Black Arts PR company owner Simon Blackmore is a former Music Week PR Award winner who has experience working in the UK and overseas with National and Regional Press at a senior level within both major record labels and independent PR companies.
Simon worked for a decade at Parlophone/EMI Records (UK) between 1989–1999, the latter years as Senior Press Officer (with sole responsibility for acts such as Coldplay, Supergrass, Dandy Warhols, Crowded House and Megadeth). In 1999 he transferred to EMI/Virgin Australia and set up a press team at the label, working as Director Of Press for two years from their Sydney office (overseeing a team of four PRs and with responsibility for the entire international and domestic artist roster of 330+ acts).
On his return to London in 2000 he accepted a post as Head of Press at Best PR, managing successful National and Regional Press campaigns for acts such as Pulp, David Holmes, Morrissey, Sigur Ros, Belle And Sebastian, Hot Chip, Fischerspooner (for which he was shortlisted for another Music Week PR Award), Four Tet and The Cramps, amongst many others.
Moving to the Isle of Wight in 2005, Simon set-up his own independent music PR company, Black Arts PR, focusing wholly on UK Regional Press.
The exciting and varied Black Arts PR client roster currently boasts: