Mike Bell is the co-founder of The New Colossus Festival, an internationally focused music showcase and conference based in NYC which launched in 2019. Prior to this, he has spent over a decade working with international music communities in various consultation capacities. During his time as Director of International Relations at FILTER Magazine, he helped launch Culture Collide Festival and Creative Summit in 2010, where he booked and produced much of the programming during its first 4 years which featured hundreds of bands from over 50 countries.
Since launching Lorimer Beacon in 2013, Mike has created and led customized b2b industry trade missions and produced live music showcases for governments and publicly funded organizations from around the world. Clients have included the Consulate General of Canada in New York, the Consulate General of the Netherlands, Music Norway, and more.
He has worked on countless creative marketing and PR initiatives with artists like Radiohead, Florence and the Machine, Beastie Boys and more. Also, on music brand partnerships with Levi’s, Red Bull, Toyota, Converse, and others.