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Chris Price

As Head of Music for BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, Chris Price is the creative and editorial lead for the world’s most influential radio playlists, as well as iconic live music brands such as Live Lounge, Radio 1’s Big Weekend and 1Xtra Live.

A music strategist with nearly twenty years’ success in music discovery roles for internationally renowned radio, TV and streaming services, Chris has established a global reputation as a champion for new music.

As Music Producer for BBC Radio 1 from 2000 to 2006, he developed the careers of UK talent such as Snow Patrol, Keane and The Streets, as well as international artists like The Killers, Rihanna and Scissor Sisters.

In 2006 Chris joined MTV as Director of Music Programming, assuming responsibility for the music policy of the network’s nine UK channels. At MTV he and his team gave artists such as Adele, Calvin Harris, Florence + The Machine and Mumford & Sons their first TV exposure.

Later, as Head of Music for streaming service Last.fm, Chris was credited with introducing editorial to the platform, launching video content hub Last.fm Originals and offering bands including Bastille and Kodaline their first ever sessions.

A lifelong music-maker himself, Chris is a trustee of the National Foundation for Youth Music, investing in music-making projects for children and young people in challenging circumstances. He is also an ambassador for suicide prevention charity CALM.