Music Gets Me High is a music consultancy firm owned by Ritnika Nayan. Started in the summer of 2007 as an Artist Management & Booking company, they soon expanded into Festival, Concert & tour planning and execution, Venue Residencies, Social Media Management and Music Consultancy. With over a decade of experience in live events and artist management, MGMH has been an integral part in the explosion of independent culture in India. The Company has worked with artists like Jalebee Cartel, Kohra, Nucleya, Advaita, Shaai’r & Func, Manu Chao and Guns & Roses in India. They have successfully organized and worked on Festivals like ‘Ziro Festival of Music’ in Arunachal Pradesh, ‘Escape festival of Music – Naukuchiatal’, ‘Global Groove electronic music festival’, ‘Eastwind festival of music’, ‘Sula Fest’, Lollapalooza India and more. MGMH also runs Delhi’s largest and oldest rehearsal studio ‘Soundstation’ which has professional quality sound and treated acoustics. The company has always been a strong advocate for independent music and has released various books on music including – ‘HUB’ – India’s first and only book on electronic music and ‘Indie 101: The ultimate guide book to the independent music industry in India’ released August 2017. They have also set up India’s only course on Music Business Management at Sri Aurobindo Center of arts & Communication and do various workshops across the country. MGMH under Ritnika Nayan has been consulting with International music companies like Downtown Music (CD Baby, Fuga, Songtrust) looking to expand into India.
MGMH is dedicated to providing outstanding service to their clients that are tailor made to suit their needs. With clear understanding of both International and domestic music markets, the company strives to bridge the gap by continuous dialogue with international counterparts and by exploring ways to push the Indian envelope forward.Our company founder and owner, has continuously maintained her focus and commitment to providing personal, “hands on” services by having direct contact with all clients & artists based on respect and appreciation for their work. The company also strives to give back to the community with their eco – friendly green measures like planting trees as well as supporting NGO’s like Music Basti.
Music Business Consultancy:
MGMH’s prime focus right now is consulting with Individuals and companies looking to expand their music business in India. With immense knowledge in all sectors of the music industry ranging from Distribution, Publishing, Live music and Education, MGMH and Ritnika Nayan are the perfect partners to have when looking at India as a market for your business.
Artist Management & Bookings/ Tour Management:
MGMH has worked with some of India’s foremost artists on an exclusive and non-exclusive basis including Jalebee Cartel, Advaita, Menwhopause, Indigo Children, The Circus, Nucleya, Kohra, Shaa’ir & Func, Susmit Sen Chronicles, Pentagram, Faridkot, Them Clones, Farhan Akhtar and so on. We have ties with artists in India and abroad of various genres ranging from Rock, Pop, Metal, Electronica and Fusion. MGMH has successfully booked artists for some of the best festivals in India like Sunburn, NH7 Weekender, SAARC and Hornbill as well as Internationally at festivals and venues like Electron Festival -Geneva, C-O Pop Festival – Cologne, Paradiso – Amsterdam, Chill out Festival – Dubai and so on.
*MGMH is currently not signing any artists as we do not manage artists. We do however, book artists for events*
Festival & Concert Production/ Consultancy:
The company’s event division manages various events & festivals in India and abroad, handling all aspects of the event including overall planning, coordination, artist relations, stage management, marketing and On-ground execution. In the past our team has worked with the following major events/festivals
- Lollapalooza India 2023
- Goa Sunsplash 2019
- Wonderflip Festival – 2017
- The Sula Festival – 2016 – 2020
- The Grub Fest – 2015 – 2016
- The Moto Spotlight series 2015
- Manu Chao La Ventura (Spain/ France) 2013
- Guns & Roses India Tour 2012
- Ziro Festival of Music 2012 – 13
- Seagram’s Mirch Sound Check series 2011
- Escape Festival of Music 2011
- Nucleya: Horn Ok Please India Tour 2010
- Global Groove Festival & Conference 2009
- Eastwind Festival of Music 2008
Venue Residency/ Consultancy:
We offer music programming and over all entertainment consultancy to venues and companies. Our expertise includes programming venues on a monthly basis as well as guiding them in the planning of venue with respect to sound, stage and performance requirements. Some of the venues we work with include FLYP @ MTV, Hard Rock cafe, Raasta, The Beer Cafe, Lodi – The Garden Restaurant and more.
Some of the big names we have worked with:
Stella Artois, 100 Pipers, Budweiser, Adidas Originals, Kingfisher, Seagrams, Radio Mirchi, Mohali IPL Team, Raasta,Hard Rock Café, Blue Frog, Percept, Wizcraft, Swordfish events, Goethe Institut, Pepsico, Alliance française , 70 Event Media Group, Rock Street Journal, Anidra, Penguin Publications, Electron Festival – Geneva, Nova Medical Centers, QBA, OML/ NH7, Paradiso – Amsterdam, Sunburn Festival, Mooz Entertainment, Orient Craft, Motorola and many more…
Ritnika Nayan: Owner
Ritnika Nayan started her musical career in 2001 at Hofstra University, New York, where she worked in the concerts division of the University for four years. During this time, she organized shows for artists like Maroon 5, Nickelback, Counting Crows to name a few and dealt in various parts of the Live music sector ranging from Tickets, Advertising, Production and Finances. After completion of her Bachelor’s degree in TV/Video From Hofstra, she returned to India, where she dabbled in Television (MTV NY, ITV London, Star India) and Film (Gandhi My Father) as an Assistant Director.
In 2006, Ritnika moved to London to pursue her Masters in Music Business management from Westminster University. She worked as a promoter in London for a year managing concerts at venues like the Troubadour, 100 club, Borderline and Nambucca. After a Brief work stint at Sincere management (Peter Jenner), Ritnika moved to India to set up her music company that deals with artist management, live concerts, consultancy as well as operates a rehearsal studio in Delhi. In 2008, the British council named Ritnika ‘Young Music Entrepreneur’ runner up and in 2018 they chose her as a finalist for the UK Alumni entrepreneur Award. She is strong advocate for local music and believes the Indian music industry needs to be at par with the international world. Ritnika is an active member of music conferences worldwide and was also a panelist at the Music Expo 2008, In Los Angeles & Electron festival Geneva, 2011, Amsterdam Dance event – 2016, EARS- 2018 both in Mumbai and recently also released India’s first and only book on electronic music – hub. She has been featured in various publications including Femina, Elle, Time Out Delhi, Hindustan Times, Mid day, Sunday Guardian, TOI crest, Statesmen & Indian Express and was named one of the ‘Top Guns of India’ by India Today Aspire Magazine. Ritnika won the prestigious Indiafrica Visionary Fellowship and attended a business bootcamp at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and was also asked to speak to the University of Mauritius. She has spoken at 2 TEDx events in India about her life journey and the various opportunities available in music and released her book – Indie 101: The Ultimate Guide to the Independent Music Industry in India.
In 2019 Ritnika won the contribution to creative industry award by University of Westminster, UK. and set up India’s only certification course in Music Business at Sri Aurobindo Center of Arts and Communication. She was also named head of India for CD Baby – The biggest music distributor in the world and later headed Downtown Music in India, representing CD Baby, Fuga, Songtrust and more. Some of the projects she has been involved with include Lolla India, Guns & Roses India Tour, Manu Chao India Tour, Tiny Fingers India Tour, Sula Festival, Moto spotlight series, The Grub Fest, Ziro Festival of Music, Nucleya -Horn Ok Please tour etc.
“I’ve had the pleasure to work with Ritnika at Downtown Music Holdings, and prior to that at CD Baby. Ritnika is an influential and passionate professional who demonstrates great care and the ability to manage complex projects. She was able to create a successful market for our services in India with few resources and little supervision. Ritnika’s experience as an educator and advocate for indie artists enables her to deliver solutions and opportunities convincingly to her clients. Her enthusiasm, warm nature, and professional style make her a pillar of any team. Whether in a leadership position or in a collaborating role, you can count on Ritnika to produce outstanding results.”
Heli Del Moral, Vice President- New Markets, Downtown Music 2022
“Ritnika has an excellent understanding of the music business so is able to strike a balance between artiste expectations and music label requirements. She is very personable, easy to get along with and enthusiastic about what she does. An asset to any organisation or artiste.”
Atul Churamani, Vice President, Saregama India Ltd., May 21, 2009
“Ritnika is a very ambitious and aware person who possess many talents, her managerial multi tasking skills are very commendable particularly as she has successfully managed to build a business in a male dominated music industry in India where there are presently no rules or boundaries. She also has a very bubbly, friendly personality and a very positive attitude that are all very important traits for attaining success in presently a very difficult business environment.”
Safta Jaffery, MD, Taste Music Ltd, U.K. , April 14, 2009
“We met at the Musexpo Conference in LA in 2008 and have stayed in touch since. Ritnika has a real drive and energy about her, and a tireless commitment to developing a real platform for independent Indian artists. She is one of a handful of people on the ground that I look to for a real insight into the sub-scenes in Delhi, Mumbai and elsewhere. Any Indian media organisation who takes future plurality in the music and entertainment industries seriously needs someone like Ritnika on their team.”
Mark Strippel, Head of Music & Events – Asian Network, BBC U.K. ,November 24, 2010