About You

I came to QMU as a mature student after working, for 10 years, in various roles in the music industry, within telecommunications, and the finance sector. Throughout this time, I was pursuing my ambition of becoming a performer and songwriter, and managing and playing in bands. A record deal with Sony, then EMI records, led to a few years of making records with some of the best producers in the industry, and playing around Europe and the US.

I’d always taken an active role in the management of my bands therefore I considered business management as an important aspect of my musical career. When my contract with EMI came to an end, I realised that there was still a great deal about business that I didn’t understand. This was my motivation to pursue a formal education. After studying for a certificate in management, at the Open University, I applied for 3rd year direct entry to QMU.

 

"The course enabled me to learn about the fundamentals of business such as strategy, new enterprise creation, marketing, and allowed me to consolidate my work experience."
Lewis Gale

The Course

The course enabled me to learn about the fundamentals of business such as strategy, new enterprise creation, marketing, and allowed me to consolidate my work experience. I was able to contextualise my learning against my experience. The diversity of the student population at QMU was really positive; making new friends with students from all across Europe, and the mix of cultures and viewpoints made class debates stimulating . My two years at QMU helped me to develop a new sense of confidence in myself and my abilities. With the support of the amazing staff and lecturers I was able to explore subjects that interested me, voice and defend my own opinions, and develop my time management and organisational skills.

My dissertation project allowed me to travel to Toronto, Canada to interview musicians, artists and producers about their approaches to the business of making music. Throughout my 4th year, I was involved in an extracurricular project to set up a recording studio in the Leith area of Edinburgh. Around the time of my graduation the studio started accepting commercial recording clients. Since then my two partners and I have continued to grow the business. Additionally, I work as a freelance business development consultant for a UK-based music company and use, the knowledge and confidence gained through my studies on a daily basis.

 

Story published 2016-2017