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MPG (UK) announces new patrons

David Davies 29 November 2010
MPG (UK) announces new patrons

Nicky Graham and Blue Weaver have been appointed as patrons of the Music Producers Guild (UK) in recognition of their services to the organisation over many years.

The invitation was extended at the Music Producers Guild’s 2010 Annual General Meeting, which took place at the Leicester Square Theatre in London.

Currently serving as a writer director on the PRS Board, Graham is a former MPG chairman with production credits including Bonnie Tyler and Bros. He is currently completing work on a musical based on the life of Marc Bolan.

A former MPG board member who now lives between London, Germany and Southern Spain, Weaver has worked with artists as disparate as Amen Corner, Mott the Hoople, Barbra Streisand and Lou Reed.

MPG chairman Steve Levine (pictured) commented: “We are delighted that Nicky and Blue have accepted our offer to become MPG patrons. They are very talented producers with impressive CVs. Having them as patrons lends the MPG gravitas and enhances our standing within the context of the wider music industry. Their willingness to share their knowledge also benefits our younger members as they both have a wealth of experience that covers many aspects of the music industry.”

The Music Producers Guild also announced a number of changes to its board, including the appointment of two new directors – producer/engineer Russ Hepworth-Sawyer and Sue Sillitoe, director of White Noise Public Relations Ltd, who has for some time been responsible for the Guild’s press and PR activities. Former MPG vice chairman Phil Harding stood down and Richard Lightman was elected in his place. He now co-chairs the Guild with Mark Rose.

More than 40 member of the MPG attended the AGM and money was raised during the event for MPG supported charity, the RNID.

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