photograph Business students tune in for some sound advice from EMI Chairman


Music and business students at Newcastle University have been queuing up to get advice on how to make it in the music industry from the man behind the success of artists like Robbie Williams, Radiohead, Coldplay, Gorillaz, and Kylie Minogue.

Tony Wadsworth, Chairman and CEO for the UK and Ireland with music giant EMI, has just been appointed as a Visiting Professor at Newcastle University.

The appointment will see Mr Wadsworth coming to the University several times during the academic year to work with students from the International Centre for Music Studies and Newcastle University Business School.

During his first visit, he delivered a lecture to around 50 music and business students, as well as giving a series of one-to-one tutorials.

'A sound educational background is essential in our increasingly complex and challenging business', said Mr Wadsworth.

'The market is undergoing a fundamental shift at present thanks to the digital revolution and I am looking forward to engaging with students on how the music industry is embracing change and experimenting with new business models', he added.

Roger James is studying for a Masters degree in music at Newcastle University, and plays lead guitar with Maybe Myrtle Tyrtle, a six-piece band he formed two-and-a-half years ago with fellow music student, Robbie Humphries. Roger said: 'We've got an album coming out in March next year, and I really want to know what advice Tony can give us about how to approach record companies'.

David Clarke, Professor of Music in the School of Arts and Cultures at Newcastle University, said: 'Tony's appointment builds upon the existing culture of enterprise in the School, which has developed both through the students' own enterprise activities around their bands and other performance, and through our Music Business degree programme module.

'It is a great compliment to the reputation of music education at Newcastle University that an individual with such a high profile within the music industry is so interested in our activities', said Professor Clarke.

Joanna Berry, Academic Director of MBA programmes at Newcastle University Business School, added: 'Tony's unique perspective on the business of music will be very valuable, and I look forward to working with him during his Visiting Professorship'.

For Tony Wadsworth, the appointment also marks a return to his old University. He studied at Newcastle from 1974-77, graduating with a degree in Economics, before going on to work with a series of record labels, both large and small.

Notes for Editors: Tony Wadsworth – biographical information

Tony Wadsworth was appointed to his current position as Chairman and CEO of EMI Music UK & Ireland in January 2002.

He joined EMI Records in 1982 and in 1984, in addition to other catalogue responsibilities, he took charge of EMI's entry into Compact Disc.

Tony moved to Parlophone in 1987 as Marketing Director working with artists such as Tina Turner, Crowded House, Pet Shop Boys, Paul McCartney and Queen, and in 1993 was promoted to Managing Director of the label.

From 1993 to 1998 under Tony's leadership, Parlophone enjoyed success with many new signings, including Blur, Radiohead and Supergrass.

Following his appointment as President, EMI Records UK in April 1998, the company saw sustained success with artists as diverse as Robbie Williams, Radiohead, Coldplay, Gorillaz, Kylie Minogue and the Beatles.

In January 2002, as Chairman and CEO EMI Music UK Tony added Virgin Records UK to his responsibilities, adding a range of artists to this roster from Massive Attack and Chemical Brothers to The Rolling Stones and Kelis.

More recently EMI Music UK has enjoyed artist breakthroughs with KT Tunstall, Corinne Bailey Rae and The Kooks.

From 2000 to 2003 he held the post of Brit Awards Chairman; he is a Trustee of the Brits Trust and a Trustee of the EMI Music Sound Foundation and is Chairman of the BPI.



School of Arts and Cultures

Newcastle University Business School

EMI Music UK and Ireland

Maybe Myrtle Tyrtle

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published on: 30th November 2007