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Tony Rigg

Lecturer in Music Industry Management, Professional Advisor
School of Arts and Media

Tony Rigg is a music industry professional and academic affiliated with the University of Central Lancashire. He collaborated with Peter Hook and Dr Les Gillon to set up the Master of Arts programme in Music Industry Management and Promotion at UCLan which is a leading course in its field.

Tony's roles at the University of Central Lancashire include leading on the MA Music Industry Management and Promotion programme. Tony has published across a range of music related studies including; Popular Music in the Post-digital Age: Politics, Economy, Culture and Technology (Bloomsbury 2018) with Prof Ewa Mazierska & Dr. Leslie Gillon The Future of Live Music (Bloomsbury 2020) with Prof Ewa Mazierska & Dr. Leslie Gillon The Evolution of Electronic Dance Music/ EDM (Bloomsbury 2021) with Prof Ewa Mazierska & Dr. Leslie Gillon Music Law: Present and Future (Bloomsbury 2021) with Ann Harrison

Tony has a substantial pedigree and track record of success in the music industry gained through senior management roles in market-leading organisations, including Operations Director for Ministry of Sound. He has overseen the management of more than one hundred music venues, thousands of music events and has a chart pedigree as a musician and producer. He also set up the Music Business and Event Management Courses at UCLan’s partner institution, the School of Electronic Music Manchester, who run a Foundation Degree Programme to prepare prospective students for UCLan’s undergraduate music related degree programmes. Tony’s pedagogic activities sit alongside a portfolio of music industry activities including his consultancy practice.

  • Continuing practice-based and academic research in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Creative Industries
  • Music Industry Management
  • The Global Music Industries
  • Digital Music and Strategies for its Promotion
  • Tools for Resilience to Disruptive Technologies
  • The Social Consumption of Live and Recorded Music
  • Publishing and Synchronisation
  • Music Law and Practice
  • Electronic Music
  • Traditional and Contemporary Approaches to Music Making
  • Tony has an extensive music related business portfolio and directs his own consultancy practice providing business support to market leading companies in the Creative Industries
  • He is also Head of Music Business Education at the School of Electronic Music
  • Tony is a member of the Association of Electronic Music (AFEM) and the Creative Communities Group.