Angel Music Group
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|Headquarters||PO Box 11492
Henley In Arden
|Key people||Neil Moffitt, CEO & Founder|
Angel Music Group (AMG) is a management company for various dance music groups in the United Kingdom, including Godskitchen, Global Gathering, Polysexual, and others. It was set up in 2005. The company has expanded from managing simple events like music festivals to more complex activities.
Angel Music Group (Record Label) was set up in the summer of 2005 by EMI UK & Ireland as an umbrella company to look after its Innocent and EMI Classics labels. At the time, the Innocent label was looking after such acts as Blue, Atomic Kitten, and Billie Piper. Since then, the Innocent label has been left to the side as the Angel bosses resurrected the Charisma label, who at one time boasted acts like Genesis and Peter Gabriel.
Since then, the acts on the label have changed dramatically. Although Blue have since disbanded, Simon Webbe stayed with Charisma to pursue a solo career and has put out two albums under the Charisma label. The French soloist Camille also survived the Innocent/Charisma changeover.
Since 2005 until present, Angel has been on an A&R mission searching for new acts to fill its roster. Head of A&R Elias Christas has spearheaded the campaign which has brought over Phil Campbell, the Scottish born singer/songwriter; Alphabeat, the Danish pop act; Tom Baxter, the UK singer/songwriter; Al'MargiR, the Icelandic pop band and Julian Velard, the Brooklyn-born singer.
As well as looking after the homegrown acts on Charisma, the Angel Music Group also handles the accounts for a lot of EMI's overseas talent. There is a deal with Hollywood Records (the music arm of Disney) which has acts like the Aly & AJ, Plain White T's, Vanessa Hudgens, and Hilary Duff. Due to Duff ending her contract with Hollywood, her upcoming Best of Hilary Duff album will be her last released via Angel. Other Hollywood Records acts are now distributed via Polydor, a branch of Universal Music UK. Angel are also responsible for looking after the French dance DJ David Guetta.
MAMA Group bought a majority share in the company in 2008.
Originally, Angel Music Group hosted music festivals and nightclub events. It has since expanded to business in nightlife consulting, interactive design, as well as producing the aforementioned music festivals.
The company is responsible for producing the large-scale events Global Gathering, Escape into the Park, Hi-Fi North, Hi-Fi South, as well as the United States production for the festival series called Bacardi B-Live.
In late 2007, AMG partnered with US nightclub owner and operator Jon Bakhshi, who is responsible for the Home and Guest House clubs. New projects include nightclubs in Ameristar properties, the first of which, Home, has opened in the Ameristar Resort and Casino in St. Charles. In addition, the group established the first eco-friendly club in the US, to be called "Greenhouse." Greenhouse made its debut in October 2007 with a launch party during Paris Fashion Week, hosted by Carmen Kass and Jessica Stam.
In 2006, Angel Music Group entered a joint venture with Live Nation, the world's largest live music company and promoter. Under the guidance of Angel Music Group and the resources of Live Nation, the Global Gathering festival will expand globally over the next five years. In 2007, festivals are planned for the United Kingdom, Ireland, Ukraine, Taiwan, and Malaysia. Also In 2006, and for a short time thereafter Angel Music Group did a transatlantic merger with Track Entertainment.