Industry leaders to discuss ‘The Business of Music’ at NME #Lifehacks event

Prominent figures from different corners of the music industry will come together in Salford next week for a special panel discussing The Business of Music.

Hosted by NME #Lifehacks and University of Salford, the panel has been set up to help young people learn about jobs in the music industry that they might not know very much about.

The panellists will discuss how they got into their line of work, what it’s actually like to work in the music business, and the various challenges they’ve faced along the way. They’ll also offer advice for young people who want to follow in their footsteps, and reveal what they look for in future employees and colleagues.


The panel will include insights from Beth Parnell, who runs the music PR agency Bandwagon Press. Beth’s PR career spans more than 17 years, during which she’s spearheaded campaigns for the likes of Calvin Harris, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Courteeners and Hurts.

The panel will also feature insights from Dan Woolfie, a tour manager, drummer and guitarist who has been tour manager for chart-topping band Blossoms since 2015. He’s recently been nominated for the Tour Manager of the Year prize at the 2018 TPi Awards.

Also speaking on the panel will be Brendan Williams, a music producer and engineer who has notched up credits on more than 20 albums including ‘Big Balloon’, the latest LP from Manchester prog band Dutch Uncles. Alongside his music production and engineering work, Brendan serves as Programme Leader for University of Salford’s BA Music: Creative Music Technology degree.

A fourth panellist will be announced shortly.

The panel will be chaired by NME’s Commissioning Editor, Dan Stubbs. It will take place Monday, February 5 in The Compass Room at The Lowry in Salford. Check back on afterwards for edited content from the event.


#LifeHacks is on tour with University of Salford. After bringing The Business of Music event to The Lowry in Salford, we’ll be hosting further events in different cities around the UK, all aimed at helping young people to pursue careers in the creative industries. For further information about NME #Lifehacks in partnership with University of Salford, visit

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