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About the Academy of Contemporary Music:

“For the long-term health of the music business it is vital that ever-closer links can be forged between academia and industry. Our new Educational Associate Programme will offer ACM students an opportunity to learn from some of the UK’s most successful and innovative music managers, while networking the MMF to the next generation of music entrepreneurs.” – Annabella Coldrick CEO, The MMF

How ACM works for managers

ACM is delighted to enter into this Educational Associate Programme with MMF. Within the business degree that is delivered at ACM across its London, Guildford and Birmingham campuses, ACM places students, as potential artist managers, at the coal face of management. Via their studies, ACM’s Discovery & Development programme and other co-curricular activities including this Educational Associate Programme, students now have the opportunity to join MMF, providing personal mentorship and masterclasses, amongst many other benefits, and ensuring that these students will be business ready upon graduation.

Having always admired the inspiring work that the MMF has done for managers, artists and the industry as a whole over the past few years, ACM is extremely proud to have a closer relationship with MMF, moving forward.

About ACM

As a world leader in creative industries education, ACM has been training musicians, producers, songwriters, music managers and entrepreneurs in state-of-the-art facilities since 1995. With exclusive industry partnerships such as Metropolis Studios, students can expect an immersive education where they learn by doing through real-world opportunities. Based in Guildford, London and Birmingham, ACM is passionate about building sustainable, long-lasting careers for its talented student body.


About Point Blank:

Point Blank has been guiding its students from eager beginners to industry players since it was established in 1994. The School has won various awards for its outstanding achievements including ‘Best Independent University’ from WhatUni, as voted by the students. Among its industry-rooted lecturers you will find Grammy-award winners, successful label owners, A&R heads and international tour managers.

Point Blank’s BA (Hons) Music Industry Management degree provides a combination of genuine music industry connectivity alongside academic accreditation validated by Middlesex University. Students can enjoy regular masterclasses from leading industry figures such as Nick Halkes (XL Recordings), Ferry Corsten, Claude Von Stroke, Zane Lowe and many more. The degree programme culminates in a ‘Start-Up Lab’, where students can develop their business ideas into reality giving them enabling them to enter the music industry with our support prior to graduation.

Through Point Blank’s long-developed industry connections, music industry students have the chance to build their knowledge and connections by experiencing a wide range of industry events, intimate guest Q&As, exclusive internships and most importantly, job opportunities.

Point Blank’s partnership with MMF:

Point Blank is hugely excited to partner with the Music Manager’s Forum to further enhance opportunities for its students to build their knowledge, real-world experience and industry connections. This partnership will see the start of a long and fruitful collaboration which will positively increase the quality and knowledge of the music managers of the future as they emerge from our institution and contribute to the industry.


About Middlesex University:

Launched in 2001, BA(Hons) Music Business & Arts Management at Middlesex University was the UK’s first such degree and continues to prepare students for employment and further study in a number of music, arts, and business sectors: from live music, entrepreneurship and project management, to musicology, copyright law and marketing, the programme is multi-disciplined, offers regular contact with the professional world, and is proud to have achieved a 100% student satisfaction rating in the 2020 National Student Survey.

Chris Dromey, Associate Professor in Music welcomed the partnership:

“Middlesex University is thrilled to become an Educational Associate of the MMF. The continuing success of the music industries in the UK rests on greater sharing of ideas and more active and transparent thinking about entrepreneurial and ethical practices. Our partnership with the MMF is an important step towards achieving these goals, helping bridge the gap between academia and industry and giving our Music Business & Arts Management students exciting opportunities to collaborate with MMF managers.”

MMF Chief Executive Annabella Coldrick said:

“Middlesex University’s BA in Music Business and Arts Management has built an enviable reputation, and through our Associate Partnership I’m delighted that MMF members will have a pathway to share with students their experiences and knowledge. 2020 has been a challenging year, but music still offers an exciting future for young people and this kind of collaboration is important for the long-term evolution of our business. We can’t wait to get going.”

Some information from Middlesex University below:

All of our staff are all either active practitioners or researchers in music, the arts, and business. Our expert academic team leads the way with industry-centred research, with recent books including Chris Dromey and Julia Haferkorn’s The Classical Music Industry and Zuleika Beaven, Richard Osborne and Marcus O’Dair’s Mute Records: Artists, Business, History. We are equally proud of our students’ successes:graduates of Music Business and Arts Management have been recruited in recent years by the likes of MTV, Kobalt, Help Musicians UK, Universal, PRS for Music, Columbia Records, TripAdvisor, Boosey & Hawkes, and PPL, among many other organisations. Similarly, our students have secured, and continue to secure, internships and placements with the likes of the NME, Bath International Music Festival, Sound Diplomacy, HarrisonParrott, Royal Bank of Scotland, and the Barbican.

The Music department to which BA(Hons) Music Business & Arts Management belongs hosts a public Concerts & Colloquia series during term-time. Guest speakers have included, among others, Gillian Moore CBE (Southbank Centre), Mark Lawrence (PRS for Music), Geoff Travis (Rough Trade), James Gillespie (Sony Music), Tom Robinson (BBC 6Music), Dave Tomberlin (Interscope-Geffen-A&M), Paul Reed (AIF), Daniel Miller (Founder/CEO, Mute Records, and also Honorary Visiting Professor, Middlesex University, Dr Shruti Jauhari (KM Music Conservatory, India), and Sam Jordan (Musicians’ Union). Recent field trips arranged to further strengthen students’ industry links have included visits to: London’s Roundhouse, Union Chapel, St John’s Smith Square, Handel-Hendrix Museum, and Kings Place; Sage Gateshead (Music Futures); Cardiff’s Millennium Centre and Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre (Association of Independent Festivals Congress); Brighton’s Appetite for Disruption conference; and BBC Music Introducing Live.

Such initiatives are underpinned by a personal mentoring scheme that actively supports our students’ scholarly and professional development, guiding their career preparation and ambitions. To offer the very best specialist training and education, most of our modules are taught exclusively to Music Business and Arts Management students. Other modules include students of Music, Popular Music, Production, and Jazz, enabling a wide range of musical styles and practices to be covered and opening up exciting opportunities for collaboration across the Music department.


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