Matt Brennan, PhD (UK)

Matt Brennan has served as the Principal Investigator for the UK Live Music Census, the world’s first national census to measure live music’s cultural and economic value and to highlight challenges within the sector. His research has informed successful campaigns for policy reform at local, regional, and national levels of government to encourage live music culture in the UK, and he has led several projects funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council which have involved collaboration between universities and the music industries. He has published several books, including When Genres Collide: Down Beat, Rolling Stone, and the Struggle Between Jazz and Rock, which was named as one of Pitchfork’s “Favourite Music Books of 2017.” As of July 2018 he will take up a new post as Reader in Popular Music at the University of Glasgow.