Birmingham accountant Michael Meakin, who has been looking after singer/ songwriter Alison Moyet's financial affairs for the past 15 years, is celebrating her making music headlines with the sell out One Blue Voice national UK tour.
Mr Meakin, managing partner of Clement Keys, who heads the firm's sports and entertainment unit, makes sure Alison maximises her earnings potential by handling taxation planning, compliance, dealing with image rights abuse and supervising the auditing of record companies to ensure royalties are paid promptly.
He also tracks Alison's varied sources of income, which span several countries and include song writing fees, tour earnings, sponsorship and appearance money.
"Because people in the music business and the performing arts have to live in the moment to a large degree, it is essential they invest wisely so as to reap the benefits of what can be a very short-lived career," said Mr Meakin.
"Operating from a sound financial footing enables artistes to ride out periods with lower earnings and means that if, like Alison, you want some breathing space to reassess your priorities, you are in a position to take time out on your own terms."
A three-time BRIT Award winner feted for her highly expressive singing voice, Alison changed direction in 2001, making her critically acclaimed stage debut in the West End hit musical Chicago.
Hometime sold so well she became a Top Five Best Selling Female UK Artist.