Nikki McGavin

Nikki's Profile

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Academic qualifications

BMus (Hons), MA


0121 604 1000


I teach on the Undergraduate Events Management course, and I am currently completing my Postgraduate Certificate of Learning and Teaching in Vocational Subjects. Joining University College Birmingham in June 2014, meant that I came straight from industry with over 12 years' experience of working in Arts and Cultural Events Management. I originally trained as a composer with Professor Christopher Fox at the University of Huddersfield and Professor Martin Butler at the University of Sussex. From 2004 - 2006 I worked at the Barbican, Europe's largest multi-arts and conference venues, in their Marketing Department. I then became Festival Manager, and later Executive Producer, of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the largest international Festival of new and experimental music in the UK, from 2006 to 2014. I am also Co-Founder and Co-Director of Out Of The Machine, a creative arts consultancy which produces and tours new music and sound art projects around the globe, as well as working to support the development of contemporary music in the UK.


Planning for Events, Support Services for Events, Event Business Environment, Event Design, The Events Industry, Professional Events Practice, Live Events Project, Events Finance, Events Marketing.

Research interests and scholarly activity

Areas of interest: International Festival Management; Arts & Creative Events Management; Collective Emotion Theory. Books: Something To Do With Belief: An interview with Christopher Fox - a chapter in The Music of Christopher Fox: Portraits and Perspectives commissioned by Ashgate, due for publication in 2015.

External engagements

Consultant at Bristol New Music Festival. Guest Lecturer at Bath Spa University.

Other activities

Member of the International Festival Circle - a global network of programmers and cultural event managers.

Students at UCB

Department of Business, Marketing and Finance

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