BBC Radio 1 broadcaster, author and label owner Phil Taggart has been confirmed in the role of Help Musicians ambassador.
His recent Help Musicians-supported book, The Slacker Guide to The Music Industry, is intended as a resource for independent and DIY artists.
Taggart will work to support the charity’s work on a national basis. The Northern Irish DJ will make a contribution through collaborations with the Help Musicians office based in the Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast.
He will make his first appearance as a Help Musicians ambassador at BBC Music Introducing Live on Thursday, October 31 (1.15pm, 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).
Taggart said: “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.”