Solent has many graduate success’ and loves to shine the light on them, but this is different type of light on a graduate.

Jo Howarth, graduate of Music Management, was nominated for ‘Special Mention’ in the Outstanding Music Graduate category and was actually given the award and was humble enough to say that the other nominees were incredible professionals and feels grateful that her former lecturers still support her even after she’s’ graduated.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to have been nominated, let alone to have taken home a gorgeous trophy. It’s currently sitting on our awards cabinet in the office alongside an array of Official Charts number one trophies, my bosses’ impressive collection of Artist and Manager Awards trophies and two BRIT Awards!”

She explained to us another graduate from the music courses, Courtney Gray, was also nominated and couldn’t be more pleased for Jo as when Jo won the award, she was met with a bio that the judges went on:

“Jo graduated with a first-class honours degree in Music Management from Solent University in July 2018, and now works at global artist management company Tap Management (Dua Lipa, Ellie Goulding, Dermot Kennedy, Grace Carter). She supports two senior managers across their varied artist roster, assisting on artists such as Rat Boy, Danny Jones and Chelcee Grimes amongst others.

Jo worked diligently to gain valuable industry experience whilst studying at Solent. She interned at Riverman Management (Placebo, Deaf Havana), took on artist liaison roles at various festivals, and was selected as one of the youngest members of the BRITs Voting Academy, as well as managing a roster of her own artists. Jo has a passion for championing women in music and runs a growing women in music network. Whilst at Solent, Jo organised a successful conference and networking event aimed at creating an innovative learning and networking platform for young women in the industry.”

Whilst picking up this award she’s able to assist on two artists and a changed role at TAP Management.  She now assists Rat Boy and Danny Jones (Mcfly) and still supports her managers in any way she possibly can.

It’s amazing to see what our graduates get up to after leaving us, but even better when they prove their worth to the industry.  Jo is one of many stories that leaves us inspired to create more, be better and keep going when the going gets tough in this industry.