Fiona is currently a trainee solicitor in the music department of SMB and assists on advising artists, songwriters, producers, managers, labels, publishers, music executives and international music companies on their commercial and corporate activities.
Prior to joining SMB in 2019, Fiona worked in the music industry for over 12 years in a wide range of advocacy based roles. She was the Director of Strategy and Operations at the trade association, Music Managers Forum, representing over 700 managers and advocating for transparency and accountability in the music business.
Fiona completed an Entertainment Law masters degree in 2017 and has authored published research on the making available right and streaming economics. She has been vocal about mental health issues and initiatives in music since writing and launching the Mental Health Guide for managers in 2016, has written articles on the value of music managers (MBW) and mental health in music (Guardian) and recently became a trustee of the Point One Project, a mental health fund launching in 2021/22. She also founded the Accelerator Programme for Music Managers in 2018, in partnership with YouTube Music, an annual funding, training and mentoring initiative for music managers, which is still running today.
Fiona worked closely with the Featured Artists Coalition for a number of years campaigning for the protection of featured artist’s rights alongside the board of musicians and was the executive producer for the Artist and Manager Awards for 8 years. She has also worked in tour management and on the festival circuit and still occasionally nurtures her addiction to live music by running festival stages on the odd summer weekend.
Fiona McGugan, paralegal in our music team, volunteers for the female-led, non-profit ‘The Cat’s Mother’, who support women entering the music industry, and recently spoke to them about her career journey.Read more
We are delighted to announce that the Simons Muirhead Burton LLP music team have been announced “Law Firm of the Year” at the 2020 Music Week Awards.Read more