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Clare Duffin is a lecturer and joint programme leader of the BA (Hons) Commercial Music degree at the University of the West of Scotland. Her weekly practices span over a wide range of music education and entrepreneurial operations, including roles within community music practice; social media consultation for artists; as a drummer; and as an artist manager.

Clare is currently undertaking a PhD which focuses on the concept of 'mothering and music making' in Scotland and is an member of the SWIM (Scottish Women Inventing Music) advocavy and activism group.



Current research activities

Current research is based on the working lives of female indpendent music artists, songwriters and composers in Scotland, with a special focus on 'mothering and music making'. Chapter forthcoming in the Cambridge Companion to Women in Music since 1900s.

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
  • mothering and music making

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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

    Bologna School of Music

    Clare Duffin (Visiting researcher)

    9 May 2016

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

    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

    DIY or DIE

    Clare Duffin (Speaker)

    27 May 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    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