I’m Toby Bennett, a Research Fellow in Creative & Digital Industries at Solent University.

My research is concerned with work, production and organisation within the cultural economy, particularly the (recorded) music industries. I have been interested in ‘non-creative’ work in this context, as well as music as a knowledge industry: aspects such as education and skills, information and innovation, commercial and policy research, industry’s self-understanding, and emerging forms of expertise. More recently I have been exploring the ‘Music City’ as a policy object and practical reality, especially in relation to history and heritage. At Solent I initiated and run the Culture, Media, Place research group.

Prior to embarking on an academic career, I worked in and around the music business in various ways, and continue to pursue collaborations with the creative sector.

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


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