I’m Toby Bennett.* I live in London, where I research, write and teach on things related to music, cultural production and the creative economy.

My research focuses on cultural economies, particularly work, organisation, policy and knowledge, at different scales: individuals, firms, cities and transnational flows. I’m currently finishing up a book documenting how employees in UK major record labels experienced, and in turn influenced, the digital transition, to shape a ‘new spirit’ of the music industry. I’ve been interested in ‘non-creative’ work and coordination in this context; professionalisation, through aspects like training and qualifications, commercial and policy research and new expressions of expertise; and how internal critiques emerge within the industry e.g. of gender inequalities. This was based on doctoral work at KCL, after which I spent a few years researching urban cultural development strategies in Southampton, relating these to local social history and to the ‘Music City’ as emerging policy object.

I’m currently Research Fellow at the Centre for Culture and the Creative Industries at City, University of London. I work on the CICERONE project (EU Horizon 2020), which seeks to capture creative economy flows and production networks across the European continent (and beyond). The City team are particularly following the book and journal publishing subsector, alongside the transnational regulatory and data collection environment for cultural industries. At City, I teach Research Methods and Cultural Policy on the MA Culture, Policy and Management and moonlight as a Visiting Lecturer at University of Westminster, contributing to the MA Music Business Management. I have previously taught Creative Industries at the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary, University of London, amongst other things. I am also an Associate Editor of the Journal of Cultural Economy.

Prior to embarking on an academic career, I wore various guises: first pretending to be a musician (pianist, bassist, drummer, gamelan-er, producer, DJ, promoter); before working in and around music businesses (such as, for five years, Universal Music Group). I have since advised, commented or written reports on various aspects of the music economy for a number of cultural consultancies, trade bodies and journalists, and continue to pursue collaborations with the creative sector.

This website houses information on my writing, teaching, any events I’m involved with, as well as an array of contact strategies.

* N.B. I am neither Tony Bennett – the velvet-voiced crooner or, yet more confusingly, the cultural sociologist – nor Toby Bennett, the clog-dancer or the skateboarder.

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