing company and he made that vision reality. As CEO, Steve recruited a first class team of executives in the UK and US, made 13 successful catalogue acquisitions and  assembled a writer roster of outstanding quality. Staff, writers and investors were all delighted with the outcome and the high standards he brought to every area of the company’s activity.”

— PATRICK MCKENNA FOUNDER/CEO INGENIOUS MEDIA, CHAIRMAN YOUNG VIC THEATRE, CHAIRMAN HATRICK PRODUCTIONS, CHAIRMAN OF THE ADVISORY BOARD FOR GOLDSMITHS COLLEGE INSTITUTE FOR CREATIVE AND CULTURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

“Stage Three was one of the most balanced, high quality and well run catalogues BMG has acquired. Steve Lewis selectively built one of the leading UK independent music publishing companies in just seven years, assembling a unique catalogue of music rights and representing some of the most iconic names in the industry: Aerosmith, Eminem, Eric Clapton, Take That and ZZ Top.”

— HARTWIG MASUCH, CEO OF BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT

“I have known Steve Lewis for over 30 years – his career has extraordinary breadth and depth being in time artist manager, label executive, and latterly one of the most successful  music publishers in Britain.  My research into the DNA of a great music publisher reveals two defining  characteristics – a strong personality and business acumen – and this is demonstrated by an understanding of and working with artists and writers, lawyers and financiers,  understanding the complex international structure of musical rights management.  Steve has these characteristics in spades.”

— STEPHEN NAVIN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE MUSIC PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION.

Throughout his 40+ years in the music industry, Steve has worked with some of the biggest and best known artists in the world. He has consistently delivered innovative and thoughtful methods of exploiting his artists’ work – bringing new income streams or better exploiting the existing streams whilst at the same time maintaining artistic integrity – no mean achievement.

— NICK PRICE, MANAGING DIRECTOR & HEAD OF MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, HSBC PRIVATE BANK UK

“Steve’s strategic advice and practical help enabled me to stabilise the company and successfully address various complex issues with writers and staff during a recent period of change at Perfect Songs and the SPZ group of companies. The clarity of his thinking, the extent of his contacts and the depth of his experience was invaluable.”

— TREVOR HORN CBE, LEGEND, HIT SONGWRITER, ARTIST, RECORD PRODUCER, OWNER PERFECT SONGS, STIFF RECORDS, ZTT RECORDS

“As well as being an outstanding music executive, Steve understands how the media finance sector works and how, as bankers, we view the music industry. He is also one of the best connected players in media”

— SIMON BUMFREY, HEAD OF TELCOMS, MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY, BANK OF IRELAND

“I’ve known Steve Lewis for more than 30 years. He is one of the few people who understands both the music and the business. He has a unique understanding of the attributes of songwriters, artistes and record producers”

— STEVE LEVINE, LEGENDARY RECORD PRODUCER (CULTURE CLUB, BEACH BOYS AND MANY MORE), SONGWRITER, CHAIRMAN OF THE MUSIC PRODUCERS GUILD

“I’ve known Steve for more than 30 years. He is one of those rare executives who is equally at home in the dressing room or the board room and is highly regarded by songwriters and artists as well as executives.”

— RICHARD GRIFFITHS, OWNER MODEST MANAGEMENT (ONE DIRECTION, JLS, ALISON MOYET, LEONA LEWIS

“Over the years, Steve has really helped me gain a better understanding of the music & entertainment industries. As a corporate banker I have always been very impressed by Steve’s financial literacy & commercial judgement.”

— JOHN DIXON, HEAD OF TECHNOLOGY, MEDIA AND TELECOMS, ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND CORPORATE & INSTITUTIONAL BANKING.

“Having acted for Steve for 35 years I know he has experience in all areas of the music industry and beyond. He is one of the most accomplished and well respected executives with whom I’ve worked”.

— HOWARD JONES, LEADING MUSIC INDUSTRY LAWYER, MANAGING PARTNER SHERIDANS

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