UK Music’s Music Academic Partnership Tour Is Huge Success

01.07.2024: UK Music's annual Music Academic Partnership (MAP) Tour has helped hundreds of students looking for careers in the music industry.

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01.07.2024: UK Music’s annual Music Academic Partnership (MAP) Tour connected hundreds of students direct to the music industry.

The tour, which takes place every Spring, saw students who are members of UK Music’s MAP scheme hear from a range of music industry speakers.

Picture: Shao Dow with students at Edge Hill University.

These included Simon Rix from the Kaiser Chiefs, former Culture Minister and Labour MP Kevin Brennan, artist Shao Dow, composer Simon Knighton, and artist manager Abi Kerslake.

The tour began in High Wycombe and events were held in Birmingham, Ormskirk, Liverpool, Leeds, London, and Hatfield.

MAP members visits included Buckinghamshire New University, Birmingham City University, Edge Hill University, LIPA, University of Liverpool, Leeds Beckett, Leeds Conservatoire, LSBU, LCCM, and University of Hertfordshire.

Picture: The MAP Tour in Leeds.

UK Music Director of Education & Skills Dr Oliver Morris said:

“Every year we work with our Music Academic Partnership members to put on a tour featuring expert industry voices to meet with and engage students. The aim is to create exciting spaces in which vibrant discussions are facilitated and that inspire the next generation of the music industry.

“We love working with our MAP members and are always so blown away by all the amazing work they do nurturing not only their students but also their local music scenes. Where possible, we open up the events to others in the communities we visit. So, keep an eye on our socials if interested in attending next year.

“It is also always an absolute pleasure to meet and talk to the young people out there doing the work. Students juggle multiple pressures, but always come to events fired up and eager to discuss their passion. Most are studying whilst working and shaping their local music scene in a multitude of inventive ways.

“Roll on next year’s tour – we hope to see you there!”

Picture: The MAP UK Music panel at Sonic Herts Festival.

Speakers involved (in order of appearance) in the tour are listed below – a huge thanks again for all their contributions:

Paul Fields (Buckinghamshire New University – BNU), Lara Baker (General Manager, UK/IE – FUGA), Dobromir Vasilev (Musician, composer, engineer and producer, and Associate Lecturer at BNU), Glen Rowe (Tour Manager, Charity Founder), Leah Mack (Sony Music Publishing), Matt Grimes (Birmingham City University – BCU), Asya Draganova (BCU), Robin Kay (BCU), Vanessa Sinclair (Manager, VNS Management), Alice Banister (Kycker), CAS Thompson (Punch Records), Stuart Belsham (PRS for Music), Maxie Cheer (musician, Trans Creative Collective), Lyle Bignon (Night Time Industries Association), Dave Whittall (RMBL and Sukhi 10c), Richard Short (Centrala), Abi Kerslake (artist manager), Andy Smallman (artist manager and A&R – BE83 and 5BAM), Teenasai Balamu (artist, Trans Creative Collective), Camilla Edge (Sisterhood Birmingham), Dr Oliver Morris (UK Music), Dan Jones (PRS for Music), Shao Dow (Artist), Simon Tew (Digit Music), Courtney Wallace (UK Music), Lucrezia Gatti (Sentric), Verity Pabla (I’m Not A Machine Music, Executive Producer), Simon Knighton (Composer, Nonclassical), Rachael Drury (Violinist, Researcher), Christian McCabe (Songwriter, Artist, Researcher), Richard Woods (CREATE Britain), Chay Thompson (Ditto Music), Claire Hamilton (Music Local), Eva Davies (Come Play With Me), Simon Rix (Kaiser Chiefs), Maeve Florsheim (Lucky Iris), Hannah McLennan (UK Music), Kevin Brennan, Verity Harding, Annemarie Gaillard (DAACI), Kyriacos Michael (University of Hertfordshire), Ben Nobuto (Composer), Charlotte Harding (Composer), Lola de la Mata (Composer) and Marcella Keating (Non-classical record label).

Find out more about MAP here

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