Black Fox Management is an artist management company founded in 2013 and owned and run by Polly Comber and Josh Tieku-Smith as a Joint Venture with Rocket Entertainment.
Previous clients of the company include Bastille who, initially under Polly’s sole management with Josh as the band’s lawyer, had a Number 1 album in the UK with “Bad Blood”. Shortly afterwards Polly and Josh became full partners in Black Fox Management and under their joint management the band went on to sell over 10,000,000 singles and 4,000,000 albums around the world (including over 1,000,0000 in the USA). At the 2014 Brit Awards, the band won British Breakthrough Artist and were also nominated for British Group, Best British Album and Best British Single. The following year after the Bastille’s debut album Bad Blood was officially certified Gold by RIAA in the US, the band were also nominated for a Grammy for Best New Artist.
In 2014, Black Fox Management were nominated both for Breakthrough Manager of the Year at the Music Week awards and Breakthrough Manager at the MMF awards. In 2017, Polly and Josh received the MMF Award for Artist of the Year and in 2018 were nominated for Manager of the Year at the Music Week Awards, all for their work with Rag’n’Bone Man.
Polly Comber started working in the music industry over 20 years ago, starting off as a scout at Island Music where her first signing was the Stereophonics. Polly has since worked in A&R at Chrysalis Music and B Unique, along the way signing such talent as Athlete and Morcheeba. Polly’s first management client Starsmith, produced and co-wrote the majority of Ellie Goulding’s multi-platinum debut album Lights.
Josh Tieku-Smith has worked in the music industry for over 15 years, holding executive business and legal affairs positions at EMI Records, Chrysalis Music, the Echo Label and Warner/Chappell Music. In 2007 Josh set up in private practice acting for recording artists, music producers and songwriters as a Partner at the leading music and entertainment law firm Lee & Thompson in London.