European Music Managers Mentorship Activation

Calling Europe's music managers!

This is the first-ever European-wide mentorship program for music managers.

Who is it for?

Managers who have been working in Europe’s music industry for at least 1 year and are looking for new contacts, knowledge-sharing and support to grow their artist’s businesses.

What does it involve?

Managers will be paired with a mentor to support their career growth in 2020. Mentor and mentee will meet virtually for 2 hours per month, maintain email contact as needed and meet in person for at least 1 of several events around Europe (By:Larm, Tallinn Music Week, The Great Escape, Way Out West, Reeperbahn, Music & Media). The whole program will end with a Seminar Day in Warsaw, Poland to summarize the event and all are encouraged to attend.

The EMMMA partners and organizers are committed to diversity and equal opportunity in the music industry and will consider these factors in selecting participants.


Mentors are from around Europe, with a special focus on EMMA’s member states.

Ellie Giles

Ellie started off as a promoter then ended up working in A&R for 7 years, eventually becoming an A&R manager, bringing in artists such as Ellie Goulding and White Lies.

Since then she has built her own management company for the last 8 years. 

She manages 4 artists and 2 producers.

Adam Noble, Bill Ryder – Jones, Brooke Bentham (new), Charlie Russell, Erland Cooper and recently added artist Warmduscher.

Ellie is on the MMF UK board, has a good broad understanding of the industry and is also involved with shesaidso (a female group empowering women in the industry).

David Manders

With over 25 years’ experience in the music industry David Manders is the founder and director of Liquid Management. He started his music career in the late 80s and is renowned for running club nights from Kinky Disco, Solaris and heading-up events at Dazed and Confused.

As an active member of AIM, MMF, BPI and PRS, David has been nominated The Live UK Manager of The Year on three occasions to date. David ventured into management back in the 90’s, where he negotiated and signed the band Life’s Addiction to London Records, leading onto a number of years as tour manager with artists including: Incognito, Oui 3, Lighthouse Family and Urban Species. This led to moving into the office with Ricochet Management where he learnt the nuts and bolts of music management under Stephen King and later the establishment of Liquid Management in 1998. Over the years he has developed a wide array of artists from major-label signings to collaborating with self-releasing artists and guiding new acts in their early years. Liquid Management are known for launching the career of electronic rock act Public Service Broadcasting (PSB), Flamingods and more.

Joan Vich Montaner

Joan Vich Montaner is a Spanish manager entering his third decade of experience in the music industry. Whilst he was the booking director of the Benicassim festival for more than a decade, he started Ground Control Management to help grow the careers of internationally acclaimed Spanish bands like Hinds, The Parrots, Melenas or, more recently, Alien Tango and Megansito El Guapo.

Ania Kasperek

Ania is a manager with a demonstrated history of working in the Music Industry. Skilled in Artist Management, Music Business, Digital Strategy and International Strategy. Strong arts and business professional. Works hands-on with talent, plans and executes strategy, builds and manages teams around artists. Co-founder of all-female Chimes agency – artist management & consulting agency supporting artist & brands in strategy development and implementation. Part of Balance It Out talent development collective. Currently heads management teams for Hildur (IS), Wojtek (PL), Magnus Johann (IS) and Reuben Gray (UK). Regional Label & Marketing Consultant at The Orchard. Experienced in working closely with management boards, stakeholders as well as retail teams, creative teams, PR industry, journalists. Open-minded, creative, professional, persistent, goal-oriented, dynamic. Additionally, Ania is among the co-founders and serves as Operations Manager at European Music Managers Alliance (EMMA).

Jérémie Charbonnel

Jérémie began his career writing songs, after school, for pop stars that will remain unnamed here. He then launched a publishing and management company where he discovered and developed a young artist named Ben l’Oncle Soul. They parted ways after an arena tour and half a million albums sold. He then started with a new partner, Junzi Arts, a management, publishing and live agency.

Dita Kleman

Dita Kleman is an artist manager and chair member of MMF Sweden. Passionate about music, artist relations and people, Dita has worked as a PR manager, production manager, project manager, catering manager and tour manager in Sweden. She has worked for companies such as Live Nation, Sony BMG, Swedish National Radio P3 and Dimberg Management (the home of Roxette and Peter Jöback a.o.). She is involved in Advanced Music Production & Songwriting, a leading education for songwriters and music producers in Sweden with a focus on personal development and mental health. She has been a mentor at Makten Över Musiken, an organization for gender equality in the music industry, and Changers Hub, an organization connecting young entrepreneurs from the suburbs with the business community. Dita currently runs her own management company Rec Sthlm., representing Agnes, Familjen, Ninsun Poli and Petra Marklund. 

Jussi Hautala

“Jusu” is a Finnish music industry enthusiast who’s been involved in artists’ relations for over 10 years managing some of the most esteemed current top artists, songwriters and producers. Versatile background in different genres and projects has positioned him as a forward thinking manager with strong points in contract negotiations, music business management and artist development. 

He’s been a board member of MMF Finland since 2012 and holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Management & Artist Development (Buckinghamshire New University).

The European Music Managers Mentorship Activation (EMMMA) regulations:

  • Applicants must have at least 1 year of experience as music managers
  • Selected applicants must attend all Skype sessions during the duration of the program (2 hours per month)
  • Selected applicants are obliged to attend at least one face to face EMMMA event (By:Larm, Tallinn Music Week, The Great Escape, Way Out West, Reeperbahn, Music & Media, Warsaw-based Seminar Day) at their own expense. We encourage all participants to come to Warsaw for the program finale in December. Details to follow.
  • Selected applicants will be provided with a travel bursary of minimum EUR 200.
  • After completing the programme, each selected applicant will be responsible for providing a year-long business model.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.