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Allan Dumbreck is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader at UWS overseeing UG Hybrid programme BA (Hons) Commercial Music and working with the MA Music suite of programmes. He has worked internationally on music education initiatives for over 20 years and regularly lectures in topics such as music entrepreneurship and royalty income streams in the EU.

Area of academic expertise - outline

Music industries, music entrepreneurship, music education, music project management, music workplace / education interaction, music royalty income streams, European music industries, creative industries.

Music Education Directory 2016-17, published by UK Music in Dec 2016.


Current research activities

Allan devised and proposed the research for the his first book "Music Entrepreneurship" (Bloomsbury 2015) which he co-authored and edited with Professor Gayle McPherson (UWS).The focus of the research  was to investigate the intentions and experiences of young entrepreneurs and to then assess this academically for the benefit of emerging music professionals.

Through the research conducted for Music Entrepreneurship  he identified a further research interest and is currently researching for a proposed publication on Artists and Management in the Music Industries with John Williamson (Glasgow University). This second publication is in the final stages of approval with Bloomsbury and is expected to be completed and published in the next two years. The research specifically addresses the need for an academic analysis of the nature of artist management and entrepreneurial development in the music industries. 

Many previous titles have addressed the structure of the music businesses generically or have examined the career of a single artist manager. A number of previous publications in this area have often been sensationalist or historically dismissive of managers. No previous title has examined artist management specifically as a key concept / pivotal role. Allan (and John) are keen to explore the psychology and approach of artist managers in this central position within music. Specifically the work will analyse and asses motivation, objectives, background, management techniques and strategies in an attempt to better comprehend the work and character of those who engage in this field.

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Allan Dumbreck has expertise in the following areas :-

International education, international exchanges, international music, structure and natureof French, German and Dutch higher education systems, HE programme programme design and management, music performance, music copyright, synthesiser development (1960 to date) and oenology (France).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

External positions

External Examiner, University of Westminster

6 Jun 20166 Jun 2020


  • M Music
  • Cultural Entrepreneurship
  • Music Industries


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