Candid Music Publishing was set up in 2005 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.
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Liz began her career working in publicity and marketing within the film industry. She left to work in music education, 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. Inspired by the musicians she had been working with - she and Phillippa began the process of launching Candid. Liz is also an artist manager and founding member of management company Karakter Worldwide.
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 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 enjoys dusting, vacuuming and baking her own bread. In 2005 she won the coveted title of 'Whitest Whites in Berkshire' for her splendid laundry prowess.