- Job title
- Senior Lecturer
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Rick is senior lecturer in music at Falmouth, teaching mainly within the field of popular music, but contributing to all areas of the music programme. After a successful career in the music industry as manager to bands including The Damned, The Specials and The Soup Dragons, Rick was appointed business fellow in music at Falmouth. After co-devising the BA(Hons) Popular Music degree, Rick transferred from his business fellow role to join the core academic team. He has developed modules on the Popular Music course, specialising in the delivery of teaching concerned with all aspects of the music industry and artist development. Rick has also been responsible for spearheading numerous strategic links between the University and industry partners. Our partnership with Island Records is just one example of this. Industry background.
Rick started his career in the music industry with his own PR company Trigger in the late 1970s, guiding the early campaigns for key independent labels Stiff and Chiswick Records. He quickly expanded in to management with The Damned and launched the career of The Specials, taking responsibility for running Two Tone Records with their astonishing succession of top ten hits. He then went on to manage the careers of several successful bands including The Fun Boy Three, The Soup Dragons, Right Said Fred and The High Fidelity. He also spent time as the Marketing Manager of Big Life Records and masterminded the campaign for De La Soul's platinum selling debut ‘3 Feet High and Rising'. Rick was also at the front of the Comedy Boom for several years, bringing into the UK, and promoting, top American stand ups such as Bill Hicks, Steven Wright, Emo Phillips, Sandra Bernhart and Dave Chapelle.
Industry links: Rick draws on a number of high-level industry contacts to enhance the programme at Falmouth. Recent guests have included Ed O Brien( Radiohead and Featured Artists Coalition); Helen Searle (specialist entertainment lawyer); Darcus Beese OBE (President, Island Records); Music Ally (Digital Marketing specialists); Paul Pacifico (CEO, Association of Independent Music); alongside regular visits from Marketing and A+R departments at Island Records and various experts from the Independent sector.
Rick is a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy
Membership of external committees
Research interests and expertise
Rick is interested in the interaction between the commercial music industry and it's relationship with the fast moving world of technology; how independently minded early career musicians can engage with technological changes to enhance their practices, and the role of management in the current landscape.
Rick is also developing his own spoken word practice as a historical record of his life and career in the music industry.
Areas of teaching
Cornwall Music Network, Advisory Panel