The TCB Group was set up in January 2005, by music industry executive Steven Howard.
It is a global management company, which specialises in the creation and development of content. Its range of activities include artist management, live show production, a record label, a music publishing company and an area with knowledge and expertise in music and brands solutions.
“I would like to think of myself as an enabler, advocate and facilitator. A grander title might be an Executive Producer.”
Whether it be conceptualizing and bringing to fruition a show (‘Viva La Diva’ or ‘Here Come The Girls’), pulling all the parts together for an artist to make a new recording (e.g. recently Sir Bruce Forsyth, Twiggy or teen sensation Aidan Davis) or most of all, realising the dreams and ambitions of one of the TCB Group’s own management clients or bringing a career opportunity to one of his artists tables… The TCB Group is the enabler and facilitator. “I firmly believe that without our input these things wouldn’t happen, but equally so, and thank goodness, without greater talents of truly creative people these things would not be successful.”
“But along the way, we always Take Care of our client’s Business.”
The TCB Group
In January 2005, following a very successful 26 year career with the Zomba Group, where he was a founding Director, Steven Howard set up The TCB Group; an artist management and entertainment marketing company. The company specialises in offering a very personal hands-on approach to artist management, as well as being at the forefront of creating and developing content for its artists.
Artist’s represented include, British icons Lulu, Darcey Bussell, and multi-million selling pop group Steps. The TCB Group conceptualised and produced highly successful touring musicals starring Katherine Jenkins and Darcey Bussell, called ‘Viva La Diva’ and the two sold-out tours of ‘Here Come The Girls’ starring Lulu, Chaka Khan and Heather Small. The TCB Group also managed the careers of Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music and guided the career of street-dance act Diversity after they won 2009’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’.
Classical music artists represented include leading soprano Natasha Marsh and the twice-platinum female quartet All Angels.
In 2011 The TCB Group set up a joint venture heritage record label with EMI. The first two signings to this were the iconic Twiggy and the legendary Sir Bruce Forsyth.
In addition, the entertainment marketing part of the business pioneers alternative brand marketing concepts and solutions. It has expertise in event management, talent and event production, sponsorship, licensing, celebrity access, music synchronization for advertising and film, media relations, and a successful music publishing company.
Steven Howard joined Clive Calder’s Zomba Group in October 1980. He was appointed Managing Director of Zomba Music Publishers Ltd in the UK in January 1992. He was also a founding director of the Company’s record label Jive Records. This made him one of the longest serving MDs in the ever-changing world of music publishing and Zomba’s longest serving executive in the UK. Zomba unquestionably become the world’s leading independent music company.
Howard, who was born in 1959, joined the music industry as a talent scout for Chrysalis Music in 1977. He met Clive Calder at a concert by ska band The Beat in Portsmouth, (who subsequently signed to Zomba) and joined him soon after, helping build Zomba Music into a major music-publishing force.
Artists that he signed and worked with in this period included The Thompson Twins, Edwyn Collins’ Orange Juice, The Stray Cats, The Boomtown Rats, Billy Ocean, A Flock of Seagulls, Womack and Womack, Thomas Dolby, Joy Division, Nitin Sawhney and The Stone Roses. Traditionally, Zomba had always tried to sign and nurture songwriters and artists rather than just acquire catalogues and market share. To this end, Zomba published some of the world’s leading contemporary pop songwriters. As well as Mutt Lange, (Shania Twain, The Cars, Foreigner, Def Leppard), the roster during Howard’s time also included Max Martin and his co-writers at Cheiron, responsible for all the hits by Britney Spears and The Backstreet Boys, as well as R.Kelly, Teddy Riley, and Nik Kershaw.
Zomba copyrights could be found on hit albums by such top selling artists as The Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Boyzone, Five, Bryan Adams, Shania Twain, and Will Smith. Platinum artists and bands published by Zomba at that time included the aforementioned Def Leppard and Iron Maiden, as well as Korn, Limp Bizkit, Bruce Springsteen and Daft Punk. Howard worked closely with these artists.
In 1999, Howard was involved with four No. 1 singles. These were Britney Spears’ ‘Baby One More Time’, Boyzone’s ‘When The Going Gets Tough’, Backstreet Boys’ ‘I Want It That Way’ and Westlife’s ‘If I Let You Go’. These copyrights could be added to the ever-growing list of standards, which Howard guided Zomba to. These included Bryan Adam’s ‘Every Thing I Do (I Do It For You)’, Stardust’s ‘Music Sounds Better With You’, Gabrielle’s ‘Dreams’, The Stone Roses’ ‘Fools Gold’ and Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Blinded By The Light’ and ‘Born In The USA’.
Howard embraced the broadcast industry, signing deals with leading players such as the Michael Grade run Channel 4, Mark McCormack’s TWI, Nick Park’s Aardman Animations, as well as several UK film production companies. Zomba had a very active film and TV department, which not only administrated the publishing catalogues from these companies, but also placed its copyrights into major films, television programmes and commercials.
In addition to this UK activity, Howard oversaw Zomba’s international music publishing activities in Germany, Benelux and Australia. He also ran their studio business, which comprised of four state of the art recording studios in North London, called Battery Studios, and the Dreamhire Equipment rental division.
He was the Managing Director of Zomba Mangement, which became one of the most prestigious Producer Management companies. As well as Mutt Lange, he represented world-class producers: Stephen Lipson (Annie Lennox, Will Young), Mark Hill (Craig David), Rollo (Dido, Faithless), and Steve Power (Robbie Williams).
Steven Howard has also been instrumental in the success of several major fundraising events. All of these were his ideas from their inception. They have collectively raised just under £1 million for various children’s charities. They have consisted of auctions of memorabilia from the world’s of Music, Fashion, Animation, the Toy industry and the Design world. They have all had the patronage of Her Majesty The Queen, and former Prime Minister Tony Blair. His most recent event involved selling 20 unique celebrity experiences. This fundraising has broadened his contacts, and given him access to senior figures in the world’s of business and politics. He is also a Committee member of the main music industry charity Nordoff Robins as well as a long-standing fund-raiser for Norwood.