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Personal profile


Clare Kelly Duffin has a portfolio career which sees her weekly practices span over a wide range of music education and entrepreneurial operations, including her role as CEO and Founder of micro record label, Clay Davis Records; as a Youth Music Leader; Music Artist Manager - and as a contributing author to Bloomsbury book, Music Entrepreneurship. Currently, she is Drummer with Scottish rock band, Suspire; Artist Manager for folk/country singer-songwriter, Carol Laula and for Scottish composer/producer, Paul McGeechan (a.k.a. Starless). Her Ph.D studies have progressed around the work-ethic, micro-politics and aspects of collaboration pertaining to the challenges and realites female independent music artists in Scotland encounter around managing their careers.

As an educator, Clare is positioned as a lecturer at the University of the West of Scotland as part of the team delivering the BA Commercial Music programme and is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).


Current research activities

Current research is focused on the working lives of female indpendent music artists, songwriters and composers in Scotland. An invitation to contribute to the Cambridge Companion to Women in Music since 1900 will see a chapter conribtion forthcoming, due for publication in December 2019.

Area of academic expertise - outline

Digital worlds, women in music and independent music artists in Scotland. 

Target collaborative companies

PPL (Public Phonographic Limited) UK, PRS, Help Musicians UK.

External positions

Board Member, Glasgow Girls Club

1 Feb 2016 → …

Artist and Artist Manager, Clare Duffin

2 Feb 2014 → …

Freelance Social Media Consultancy , Pogostick Media

1 May 2013 → …

Community Music Practitioner / Tutor, Tolbooth, Stirling Council

15 Mar 2010 → …


  • M Music
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Community Music
  • Online Worlds
  • Independent Artists
  • Digital Music
  • Professional Practice
  • Online Music
  • online research methodology

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Research Output

Digital music distribution

Duffin, C. & Dumbreck, A., 17 Dec 2015, Music Entrepreneurship. Dumbreck, A. & McPherson, G. (eds.). Bloomsbury Publishing plc

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Activities

    • 2 Invited talk
    • 1 Participation in conference
    • 1 Membership of board
    • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

    Women in Business

    Clare Duffin (Invited speaker)

    1 Jul 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    DIY or DIE

    Clare Duffin (Speaker)

    27 May 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    The Value of a UK Degree in Italy

    Clare Duffin (Speaker)

    8 May 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Glasgow Girls Club (External organisation)

    Clare Duffin (Chair)

    1 Feb 2016

    Activity: MembershipMembership of board

    Bologna School of Music

    Clare Duffin (Visiting researcher)

    9 May 2016

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

    Press / Media

    Cashback for Creativity's JUMPCUT talk about their work

    Graham Jeffery & Clare Duffin


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities