"Ammo is undoubtedly one of Birmingham's most successful cultural mavericks and Punch has contributed hugely to the renaissance of Birmingham."
Neil Rami, CEO Marketing Birmingham

Ammo Talwar MBE

Cultural entrepreneur Ammo Talwar started Punch in 1996 as a specialist record shop and a hub for local DJs. His leadership and vision built the company into an award-winning music development agency; working internationally and in partnership with leading private and public sector investors. He received an MBE in 2008 for contributions to music and young people.

A recipient of the Clore cultural leadership award, Ammo’s professional acumen is in demand by organisations facing both new business opportunities and challenges. He helped deliver Birmingham’s City of Culture pitch and sat on the board of the regional development agency. Currently chair of the UK’s largest African Caribbean music touring network.

Ammo advises government agencies and private companies on cultural investment and issues around diverse practice and youth enterprise. A board member of Birmingham’s performing arts academy, BOA, a director of Creative Alliance and governor of Park View Academy he leads on charting Punch’s future, securing new business while actively participating in programme delivery.

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