I have worked in several sectors of the music, arts and entertainment industries including; event creation, live events, PR and artists social media management. I am the managing director of my own business Morsecode Management Ltd based in Hillington, Glasgow, which was incorporated in 2003 but has traded since 1998. Morsecode Management Ltd is a multi-discipline organisation working in arts and event management with two first-class recording studios employing full time and part-time staff, two university interns and several part-time consultants.
I was signed to five major record labels from the age of 19 until 30 years old and have performed all over the world in my own bands and was a session musician in Paris for the last two years of my professional music career. Moving on to music and arts management, I became part of the mainstay of contemporary music and arts in Scotland over the past 25 years.
I was part of the team that brought Oasis to Glasgow Green (BBC News, 2000) in 2000, where I secured the sponsorship arrangement with Interbrew UK Ltd on behalf of the Rolling Rock Brand. I was also head of the radio promotions dept for Mercury Records UK, part of Universal Music until 2003.
As a music manager, I discovered Paolo Nutini, helping Paolo record three #1 albums and become a festival headliner. I have overseen 20 major recording publishing contracts many music artists acting as executive producer on many of these. I also worked as a UK consultant for international artists such as the Zac Brown Band, Susan Boyle and The Beat.
I have expertise in funding for the arts and other public bodies, having managed and successfully applied for these in many differing situations. I act for Creative Renfrewshire as their engagement and funding officer which is part of Creative Scotland (formerly the Scottish Arts Council). I contributed to the Scottish Parliaments report “Putting Artists in The Picture: A Sustainable Arts Funding System for Scotland” (Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, 2019). The report, chaired by Joan McAlpine MSP, Convener of the Parliament’s Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee examined the complexity of funding within the Scottish Art Sector.
I am currently consulting for Neil O’Brien Entertainment of London, where I recently created and promoted significant festivals such as The Balkan Music Festival (2019), Wax Lyrical literary festival (2020) and tours for The Crash Test Dummies, Jimmy Webb, The Beat amongst others. This varied work of Creating large and small-scale events from major music festivals such as T in the Park to media launches has enabled me to become well-rounded and dynamic music and media executive capable of managing any series of events or artist campaign large or small. illustrated by the creation of quirky, unique events such as Opera in a Fish and Chip shop for Creative Renfrewshire.
Recently appointed to the advisory board of The Scottish Music Industry Association and SQA Validation Panel for the revised HN Media and Communication qualifications. The role would be to help the panel decide if the requirement meets industry needs.