Patrons

  • Amadou & Mariam

    Amadou & Mariam are a musical duo from Mali, composed of the couple Amadou Bagayoko (guitar and vocals) (born in Bamako 24 October 1954) and Mariam Doumbia (vocals) (born in Bamako 15 April 1958).

    The pair, known as "the blind couple from Mali" met at Mali's Institute for the Young Blind, where they both performed at the Institute’s Eclipse Orchestra, directed by Idrissa Soumaouro, and found they shared an interest in music.

    Amadou & Miriam's Wikipedia page

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  • Lord Clement-Jones CBE

    In 1998, Lord Tim Clemont Jones CBE was made life peer and until July 2004 was the Liberal Democrat Health Spokesman. Thereafter until the General Election in 2010 he was Liberal Democrat Spokesman on Culture, Media and Sport in the House of Lords. Tim was Chairman of the Liberal Party from 1986 to 1988 and Treasurer of the Liberal Democrats from 2005 to 2010.

    Lord Clemont Jones' website

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  • Jon Drape

    Jon Drape is the Managing Director of live music and outdoor event production specialists, Ground Control. He has over 25 years’ experience in the live entertainment industry and has led delivery on some of the UK's most exciting civic events and festivals.

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  • Mat Fraser

    Mat Fraser (born 1962) is an English rock musician, actor and performance artist. Between 1980 and 1995 he was a drummer with several rock bands including Fear of Sex, The Reasonable Strollers, Joyride, The Grateful Dub, and Living in Texas, the latter of which had a number one single in Italy

    Mat Fraser's Wikipedia page

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  • Blaine Harrison

    Blaine Harrison (born Stephen Blaine Harrison on May 23, 1985) is an English musician and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist of the indie rock band Mystery Jets.

    Blaine's Wikipedia page

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  • Susan Hedges

    Susan Hedges is a Liverpool based singer songwriter who has been performing regularly since the age of 10 and released her first album at 13.

    Susan's website

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  • Paul Maynard MP

    Paul is the Member of Parliament for Blackpool North & Cleveleys, taking the seat for the first time in 2010. Paul is the only MP to have started his education in a special school before transferring to mainstream education graduating from Oxford after reading history. As someone who has Cerebral Palsy, which he never lets stand in his way, Paul is determined to represent and inspire everyone to reach their full potential.

    Paul's website

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  • Alan McGee

    Alan McGee (born 29 September 1960) has been a record label owner, musician, manager, and music blogger for The Guardian.

    McGee is best known for co-forming and running the independent Creation Records label from 1983–1999, and then Poptones from 1999-2007. He has managed and championed successful acts such as The Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream, Oasis and The Libertines.

    Alan's Wikipedia page

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  • Isabel Monteiro

    Isabel Monteiro is a Brazilian singer-songwriter and bassist who relocated to England in 1990s and led London-based alternative and dream pop band Drugstore with Dave Hunter (later replaced by Daron Robinson) on guitar and Mike Chylinski on drums. The band's name is taken from the 1989 Gus Van Sant film, Drugstore Cowboy.

    Drugstore's Wikipedia page

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  • Robert Wyatt

    Robert Wyatt (born Robert Wyatt-Ellidge, 28 January 1945, Bristol) is an English musician, and founding member of the influential Canterbury scene band Soft Machine, with a long and distinguished solo career. He is married to English painter and songwriter Alfreda Benge.

    Robert's Wikipedia page

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  • Mike Weatherley

    Mike was the former Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade and in September 2013, he was appointed Intellectual Property Adviser to the Prime Minister.

    An industry expert in Intellectual Property issues, he has used his extensive knowledge of creative industries in Parliament to support UK talent and to campaign for the greater use of Brighton & Hove as a creative hub and filming location.

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