Gerry Godley is Principal and Managing Director at Leeds College of Music.
He was formerly director of Improvised Music Company (IMC), an Arts Council funded resource organisation for jazz and related music, established by Irish musicians and supporters in 1991. Today it is among Ireland’s leading specialist music producers with a portfolio that includes 12 Points, an award winning festival showcase for emerging European artists that rotates its location between Dublin and other European cities, and Down With Jazz, a festival of creative music that draws its inspiration from Ireland’s anti-jazz campaign of the 1930s.
Gerry is a saxophonist who has worked as a freelance musician and also as a teacher, building a programme of educational provision for early-career musicians. He has served as Secretary General of the European Jazz Network and is a member of the European sub-group for Leeds 2023, the city’s bid for European Capital of Culture.