Founder and Managing Partner, Artisan
Brian Richards is Founder and Managing Partner of Artisan, one of the leading investment banks with specialty in the music and entertainment industries. Artisan works with high-profile publishers, labels, artists and songwriters to monetize their rights or raise capital to pursue acquisition strategies. With transaction capabilities across catalog deals, M&A, equity and debt financings, and structured finance, Artisan has completed 40+ transactions in the music industry in recent years.
Prior to founding Artisan, Brian was Co-Founder and Managing Partner at MESA, a premier investment bank specializing in the media and entertainment industries. As a leader at MESA, Brian was involved in transactions across all sectors of traditional and digital media, with a deep specialty in the content industries. MESA was acquired by Houlihan Lokey in 2015.
Prior to MESA, Brian was a strategy consultant for the media and entertainment industries with Price Waterhouse.
MBA, Wharton; JD, University of Pennsylvania Law School; BA, Tufts University