Globally respected music journalist launches new podcast

A brand-new podcast curated by industry veterans, Mark Sutherland and exec producer Mike Walsh is being launched.

Conceived as a weekly look at the latest music industry news and views, The Money Trench – named after the infamous Hunter S. Thompson misquote about the music business – will bring listeners insights from the global music industry every Monday.

Each episode will discuss and debate the hot topics of the week and delve into the experiences of renowned artists and influential music business leaders who will share their thoughts on the industry of now and the future.

The first episode will feature Lorna Clarke, BBC Director of Music, who tells the story of her career and what it is like to be running the biggest music and media event of the year – the BBC at Glastonbury.

Music industry experts confirmed for future episodes include Ferdy Unger-Hamilton (Promised Land Music, ex Columbia, Polydor, Virgin), Tara Richardson (T Time Management, ex Q-Prime), PR guru Alan Edwards (Outside Organisation – Prince, David Bowie, Spice Girls), Darcus Beese OBE (Darco Recordings/Warner Music UK, ex Island Records), Toby L (co-founder, Transgressive) and team, Annabella Coldrick (CEO of the MMF), Ben Wynter (Power Up, AIM), and Caroline Elleray & Mark Gale (Second Songs, ex Universal Music Publishing).

Mark Sutherland is a well-known music journalist and broadcaster with more than three decades of experience. He’s written for and edited publications such as Billboard, Music Business Worldwide, Music Week, NME, Rolling Stone, and Variety, as well as contributing to BBC Radio 6 Music.

Exec Producer, Mike Walsh is former Head of Music for XFM/Radio X whose career spans major labels, artist management, tech and radio. Having started out more than 30 years ago at the Parlophone label, he is now an artist manager, ERA board member and a partner in music retailer, Serenade.

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Mark Sutherland and Mike Walsh

Commenting on the podcast’s launch, Mark Sutherland said: “As global music revenues approach record levels, and new platforms and business models transform the music ecosystem, there’s never been a more exciting time to cover how the industry works and the people who make it tick.

“We want to make TMT an essential feature of the music biz landscape, so please join us as we dig deep into the most exciting industry on the planet.”

The Money Trench is sponsored by PPL, which celebrates its 90th year in business this year and the production partner is Tape Notes – the team behind the renowned John Kennedy podcast of the same name.

The podcast is also in support of Earth/Percent, the music industry’s climate foundation. Co-founded by Brian Eno, Earth/Percent works with scientists, researchers, and activists, to help the music industry support the most impactful climate organisations around the world.

In addition to the podcast, a weekly newsletter each Friday will feature a round up and comment on the music industry news of the week along with a preview of the upcoming podcast episode.

Episode will be available each Monday from 24 June across all streaming platforms.

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