I'm a creative researcher, having completed a PhD in sociology at the Open University in 2019. Currently, I do collaborative research on musicians, complete freelance evaluation and research projects for start ups and SMEs, and I work as a part-time policy analyst for a think tank. Previously, I edited for a student academic journal, worked at a social enterprise and completed impact evaluation and project coordination for music funders in the UK.
I am an expert in public funding for popular musicians in the UK, and my PhD was a case study of the Momentum music fund run by PRS Foundation. In my research, I was interested in how public funding might help a greater array of aspiring popular musicians create careers in music. I documented the ways artist managers and indie labels seek and use funding to develop artists' careers. I also analysed how diversity and talent were considered in the funding, how funding decisions were made and what types of artists received funding.
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Originally from Texas and long time Austinite, I now live in London. Music-wise, I'm a veteran of SXSW music festival - having been five times - and enjoy going to gigs. I produce music and enjoy singing and songwriting. For a couple of years I wrote for the defunct music blog The Recommender, where I cultivated an appreciation for going behind the scenes and talking to musicians. Academically, my background is interdisciplinary with degrees in sociology, geography and cultural and creative industries. I have lived in the UK for many years, and I am passionate about supporting and facilitating the equitable development of arts and culture across the UK. I am driven by a desire to do meaningful work that improves peoples' lives and society at large.