Blue Raincoat Music (UK)
Jeremy is the co-founder and co-owner of Blue Raincoat Music, an artist management and music publishing company. He has over 40 years’ experience in the music business, including long spells at Chrysalis Music, where he was CEO, and at Virgin Records during their independent heyday. In 2016, in a deal with his partners in Blue Raincoat Music, the company bought Chrysalis Records from Warners and Jeremy took on the role of CEO.
Jeremy joined Chrysalis in 1994 as Managing Director of Chrysalis Music, subsequently also ran their newly formed record company the Echo Label, before being made Chief Executive of the Music Division Worldwide, and finally Chief Executive of Chrysalis plc. He was responsible for all Chrysalis’s music activities, overseeing the company’s expansion in France, Germany, Benelux, Italy and Spain, as well as the regeneration of the Chrysalis operation in the US.
He was also very involved in the signing and developing of a large number of artists and writers, including the likes of David Gray, Portishead, OutKast, Cee-Lo Green, Laura Marling, Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Rumer and Morcheeba.
Jeremy previously worked at Virgin Records during their ‘glory years’ period in the 1980s. He joined as A&R Manager in 1979, and subsequently held various positions including Marketing Director, Director of A&R, before being made Managing Director of Virgin subsidiary label Ten Records. During this time he worked with artists such as Phil Collins, Wendy And Lisa, Culture Club, The Human League, Japan, XTC, Heaven 17, China Crisis, Scott Walker, OMD, Belinda Carlisle, Soul II Soul and many others.
He started his career in the early 1970s - aged 17 - as a band manager and subsequently a tour manager, spending invaluable learning time on the road with various bands and artists, including legendary jazz guitarist John McLoughlin, Lou Reed, Roger McGuinn (of the Byrds), John Cale, Curved Air and Steve Hillage.
Jeremy has also served as both a Vice Chairman of AIM and as a Board Member of the BPI, and is a Founding Board Member of music industry environmental organisation Julie’s Bicycle. In 2012, he was elected as a Visiting Professor to the Leeds College of Music, where he lectures, and mentors the students.
He is also an ardent Leeds United fan.