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Chris  Anderton

Dr Chris Anderton

Course Leader

School of Media Arts and Technology

023 8201 6349 ext. 6349 Room no. JM228


Dr Chris Anderton is the course leader for BA (Hons) Music Promotion, and has recently launched BA (Hons) Music Management. He teaches across the popular music scheme, and leads and teaches on units which address the recorded and live music industries, music media and marketing, festival cultures and events management, music culture, society and history, pop politics and protest, digital design and social media, and creative entrepreneurship. He also tutors final-year students on the individual project and the collaborative project. He is co-executive producer of the annual SMILEfest event, which brings the music industries to Solent University amid a month of exciting industry-facing activities, live concerts and club nights organised by students on the BA (Hons) Music Promotion and BA (Hons) Popular Music Journalism courses. He is also director of Solent Music, which showcases and promotes student-produced work and manages work experience opportunities.

In 2007, Chris completed his doctoral thesis at the University of Wales, Swansea, entitled '(Re) Constructing Festival Places', and in 2009, he became a fellow of The Higher Education Academy. He obtained a first class degree at University of Wales, Swansea, and a distinction for his MBA Music Industries course at the University of Liverpool. He is an active academic researcher who has presented at numerous conferences around the world, and published internationally, including 'Understanding the Music Industries' which is a leading undergraduate text published by Sage. He is currently working on a number of conference presentations and academic articles, and is under contract to write a book about British music festivals.

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