Adrian Kirkpatrick

Curriculum Co-ordinator

Adrian Kirkpatrick is Curriculum Leader for the BA pathway in Music Business.

He started studying classical guitar at the age of six, but everything changed when Metallica released Master of Puppets. After studying Music at Dartington College of Arts, Adrian worked for Time Warner, Sony BMG, BBC, and Nude Records quickly developing business skills whist managing and touring on a national and international basis, specialising in artist management, accountancy, event, tour and festival Stage Management (Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds, T in the Park, Roskilde).

Recognised for his ability to extend beyond normal boundaries to achieve results, Adrian gained a ruthless event and tour management reputation – budgets never exceeded, events never cancelled, and no tour was a tour too far.

Highlights in this role included working with Metallica’s crew; sharing a roast dinner with the Foo Fighters (and not recognizing them); watching the house lights go down on an audience of 50,000 and wondering how he was going to get the production to Dublin on a boat in twelve hours time (and making it), whilst at the same time researching and publishing language and aesthetics in popular music for the British Film Institute; feeling sorry for Snow Patrol before they released Run and helping them carry an amp or two whenever their paths crossed; and politely declining the opportunity to work on the American leg of the Spice Girls tour.

An experienced and innovative educationalist, Adrian has consulted widely on higher education curriculum programming, alongside industry practices. He has written degrees in Music Business, Music Performance, Technical Events Management and Music Production for the University of Salford, Leeds Beckett University, and the University of Bolton.

Whilst at Bolton, Adrian wrote the first degree in Europe to specialise in Urban and Contemporary Music, working alongside local and international figures in the music industry, ranging from members of the Stereophonics to producers who have worked with Mariah Carey and Michael Jackson.

His entrepreneurial interests in the music industry include music law; intellectual property and copyright; innovation and strategic planning; music as a digital and social model; the relevance of record companies; and new means of online distribution.

He continues to advise within higher education and the music industry and recently was the contract adviser for national and international acts for Sony Music Entertainment as well as consulting on Kickstarter funding campaigns and continuing to consult on international tours and appearances.

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