Help Musicians UK appoints Liz Stokes and Alex Mann into new Communications roles

Help Musicians UK (HMUK) today announced that it has appointed Liz Stokes and Alex Mann as Communications & PR Manager and External Affairs Manager respectively.  

Liz and Alex join the charity in these newly created roles within the Communications team to work under Indy Vidyalankara, Head of Strategic Communications and Christine Brown, Director of External Affairs and Business Development.

Liz has spent over a decade in the music business in both journalism and PR. Starting her career on consumer titles, Liz edited the O2 Arena’s in-house magazine, Venue, as well as freelancing across a range of publications before moving to the industry-facing title Record of the Day.

As Editor of RotD, Liz has become a key contact within the business, she has also been a regular industry speaker across Europe and beyond and was integral to the set-up and positioning of the dance music focused ‘Industry Insider’ newsletter in conjunction with IMS and Mixmag. Liz was also a founding member and Head of Press of the Young Guns Network, an initiative set up to further the music careers of the next generation of business leaders. She has since worked with Apple Music globally on the iTunes Festival and in her spare time has been producing podcasts.

Alex’s music industry career began in artist management, venue promotion and label-based marketing campaigns. He was an Assistant Policy Officer for Arts Council England development directorate, working on arts and health, criminal justice, cultural diversity and disability, before moving on to the Musicians’ Union where he provided advice, assistance and representation for MU members.

Alex later focussed on national and international strategy, lobbying and advocating on behalf of live performers of all genres and backgrounds, from emerging talent to established artists.  Alex’s most recent work for Music Venue Trust involved representing the organisation across the UK and internationally, within the music industry as well as across other sectors affecting live performance such as licensing and planning. He dealt with political, legislative, strategic and policy making areas which impact upon grassroots music, notably MVT’s ‘Agent of Change’ campaign to protect small venues. 

Welcoming the appointment, James Ainscough, Interim CEO of Help Musicians UK said, “HMUK is committed to building on its important work for our beneficiaries, while working together in partnership with the industry as we approach the charity’s centenary in 2021 and beyond, so I am delighted to appoint Liz and Alex. Both are highly respected and experienced music industry figures with a wealth of talent. They join the charity at a significant time and will have an important role in shaping our communications, campaigns, partnerships and industry relations across the breadth of the charity’s programmes and initiatives.”

Liz Stokes said, “I’m hugely excited to become a part of the HMUK team at this crucial moment in its history. With the charity’s centenary only three years away, and the sheer breadth of good work that’s being done for musicians and the industry around them, there is a unique opportunity for Indy, Alex and myself to be a part of something very special.”

Alex Mann added, “Much of my career in music has involved helping and supporting individuals and organisations in times of need and I’ve always admired the work of HMUK in doing the same. It’s a real privilege to be joining a team who care so much about people working in music. I’m looking forward to being part of shaping policy and campaigns as well as working closely with key organisations across the music industry to deliver the essential help and support that HMUK provides.

Both Liz and Alex have already taken up their appointments at the charity.

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