Miles Copeland III

Miles was the band manager for his brother’s band, The Police. Miles’ father was a CIA officer whereas his family moved a lot in the Middle East, particularly Syria, Egypt and Lebanon. As a result, Miles and his brothers became fluent in Arabic. He was not only the manager of The Police, as he was also the CEO of I.R.S. Records after the band splitting up, he continued to manage Sting (solo) through seven albums and introduced Sting to the Algerian Rai singer, Cheb Mami, in 1999. Their collaboration bloomed with ‘Desert Rose’.

He currently owns and operates CIA – Copeland International Arts, the artist roster of which includes Bellydance Superstars, Celtic Crossroads, Otros Aires, Zohar, Beats Antique, and many more internationally recognized acts.


2. Irving Azoff

This list won’t be complete without mentioning this name, as Billboard topped him in their list of the Power 100 in music industry 2012. Azoff worked with Jon Bon Jovi,Bon Jovi (band), The Eagles,Joe Walsh,Van Halen (band), Thirty Seconds to Mars, Maroon 5, No Doubt, Journey and Christina Aguilera among others.

3. Richard Cole

This English music manager is well-known as the tour manager for Led Zeppelin since late 60s till their split-up in 1980. He also worked with The Yardbirds, Black Sabbath, Eric Clapton, The Gipsy Kings, Ozzy Osbourne, The Who and Lita Ford.

4. Gary Kurfirst

As Island Records founder Chris Blackwell described him; “One of the first managers who basically built the rock business.” Kurfirst organized the New York Rock Festival in late 60s with 18.000 in attendance featuring young musicians at time like; The Doors, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. He has a huge list as a manager with different styles musicians, like; Blondie, Ramones, Eurythmics, Jane’s Addiction and The Wailers’ co-founder Peter Tosh.

5. Peter Mensch

One of the most important music managers, as he started by managing AC/DC at the age of 26 and in early 80s formed Q Prime with Cliff Burnstein through their music management. The company has a huge list as their first client was Def Leppard and they also managed several acts, such as; Metallica, RHCP, Muse, Jimmy Page among others.

6. Doc McGhee

McGhee has a very long resume in the music management field, some acts he worked with was; Bon Jovi, Guns N’ Roses, KISS, Skid Row, Scorpions, Down and Mötley Crüe. He also worked with solo artists like; Ted Nugent and Paul Stanley.

7. Daivd Spero

This legendary rock band manager was one of the pioneer of the rock-radio in the 70s. He is also the owner of Cleveland office of Alliance Artists Ltd. Spero managed Joe Walsh, Michael Stanley, Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) among others, he is also an executive at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

8. Stephen Budd

He is a British music industry executive. Budd owns Stephen Budd Management, and co-chairman of Music Managers Forum, and the founder of Pollination Music Publishing, as well as the creator and Executive Producer of War Child’s ‘Passport: Back To The Bars’ charity project. He has a huge variety of artists and bands that he worked with like Santana, U2, Dido, Madonna, The Cure, Lana del Rey, Björk, John Legend and others.

9. Bill Siddons

Best known as the band manager of The Doors, he also worked with Van Morrison, America, the Band, Poco, Jackson Browne, Robert Palmer, Pat Benatar, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and, most recently, Alice in Chains, and more.

10. Warren Entner

He is an American singer, songwriter, organist and guitarist for the rock and roll band, The Grass Roots. In the mid 70s he left the band and started to focus on band management through his own firm Warren Entner Management as he worked for many rock and heavy metal successful acts, like; Angel, Quiet Riot, Faith No More, Rage Against the Machine, Deftones and others.

We can’t forget those honorable mentions, like; Herb Cohen, Jim Beach, Allen Klein, Tommy Mottola and Janet Billig Rich.

Written by: Mena Ezzat
Edited by: NJ Bakr.


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