Peter Hook, the internationally famous bassist withÂ Joy Division and New Order and former owner of the Hacienda, has teamed up with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to launch a new Masters Degree Course from September 2012. Working alongside Hook is former Ministry of Sound Operations Director Tony Rigg and music venue magnate Aaron Mellor, the Managing Director of Tokyo Industries who operate 23 UKvenues. Mellor is also Hookyâ€™s business partner in Factory251, the iconic music venue located in the former Factory Records head office site in Manchester.
The course, which is run in association with Factory251, will allow students to spend time with Peter Hook, Aaron Mellor and Tony Rigg,as well as other important figures from the British music industry. It isthe first of its kind in the UK to fuse industry with academia offering mentoring from leading industry players and providing experience of working on public domain activities in a highly successful Clubbing & Live Music Space. The course will provide students with knowledge required in the music industry today and skills to develop music related projects to their full creative and commercial potential.
Peter Hook commented: This course will help to develop the next generation of music industry professionals and I am excited to be involved in a project thatâ€™s going to offer genuine opportunities to help support the future of the British music industry.â€ť
Aaron Mellor responded: Musicâ€™s old rule book is no longer valid we need to propagate a new wave of management talent that embraces some truly great out of the box thinking. We need to encourage innovation, specialisation and diversification. We are looking for tomorrowâ€™s great entrepreneurs & music industry leaders.
Tony Rigg added: The music industry is changing at a phenomenal pace and our students will gain insight, experience and knowledge to help make sense of it all. Weâ€™re really excited to be offering opportunities for students to get their hands dirty and gain experience of real professional projects with the safety net and guidance of seasoned professionals. The students coming out at the end of the process will be in a really good position to talk their way into jobs or even start their own enterprise. The University has an excellent business support facility so after getting their Master Degrees they have an excellent place to set up a business and get on with becoming the next generation of music business entrepreneurs.
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