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Recent BA (Hons) Music Management graduate from Solent University, Southampton, Melody Perry, has been shortlisted for the UK Music’s Outstanding MAP Graduate Award 2021.

7th December 2021

The award celebrates Music Academic Partnership (MAP) graduates and recognises the most dynamic, innovative, and ground-breaking students in the industry.

Following her studies at Amersham College in Chesham, Melody decided to continue her studies at Solent University. After graduating with first class honours in Music Management this year, she secured a full-time position role at San Remo, following an internship during her studies with the London-based publishing and management company. She has recently started independently managing producer/songwriter Cameron Nesbitt.

Melody (21) has also been active in her work with music trade bodies. While at University, she worked with the Music Managers Forum to create the MMF Southampton Tribe and organises networking and educational events aimed at managers of all levels along the south coast.

Since starting her career in publishing, she has been passionate about educating other young members of the music industry on publishing and has returned to Solent University as a guest speaker, as well as securing a place on the MPA (Music Publishers Association) Futures Board which works under the Music Publishers Association to support new members of the publishing sector.

 Following her final-year project on licencing content creators, she has been working to expand interest in this new area of income generation for artists, while encouraging the traditional music industry to expand its horizons and see the future potential in this area.

On being nominated for the award, Melody says: “I am extremely proud to have been both nominated and shortlisted for the OMG awards! I’m so grateful to all my lecturers at Solent, especially James Hannam for not only teaching me, but allowing me the flexibility to work in the industry alongside my degree. Without their support I wouldn’t have been so prepared to enter the working world as a graduate.”

James Hannam, Course Leader in Music Industries, says: “We are delighted that Melody has been shortlisted for this prestigious award, following a nomination from the Music Business teaching team. Melody achieved high grades during her time at Solent, balancing her academic work with a burgeoning career in publishing. Melody thoroughly deserves her success, and we look forward to following her career as it develops further.”

The winner will be announced on Thursday 9 December at the MAP member London College of Creative Media (LCCM)’s The Music Box.