17 January 2012
Two well-known music moguls will help students understand life working in the music industry when they visit Canterbury Christ Church University's Broadstairs Campus this month as visiting speakers.
Ex Virgin Music Managing Director, Steve Lewis, who worked closely alongside Richard Branson for over 20 years, will talk to students about his career which began with unpaid work experience at the bottom of the music industry ladder. Students will also hear from Al Mobbs, a musician, promoter, and manager, who has worked with artists ranging from Damon Albarn to Emma Kirkby.
James Dean, Programme Director for Commercial Music and Music Production at the Broadstairs campus, said: “Students are always eager to hear from specialists who are working at the highest level in the music industry. Al and Steve have worked alongside some of the biggest names in the business, and this is an excellent opportunity for the students to hear first-hand from industry experts, and for them to get advice about their own careers when thinking about a future in the music industry.”
Steve Lewis’ successful career includes working for Virgin Records where he orchestrated breakthrough campaigns for an array of well-known artists, including Culture Club, Phil Collins, Human League and Simple Minds. During the late 80’s and early 90’s Steve also signed some of the UK’s best known artists, such as Take That, Nirvana and Prodigy.
Al Mobbs’ highlights include sessions and plays on BBC Radio and XFM. He also founded his own label in 1998 called Ambiguous Records, which aims to help nurture new artists. Ambiguous Records have curated nights at the Royal Albert Hall, Ronnie Scotts, The Natural History Museum and for Tom Robinson’s BBC6 two year birthday celebrations.
Notes to Editor
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
· We are the third highest university in England for student employability, with 94.3% of our recent graduates in employment or further study six months after graduating*.
· Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2010 UCAS).
· We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
· In 2012 we will celebrate our Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.
*2009/10 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey