Senior Lecturer in Music Industries and Radio, Award Leader MA Music Industries, Degree Leader Music Industries
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Matt Grimes is the award leader for MA Music Industries, Degree Leader for Music Industries at the Birmingham School of Media and Senior Lecturer in Music Industries and Radio.
Prior to joining the Birmingham School of Media and the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research (BCMCR) as an academic, Matt worked extensively in the Midlands, Wales and the South West as a freelance radio trainer/producer. He brought radio production to marginalised groups such as Romany and Gypsy Travellers, prison inmates, young adults in rural areas, victims of domestic violence, drug and alcohol dependents, community groups and the long term unemployed.
His rationale behind the training is using radio, an accessible and affordable media, as a vehicle for social and personal change, giving a voice to the marginalised, social inclusion, skills acquisition and development, and social/cultural bridge building. He has also previously worked as a sound engineer, an art technician and consultant, and a drummer of various bands that never 'made it'.
Matt teaches across a number of programmes in the Birmingham School of Media; specialist areas taught include Popular Music as Culture, music industries landscapes, music industries ecologies, music promotion al practices, music industry innovation, popular music narratives, DiY music cultures and radio production.
Matt also leads the and BA (Hons) Media and Communication (Music Industries) degree specialism within the school, including evaluating and developing courses, as well as networking with industry and recruiting and managing visiting lecturers and guest speakers.
He is currently developing and managing internal and external student employability and industry engagement projects and currently holds the post of Equality and Diversity Officer for the Birmingham School of Media undergraduate programme.
Matt also manages and develops collaborative provision with franchise colleges and external educational providers.
He is also an external examiner to the BA/FdA Music Business and Management at Northbrook College (Brighton University) and BA(Hons) Music Business at Tech Music School (University of West London).