Elton John, David Bowie, Chris Rea, Jennifer Rush, Elkie Brooks and Joan Armatrading were among the many leading artists who benefited from their association with Gus Dudgeon, one of Britain’s most respected and prolific producers.
While he spent many years in a branch of the music business notorious for hard-nosed, cynical attitudes, Dudgeon was much liked for his breezy blend of good humour and enthusiasm. He put artists at their ease in the stressful confines of a recording studio and yet maintained a straight-talking, bustling style that commanded respect
Following his untimely death in 2002 it was decided that, if nothing else, Gus’s extraordinary standards in both music production and genuine loving helpfulness should live on in the form of The Gus Dudgeon Foundation For Recording Arts.
Following this announcement we were thrilled to hear that Sir Elton John had agreed to be our Patron.
The Gus Dudgeon Foundation has been formed to preserve and promote the techniques of recording and production exemplified in Gus’s outstanding career and to give students from all walks of life the opportunity to learn and pass on these skills for future generations.
If there was ever a person who would willingly give his time to help a struggling artist or recording engineer – it was Gus. Therefore an educational trust seemed most appropriate.
The primary aim now is to provide a producer led educational recording course for early professionals graduating from UK audio engineering courses with the full support of the Gus Dudgeon Foundation and its industry partners and friends.