MURFREESBORO — MTSU and the campus community can glean plenty of music-industry knowledge Tuesday, Oct. 21, from the man who’s helped guide the careers of musicians ranging from Pink Floyd to Billy Bragg.
Manager and producer Peter Jenner will speak at 5 p.m. in Room 221 of MTSU’s McWherter Learning Resources Center as part of the Department of Recording Industry Chair’s Speakers Series. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. for the free public lecture, and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Jenner, who earned his degree in economics from Cambridge University and lectured at the London School of Economics, left academia to manage a new band he’d heard called Pink Floyd. His music career has spanned more than four decades and includes work with groups ranging from Marc Bolan and T. Rex and the Edgar Broughton Band to Ian Drury and the Blockheads, the Clash and Michael Franti.
He has served as manager for more than 25 years for singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, who visited MTSU in September 2013 as the inaugural guest speaker for the College of Mass Communication’s Americana Music series.
Jenner is president emeritus of the International Music Managers' Forum and a former director of the UK Music Managers' Forum and also worked with the Featured Artists Coalition. He’s also been involved in efforts to build a music rights registry at the European Union level and has argued for an international music registry to help equalize future digital music delivery systems and payments to artists.
“I think the mass market model of music we have now is in crisis, and the new inspiration will come from individual creative musicians and new people and structures that develop to support them,” Jenner wrote for Co-Operatives UK.
“People are into the major labels because they have the money, and at the moment they have the advantage so they drive a very hard bargain, but that doesn't work best for artists, and doesn't work for our cultural future.”
For more information on MTSU’s recording industry program, visit http://recordingindustry.mtsu.edu.