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JEM Artists shall be defined by the success of the artists we sign and the managers we work with
— Colin Lester

Colin Lester and Attraction visit China to play for an Audience of 1.3 billion People

Colin with Zoltan Szucs – the Creative Director of Attraction

Colin with Zoltan Szucs – the Creative Director of Attraction

Colin with Attraction, Jackie Chan and  Zoltan Szucs – the Creative Director of Attraction. They performed at the CCTV Spring Gala in Beijing to a television audience of 1.3 billion people.

Colin with Attraction, Jackie Chan and  Zoltan Szucs – the Creative Director of Attraction. They performed at the CCTV Spring Gala in Beijing to a television audience of 1.3 billion people.

Colin Lester Launches Award

First published in Music Week 18 November 2013

Twenty First Artists CEO Colin Lester has launched an award aimed at discovering and nurturing new entrepreneurial talent. The Colin Lester Digital Entrepreneurship Award gives South Hampton University students - both existing and alumni from 2011 onwards - the chance to win a cash prize of £1,000 and up to £9,000 of claimable expenses to develop and support their digital music enterprises. Entries should be based on finding new ways to digitally promote music and artists. The prize also includes mentoring from Twenty First Artists, Lester's London-based international artist management company.

Lester launched the award on Monday (November 18) as he was recognized for his services to the music industry and to the city of South Hampton with an Honorary Doctorate by South Hampton Solent University.

Lester, who has been a Visiting Fellow for the University for the last five years, was presented with his award at a ceremony held at the Southampton Guildhall and gave the keynote address to graduates and guests.

Having helped oversee the careers of successful artists including The Brand New Heavies, Travis and Arctic Monkeys, Lester is best known for his association with South Hampton born Craig David. During their professional relationship David has sold more then 15m records and won numerous awards around the world.

Lester said " I am very grateful to everyone at Southampton Solent University for this wonderful honour. I love working with the students, and they are the inspiration for the new Digital Entrepreneurship .


Colin Lester is awarded honorary doctorate from Southampton Solent University. 

 
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MUSICWEEK publishes Craig David & Colin Lester Profile 15.11.2013

Born To Do It Once Again

Craig David remains thick as thieves with his manager, Colin Lester,15 years after their working relationship began. As David's career enjoys a new lease of life, the duo speak candidly about fighting more fires than most in the music industry and surviving a TV comedian's attempts to 'destroy our brand'

TALENT
BY TIM INGHAM
,When things are going wrong, the only thing you can do as an artist is write your way out. The bottom line is, it's all about your music: you have to keep remembering that you're only ever three minutes away from changing your life" Cmig David knows how it feels to switch from a hot property to a figure of fun. As the noughrics dawned 1 his long-tcnn global superstardom seemed inevitable. David's debut album Born To Do It, released in August 2000, sold an astonishing seven million copies worldwide, including more than a million in the US. His first two singles, Filll Me In and Seven Days, capped a trio of UK No 1s following his 1999 smash with Artful Dodger, Re- Rewind. Please read the full article here

 

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Making moves:  Craig David signed to Colin testers label aged 18 in 1999, At last count, he has sold more than 13 million albums around the world.

Making moves: 

Craig David signed to Colin testers label aged 18 in 1999, At last count, he has sold more than 13 million albums around the world.

 
MUSICWEEK reports London-based management company Twenty First Artists has promoted Alex Fisher from senior artist manager to general manager. Fisher (pictured left) joined the company in 2010, when it merged with CLM Entertainment, but has worked CEO Colin Lester (pictured right) since doing work experience for him in 2007. In his new role he will report to directly to Lester. In his time as senior artist manager, he oversaw the successful campaigns of Tich, Charlie Brown and Angel, and worked with Craig David on his sell out world tour. Recently, the exec took on responsibility for MTV’s Brand New 2013 poll winner Ebony Day, and The Voice 2013 winner, Andrea Begley, currently signed to Capitol Records and working on her debut album. “In this business when you find someone with great potential you need to nurture and guide them. Alex has been with me since the beginning of his career and has been incredibly loyal and a fantastic asset to our company. His promotion to GM is a reward for his hard work and a recognition of the fact that he is a really important part of our plans for the future,” said Lester. Fisher commented: “Twenty First Artists is in a great position to achieve big things moving forward. Colin Lester, the team and the artists we work with make this an inspiring place to work and I am really looking forward to the challenges ahead and the opportunity to build on our existing success.”  

MUSICWEEK reports

London-based management company Twenty First Artists has promoted Alex Fisher from senior artist manager to general manager.

Fisher (pictured left) joined the company in 2010, when it merged with CLM Entertainment, but has worked CEO Colin Lester (pictured right) since doing work experience for him in 2007. In his new role he will report to directly to Lester.

In his time as senior artist manager, he oversaw the successful campaigns of Tich, Charlie Brown and Angel, and worked with Craig David on his sell out world tour. Recently, the exec took on responsibility for MTV’s Brand New 2013 poll winner Ebony Day, and The Voice 2013 winner, Andrea Begley, currently signed to Capitol Records and working on her debut album.

“In this business when you find someone with great potential you need to nurture and guide them. Alex has been with me since the beginning of his career and has been incredibly loyal and a fantastic asset to our company. His promotion to GM is a reward for his hard work and a recognition of the fact that he is a really important part of our plans for the future,” said Lester.

Fisher commented: “Twenty First Artists is in a great position to achieve big things moving forward. Colin Lester, the team and the artists we work with make this an inspiring place to work and I am really looking forward to the challenges ahead and the opportunity to build on our existing success.”

 


 

Colin Lester and Craig David attend No 10 Downing Street meeting

Colin Lester & Craig David at No 10 Downing Street

In the News

 

Universal Publishing Group(UMPG) has partnered with Colin Lester, CEO of global management company Twenty First Artists, and singer/songwriter/producer Craig David to launch JEM Music. The new music publishing Company will aim to sign both new and existing artists and catalogues around the world. Read more

When you go out and buy the latest innovative product to hit the shops, you do not pay attention to the designer of the product but more so the shop you can get the best deal from, the same principle applies to music. You tend to see the finished product but not the blood, sweat and tears that it takes to create and nurture such a product. Read more


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originally published in Music Week July 2012 #36 Colin Lester, CEO, Twenty First Artists Colin Lester began his music industry career as guitarist in the.. read more

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Private Gigs Hold Up Despite Economic Downturn

LONDON – The party might be over for business magnates in RFussia and the United Kingdom, but insiders say private gigs for super-rich individuals remain bug business in Moscow and London. Once the preserve of veteran acts no longer able to draw audiences on the regular touring circuit, in recent years the promise of mega-ruble paydays has lured even current superstars to perform at corporate and private parties, with the sectors growth largely fueled by money from Russia’s new breed of oligarchs.

Please continue to read the whole post in Billboard here

 


 
Colin Lester holds a doctorate of the University of Hertfordshire. Colin speaks regularily on the subject of Music Management

Colin Lester holds a doctorate of the University of Hertfordshire. Colin speaks regularily on the subject of Music Management

 
Left Ben Helfgott (president 45 Aid Society, Holocaust survivor) Lord Sachs, the chief Rabbi, Colin Lester at a fund raising dinner to help survivors who are struggling financially.  

Left Ben Helfgott (president 45 Aid Society, Holocaust survivor) Lord Sachs, the chief Rabbi, Colin Lester at a fund raising dinner to help survivors who are struggling financially.

 

 
 
 
Colin Lester with Craig David at No 10 Downing Street

Colin Lester with Craig David at No 10 Downing Street

 
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Interviewer: Sat Bisla, Founder & President, A&R Worldwide/MUSEXPO (USA) Colin Lester, CEO of Twenty First Artists, Universal's management business, discussed how to succeed in music management today. Lester has managed acclaimed trend-setting acts, from punk revivalists Arctic Monkeys to neo-soul artist Craig David, and was involved in setting up Twenty First Artists.

 

Colin Lester with Alex Dyke at BBC Solent

Mr and Mrs Colin Lester

Mr and Mrs Colin Lester

 

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