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University of South Wales


If you are interested in becoming an Educational Associate of the MMF, please email Joseph Lever – MMF.


Academy of Contemporary Music

We are delighted to welcome the Academy of Contemporary Music as an Educational Associate to The Music Managers Forum this year.

“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.


Southampton Solent

Solent University’s professionally focused music and music industry degree courses encompass the full range of music industry activities and roles, and we are thrilled to be joining forces with the world’s largest professional community of music managers – the Music Managers Forum (MMF), as part of their Educational Associate Programme.

The MMF is at the forefront of the contemporary music industries, and their publications and events are a must for all students looking for a career in the business.

Solent’s BA (Hons) Music Management degree is the University’s flagship music industry course, and achieved a 100% student satisfaction rating from the 2018 National Student Survey. The course is perfect for those who want to manage artists, plan tours and develop sustainable careers in the music industry, whether as an artist or as someone who wants to work in the music business and support artists in achieving their creative and business goals.

Through a combination of theory-based and practical assignments, students learn about the structure and practices of the music industries and industry culture while building essential skills in artist management, music business strategy, music law, copyright, finance, live events and entrepreneurship.

Our in-house music hub, Solent Music has great links with the music and music festival industries and manages a range of opportunities throughout the year, such as backstage work experience at a number of venues and summer music festivals, plus regular live events and club nights in the city. We also host guest speaker events, such as our long-running SMILE Festival which will transform into SO: Music City in 2019.

Our knowledgeable academic team maintains close links with industry professionals, and is at the forefront of research, with recent books including Chris Anderton’s Music Festivals in the UK and Martin James’ We Eat Rhythm: The Prodigy Story.

Our music industry guests have included top professionals such as Rob Da Bank (Bestival), Lucy Wood (Latitude Festival), Andy Copping (Live Nation), Annie Nightingale (BBC Radio 1), Russell Wharby (WME), Joel De’Ath (Sony Music), Marcus Russell (manager, Oasis and Catfish & the Bottlemen), Colin Lester (manager, Craig David and Arctic Monkeys), Amanda Maxwell (Boiler Room), Nick Halkes (Incentive Music Management), Gillian Fleet (Domino Records) and Dani Sawyer (Universal Music Publishing).


University of South Wales

About USW:

The Faculty of Creative Industries at the University of South Wales is located in the heart of Cardiff and is part of one of the UK’s largest universities. The Faculty prides itself in its core staff of practising professionals and the Music and Sound department includes members who have received Brit Award nominations, NME Brat Awards, and BPI platinum discs. The music provision also has unparalleled recording facilities, numbering nine fully working studios, three SSL desks and the MCI desk on which Starman by David Bowie was recorded. Alumni include ex-students who have worked with diverse artists from Ed Sheeran through to Bring Me The Horizon and our under-graduates on the BA Popular and Commercial Music and BA Music Business courses learn to be ethically responsible, creative and innovative practitioners across the diverse fields of popular music.

MMF as an associate partner:

USW is looking forward to strengthening industry links by working closely with the MMF and its members; not only to bring extra ‘real world’ and hands-on experience to our students but to also ensure that the next generation of managers, producers, engineers, artists, and performers that leave our university are also fully equipped to support, respond to, and integrate with the changing face of the music industry. Developing practitioners who are ethical and knowledgeable advocates for change, fairness and transparency in industry practice and revenue streams is an important goal and this will be aided by an associate partnership with the MMF.