Colin Lester's artist management company JEM Music Group has appointed former major label exec Naz Idelji to the position of MD.
Idelji, who has more than 15 years’ experience as a senior executive within the UK music Industry, will also oversee TS5 Presents, the joint venture between Lester and Craig David.
“I have worked with Colin for many years on a range of campaigns and have seen first-hand how passionate he is about maximising success for the artists he represents and about growing the JEM Music Group presence around the world," said Idlji. "This is an exciting opportunity at an exciting time for the music industry and I am very much looking forward to helping build on the company’s existing successes.”
Starting as an intern at Warner Music, Idelji rose through the ranks at Warner, Universal, Sony and Ministry Of Sound, coordinating artist projects includng N-Dubz, Craig David and Skepta. She has also created and built a range of brands for Ministry Of Sound and Clubland, negotiating the former's first exclusive global playlist deal with Apple Music.
Lester said, “Bringing in someone of Naz's amazing experience, skillset and pedigree sets out a very clear mandate for our future, which is shaping up to be very exciting. Naz will be responsible for expanding our operations into new international markets and will consolidate Craig David’s existing successes in a range of markets, which include France, Belgium, Australia and SEA. She will also be overseeing new artists signed to TS5 Presents.”
JEM Music Group has also appointed Jack Balsam to oversee its North London-based recording studio complex. Balsam will have responsibility for both of the company’s recording studios having previously engineered sessions with Craig David, DJ Oliver Heldens and Big Zuu. He will work closely with the management team at JEM Music Group and TS5 Presents.