Commercial Music celebrated five years of BSU’s Music Think Tank with a party at the Groucho Club in Soho on January 11th. Every year, eight or more keynote speakers from the music business come to Music Think Tank to talk to Commercial Music students at the University Theatre. The party in London was held to celebrate them, their continuing connection with our university and Commercial Music graduates currently working in the music business.
With speeches from Nigel Beaham-Powell (Subject Leader, Commercial Music), Paul Brindley (Music Ally) and Joe Bennett (Dean of MPA) the evening was rounded off with a virtuoso performance by Mike Dawes. Mike is an ex-Commercial Music student, who now has 1.6m hits on YouTube for his Gotye cover. Guests came from all parts of the music business, including Robert Ashcroft the current CEO of PRS for music, who delivered the first Music Think Tank this year.
Developing our London links with the music business is a key part of Commercial Music engagement and already one recent graduate – Barnaby Bowles-Bray – has landed a job at Sony through connections made during the run up to the party. This year in Music Think Tank two Commercial Music graduates will be talking about their current music business positions , and within five years we hope to run a series where all the keynote speakers will be graduates from the course.