“Scotland has an abundance of creative musical talent, but do we have the business talent and infrastructure to support and capitalise on the creative output? Many musical creatives in Scotland are represented by managers, agents, record labels, publishers, lawyers and accountants out with Scotland (mostly in London). How do we develop the infrastructure of Scotland’s music industry to retain more intellectual property and conduct more business in the music supply chain?”
Since June 2016, Alan has headed the Music Team at Creative Scotland, distributing funding from the Scottish Government and the National Lottery across all genres, from classical and jazz to folk and all things pop, rock, indie and electronica. Creative Scotland’s support for the music sector ranges from album recordings to festivals, tours, venues, artist research and development, international showcasing and much more.
After studying English Language and Literature at the University of Edinburgh, Alan spent more than 25 years in arts journalism. With an initial specialisation in film, he has held the positions of Editor of The List, Associate Editor of Total Film, Reviews Editor of Empire and film critic of The Daily Record. He was also the Artistic Director of the Kirkcaldy Film Festival from its inception until 2016.
As Group Arts Editor across all titles in the Herald & Times Group, he spent the better part of a decade championing the Scottish arts scene in print, particularly music in the Sunday Herald and The National. He instigated the Sunday Herald's cross-genre Top 50 Scottish Albums of the Year list and spent many years on the jury selecting unsigned bands for the T Break at T in the Park.
Dougal Perman is chair of the Scottish Music Industry Association (www.smia.org.uk), a trade body that exist to represent and develop music business in Scotland. Dougal has been a director of the SMIA since 2009 and helped establish the Scottish Album of the Year Award in 2012. He sits on several government and public agency advisory boards and has established links with UK and international industry bodies. Dougal also runs his creative content company Inner Ear (www.innerear.co.uk), digital media producers specialising in live streaming, live programme making and documentary production. Inner Ear works for clients and has its own creative projects Radio Magnetic (www.radiomagnetic.com), Walking Heads (www.walkingheads.net) and TRADtv (www.tradtv.scot). Dougal plays music occasionally, DJs and used to run club nights. He is proud of his three-year-old son who loves making up raucous songs on his ukulele and talks about setting up live streams of electronic music.
Geoff started his career as a permanent Entertainments Manager at Middlesex Polytechnic in London – the highlight being booking The Stone Roses for one of their first concerts in the capital. He then moved to the world famous Marquee Club before heading up to Glasgow in 1992 to join DF Concerts as promoter of the company’s legendary venue King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut. As the company rose to become one of the UK’s leading music promotion and event management companies, partially due to the creation of the T in the Park festival, Geoff’s progression in turn led to his appointment as Chief Executive in 2001.
As CEO of DF Concerts and Events, Geoff and his team are dedicated in bringing the very best live music and events to Scotland, and made T in the Park one of the largest and most innovative festivals in the world with huge International recognition. Geoff heads up a multi skilled team that is as comfortable promoting Beyoncé, Take That, One Direction, The Killers, Eminem, AC/DC, The Eagles, Rihanna, Radiohead, The Stone Roses and Coldplay and the best emerging talent around as well as event managing Glasgow on Ice, The Papal Visit to Bellahouston Park and other events. Glasgow Summer Sessions was created in 2013 and the festival has continued to grow year on year attracting world class acts to the city. Geoff’s newest festival, TRNSMT, took place in July 2017 at Glasgow Green showcasing headliners Radiohead, Kasabian and Biffy Clyro. The event attracted over 110,000 attendees across 3 days.
DF Concerts & Events are best known for the multi award winning flagship, T in the Park music festival which, with Tennents Lager as founding partner is the longest running music sponsorship activity in the UK. The festival will take a break in 2017.
Geoff is an executive committee member of the UK Concert Promoters Association, a member of the Glasgow Tourism Leadership Group and member of the fundraising committee for Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland.
A leader within the creative and social enterprise sector who thrives on solving problems and turning ideas into reality.
Rachael is currently Chief Executive at Cultural Enterprise Office. She is also Future Leader at Entrepreneurial Scotland, Social Entrepreneur in Residence with Social Investment Scotland, Chairperson at Youth Theatre Arts Scotland and Fellowship Councillor for Scotland at RSA.
She previously spent over a decade at Impact Arts and has worked on joint ventures with the Scottish Government and leading agencies including Creative Scotland and Scottish Enterprise.
With a strong track record of operational success, Rachael works extensively supporting creative and social enterprises to deliver, grow, develop and sustain.
Neil Semple MBA is Head of Creative Content at the UK Government’s Department for International Trade (DIT). He leads an export team covering the film, television, games, music and publishing sectors and manages major creative industries campaigns for the USA, China and India.
Neil Semple has over 20 years’ experience of international trade development work in UK Government departments, mainly in manufacturing sectors and he has done short postings to Russia and South Africa.
In the community Neil Semple has served as a local Councillor, Parent Council Chair and athletics coach.