Tony Rigg

Programme Leader

School of Journalism, Media and Performance

+44 (0) 1772 89 3244

Subject Areas: Music and Music Industry Management

Tony Rigg is a music industry professional and academic affiliated with the University of Central Lancashire. He collaborated with Peter Hook and Dr Les Gillon to set up the Master of Arts programme in Music Industry Management and Promotion at UCLan which is a leading course in its field.

Full Profile

Tony has a substantial pedigree and track record of success in the music industry gained through senior management roles in market-leading organisations, including Operations Director for Ministry of Sound.  He has overseen the management of more than one hundred music venues, thousands of music events and has a chart pedigree as a musician and producer.

Tony is a member of the Association of Electronic Music (AFEM) and the Creative Communities Group.

As well as leading the MA Music industry Management and Promotion programme Tony also lectures on MA Music, and BA Music Production & Performance.

He also set up the Music Business and Event Management Courses at UCLan’s partner institution, the School of Electronic Music Manchester, who run a Foundation Degree Programme to prepare prospective students for UCLan’s undergraduate music related degree programmes.

Tony’s pedagogic activities sit alongside a portfolio of music industry activities including his consultancy practice.

Teaching activities and responsibilities: Programme Leader MA Music industry Management & Promotion


Popular Music in the Post-digital Age: Politics, Economy, Culture and Technology (Bloomsbury 2018) with Prof Ewa Mazierska & Dr. Leslie Gillon

The Future of Live Music (Bloomsbury 2020) with Prof Ewa Mazierska & Dr. Leslie Gillon

The Evolution of Electronic Dance Music/ EDM (Bloomsbury 2021) with Prof Ewa Mazierska & Dr. Leslie Gillon

 Music Law: Present and Future (Bloomsbury 2021) with Ann Harrison

Research Activities

  • Co-Chair of Music Research @ UCLan
  • Continuing practice-based and academic research in;
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Creative Industries
  • Music Industry Management
  • The Global Music Industries
  • Digital Music and Strategies for its Promotion
  • Tools for Resilience to Disruptive Technologies
  • The Social Consumption of Live and Recorded Music
  • Publishing and Synchronisation
  • Music Law and Practice
  • Electronic Music
  • Traditional and Contemporary Approaches to Music Making


  • Co-Director;
    • Future Sound Music Conference
    • Improvisation; Practices Approaches & Reception Conference
    • Future of Live Music Conference
    • Present & Future of Electronic Music Conference
    • The Present & Future of Music Law and Practice
    • The Artistry and Business of Queen Conference

Festival Director;

The Preston Jazz and Improvisation Festival is a festival that runs in June, is supported by Arts Council England that grew out of UCLan. It brings numerous stakeholders together to deliver a world class music event to the city of Preston. The most recent festival saw more than 10,000 members of the public experience an exciting and diverse programme that included 20 events over 10 days and more than 100 musicians, celebrating world renowned and home-grown talent.