OneFest Team Profile

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Sandra Bhatia

Co-Founder / Director

Sandra Bhatia is a music events consultant, project manager and co-founder of OneFest. In 2011, Sandra was selected by the BBC and Big Lottery Fund as Village Champion for the Village SOS TV series. The BBC followed the 400k village regeneration project, which culminated in a Music Festival named Honeyfest, the predecessor to OneFest, headlined by Laura Marling and Damien Rice.

In 2012 Sandra also produced and managed the ‘Peace Mix’ pilot project. A nationwide campaign and talent competition for the Big Lottery Fund to raise the awareness of public funded music spaces across the UK with a prize to support Tinchy Stryder and Maximo Park at the Roundhouse.

Sandra continued working with the Big Lottery Fund, the BPI (BRITS), Global Radio and leading charity UK Youth, on the Big Music Project – a music-led youth outreach programme to empower and inspire young people to increase their social skills and engagement in society.

Previous positions have included several years as Head of Daytime and Content Producer for Antony H Wilson’s ‘In The City Manchester’ and ‘In The City New York’ music conferences, Campaign Producer and Co-ordinator for the PRS for Music ‘Dance Music Project’ – along with other several other music conventions, award shows, club nights and artist management.

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Stephen Budd

Co-Founder / Director

Stephen Budd is a London-based artist manager, festival owner and is Co-Chairman of the Music Managers Forum, the world’s largest trade body of music managers.

Starting in music as a teenage roadie for Motorhead, he later founded Torch Records releasing 7” singles by several influential indie acts and went on to manage significant artists including Heaven 17, Tanita Tikaram, Gang of Four and The Magic Numbers.

He co-founded the highly successful SuperVision Management in 1999, and soon after became a long-term director of live venue / festival group Channelfly PLC  (later named MAMA Group PLC).

Under Stephen Budd Music Ltd he currently manages Songhoy Blues. He owns the producer management business Record-Producers.com. His producers have won Grammy and Brits for Lana del Ray, Lykki Li, Dido, Franz Ferdinand, Cee-lo, Santana, Madonna, The Cure, John Legend, Björk, U2 and recently have worked with Adele, FKA Twiggs.

He co-founded Damon Albarn’s ‘Africa Express’ musical collaborations project that has featured shows at the London Olympics Festival and around the world, as well as releasing films, albums which have featured hundreds of international star acts including Paul McCartney and in June 2016 reunited The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians to headline Glastonbury and Roskilde festivals and The Royal Festival Hall.

He created the annual ‘Passport: Back to the Bars’ charity concert series for WarChild featuring; Coldplay, Florence & The Machine, Bring Me The Horizon, Jamie XX, Bastille, Elbow, The Pet Shop Boys, Amy Winehouse, The Cure, David Gray, The Vaccines, Duran Duran, You Me At 6, Frank Turner, Block Party, Above & Beyond and others, raising over £1.4M to date.

In 2010 he co-founded the NH7 Weekender festival in India which is now in 5 cities yearly and in 2015 featured Mark Ronson, Flying Lotus, SBTRKT, Megadeth, Mogwai, The Wailers and many more.

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Nick Lawrence

Director

Began his career in the square mile working for a variety of financial and commercial organizations to FD level.

  • Established various businesses including an IT venture – guiding it from start up to PLC investment and trade sale
  • Established indie record label leading to a sideline as a DJ (both national and international)
  • Awarded Music Industry Advisor of the Year 2014 by Acquisition International magazine
  • Regular contributor to trade publications Music Week and Music Business Worldwide
  • AIF (Association of Independent Festivals) collaborator

 

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Mark Cotton

Director

Mark Cotton is an independent business development consultant primarily supporting charities and social purpose organisations in strategic development, business planning, funding advice, investment readiness, stakeholder engagement and communications.

Mark was previously Senior Head of Regions for the Big Lottery Fund, the largest distributor of National Lottery funds to good causes, where he was responsible for several regional teams overseeing policy and programme development and delivery, local intelligence, public affairs and external relations, he also played a key role in external communications and customer service improvement across England.

He led the development of several multi-million pound national funding programmes from conception, through design and production, to final delivery and has experience of managing multi-million pound operational and funding budgets.

Prior to this Mark was South West Regional Manager for the New Opportunities Fund and saw the organisation through a merger with the Community Fund to create Big Lottery Fund, where he played a key role in the resulting change implementation project at a national level.

With extensive experience in stakeholder relationship management Mark has developed and continues to expand a broad network of contacts within the public, private and voluntary sectors, utilising these relationships to support clients through a process of change, development and growth.

In his spare time Mark is also Chair and Trustee of Effervescent, a Plymouth based charity working with vulnerable children, Chair of Cosmic, an IT social enterprise in Honiton and Chair of Kaleider, an Exeter based arts organisation.