Music Business Newsletter

Music business success stories

Student Success

Second-year student Matthew Clark has been busy setting up a new label venture alongside his studies on the Music Management course. Matt comments: Star Serpent Records is an indie/alternative rock record label based in Southampton, focused on promoting our bands to blogs, radio stations and influencers. We also take care of all the administrative work behind the release of the song.” 

“The support I’ve had from the course has really helped me navigate the music world to put this together, especially through modules which have provided great insights on contractual clauses, analysing artist brands and the complexities of copyright.” 

Graduate Success

Over the past few months, we have welcomed back several of our course graduates to share their career guidance with current students. International alumni Dominika Uhráková (PRS for Music) and Lise-Linn Carlsen (Festival Director of Livestock, Norway) provided a short follow-up interview after their guest lecture.

Staff Success

Senior Lecturer Johnny Hopkins will have five research outputs published this year, including four book chapters within edited collections for Oxford University Press and Bloomsbury Academic. He has also worked with colleagues to co-write the book Music Management, Marketing & PR: Creating Connections and Conversations, due for publication with Sage later in 2021. 

Due to his extensive music industry experience working with Oasis, Sinead O’Connor, Kasabian, Primal Scream, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and the Jesus & Mary Chain, Johnny is regularly interviewed for books, documentary films, podcasts, magazines and newspapers. He has also worked for local councils on public art projects working with Anthony Gormley and Anish Kapoor

Guest Speaker

We recently welcomed industry expert Robyn Kennedy, a senior executive at Bucks Music Publishing. Following her guest lecture, Robyn also provided a short video, which was full of useful career guidance for students.