Helienne Lindvall (SE)
Helienne Lindvall is an award-winning professional songwriter, musician and columnist. She’s Chair of the Songwriter Committee & Board Director, British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors (BASCA), and Chairs the Ivor Novello Awards. She’s also the writer behind the Guardian music industry columns Behind the Music and Plugged In, and the former Head of Business & Songwriter relations for song data management platform Auddly, backed by hitmakers Max Martin and Abba’s Björn Ulvaeus.
Hailing from Sweden, she worked as a session singer, recording artist and performer in Stockholm and NYC before settling in London, where she signed a publishing deal with BMG Scandinavia. Since then she’s been working with recording artists on both sides of the Atlantic, including Roger Sanchez, Big Daddy Wilson and the Dark Tenor, collaborating with award-winning writers including Jörgen Elofsson (Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears), Patrik Berger (Icona Pop, Robyn) and Steve McEwan (Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood). In 2016, her song A Better Man, co-written by Andrew Fromm (Backstreet Boys, Mark Anthony) and Peter Kvint (A-ha, Andreas Johnson) made the UK Eurovision finals.
Helienne regularly appears on Sky News, the BBC, Irish National Radio and Swedish National Radio, discussing songwriters’ rights, copyright and other music industry issues.