We have strong links with employers in music, media, entertainment and leisure, delivering high-profile guest lectures from some of the biggest names in the music industry, including:
- Marcus Russell (manager of Oasis and Noel Gallagher)
- Cerne Canning (manager of The Vaccines and Franz Ferdinand)
- Colin Lester (manager of Craig David and Arctic Monkeys)
- Nick Halkes (Incentive Records and Management)
- Andy Copping (vice president of Live Nation UK)
- James McMahon (editor of Kerrang!)
- Kate Head (PR for Taylor Swift, Tinchy Stryder and many others)
- Neil Simpson (artist manager, ATC Management)
- Rob Da Bank (Radio 1, Bestival).
Our involvement with the world of music festivals stretches back almost ten years through our work at Glastonbury festival, where we are one of the major broadcast media producers – giving our students a range of professional and practical opportunities to build experience in a range of festival roles.
We currently have an exclusive and unique academic partnership with both Bestival and Camp Bestival, as well as great relationships with a number of other local and national festival and live event promoters.
There are also opportunities to work on artist management and development, record company style projects, live events, club nights and more through our in-house Solent Music initiative, which has managed over 1,500 work experiences since its launch in 2011.
The University itself is proactive in bringing music to a wider audience and in previous years, music management students have been involved in Solent University’s annual city-wide music festival, SMILEfest, working in a variety of roles planning, supporting, contributing and promoting the event and the performers. The festival has seen guest such as music managers Cerne Canning (Franz Ferdinand and The Vaccines), Colin Lester (Craig David) and Marcus Russell (Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds); alongside guests from all areas of the music industry.