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We Can We Did

Candid Music Publishing was set up by Liz Riches and Phillippa Green. Both were music graduates who first worked together as Licensing Consultants for the MCPS-PRS in London, one of the world's largest music publishing societies.

Acting as negotiators between international publishers, songwriters and music users, they advised writers on the use of their music in all mediums, brokered deals with the media, advised on music copyright law and followed issues affecting the industry as a whole.

During these years, they became increasingly frustrated that the same pool of bland pop was often being licensed over and over again, even though so much more interesting and innovative music was being created elsewhere.

Riches and Green decided to set up Candid, a company focused on championing writers who were already producing music outside the corporate machine.

Liz Riches

Liz Riches

A&R and Promotions

Liz began her career working in publicity and marketing within the film industry. After six years, she left to work in music education for kids, and later joined MCPS as a Music Advisor.

In 2003 she took a sabbatical for six months to volunteer full-time within the music scene of Portland, Oregon, where creativity was overflowing but largely unrecognised in the UK. After returning to MCPS at the end of that year - and inspired by the musicians she had been working with - she and Phillippa began the process of launching Candid.

In her spare time, Liz likes to unwind by reading the philosophical and spiritual teachings of Mariah Carey. She prefers to eat foods that are at least 70% cocoa in origin and has been a part-time undercover crime-fighter since 1989.

Phillippa Green

Phillippa Green

Business Affairs

Phillippa has worked in music publishing since graduating in 1997. During her career as a music consultant at MCPS-PRS, she developed and implemented licensing and import schemes across the UK; played a central role in the mediation and resolution of credit control disputes; consulted with legal counsel and advised on the initiation of litigation procedures.

In 2003, she left MCPS-PRS and focused on creating a functional and ethical business model for Candid.

Phillippa likes to model herself on Bree from 'Desperate Housewives' and enjoys dusting, vacuuming and baking her own bread. In 2005 she won the coveted title of 'Whitest Whites in Berkshire', which thoroughly overshadowed her lesser achievement of a nomination for the Nobel Prize for her dissertation on quantum mechanics.