Formed and run by Graham Lawson and Janine Lawson since 1992, it is the vehicle for 30 years of their music business experience.
We initiate business opportunities in music, link the participants, negotiate terms, produce events and follow the processes all the way through to satisfactory completion.
Graham was promoting concerts in London by the time he was 24 years old, for instance, at The Roundhouse and Queen Elizabeth Hall. Janine was working for the renowned impresario Bill Graham in San Francisco who was presenting the Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, Santana, The Grateful Dead and the list goes on.
Our activities today include:
We have self promoted concerts at the Roundhouse, Piccadilly Theatre, Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Union Chapel, ICA and Purcell Room in London, St. George's Church, Bristol and The Bottom Line, New York.
Mintaka has developed a large set of contacts with music talent buyers in clubs, concert halls, theatres and festivals worldwide. One-off concerts and tours have been organised directly by the company in Europe, US, Australia and New Zealand.
WOMAD are regular clients every year for the last 6 years and other festivals and venues have become good friends and regular buyers. They include London Jazz Festival, Glasgow's Celtic Connections, UK; Salle Pleyel and Cite de la Musique, France; North Sea Jazz, Holland; Rikksconcerten, Norway; Leverkusen Festival, Germany; Montreux Festival, Switzerland; Umbria Festival, Italy; La Mar de la Musicas, Spain; Sines Festival, Portugal; Chicago Festival and San Francisco's Stern Grove, USA.
The Company constantly initiates new contacts and develops its existing contact database to benefit growth patterns in their Artists' profiles.
For clients who require a full line service, the Company has been providing management services since its inception.
Despite the well known downturn in recorded music sales, our artist clients still enjoy making their music available outside their live performances. Mintaka offers a bespoke executive production service bringing special guests and producers from its contact base.
Many clients need recordings to be released as downloads and in shops to assist their media profiles while the company is touring them – the company has set up a record label, Mintaka Records, with its artist clients enabling their recordings to be available across the world.
Our artist clients write music for Film and Television and the company has its own skill sets in place to negotiate rights and has experience with Nic Roeg, Robert Altman, Ken Russell and other Hollywood productions.
Mintaka Music is involved worldwide in the World Music scene working with many artists who include – Trilok Gurtu, Ronu Majumdar (India), Mor Karbasi (Israel), Beatriz Azevedo (Brazil), Jan Garbarek (Norway), Oumou Sangare, Salif Keita (Mali), Angelique Kidjo (Benin), Claude Chaloub (Lebanon), Huun Huur Tu (Tuva), Al Di Meola (USA)
From our roots we have relations with Jack Bruce (Cream), Steve Winwood (Traffic), Mike Oldfield, Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson); Stomu Yamasht'a; Michael Shrieve (Santana) and Andy Summers (Police).