At the top of their respective fields, each of the high-profile individuals brings with them a unique and unrivalled insight into the music industry along with a wealth of invaluable knowledge and experience which has been amassed throughout their highly successful careers. Their collective expertise will be vital in the continued evolution of GigRev’s dynamic new platform which provides artists with a far more direct and meaningful connection to their fan base.
The first to join GigRev’s advisory board is Adam Driscoll; Former Co-Founder and CEO of MAMA Group Plc. MAMA Group Plc owned live music venues including Hammersmith Apollo and festivals such as Global Gathering. Adam and his team also managed over 30 artists in the UK including Franz Ferdinand and Kaiser Chiefs.
Phil Nelson joins Adam on the advisory board. Phil has been a full-time artist manager since 1988 when he managed The Levellers. He is also former vice chairman of The Music Managers Forum and co-founded Brighton’s Great Escape Festival.
Danny Bowes is the final advisor to take a place on the board. Best known as the singer in legendary UK rock band Thunder, Danny has experience in multiple areas of the music business. Danny has managed Thunder since 2000 and has also been a promoter, TV production manger, tour manager and run an independent record label.
Founder and CEO of GigRev Kevin Brown says; “We are absolutely made up to welcome Adam, Phil and Danny to the team as members of our advisory board. I have such respect for each of them and what they have achieved in their careers. Between them they have been involved in all areas of the music industry and bring a different perspective to the table which is key. I’m so confident that with their input we will keep revolutionising the way in which artists connect with their fan base and will collectively work hard towards our shared goal; to put control back in the hands of the artist”.
GigRev has developed a dynamic new social media platform which connects artists directly to their fan base, driving a far closer two-way relationship than has been seen in recent years. This ‘digital fan club’ takes the form of a free to use and individually branded app for iPhone, Android and Apple TV, which provides artists with their own exclusive communication channel for their videos, music and chat as well as a comprehensive gig listings system which works with almost every ticket agent in the world. Fans register within the app to use it freely. Compelling artist generated content drives the conversion from free app user to fully fledged digital fan club member.
Using the GigRev platform for social interaction has mutual benefits for both artist and fan. Driving fans into the app enables artists to capture vital fan data which they don’t have access to via mainstream social sites which act as ‘gatekeepers’ between the artist and their fans. It also increases meaningful and measurable engagement, establishes a loyal fan-base and converts fans into active app users.
GigRev has already built a range of customised apps for a plethora of high-profile artists which are poised for imminent launch.
Advisory Board Biographies
Founder CEO/Co-CEO of entertainment company MAMA Group Plc, Adam helped grow MAMA from £150k in revenues in 1999 to £50m by 2010. The company had interests in live music through the ownership of over 20 venues including the Hammersmith Apollo, Kentish Town Forum, Heaven, The Jazz Café and Barfly Clubs as well as festivals including Global Gathering (50,000 attendees) and Lovebox (25,000 attendees). Adam and his team also managed over 30 artist in UK including Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs and a further 80 artists through a North American JV which included Stereophonics, Dido, Avril Lavigne. MAMA was publicly listed and was acquired by HMV group in 2010. Adam is currently Co-CEO for Vision Nine Entertainment Group and non-executive director of Pulse Films and Director of Punchdrunk and brings a lot to the table.
Phil became a full-time artist manager in 1988 managing The Levellers. In his 26 years as a manager, he has been an integral figure in the music industry, from setting up The Levellers’ Metway Studios and helping establish Beautiful Days Festival in Devon, to being vice chairman of The Music Managers Forum for 8 years as well as co-founding Brighton’s Great Escape Festival. His other artists include or have included The Longpigs, Octopus, Aqualung, Duke Special, Sweet Billy Pilgrim and Foreign Slippers, some of whom have released albums on his own labels: Hag and Adventures in Gramophone. On his wall hang 2 Platinum & 8 Gold discs. Outside of management, Phil lectures at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music.
Danny Bowes is known primarily as a singer, for Thunder, a legendary UK rock band with a fan oriented approach to their business. Consequently they enjoy the kind of fan loyalty most bands would kill for. What is not generally known is that he has huge experience in a great many areas of the music business. He has managed Thunder since 2000, worked as an agent at The Agency Group (now United Talent Agency) with Neil Warnock, been a promoter, a TV production manager, tour manager, run an independent record label, and produced live concert films. He is a natural entrepreneur, and uniquely qualified to offer sound advice to Gig Revolution. Currently Danny is co-founder of Solid Music Management
Founder and CEO of GigRev: Kevin Brown
Former CEO and founder of Affiliate Window Ltd, sold to Axel Springer in 2009 with a revenue of over £110m, staff of over 200 and offices in London and Baltimore (USA). Kevin built the company with his own software, led the company for 11 years, acquired Buy.At from AOL for over £10m and oversaw the exit to Axel Springer in Germany. Affiliate Window is now part of Zanox in Germany and continues to grow. Artist Manager for The Australian Pink Floyd Show and The South. The Australian Pink Floyd Show are regarded as a “Greatest Tribute Show in the World” – The Times, and during the time of management played over 120 shows a year in the US, Europe and USA with many shows as big as 11,000 people in arenas including The O2 Arena London and the Bell Center in Quebec.