To begin with the team I became part of, headed up by the amazing Andreas Sønning of the Norwegian Academy of Music Oslo, Nick Long from Southampton University, and Rod Udo from Utrecht University of Applied Science.
I was commissioned by the AEC in September 2017 to do a formal evaluation of a new Research and Development project centred upon Musical Entrepreneurship (RENEW) involving 5 major conservatoires: Sibelius Academy in Helsinki; The Royal Conservatoire at The Hague; The Norwegian Academy Oslo; The Guildhall School London and the Royal Academy in Aarhus Denmark.
I have a tremendous passion for Social Entrepreneurship, (or Social Impact Projects) and its important place in the world and I have been giving lectures and workshops about its relevance and application to the arts and music for many years now.
In March last year I visited the Thornton School of Music at USC for a residency where I worked with my old friend the Dean, Rob Cutietta. The School can best be described as a cauldron for innovation and creativity as it combines the two sides of the music industry, Classical and Contemporary.