Toby's research interests lie at intersections between: the study of popular music; work, organisation and management; knowledge production; creative industry policy-making; critical and social theory; and qualitative methodologies.
Toby is currently working on projects and outputs relating to: music cities, music/labour/knowledge, non-creative work in creative industries, and 'passionate' work.
Follow the link below for a list of Toby's recent publications.
Bennett, Toby (forthcoming) ‘“Essential: Passion for Music”. Moral Economies of (Non-)Creative Labour’, in Wilson, Nick and Lee Martin, Handbook of Creativity at Work (London: Palgrave)
Bennett, Toby (2017), ‘The Production and Consumption of Music in the Digital Age’, Popular Music and Society 40:2, 242-244 [review article]
Bennett, Toby (2015), Learning the Music Industry: Evaluating the “Vocational Turn” in Music Industry Education (London: UK Music)
Toby has conducted extensive consultancy work within the industry. Follow the link below to find out more.
Toby has worked in and with the music industry in various capacities, including licensing, digital archiving and data management, HE policy, and music entrepreneurship. He spent five years working at the major record label Universal Music Group.
He has authored or contributed to reports on intersections of culture, higher education, and funding for bodies and agencies such as UK Music, King’s Cultural Institute and MeWe360.
In 2013-15, he contributed to the 'Joining the Dots' funding and mentorship programme for developing digital solutions to live music problems, run by The Hub and funded by the Arts Council/Esmée Fairbarn Foundation.
Follow the link below to find out more about Toby's teaching experience.
Toby has previously co-developed and delivered courses (levels 4-7) relating to the following:
- contemporary formations of media and cultural studies (relations of theory and practice);
- transformations of work (digitisation, precarity, global divisions of labour…);
- cultural policy/political economy in an international context;
- qualitative research methods.
He has also developed and run workshops, reading groups and discussion series for PGR students.
He is involved with the Researcher Development Programme at Solent University.
Associate of King’s College (2015)