sohoartists

About

b. 1986, HK.

Soho Artists is a boutique artist management company that focuses on developing new and often unsigned popular music talent, alongside a number of artists from the worlds of Folk and World music whose talent we try to bring to a wide, cross-over audience.

We are a small and experienced team able to work closely with each of our artists. At the helm is Paul Burger who prior to setting up S oho Artists in late 2003, spent 27 years working at Sony Music, overseeing the careers of artists as diverse as Leonard Cohen, Jamiroquai, Celine Dion, Kula Shaker, Charlotte Church and Leftfield. 

Soho Artists is able to provide a unique management relationship; one which is strategic and personal, and has the knowledge, expertise and professionalism to help emerging artists carve out a path for themselves.

Soho Artists also includes a consultancy arm for artists and labels, new music and entertainment start-ups, and has recently begun to work with Hipgnosis Songs, a new investment fund focused on music publishing assets which launched in July 2018 on the London Stock Exchange. 

We are always happy to hear about new ventures, ideas or talent, so please do get in touch if you think we could work together.

Paul Burger:

Paul Burger, founder and partner of Soho Artists, has decades of experience working in the music industry. He has fostered the careers of a very diverse span of artists on a global scale. Before starting Soho Artists in late 2003, Paul was President, Europe, Middle East, Africa at Sony Music, during which time the company enjoyed its best ever chart shares, and, some of its best years in terms of profit, in spite of the very significant challenges facing the industry. Prior to this, Paul was President Sony Music UK & Ireland and he also worked in Canada, Paris and Israel. Throughout his Sony career, Paul was instrumental to the enormous international success of artists such as Beyonce, Charlotte Church, Leonard Cohen, Des’ree, Celine Dion, Jamiroquai, Manic Street Preachers, George Michael, Toto, and The Fugees.

With Soho Artists, however, Paul was looking for something a bit more intimate, and a way to get back to working closely with a small group of artists that he really believes in. Paul’s buzz comes from helping artists break their music, either for the first time or well into their careers, but into new audience groups.

At Soho Artists, Paul has signed some of the most innovative World and Folk artists of the day including Yasmin Levy, Sam Lee, and Ilham al-Madfai. 

Soho Artists also provides consulting services to a number of international music companies and artists.  In addition to sitting on a number of charitable boards, Paul served as Chair of Governors of the BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology from 2012-2018 during which time he oversaw the appointment of a new Principal and Senior Leadership Team, increased the School's student body by nearly half to 1300 , and oversaw the redevelopment of the entire curriculum as the School moved towards accreditation by University of the Arts London. He continues to serve as a Governor still working closely with the school and leadership team.

In July 2018 Hipgnosis Songs launched one of the most significant IPO's on the London Exchange for this year, raising in excess of £200 million and immediately following IPO with the announcement of the purchase of its first catalogue. Paul serves as a Non-Executive Director.

Also in July 2018, Paul returned as a Trustee of the BRIT Trust where he served from 1993-2011, only standing down during the period he served as Chair of Governors at The BRIT School, who is one of the Trust's primary beneficiaries. The Trust supports numerous projects supporting youth music and education in the UK. 

Paul serves as a Board member of a number of other industry organisations including The Music Managers Forum where he is a Director, and the newly formed European Music Managers Alliance which he has assisted in its formative processes. 

Lauren Simpson:

Lauren has over a decade's experience in the music industry working across record labels, artist management, and extensively in the live sector acting as tour manager for various high profile artists.