He started his career as a teenage roadie for Motorhead, Generation X and many other punk bands, but before long ventured into artist, record producer and songwriter management via Stephen Budd Management. His Grammy winning clients being responsible for hits by Dido, Franz Ferdinand, Cee-lo, Santana, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, The Cure, John Legend, Björk, U2 and many, many others. He co-founded SuperVision Artist Management in 1999 (which now represents Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs, White Lies, The Vaccines, The Cribs, Crystal Castles etc) and sold that business to Channelfly PLC (now a part of HMV) for whom he became a long-term director before it morphed into the MAMA Group PLC. Artists Stephen currently manages include The Magic Numbers and Dry the River. In July 2010 Stephen was asked to join the UK Prime Minister’s trade mission to India, accompanying David Cameron and in December 2010 co-founded the wildly successful Bacardi NH7 Weekender festival there, India’s first ‘non-Bollywood, Indie Music’ festival in Pune held in November 2010 and 2011 featuring the likes of Basement Jaxx, Imogen Heap, Asian Dub Foundation, Reverend and the Makers, The Magic Numbers, Rhagu Dixit, DJ Nihal etc. He co-founded boutique OneFest in Wiltshire, ‘The First Festival Of The Year’ (April 2011’s event featured Laura Marling and Damien Rice and 2012’s Damon Alban and Dry the River). Stephen created the ‘Passport: Back to the Bars’ charity concert project (featuring Amy Winehouse, The Cure, David Gray) and is a co-founder of the Africa Express musical collaborations project alongside Blur / Gorillaz front man Damon Albarn, which features African artists playing together with western artists. Stephen is a founder/council member of the ‘Music Managers Forum’ trade association.