Rick Blaskey founded The Music & Media Partnership in 1991. The company pioneered the link between broadcasters, brands, agencies and international sports bodies with the music industry. Major brand partnerships included with Coca Cola, Mastercard, Evian, Dr Martens and Pepsi.
Previously Rick had been International Vice President of both Arista Records US and EMI Europe. He has been intrinsically involved in the international careers of music icons Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, Paul McCartney, Barry Manilow, Cliff Richard, Ricky Martin and many more.
In bringing together the worlds of sport and music, Rick became Executive Producer of music for FIFA World Cups, UEFA, The FA (3 Lions etc), Rugby World Cups, The RFU (Swing Low), BBC Olympics, Sky Sports, Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Celtic and Rangers.
Rick was also a pioneer in bringing classical and classical crossover music to the mainstream. In 1991, his World in Union project and Rugby World Cup TV theme song was the first to take an opera singer, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, to the top of the UK singles chart – a feat not even achieved by Luciano Pavarotti.
Rick then followed this by creating the first solo album with one of The 3 Tenors, Jose Carreras. He was then the first to take the then 12 year-old Charlotte Church into the studio, discovered and produced the ‘People’s Tenor’, Russell Watson and has helped take fellow opera crossover icons Bryn Terfel, Katherine Jenkins and Andrea Bocelli into the mainstream.
Rick discovered the violin virtuoso, David Garrett who he has produced and managed, taking him to international superstar status with millions of album sales and sell-out arena tours across Europe the US, S America and SE Asia.
With live entertainment now such a dominant part of the music business, Rick has created and produced the UK tour, ‘A Night at The Opera’, and is following this up with the global touring show ‘The Virtuosos’. Ever one to spot a virtuoso, Rick also discovered the current Britain’s Got Talent winner, Tokio Myers.
Breaking new ground across the entertainment business has never been more exciting. Consequently, as a devoted Sheffield Wednesday fan, not surprisingly, Rick’s business and life philosophy is ‘the only limit to what is achievable is what is imaginable’!