About me

Professional

Coaching  Higher Education  Author  Music Business  Music Journalist  Personal

Coaching

Stu holds an Institute of Leadership and Management Level 5 Certificate in Mentoring and Coaching. He has led a final-year undergraduate module training students as music coaches for five years.

Higher Education

Stu has been a Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster since 1999. He mainly works for the BA (Hons) Commercial Music course, which is almost unchallenged as the world’s best commercial music qualification.  He specialises in the concert and festival industry and in supervising students’ large-scale final year projects such as albums, tours and company startups. He designed and delivered, 2010-2016, a very successful programme of Continuing Professional Development for Commercial Music.

Stu also supervises final projects on the university’s MA Music Business Management course and lectures on coaching for creatives for Westminster Business School. Top

Author

Book chapter‘: Music synchronisation and non-music brands’: in Rutter, Paul., The Music Industry Handbook. London: Routledge (updated 2016.)

Contributor to Davis, S & Laing D. The Guerilla Guide to Music Business. London: Continuum 2001 (updated 2006)
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Performer

Since 2011, Stu has led Sun Lotus Taiko, a drumming duo that plays mainly at outdoor events including Glastonbury 2015. He composes, performs, books shows and maintains social media channels.

He has earlier working experience of international touring (guitar/keyboard), album recording, sampling and programming.  Top

Music Business

Programming supervisor for Exeter Respect Festival in 2013. Deputy entertainments manager for The Big Green Gathering Festival 2000-2007
Label manager and events organiser, Zip Dog Records, 1996-2000 Top

Music journalism

Music feature writer for Dorset magazine and other county titles 2010-present

Music business feature writer for Music Week, Music Business International, Audience 1989-2001. Top

Personal

Stu lives with his partner Helen in Totnes, South Devon. He has a son, Ben, who is a music producer.

Practices

Nichiren Buddhist and member of Soka Gakkai International.
Member of Friends of the Earth, environmental practitioner and campaigner.  Top