Music Entrepreneurship Conference

University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is hosting its first annual ‘Music Entrepreneurship’ conference at Ayr Campus on Wednesday 20 November 2013, 10am-6pm.

The conference, organised by fourth year UWS Commercial Music students as part of their coursework, will run in three simultaneous streams, each examining a different aspect of music entrepreneurship: musicians and entrepreneurs, the role of technology in music entrepreneurship, and the influence of the research of theorist Joseph Schumpeter on music entrepreneurship.

Over 50 students will deliver individual papers across a wide variety of topics including: hip hop artists as entrepreneurs, artists’ rights as music entrepreneurs, music artists as social entrepreneurs, and innovation within the music itself.

The conference will also host three keynote speakers active in Scottish music entrepreneurship: Simon Thoumire, musician, composer, recording label owner and traditional Scottish music and culture activist as well as two alumni of the Commercial Music programme: Suzie Letton, Adminstrator and Artist Relations Manager at Scottish digital music distributor EmuBands and Steve Broadfoot, owner and CEO of LugPlugs, a hearing protection delivery system for people who work in the live music industry.

UWS Commercial Music student David Bell, one of the student organisers of the event, said: “We are delighted to be hosting this event which aims to pinpoint some key entrepreneurial activities that have been occurring within the industry recently, as well as critiquing some of the ideals surrounding music artists as entrepreneurs.

It is hoped that some of the discussions will provide a practical and theoretical insight towards how young artists starting out in their musical career can use strategic entrepreneurial thinking to their advantage.”

The conference coincides with Global Entrepreneurship Week, a worldwide event dedicated to promoting new entrepreneurial thinking and innovation, happening 18-22 November.

This event is free and open to the public but limited in space. To reserve a place email Dr Holly Tessler, Senior Lecturer, Commercial Music, by no later than Tuesday, 19 November.


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