Cushla Aston is the founder of Aston Rd, a boutique management company who manages soulful singer-songwriter Louis Baker and project managing Julia Deans next album release.
Cushla joined the New Zealand music industry in 2011 after returning from a decade of living in the UK. In that time she has worked with notable New Zealand independent platinum selling such as Fat Freddy’s Drop, Kora and Trinity Roots.
In 2012 Cushla won ‘Upcoming Manager of the Year’ and was a finalist for ‘Manager of the Year’ in 2014. Cushla is an active participant in the New Zealand Music Industry sitting on the executive committee for the MMF and is a Senior Lecturer at Massey University for the Bachelor of Commercial Music. She has also spoken on panels at AWME and Going Global.
Collectively Aston Rd’s clients have been winners and finalists for the APRA Silver Scroll awards, NZ Music Critics Choice awards and Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. They have toured in the UK, Europe, Polynesia, South Africa and Australia, and have achieved independent debut album releases charting within the top ten New Zealand album charts.
Cushla can mentor on growing your audience, basic structure of your business, industry overview, marketing and timelines. She can also offer advice of attending music conferences.