The Henley MBA programme is aimed at experienced business managers and future business leaders from all segments of the music industry and will be delivered part-time by flexible learning over two to three years to allow professionals to continue with their working schedules.
The programme has attracted the support of Lord Lingfield, Knight Principal of the Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor as well as international cross-industry backing including that from John Reid (now president of concerts at Live Nation) during his tenure as CEO at Warner.
Additionally, the initiative is supported by a steering committee of international industry luminaries with whom Henley is collaborating to ensure the creation of 'an essential, recognised qualification for professionals in the industry.'
The steering committee includes:
Ted Cohen - Managing partner of TAG strategic and known in the music industry as a leader who embraces and exploits new technologies.
Nigel Elderton - Managing Director Peermusic UK, European President Peermusic, Chairman of the MCPS, Director of PRS for Music.
Simon Napier Bell - Known as the man behind Dusty Springfield's hit 'You don't have to say you love me' and Wham! author. He has a long musical history as both a songwriter and music manager associated with Marc Bolan, The Yardbirds and Jimmy Page.
Vick Bain - Chief Operating Officer of BASCA and Henley MBA alumnus.
Alexis Grower - Head of the Media Department at Magrath LLP
Phillip R Graham - Senior Vice President, Writer/ Publisher Relations at BMI.
Anthony Hall - Lawyer, majority owner and managing director of Pure Mint Recordings Limited, an independent UK record label.
Fred Cannon - BMI Senior Vice President for Government Relations and former Executive at EMI Records working with; The Stones, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Sex Pistols, Elton John and Lionel Richie to name only a few.
Carl Leighton-Pope - Founder of The Performing Artists Network Agency with a management and touring career spanning over 30 years, Carl has worked with Simple Minds, Dire Straits, REO Speedwagon, Bryan Adams, Van Morrison and Michael Buble.
Alan Guinn - Managing Director of The Guinn Consultancy Group a business inspired following his attendance at one of Henley Business School's Corporate Programs.
Richard Smith - Director of Mission Control.
The launch event will take place on January 29 at Cannes harbour and will be hosted by Professor John Board, Dean of Henley Business School and Henley's MBA for the Music Industry Programme Director Helen Gammons, MBA.
Speaking about the Midem launch, Gammons said: "The music industry will always bring creativity and innovation to the table, and Henley Business School brings new business perspectives and insights to inspire future industry leaders and business managers. As one of the key focal points in the Music Industry calendar, Midem provides the perfect platform for us to launch the programme."
Scheduled media interviews will be available immediately after the launch with the hosts and members of the steering committee. Additionally, Henley Business School MBA for the Music Industry will be exhibiting at the main Midem event.