Adrian Bossey

Job title
Head of Cultural Management & Production
01326 255816 Ext: 5816

Adrian first got involved in the music business as a 16 year old, helping out a nascent Fatboy Slim with his mobile disco! He then worked as an underground DJ, running club nights around the UK.  Adrian later discovered Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine; guiding the band to international success, including a UK number one album and headline performance at the Glastonbury Festival. As company director of an artist management company whose clients included Chumbawumba, Drugstore, Katy Puckrick, My Life Story and The Senseless Things; Adrian worked on 21 UK top forty singles and 15 UK top forty albums. In the process he negotiated contracts for clients worth £35 million, set up 21 businesses in the UK and two in the USA and worked in 23 different countries.

Dartington College of Arts appointed Adrian to provide specialist music industry advice to businesses and set up the Dartington Recordings label in 2003. He helped generate over £30 million of bid income in eight years and worked closely with Dartington Plus, leading on music projects, including the annual South West Sound Convention. Adrian has been Chair of the HERDASW Creative Industries Special Interest Group, South West Music Industry Forum and the RELAYS (Cultural Olympiad) Project’s Festivals and Events Operational Group.

Adrian is currently head of subject for Cultural Management & Production and executive producer for AMATA’s innovative public programme; overseeing contemporary performances, learning opportunities, business services and community partnerships. Adrian lectures on Cultural Management & Production and won the annual Falmouth University Staff Excellence Award for Outstanding Innovation in Teaching in both 2015 and 2016. At AMATA Adrian mentored 61 start-up graduate businesses including Ider and  Cheap Date Dance Company.


YearQualificationAwarding body
Falmouth University
BA (Hons) Modern European Studies
Ealing College of Higher Education
3 A Levels
Reigate 6th Form College
7 O Levels
City of London Freemans School
PG Dip
Falmouth University
MA Creative Education
Falmouth University

Membership of external committees

RELAYS Operations Group
Universities SW Creative Industries SIG

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

Event Impact
Digital Music and Events
Business Incubation

Research outputs

Publications and research outputs

Conference or Workshop Item

Bossey, Adrian and Randell, James (2017) How can a professional box office system be utilised as a learning vehicle for events management students? In: AEME Conference 2017, 4th July 2017, Cardiff Metropolitan University.
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Bossey, Adrian (2015) How do the personal backgrounds, experiences, attributes and entrepreneurial motivations of students and graduates from Falmouth University influence their decision to engage in entrepreneurial activity? In: AEME 12th Annual Conference, 15 & 16 July 2015, AMATA, Falmouth University. (Unpublished) Item availability may be restricted.


Areas of teaching

Music Industry

Courses taught

BA(Hons) Creative Events Management
BA(Hons) Music, Theatre & Entertainment Management

CPD delivered

Music Industry Seminars

Policy engagement within Cornwall

The Works - Critical Friends Group
Arts Centre Trust - ex board representative for UCF
Cornwall Music Industry Forum

Business engagement

Business start ups

Adrian has set up or run over 20 UK based businesses and two US ones, most recently as a founding partner of Crowd Clothing. Adrian leads on the Graduate Pre-Incubation Programme at Falmouth University, which has to date supported 47 student start-up businesses in Cornwall.

Business engagement case studies

The Graduate Pre-Incubation Programme at Falmouth University supports Falmouth graduates who want to start a business in Cornwall. Successful applicants who provide a compelling business plan receive 12 months of business support including £2,500 of funding, access to facilities and expert advice. This competitive award has already supported 31 graduate start-up companies from theatre companies to surfboard designers, digital media production companies to jewellery designers. The award is delivered by The Performance Centre and supported by HEIF5 funding to deliver Convergence outputs.

Please see The Performance Centre quarterly reporting for more info.

Consultancy and facility services

Please see The Performance Centre quarterly reporting

Professional engagement