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Music Industries graduate scoops top music award

Tanyel Gumushan- UK Music Award

Tanyel Gumushan, a former Music Industries student who achieved a First Class degree from the School of Media in 2017, has received the UK Music Outstanding MAP (Music Academic Partnership) Graduate Award (OMGs) at the Creative and Cultural Skills Awards.

Tanyel was nominated for the prestigious accolade by Degree Leader and Senior Lecturer in Music Industries Matt Grimes.

He said: “I nominated Tanyel for the award following her work while on the Music Industries course at the School of Media, and more importantly for her work outside the course. She threw herself into the industry, writing for a number of publications such as the NME.

He added: “It’s fair to say Tanyel was a model student, embracing academia as well as industry practice to achieve a First in her dissertation and final project.”

Tanyel’s final-year project, ‘Band-On’, focused on improving access for under-18s to live music. She provided a solution to a licencing issue which many venues and local authorities across the UK have struggled with.

Oliver Morris, Director of Education and Skills at UK Music, which sponsors the MAP Graduate award, spoke highly of Tanyel’s achievements. He commented:

“The Outstanding MAP Graduate Awards seek to highlight the amazing talent coming into the industry as well as the fantastic work being done by UK Music’s Music Academic Partnership members, such as the University’s School of Media.

“The support of lecturers such as Matt Grimes is key to helping make sure the talent pipeline – so vital to the success of the music industry – continues to grow in strength. Tanyel is a really exciting young talent and the amazing quality of nominees at the OMGs bodes well for the future of our exciting industry.”

Following her graduation, Tanyel was successful in securing a position as a Live Music Adviser for licensing and royalty body PPL-PRS at their new base in Leicester, offering an opportunity for her to put the skills and knowledge acquired during her time at the University into practice.

Tanyel added: “I was extremely honoured to be nominated against such amazing talent from music graduates across the UK. To take home the award is a privilege, and it feels great to have had my work in and out of the office recognised.”

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