Music Business Newsletter

Music Business Success Stories

Student Success

As we look forward to the reopening of music events over the summer, it’s a good time to congratulate current student Holly Cook on a highly successful online festival which kept spirits high during lockdown.   

Holly says: “Our Fusion Fest online event partnered with some of the UK’s biggest club night brands such as PropagandaFacedown and Uprawr. The event also featured special guest sets from well-known DJs such as Zoe London.

Through our work with the Music Venue Trust, we received sponsorship from Doc Martens and also built partnerships with many other businesses. We were delighted that NME also wrote an article about the event.

A few days before the event, we received support from the likes of Sam from Architects and Jordan from Bring Me The Horizon. Thanks to our many other supporters, we eventually raised over £6,000 for the Music Venue Trust.    

Without my course and my lecturers, I don’t think this event would have been possible. My lecturers are supportive of everything I do. The course itself helped me and made me feel confident in my ability, because I had done a lot of these things in my assignments.”   

To find out more about Holly’s events via Facebook, check out Rocktail Riot and Fusion Fest.     

Graduate Success

Congratulations to Dillon Hall, who has taken up a new role for Illa Music Management shortly after completing his third year at Solent University, Southampton.  

Dillon comments: “My role includes finding new artists for our songwriters, producers and engineers to work with. I also plan release campaigns and set up recording sessions. I got the job through a recommendation from a friend that I met on the course at Solent.

Along with the great network that I’ve built over my time at university, the wide range of the course has prepared me really well to go into a role that’s intertwined with so many different sectors of the industry.”

We were recently joined by graduates Giulia Spadaro (now at the ITB live music agency) and Ben Winter (XVII Music Group) to discuss their experiences at Solent. They also talked about their music business careers thus far, alongside some tips for current students.

Staff Success

Associate Professor Dr Chris Anderton was recently featured as a key speaker at the ‘Glastonbury at 50’ conference, organised by the world-renowned V&A Museum in London.

Glastonbury at 50: Origins, evolution and impact – Solent Music