Alumni Lecture Series: Stories from the Frontline

Gig. Band on stage. People with hands in the air. Text: Alumni Lecture Series Covid Stories from the Front Line.

‘Culture Shock: How COVID has changed the Arts’ – featuring music agent and executive Emma Banks – 13 May, 18.30

The global pandemic has had a devastating impact on the cultural sector – both in the UK and around the world. Diverse activities from live performances and theatre productions to exhibitions and galleries, have seen revenue fall dramatically as venues have closed their doors and gatherings have been limited by lockdowns and social distancing.

Successful music agent and executive, Reading graduate Emma Banks (BSc Food Science, 1989), will join us to share her experiences of how COVID-19 has impacted the music industry. Chaired by our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robert Van de Noort, this online discussion will provide an insight into what Emma thinks the short and long-term consequences are for the industry and what lessons she’s learnt from the pandemic.

Emma works for Creative Artists Agency (CAA) – a leading entertainment and sports agency –  where she represents many of the world’s leading musicians, including Katy Perry, Muse, Arcade Fire, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Florence + The Machine, and Kylie Minogue.

To register and find out more, please see our website.

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