Jack Steven

Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Recording Industry

Jack Steven, the founder and CEO of Kuba Entertainment, has more than 40 years experience in the music industry.  His career has spanned the globe.  From 1970 to 1980, he was international manager and profession manager for companies such as Essex Music, Dick James Music and Chappel Music (the world’s largest independent music publisher), managing the publishing of work from acts such as The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Who, T Rex and Elton John.  From 1980 to 1990, he ran the A&R divisions of Paramount Movies, RCA Records, CBS Records and MCA Records, discovering diverse acts such as Eurythmics and Sade and managing acts such as David Bowie, George Michael, Musical Youth and Meatloaf.  From 1990 to 2000, he set up his own independent management production company, which developed acts such as Jay Kay (Jamiroquai) and Dorren Waddle (Soul To Soul); he developed the music label Ministry of Sound; he was executive producer and instigator of the Session Series (which to this day is the most successful dance compilation series in the world).  He subsequently joined M&G Records.  Recently, he has set up his new music company, Kuba Music, which has signed acts such as Apartment, Asock and Florence Welch (now Florence and the Machine).