One of BIMM Brighton’s earliest success stories, Natasha Bent has been officially inducted in this year’s Music Week Women In Music Roll Of Honour!
The annual ceremony, which took place at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington highlights a dozen of the music business’ most important and influential female executives from across every sector of the music industry.
Natasha studied Vocals at BIMM Brighton in 2002 and subsequently began her music career as a backing singer for soul singer, Carleen Anderson. From there, Natasha found herself doing a brief stint in music management and then entered the world of live performance before setting up her own Agency, ‘The Village Agency’ in 2004.
Natasha soon made a name for herself and joined the formerly-named Agency Group, which was acquired last year by United Talent Agency. She gained a reputation for her humility, dedication and passion for all of her acts and was promoted to the position of vice president in 2013.
Over the course of a decade she has worked with an eclectic set of artists, including Foals; Amy Macdonald; Chvrches, First Aid Kit, Cage The Elephant, Foster The People, Gotye, The Knife, as well as breakthrough acts Ry X, Tom Misch and Youngr – all of whom have been helped by Natasha’s guidance and developmental skills.
Natasha recently joined the renowned CODA Agency (part of the Paradigm Talent Agency Group) as one of the UK’s leading booking agents.
BIMM tutor, Jon Stewart remembers Natasha’s days in Brighton:
“I taught Tasha in the Music Business module in the first year at BIMM. She was a Vocals student and was amazing! She attended every class and contributed throughout. After she had graduated, Tasha was always happy to come in and talk to new students and assisted any who were looking for help – either in the form of work experience opportunities or performers looking for an agent. She thoroughly deserves this recognition.”
Music Week Women In Music Roll Of Honour:
Natasha Bent, live agent, Coda
Rebecca Allen, managing director, Decca Records
Lucy Blair, director, international sales and marketing, The Orchard
Fiona Haycock, executive producer, Music Industry Trusts Award
Sam Isles, VP, artist services, Ticketmaster, international, and managing director, TicketWeb
Pascale Khalaf, VP, synchronisation and licensing, Warner/Chappell
Paulette Long, director, Westbury Music
Emmy Lovell, VP, digital, Warner Music
Damaris Rex-Taylor, general manager, Disturbing London
Sandie Shaw, co-chair, Featured Artist Coalition
Jane Third, SVP, Because Music
Carla Marie Williams, songwriter and founder, Girls I Rate