Radio 1 broadcaster, author and label owner signals his support for musicians’ causes through Ambassadorial role at the charity
(Wednesday, October 30) Phil Taggart, the highly respected Radio 1 broadcaster, author and label owner, has today been confirmed in the official role of Help Musicians Ambassador, aligning with the charity in its continued mission to support a world where musicians thrive.
Phil’s career evolution from bass player to music industry broadcaster, writer, presenter, label owner and author places him as an incredibly experienced and knowledgeable advocate for the charity’s cause. His recent Help Musicians-supported book, The Slacker Guide to The Music Industry, has already proven to be an invaluable resource for independent and DIY artists – the very same segment of artists that Help Musicians has committed to support through its highly successful Do it Differently Fund, which Phil was involved in as part of the industry consultation research phase.
While Phil will work to support the charity’s vital work on a national basis, his Northern Irish roots will also make a valuable contribution through collaborations with the Help Musicians office based in the Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast.
Phil will make his first appearance as a Help Musicians Ambassador at BBC Music Introducing Live on Thursday October 31 (13:15, The Boardwalk) when he hosts the first of three panels from the charity. ‘How To Build The Three Pillars of An Artists Career’ will feature Friction and MC Linguistics (Thursday), Slaves’ Laurie Vincent (Friday), and Ayanna Witter-Johnson (Saturday), you can read more about Help Musicians’ presence at the event here.
Phil Taggart comments: “I’ve been working with Help Musicians since 2018 and have been consistently blown away by not only the huge breadth of support they offer but also the difference they make to the musicians they help. I worked closely with the team on my book and have experienced first-hand how passionate they all are about the careers, health and business needs of our artists, so I jumped at the chance to become an official Ambassador. Starting with BBC Music Introducing Live this week, I’m looking forward to being even more involved with the amazing work the charity does and will do as it turns 100 in 2021.”
Claire Gevaux, Director of Programme, Help Musicians said: “I am delighted to welcome Phil into the role of official Ambassador at Help Musicians. It became clear through working with him that we have shared values and his collaborative, passionate approach to all that he does made him a natural ally of the charity. It was an obvious progression to align officially now, with a vision to support musicians so that they thrive, not just survive. Phil’s wealth of lived experiences, knowledge and career insights make him a hugely credible authority on the needs of musicians in many areas. We look forward to collaborating with Phil to raise awareness of our work to even more musicians in need of our help as we approach our centenary and beyond.”