Michael Adex named 'Music Entrepreneur of the Year' by YMB Awards

The much awaited Young Music Boss Awards returns on 16th February 2022 at EartH, celebrating the best of the music industry's young talent.

London, 27th January 2022 The winner of the YMB Awards flagship title has been announced today: Michael Adex, founder and CEO of 360 entertainment company NQ, is Music Entrepreneur of the Year 2022, presented in partnership with the Association of Independent Music (AIM).

Manchester-based NQ was born in 2017 from Michael Adex’s desire to provide first-class infrastructure and opportunities to artists outside of London. As a Record Label, Publishing House and Talent Management Company, NQ is home to chart-topping artists the likes of Aitch, managed by Adex himself, twice nominated for the BRIT Awards and scorer of Gold single “Taste (Make It Shake)”.

From very early on, Michael Adex has displayed a gift for spotting promising talent.  Now, at age 25, he has succeeded in raising local talent to Worldwide recognition through NQ. With the new creative hub NQ House opening its doors in 2021, the Young Music Boss Awards wish to celebrate the success of this young, forward-thinking entrepreneur for his outstanding contributions to the music industry.

In welcoming the partnership and announcement of the award  Ben Wynter – Entrepreneur & Outreach manager (Association Independent Music) says:  

“The Association of Independent Music (AIM) is pleased to partner on the Entrepreneur Of The Year Award and support the Young Music Boss Awards‘ incredible work. Independent music entrepreneurs are the heartbeat of the music industry. They are the creative sparks that set new trends. They are the risk takers and the early adopters, who are passionate about the work that they do, and put it all on the line to achieve a vision that, often, only they can see. AIM’s role is to help music’s innovators grow and scale their businesses, reduce their risk by making more educated choices and overcome hurdles they may face.

We are thrilled to see AIM Member Michael Adex take home this award. He is a true entrepreneur who has broken down regional barriers for his company and for talent in the North West and is a worthy winner.

Coming up on 16th February 2022 at EartH in London, tickets for the YMB Awards are available here.

About the YMB Awards – The Young Music Boss Awards were conceived to support and empower young music professionals, whose achievements don’t always receive the attention they deserve. Aimed at U35 creatives and professionals, categories include ‘Best Manager, Best Publisher, Best Lawyer, Best Journalist, Best A&R, Best Label, Best Digital Platform’ and many more.

The sought-after title of ‘Music Entrepreneur of the Year’ is the headline category of the Awards. Won by media authority Sian Anderson at the Awards’ first edition in 2017, its purpose is to celebrate outstanding achievements in the field of music entrepreneurship.

Michael Adex will receive his prize at the Awards ceremony on 16th February at Earth, London,  alongside some of the most successful music professionals of this time.

The night will be presented by prominent industry personalities and will feature live performances by today’s most exciting rising artists.

About AIM – The Association of Independent Music (AIM) is the organisation representing and supporting the UK’s independent music community, which makes up over a quarter of the UK’s recorded music market. Now in its 23rd year, AIM’s members range from the largest, most respected record labels and associated music businesses in the world to DIY or self-releasing artists and the next generation of entrepreneurs in music – including FAMM, jazz:refreshed, NQ and supernature.

More information on the categories, nominees and tickets for the Awards ceremony can be found at

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About Young Music Boss

Young Music Boss is a resource hub and network building tool for young music entrepreneurs and creatives. It aims to prepare the next generation of music industry professionals by building an alliance between young music creatives, entrepreneurs and relevant music associations. At the heart of YMG is the desire to empower young professionals through online content, educational tools, consultancy services and events.

About Jusnah Gadi

Jusnah Gadi is an entrepreneur and the founder of Young Music Boss. With industry experience and a strong network, she combines her commercial knowledge and legal qualifications to provide aspiring young music industry professionals with services, resources and events that aim to eliminate the barriers that may prevent them from achieving their full potential.


AIM is the not-for-profit trade body exclusively representing the UK’s independent music sector. Our members range from the largest, most respected record labels and associated music businesses in the world to self-releasing artists and the next generation of entrepreneurs in music.