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Why Radio 3's Cuts Are Wrong: 550+ Artists & More Sign Letter To The BBC
Luke Turner , March 20th, 2019 09:03

Hundreds of musicians, curators, academics and more, from Brian Eno to Nitin Sawhney, Shirley Collins to Stewart Lee and Roisin Murphy, sign an open letter to the BBC about their disastrous cuts to their scheduling

Last week, the BBC announced that it would be cutting back on its evening schedule as part of a cost-saving exercise, with Late Junction reduced to one programme a week, both Jazz Now and Geoffrey Smith's Jazz are being 'rested', and Music Planet, devoted to music from across the globe, cut by half. tQ co-ed Luke Turner wrote about why this is a disaster for experimental music for The Guardian here and Richard Foster explored how the decision is a failure of public broadcasting here. Words work best with numbers behind them however, and over the weekend composer Mira Calix and writers Jude Rogers and Joe Muggs, with assistance from Luke, put together an open letter to the BBC asking them to rethink this short-sighted decision. The letter, signed by hundreds of artists, musicians, curators, music industry honchos, actors, and more, can be read with full signatures below. If you would like to help the campaign, please share this article on social media tagging @BBCradio3, or leave a comment about the changes on this BBC page here. You can also sign petitions here and here.

Signatories include hugely well-known people in their fields like Shirley Collins, Jarvis Cocker, Kieran Hebden, Peaches, Cleveland Watkiss, Ed O’Brien and Phil Selway from Radiohead, Brian Eno, Colin Mathews OBE, Shabaka Hutchings, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Peter Gabriel, Nikki Yeoh, Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos, Nitin Sawnhey CBE, the Waterson-Carthy family, Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory, Issie Barrett, grime stars Scrufizzer and Grandmixxer, Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite, Kit Downes, Alexis Taylor from Hot Chip, Holly Herndon and Portishead’s Adrian Utley. They include hugely exciting rising stars like Gazelle Twin, Lisa O’Neill, Seckou Keita, Hannah Peel, Joshua Idehen, Alex Neilson, Lori Watson and Laura Cannell, among many others. They include managers and creative directors of national institutions like the Edinburgh Festival, Sound UK, WOMAD and the London Borough of Culture, huge venues like London’s Roundhouse, and local powerhouses like Cardigan’s Theatr Mwldan. Label bosses like Laurence Bell of Domino, and Jeannette Lee and Geoff Travis from Rough Trade (who called the decisions “a national travesty”) are also in. International pioneers like composer Laurie Spiegel and early Kraftwerk collaborator Emil Schult lent their passionate support, too.

You can read the letter and see the full list of those who signed it below:


Alan Davey, Controller, BBC Radio 3
Edward Blakeman, commissioning and programme editor, BBC Radio 3
James Purnell, BBC Director of Radio

We are 559 music-lovers, musicians, artists, curators, record label owners, venue owners, festival programmers and critics writing to protest the dramatic cuts to Radio 3’s programming of specialist music. These have been made, in the words of Alan Davey in his blog about the Autumn scheduling plans, to “enhance the distinctive nature of the network”. The opposite is happening: the truly distinctive parts of the network are being dismantled.

British jazz is experiencing a renaissance. Thrilling folk acts are attracting broader audiences. Electronic and experimental music is thriving, and boundaries between genres, mediums and scenes are being dissolved and swirled into ever more exciting permutations. But in the month of its sold-out festival in London, the brilliant Late Junction, which supports new and existing artists from the worlds of experimental music, folk, jazz and beyond, is being reduced from three shows a week to one. Jazz Now and Geoffrey Smith’s Jazz are being ‘rested’. Music Planet, Radio 3’s only dedicated programme exploring music from around the world, is being moved to a post-midnight slot, and having its running time cut by half. The cuts are obvious. And while we welcome the adventurous and unique format of Unclassified, it only has an hour in the schedules. It is not enough.

The remit of BBC Radio 3 is explicit: to appeal to listeners of any age seeking to expand their cultural horizons through engagement with the world of music and the arts. The disappearance of the programmes above – fertile, adventurous spaces showcasing the creativity and diversity of many genres – goes against the remit entirely.

Our culture benefits so much from these programmes. Music-lovers tune to make new discoveries and build new creative communities. Music-makers rely on these shows as lifelines to support and share their music with enthusiastic audiences, both nationally and internationally. New works and unexpected collaborations have happened either directly or indirectly due to these shows. This flourishing cultural ecosystem will be damaged, and musicians’ careers profoundly affected, as opportunities for their work to be experienced by the mainstream at home and abroad will be drastically reduced.

We urge Radio 3 to think again about how the changes they are making will profoundly affect the broader cultural landscape. The BBC’s enduring principles – to inform, educate, and entertain – live and breathe in the shows they are pulling apart.

List of Signees:

Aaron Coultate - editor-in-Chief, Resident Advisor
Dr Aaron Einbond - senior lecturer, Department of music - Composition
Coordinator - MA Programme Director, Admissions & Technology - City - University of London
Adam Ronchetti - musician / percussionist (Hickory Signals)
Adam Sweeting - journalist
Adrian Lever - musician
Adrian McNally - composer, pianist and producer (The Unthanks)
Adrian Utley - musician
Aidan Moffat - musician
Aidan O'Rourke - musician
Aisling Iris - vocalist/composer
Al English - musician / manager
Alan Bearman - music agent / Festival organiser
Alan Sparhawk - musician (Low)
Alasdair Roberts - musician
Alastair Letch - carpenter
Alastair Putt - composer / singer
Alec Finlay - poet
Alec Johnson - educational administrator
Aleks Sierz - journalist
Alex Hall - In House Press / music PR
Alex Kapranos - musician
Alex Murray Leslie - artist / Professor of Fine Art / musician (Chicks on Speed)
Alex Neilson - musician
Alex Spiers - artist (Bonnacons of Doom)
Alexander Tucker - artist (solo / Grumbling Fur)
Alexandra Coughlan - writer
Alexia Menikou - arts producer
Alexis Taylor - musician
Alison Cotton - musician (The Left Outsides)
Alya Al-Sultani - singer / label Founder, South London Space Agency
Amanda Jones - label manager, Real World records
Amy Kohn - composer
Andre Bosman - musician
Andrea Parker - artist / DJ / label Owner
Andreas Berthling - musician (Tape)
Andrew Cartmel - freelance writer
Andrew Grassie - artist
Andrew Moss - label manager, Melodic records
Andrew Poppy - composer / musical Performer
Andrew Spackman - musician / lecturer
Andrew Wilson - curator
Andy Holden - artist / musician
Angèle David-Guillou - composer
Angharad Jenkins - musician
Angus Andrew - artist (Liars)
Angus Carlyle - Professor of Sound & Landscape, UAL
Angus Farquhar - Creative Director - Aproxima
Angus Peter Campbell - Gaelic writer
Anna Kiff - artist
Anna Palmer - programme assistant at Capsule Events
Anna Snow - singer

Anna Vermehren - freelance producer
Annalaura Palma - picture researcher
Anthony Caveney - television producer
Anthony Chalmers - promoter
Anthony Child - musician (Surgeon)
Antye Greie - AGF Audio Sculptress
Arun Sethi - A&R / music Publisher
Ashley Elliott - MD, The White Wall Company Ltd
Asif Khan - architect
Autumn Richardson - musician / poet
Babak Ganjei - artist
Barney Harsent - writer / DJ
Barry Adamson - musician
Beatrice Dillon - musician
Ben Ayres - Rough Trade & Cornershop
Ben Corrigan - composer / Podcaster
Ben Fair - musician
Ben Frost - musician
Ben Jacob - musician (Max Tundra)
Ben Lancaster - Director, Stylo
Ben Webb - singer / musician / Songwriter (GF*M records)
Ben Wileman - GM, Wichita recordings
Benedict Drew - artist
Benjamin Duvall - composer / musician
Bill Laurance - musician / composer
Bill Thompson - musician / curator / lecturer
Billy Bragg - singer-Songwriter / Activist
Bob Stanley - writer / musician
Bomi Seo - musician / artist
Bradley Kulisic - founder, Singing Light music
Brían Mac Gloinn - musician (Ye Vagabonds)
Brian Eno - musician
Brian Sampson - musician
Brighde Chaimbeul - musician
Brigid Mae Power - musician
Calum Innes - artist
Carin Abdulá - agent
Carlito Juanito - musician / artist
Caroline Bergvall - artist / Vocal Performer
Caroline Newport - Barrister
Caroline Poulton - Out Promotions
Caroline Smith Arts Consultant & Creative producer
Cassie Liversidge - Author
Catrin Finch - musician
Charles Bullen - musician
Charles Hayward - musician
Charles Hazlewood - Conductor
Charly Richardson - musician

Chris Carter - experimental musician/Performer
Chris Eckman - label manager / Co-Pwner, Glitterbeat & tak:til records
Chris Gillard - Head Chef, EartH Kitchen N16
Chris Jacobs - General manager, Sub Pop
Chris Joynes - musician
Chris Pentney - folk music agent
Chris Reeder - Rocket recordings
Chris Roberts - Senior manager, Business Affairs - Real World records
Christopher Fox - Professor of music, Department of Arts and Humanities - Brunel University
Christopher Tignor - musician
Ciara Phillips - artist
Claire Leadbitter - manager
Claire M singer - artist and artistic Director of Organ Reframed at Union Chapel
Claire MacDonald - arts writer, Thinker in Residence at the Live Art Development Agency
Claire Martin OBE - vocalist
Dr Claudia Molitor - composer, artist, Senior lecturer at City - University of London
Cleveland Watkiss MBE - voice professor, Trinity Laban Conservatoire
Colin Irwin - music writer and playwright
Colin Matthews - OBE composer & Founder / Executive Director of NMC recordings
Colin Newman - (Wire) musician, producer, label boss
Colin Riley - composer
Conrad Shawcross - artist
Cosey Fanni Tutti - musician - artist
Craig Armstrong - composer
Craig Barnes - artist
Craig Wylie - music agent
Cyril Secq - musician
Dan Harper - musician (Invisible System)
Dani Admiss - curator
Daniel Brant - musician
Daniel John Jones - artist
Daniel Miller - Founder and Chairman of Mute
Daniel O'Sullivan - musician / artist
Dave Howell A&R / label manager, Fat Cat records
Dave Stapleton - record label owner
Dave Swift - bassist with Jools Holland Orchestra
David Agnew Director - Manchester folk Festival
David Brewis - musician (Field Music)
David De Winter - singer
David Keenan - author
David Sheppard - Sound Designer / musician
David Stubbs - music journalist and author
David Thomas Broughton - musician
Dennis Rollins - musician, composer
Derek Walmsley - editor. The Wire
Diarmuid Mac Gloinn - musician (Ye Vagabonds)
Diego Ferrari - artist
Dilwyn Davies - Chief Executive, Theatr Mwldan
Dionne Griffith - arts consultant
Dom Aversino - musician
Donald Johnson - musician, A Certain Ratio
Donna Lynas - Director, Wysing Arts Centre and Wysing Polyphonic Festival
Doris Woo - DJ / Solicitor
Dr John Butcher - Improviser / composer
Duncan Ballantyne - Director Ballantyne Communications
Ed O'Brien - musician (Radiohead)
Eddie Peake - artist
Ed Handley - musician (Plaid)
Ela Orleans - composer / PhD candidate in music at the University of Glasgow
Electric Indigo / Susanne Kirchmaye - DJ / Techno producer / composer
Eleonora Oreggia - artist
Eliza Carthy MBE - musician
Elizabeth Bernholz - composer / Performer (Gazelle Twin)
Elizabeth Lawes - Librarian, Slade School of Fine Art - University College London
Dr Ella Finer - Sound artist / Researcher
Elliot Galvin - musician / composer
Emika - musician / composer
Emil Schult - artist, musician
Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch - composer / pianist
Emily Hall - composer
Emily Jones - Head of Programming, Cheltenham Jazz Festival and chair, Jazz Promotion Network
Emily Riddle - Assistant curator, The Hepworth Wakefield
Emily Wood - Content producer, Social Media & Festival Site Design - WOMAD Festival
Emma Daman Thomas - musician (Islet)
Emma Ford - music Supervisor
Emma Thomspson - Director of Fat Out, Co-Director of Samarbata
Eric Chenaux - musician
Erland Cooper - composer / musician / artist
Eska - artist / producer
Esther Tewkesbury - manager of Stick In The Wheel, Sales Director of Kartel Music Group
Femi Adeyemi - NTS Founder & Co-CEO
Felix Thorn - musician / artist
Fielding Hope - Senior producer, Cafe OTO / Co-curator, Counterflows Festival
Fiona Owen - musician / writer
Florence Hallett - freelance writer / Critic
Fran Matthews - Director of Awards & Membership - BASCA
Frances Morgan - music critic
Franz Kirmann - musician
Fred Frith - musician / teacher
Gary Carpenter - composer / Professor of Composition, RNCM Manchester and Royal Academy of music London / BASCA Director
Gary Crosby OBE - Hon FTL musician, creative producer, educator - co-founder & artistic director, Tomorrow's Warriors
Gavin Lindsay - Designer
Gavin Mee - Founder of Syncsmith
Geoff Travis - Joint Managing editor, Rough Trade records
George Barnett - musician (These New Puritans)
Gerry Diver - musician / producer / composer
Glenn Boulte - artistic Director, Full of Noises Festival
Gorwel Owen - musician
Graham Dowdall - musician
Graham Dunning - artist / musician
Graham McKenzie - artistic Director HCMF, Huddersfield Contemporary music
Graham Rickson - music teacher / critic
Graham Sutton - producer
Grandmixxer - DJ / producer
Gudrun Gut - electronica producer
Hannah Peel - musician / composer
Hannah White - artist
Hannah Petter - Promotions Coordinator, (Warp records)
Harriet Simms - Glass Ceiling PR, Specialist music PR / Event producer
Hartwin Dhoore - folk musician
Hatis Noit - musician
Heather Phillipson - artist
Heather Taylor - artist representative
Heidi Heidelberg - musician / composer (Bitch N Monk)
Heike Roms - Professor
Helena Turgel - marketing manager / Visual Arts Programme manager, Theatr Mwldan
Héloïse Werner - musician
Henry Ward - Creative Director
Hillary Stafford-Clarke - associate editor, Cornucopia magazine
Holly Herndon - artist
Howard Male - Author / journalist
Hugh Mulholland - senior curator, MAC Belfast
Iain Pate - arts producer
Ian Anderson - musician / editor, fRoots magazine
Dr Ian Pace - Senior lecturer / Head of Performance, Department of music - City - University of London
Ian Rankin - writer
Ian Stonehouse - Head of Electronic music Studios, Goldsmiths College
Igor Toryoni-Lalic - Director - London Contemporary Music Festival
Ilka Schlockermann - music publicist , ilkamedia
Irene Revell - curator / Director,Electra
Issie Barratt composer and Director of BASCA - Fuzzy Moon records & National Youth Jazz Collective
Ivo Neame - Professor Of Jaa Piano, Guildhall School of Music and Drama - Principal lecturer in Jazz - Leeds College of Music, pianist / composer
Iwona Blazwick - Director, Whitechapel Gallery
Jack Barnett - These New Puritans, musician
James Bulley - artist / composer
James Fagan - professional singer, music Tutor - Newcastle University
James Ginzburg - musician (Emptyset)
James Heather - musician
James Holden - musician
James Johnston - press officer
James Liversidge - primary school teacher
James Mainwaring - saxophonist and lecturer at Leeds College of Music
James Saunders - composer

James Week - composer / artistic director of EXAUDI
Jane Beese - head of music, Roundhouse
Jane-Ann Purdy - band manager/ Festival Programmer / Promoter
Janine Irons MBE - FRSA artist Development/Creative producer/Co-Founder & Chief Executive - Tomorrow's Warriors
Jarvis Cocker - musician
Jason Yarde - composer / producer / Arranger / musician
Jasper Høiby - musician / composer
Jasper Rees - author / journalist
JD Twitch - DJ / producer (Optimo Espacio)
Jeanette Leech - music writer
Jeannette Lee - joint MD, Rough Trade records
Jem Finer - musician
Jen Kirby - composer / performer
Jennifer Walshe - artist / composer
Jess Arrowsmith - musician / music educator
Jez Kerr - musician, A Certain Ratio
Jez Riley French - Sound artist
Jill Magid - artist / writer
Jim Ghedi - musician
Jim Hickson - ethnomusicologist / journalist
Jim Moray - musician
Jimmy Holliday - singer
Jo Frost - editor, Songlines
Jo Ross - Director, Oxford Contemporary Music
Joan Shelley - musician
Joana Seguro - label manager (Noton / Subtext), Art Klang Management / Consultant
Joe Hatt - artist manager
Joe Kennedy - lecturer / author
Joe Muggs - writer / DJ
Joel McIver - editor of Bass Guitar and Bass Player magazines
Johan Berthling - musician (Fire Orchestra - Tape)
Johann Diedrick - artist
John Burton - musician
John Crosby - writer / music PR
John Doran - writer, editor & co-founder of The Quietus
John Foxx - artist
John Liversidge - retired
John O’Carroll - Rocket recordings record label CEO
John Rostron - Association of Independent Promoters - Welsh Music Prize
John Stevens - Qu Junktions Agency
John Tejada - musician
Jon Boden - musician
Jon Collin - musician
Jon Mueller - percussionist / publisher
Dr Jonathan Cole FRCM - Area Leader in Postgraduate Composition - Royal College of Music
Jonathan Pearson - Director, Islander music
Jonathan Reekie CBE - Director of Somerset House Trust
Jonny Bridgwood - musician
Joshua Idehen - poet / dramatist / musician (Benin City / Hugh)
Dr. Jude Cowan Montague - artist and journalist

Jude Rogers - music journalist / writer / broadcaster
Julia Kent - musician
Juliet Fraser - singer
Jussy Brightmore - musician (Gum Takes Tooth)
Justin Hibbs - artist
Karon Hepburn - gallery director
Kate Hutchinson - journalist
Kate MacGarry - director, Kate MacGarry Ltd
Kathryn Williams - singer-songwriter
Katie Puckrik - broadcaster
Kavus Torabi - musician / composer / broadcaster
Kay Watson - digital curator, Serpentine Gallery
Keiron Tyler - author / journalist
Kendra Frost - musician
Dr. Kerry Andrew - musician
Kerstan Mackness - PR - label director and artist manager (The Comet is Coming - Portico Quartet and GoGo Penguin)
Khyam Allami - musician
Kieran Hebden - musician (Four Tet)
Kit Downes - musician
Koen Dhoore - folk musician
Lara Rix Martin - (Objects Ltd records)
Laura Barton - writer and broadcaster
Laura Cannell - performer / composer
Laura Ward - singer / musician / Songwriter (Hickory Signals)
Lauren Kelly - director, Sean Kelly Gallery
Lauren Spiceley - music Programmer / musician
Laurence Bell - label Founder, Domino recording Co.
Laurence Crane - composer
Laurie Spiegel - composer
Lee Gamble - musician
Levin Haegele - photographer
Liam Noble - pianist / composer / Educator
Liran Donin - musician / producer
Lisa Knapp - singer / Songwriter / musician / composer
Lisa Meyer - curator - Supersonic Festival
Lisa O’Neill - musician
Liz Thomson - journalist
Dr Lori Watson - musician and lecturer in Scottish Ethnology - University of Edinburgh
Lou Barnell - artist / Facilitator / curator
Louis Andriessen - composer
Louise Gray - writer / Academic
Lucy Dunce - Potter
Lucy Goddard - singer
Lucy Railton - musician
Luke Drozd - artist / label Owner
Luke Fowler - Filmmaker / musician
Luke Turner - Author / Co-founder - The Quietus
Magnus af Petersens - Museum Director - Bonniers Konsthall
Maija Handover - Director - Sound UK
Malcolm Middleton - musician
Manni Dee - musician / DJ
Mara Carlyle - musician
Marcus O'Dair - Academic / musician
Marcus Scott - label manager (Hyperdub)
Marina Vaizey - writer
Mark Ayres - composer / Performer
Mark Beazley - musician / Independent record label Owner
Mark Carlin - Executive producer - York Mediale & Director Sound of the City
Mark Daman Thomas - musician (Islet)
Mark Holub - musician
Mark Kidel - Filmmaker / writer
Mark Lockheart - musician / composer
Mark Nicholas - musician (The Left Outsides)
Mark O Pilkington - publisher (Strange Attractor) / musician (Teleplasmiste)
Marry Waterson - musician
Martin Carthy MBE - musician
Martin Moscrop - musician (A Certain Ratio)
Martyn Heyne - musician
Mata Michalowska - Director, The Wapping Project / Arts producer
Mathew Dryhurst - artist
Matt Ashton - musician (The Leaf Library)
Matt Baty - musician
Matt Gilford - marketing manager, WOMAD Festival
Matt Osborne - marketing consultant, Real World records
Matt Price - writer / editor
Matthew Baker - online music metailer (Bleep)
Mauricio Velasierra - musician / composer (Bitch N Monk)
Melissa Taylor - artist manager /publicist
Michael Keeney - composer / arranger
Michael Muller - musician Michael Newman - Professor of art writing, Goldsmiths College
Michael Newport - barrister
Mike Chadwick - jazz broadcaster and artist manager
Mike Flynn - editor - Jazzwise
Mike Harding - label / publisher (Touch)
Mike Paradinas - record label owner / musician
Milo Smee - musician / electrician
Mimi Parker - musician (Low)
Mira Calix - artist / composer
Mischa Haller - Photographer
Monica Germino - musician
Nadine Shah - musician
Natalia Franklin Pierce - artist development projects manager, LSO Natalie Sharp - composer / Performer
Nathan Salsburg - musician / Alan Lomax Archive curator
Nathaniel Cramp - Sonic Cathedral records

Nathaniel Mann - musician / composer
Neil Blanket - Head of marketing - Mute
Neil Kulkarni - writer / Teacher / musician
Neil McSweeney - Hudson records / University of Sheffield Department of music
Nic Tasker - DJ / record label owner (Whities)
Dr Nicholas Melia - Archivist
Nicholas Page - musician / producer
Nicholas Sharp - Art Lawyer
Nick Castell - musician
Nick Mulvey - musician
Nick Smart - Head of Jazz - Royal Academy of music
Nicola Kearey - artist / record label Owner
Nigel Bryant - musician / Radio Presenter / producer
Nigel Hurst - Head of Contemporary Arts, The Box
Nik Void - musician / artist
Nikki Yeoh - musician - composer - Ambassador for Camden music Hub - Director of Jazz at Camden Saturday music Centre
Nina Miranda - singer / Songwriter / producer
Nitin Sawhney CBE - composer / producer
Norma Waterson MBE - musician
Nwando Ebizie - multimedia artist
Okkyung Lee - cellist / Improviser / composer
Oliver Ho - musician
Oliver Knight - musician / rngineer
Olivia Chaney - musician
Olli Dutton - Radio Plugger, Obscene Strategies
Oran Mullan Digital manager - Real World records
Oren Ambarchi - musician / Independent label Owner
Orphy Robinson MBE - musician / composer
Owen Richards - writer / filmmaker / musician / Presenter
Paddy Shine - musician (Gnod)
Paul A Taylor - Art Director - Mute records
Paul Geoghegan - Publishing Director, Gramophone, Jazzwise & Songlines magazines
Paul Noble - artistic Director, Spiritland
Peaches - musician
Penelope Trappes - musician
Penny King - arts programmer
Pete Paphides - music journalist / Broadcaster
Peter Broderick - musician
Peter Culshaw - author / journalist
Peter Gabriel - musician
Peter Liversidge - artist
Phil Hebblethwaite - freelance music journalist
Phil Jupitus - comedian
Philip Selway - musician (Radiohead)
Philippa Ronald - screen writer
Phoebe Roberts - performer / composer
Polly Eldridge - co-director, Sound UK
Prof John Drever - Co-Head of the Unit for Sound Practice Research, Goldsmiths - University of London
Professor Dr Tommy Smith OBE - musician / Educator / producer
Professor Joanna MacGregor OBE FRAM - Head of Piano, Royal Academy of music
Professor Stuart Nicholson - writer / Academic
Rachel Millar - manager - Shabaka Hutchings
Rachel Unthank - musician
Rebecca Morrill - Commissioning editor (Art) Phaidon
Rhodri Davies - musician
Richard Dawson - musician
Richard Forster - artist
Richard Ingleby - gallery owner
Richard Norris - musician
Richard Skelton - musician
Richard Youngs - musician
Rivca Burns - director of Sounds for the Other City Festival, Programmer at Mancherster International Festival
Rob Booth - Houndstooth / fabric
Rob Hadrill - Co-Director, Bookworks
Rob Harbron - musician
Rob St John - musician - artist
Dr Rob Strachan - Senior lecturer in music - University of Liverpool
Rob Young - writer
Robert Raths - Founder, Erased Tapes
Robin Hayward - tuba player and composer
Robin Rimbaud AKA Scanner - musician
Robin Turner - Turner Hall PR
Róisín Murphy - musician
Roly Porter - artist / musician
Roshi Nasehi - musician
Ruby Wood - musician
Rut Blees - artist
Ryan Oxley - record label Promotions
Sakiko Kohashi - lecturer - Central St Martins
Sam Hunt - Creative Director London Borough of Culture
Sam Lee - folk musician
Sam Underwood - musical Instrument Designer
Sam Valenti IV - Founder - Ghostly International
Sam Wiehl - Visual artist / musician (Bonnacons of Doom)
Samira Hamid Sharifu - DJ / writer / curator
Sandra Podmore - manager - Can / Irmin Schmidt
Sara Kenney - Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow
Sarah Angliss - composer / Performer
Sarah Coxson - booking agent - Alan Bearman music
Sarah Dacey - composer / musician
Sarah Davachi - musician
Sarah Gillespie - singer-Songwriter
Sarah Hughes - composer
Sarah Nicolls - musician
Sarah Strang - director, Civic Room Glasgow
Sarah Washington - radio artist / musician
Saskia Baron - journalist / TV producer
Scott Morgan - musician (Loscil)
Scrufizzer - musician
Sean Booth - musician (Autechre)
Sean Clancy - Senior lecturer in music - BMus Composition Coordinator - Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Sean McAuliffe, NTS Co-CEO
Sebastian Gainsborough - musician
Sebastian Rochford - musician
Sebastian Scotney - Jazz Critic
Seckou Keita - musician
Selina Fellows - Commercial Creative Consultant
Serafina Steer - musician
Shabaka Hutchings - musician
Shaun Hendry - head of copyright, Bucks music Group LTD

Shelly Love - Film Director
Shirley Collins MBE - President - English folk Dance & Song Society / folk singer / Author
Sid Newman - Bleep X manager
Simon Ballard - music Publisher (Mute Song)
Simon Emmerson - record producer and band leader - Afro Celt Sound System and the The Imagined Village
Simon Fisher Turner - composer/musician
Simon Raymonde - MD - Bella Union
Simon Whiteley - singer
Siné Buyuka - Founder - Injazero records
Siobhan Squire - artist manager/producer
Sliz Gillard - Creative producer
Sofia Laing - writer
Sophie Cooper - music Teacher
Sorcha Carey - Director - Edinburgh Art Festival
Spencer Grady - Production editor - Jazzwise
Spencer Stephenson - musician
Stefania Bonelli - Designer
Stephen Bass - label Founder - Moshi Moshi / PRAH
Stephen Cottrell - Associate Dean Professor of Music, City, University of London
Stephen Hindman - musician (The Golden Filter)
Stephen Ives - Director - Eastville Project Space
Stephen Mallinder - artist
Stephen O’Malley - composer
Stephen Shiell - artist
Stephen Walsh - music Critic / musicologist
Steve Hunt - Press Officer - The Sidmouth folk Festival

Steve Lawson - musician / Academic
Steve Garrington - musician (Low)
Steve Malins - Random music management
Stewart Lee - comedian / broadcaster / writer
Stuart Braithwaite - musician (Mogwai)
Stuart Hyatt - artist
Tadeo Lopez-Sandon - co-director, music hackspace Tamsin Davies - Head of marketing and communications - Theatr Mwldan
Taron Allison - freelance sound recordist
Taz Modi - musician
Teho Teardo - musician
Terry Edwards - musician
Terry O’Brien - agent / Founder of English folk Expo
Thomas H Green - writer / editor / Events Promoter
Thomas Lancaster - Creative Director
Thomas Stone - musician
Tim Burgess - musician / label Head at O Genesis recordings
Tim Chipping - Co-Managing Director - River Lea records
Tim Cummings - poet / filmmaker / journalist
Tim Hand - concert programmer / live sound engineer
Tim Smith-Laing - writer / arts critic
Toby Litt - novelist / lyricist
Toby Jones - actor
Tom Besford - Chief Executive - English folk Expo
Tom Hodge - musician
Tom Pryor - musician / producer / technician - Brighton Dome
Tom Travis - Product manager - Rough Trade records
Tom Ward - musician
Tom Williams - singer
Tomas Hallonsten - musician (Tape)
Tullis Rennie - composer / lecturer in music, City - University of London
Tyondai Braxton - musician
Veronica Lee - journalist
Vladislav Delay aka Sasu Ripatti - composer
Ward Dhoore - folk musician
Wendy Gadian - Theatre musical Director
Western Vinyl - record label
Will Burns - poet
Will Gregory - musician
Wyndham Wallace - journalist
Zoe Miller - music PR