Solent University joins Music Academic Partnership

07.04.2021: Solent University has been selected to become a member of UK Music's Music Academic Partnership.

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07.04.2021: Solent University has been selected to become a member of the Music Academic Partnership, through UK Music.

UK Music is the umbrella organisation which represents the collective interests of the UK’s commercial music industry- from artists, musicians, songwriters and composers, to record labels, music managers, music publishers, studio producers, music licensing organisations and the live music industry.

Through this prestigious new partnership, Solent also joins a select group of educational institutions partnered with UK Music, such as; Henley Business School, Coventry University, Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts and Bucks New University.

UK Music acts as a direct conduit between politicians and the music industry; communicating industry messages and issues via strategic campaigns, lobbying, research and reporting in order for Government to act upon them.

The new MAP association presents new exciting opportunities for Solent staff and students:

• The potential to collaborate on research projects working with UK Music, its academic partners and industry

• The opportunity to take part in music debates with UK Music and MPs in Parliament, such as the annual All Party Political Group

• The opportunity to attend ‘production days’ at major arena music events and festivals in association with Creative and Cultural Skills

Solent was chosen to become a partner following a procurement process involving the Music Department at SSU and RIU – Programme Leader for Music Paul Rutter said;

“Attending the All Parliamentary Group at Westminster provided an excellent opportunity to meet with fellow academic partners to discuss issues and new research, such as the Bristol music report and disability access at live music events tabled with MPs in Parliament’s Portcullis House”.

CEO of UK Music Jo Dipple said:

“We welcome Solent University as one of our Music Academic Partners and we look forward to collaborating with them in the future. One of our key objectives in setting up MAP was to help create a framework through which institutions could directly access music industry data and contacts, in order to help provide further research and analysis that will benefit the sector.”

Catherine Lee Director of Research and Innovation at SSU said:

“We are already working on an exciting new music research project that we hope to launch with UK Music and collaborate with other partners in the MAP group in 2016.”

The first production day through UK Music/Creative and Cultural Skills has also been secured, which will see a small group of students observe Noel Gallagher’s arena concert set-up at the BIC Bournemouth in April.

Through its incentives, MAP is designed to maximise the employability of students and future-proof the industry by ensuring new entrants have the right mix of experience and skills most needed.

About Music Academic Partnership: MAP is a ground-breaking collaboration between a select group of educational institutions and the membership of UK Music. Its focus is on preparing individuals who want to build careers out of their passion for music. In the drive for economic growth, Government asked British industry to design and develop its own growth-focused skills programmes. Closer collaboration with academic institutions is considered key. UK Music answered first by launching the CBI-backed Skills Academy in 2013 and now this unique Music Academic Partnership (MAP). MAP is designed to maximise the employability of the students enrolled in those institutions; and future-proof the music industry by ensuring new entrants have the right mix of experience and skills most needed.

MAP institutions:

1. Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM)


3. The BRIT School

4. Bucks New University

5. Coventry University

6. Henley Business School

7. Leeds Beckett University

8. Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA)

9. University of Hertfordshire

10. Southampton Solent University

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