School of Arts and Cultures

Ben Siddall

Ben Siddall

Degree Title: BA (Hons) in Music
Year of Graduation: 1999
Post-Graduation Qualifications: CPE (Common Professional Examination) – City University, London; LPC (Legal Practice Course) – BPP Law School, London
Occupation: Music Solicitor

About Ben

Undergraduate degree

The Music Department Staff were excellent; very knowledgeable, always enthusiastic, very approachable. There were always plenty of performance groups to get involved with and the students were always proactive in organising musical events of all kinds, within the University and also in venues across the City.

The blend of more traditional areas of academic study, together with a serious consideration of popular music and an openness to tailor research to each student’s particular interests, was a great environment to work in.

After graduating

I am now working as a consultant Solicitor for Bray & Krais Solicitors as well as advising clients independently, including bands, solo artists, song writers, producers, managers, record labels, publishing companies and live event organisers. I specialise in advising new artists in establishing careers and I enjoy helping out a large variety of musicians in what can be a confusing and sometimes hostile industry.

I am also working to establish a Music Library and Production Company with a friend who works as a Record Producer (who also went to Newcastle University!). The Company will pool the talents of a number of composers and musicians to establish a searchable library of contemporary music, which can be licenced for use with visual media, as well as to create new music on commission.

How your degree prepared you for your career

The high standards for straightforward academic research and clear presentation of ideas were invaluable skills to take on to Law School and through to qualifying as a Solicitor. The involvement of the Department students in the local live music scene established my interest in the music industry, particularly new artists, new bands and new music.