About Us

The British Country Music Association is committed to supporting the very best in UK and international roots artists. Working closely with the country music community, along with our industry partners on both sides of the Atlantic, we are here to heighten the awareness of country music and support its development in the UK.

Our membership is made up of musicians and professionals from all sectors of the music industry, including artist managers, record labels, publicists, journalists, festival organisers, agents and many more. We also welcome non-professional country music fans and those who want to have an active voice in the promotion of the genre, whether they embrace a more traditional approach, or enjoy the more contemporary sounds of modern country music.

Over the years, we have been lucky enough to host the crème de la crème of British and international country music artists at our annual awards show, as well as honouring some of the industry’s greats in our Hall of Fame.

The BCMA is a not-for-profit organisation, and our activities are funded by our generous sponsors, and through our annual memberships. The BCMA board is made up of individuals who are passionate about the development of country and roots music in the UK.

Meet The Team

BJ Thomas

Chairman

BJ Joined his first pro band aged 16 and has been professionally involved in the music business for over 45 years as a musician, producer, agent, artist management, and latterly theatre promotion and production.

Jeanne Jordan

Secretary Director

In 2018 it was Jeanne’s 50th year in the music business having toured professionally in over 30 countries. She has also been involved in management/agency, tour booking and logistics, vocal coaching, theatre promotion and production. Jeanne also presents 2 Country Music Radio shows (host of the BCMA Radio Show).

Wayne Hadlow

President

Wayne Hadlow has worked in UK Country Music for 30 years after his father Tony Hadlow built Fort San Antone, which became the largest Honky Tonk venue in the world outside of the US. Having promoted artists such as Dr Hook, Bellamy Brothers, Ward Thomas and many more once Fort San Antone closed in 2014 Wayne launched FSA Presents, a concert promotion company who promote and manage all aspects of national tours and standalone shows across the UK within the country music genre. Wayne Hadlow is also the founder of FSA Fest, a festival of UK country music which takes place each July at Newark Showground in Nottinghamshire.

Karl Hancock

Director of Global Development

Karl is the Director of Whitebottom Farm Estates Ltd in Stockport. He is the organiser of Buckle and Boots Country Music Festival, as well as the hugely successful Blackthorn Music Festival and Moovin Festival.

Lara Goodfellow

Director of Media and PR

With nearly 15 years of experience in the music industry, Lara’s journey started in a studio in West London, where she learned the basics of recording and mixing music. In her early twenties, she helped set up and run a record label, established to discover and develop new UK talent. The label’s success continued over a number of years, in which time Lara frequently wrote and recorded music for other artists, as well as handling their day-to-day management.

In 2011, she left the label and began to work freelance as an artist manager and publicist. She worked with a wide variety of artists, management companies and record labels, establishing her own company ‘Sonnet Music’ in 2012. Sonnet continues to grow on both sides of the pond, having worked with a diverse range of artists both domestically and internationally.

Todd Thomas

Director of Nashville

Born in Northern California surrounded by music in his upbringing Todd has now embraced music as fulltime love and passion.  With over 16 years of experience in the music industry, Todd has continued to be a part of creating opportunities for music domestically and internationally.  In the last two years Todd has travelled around the world setting up shows in 16 different countries developing relationships and creating a cultural exchange through music.  Todd has been on all sides of the music industry as a buyer for Speedways, fairs, festivals, clubs, and casinos.  He has gone out with radio promotion and served as a promotional rep for shows and artist on Curb Records.  He currently works with Brave World Artist Agency where he books country artist and manages acts such as American Young, Jackson Michelson and John Gurney.

“Love Life, Live Music” – Todd Thomas

Anthony Alker

Website and Social Media Development

Anthony got into country music in 2013 after working in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, as a waiter, since then has been an avid fan of country music… now he is combining his love of country music with his degree, currently working with the British CMA on the website and social media development.
He is also working with Wayne Hadlow, promoter of FSA Festival updating the website, social media, and films the festival promotional video. Anthony is also the co-founder of ‘Forever British Country’ who supports British country music artists.

Stephen Wears

Northeast Regional Officer

Like every member of the BCMA I’m very passionate about country music. I came to country from the indy/rock scene which still influences my tastes in country but when I experienced new country for the first time I felt I’d found my musical home. My particular interest is modern US and UK country music (don’t hate me!) I love going to gigs and supporting new acts, the feeling you get when you discover someone new is priceless. I’ve also dabbled with promoting country gigs for US and UK artists and intend getting back into it soon. As North East representative of the BCMA I’ll be looking to support, promote and help local artists find their audience.

Beau Fuller

Sponsorship Coordinator

Beau Fuller is a professional songwriter and producer based in Nashville Tennessee.  He currently owns Next Big Thing Entertainment Nashville and has produced artists from American Idol, The Voice as well as helping up and coming artists find their way in the music industry.  Beau has over 2 decades of experience musically and professionally in Nashville and hopes to use his experience to help U.K. artists and songwriters be the best they can be and continue to help grow the BCMA events.

“I am honored to be a part of such an amazing music community and arguably some of the absolute best vocalists, songwriters and artists in the world!” – Beau Fuller

Evangeline Atkinson

Media & PR Co-Ordinator

Evangeline is an events professional paving her own way into the live music industry. She is gaining invaluable experience working at gigs & festivals, has been a booking assistant at Sofar Sounds Manchester for the past year, and is “learning on the job” as an artist manager. She is particularly interested in social media & branding strategies.

Georgie Thorogood

Georgie Thorogood

South Regional Director

Georgie has a background in horseracing and a long-time love of music, especially country, and was lucky enough to combine the two for many years whilst organising live events at a racecourse. Having worked with artists such as UB40, Simply Red, Madness, Boyzone, Billy Ocean and The Shires whilst at the racecourse, Georgie founded Dixie Fields Festival on her family’s farm in Essex in 2019. She is passionate about the industry and promoting country artists to an ever-growing audience.

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