MA Music Business Management student published in peer-reviewed journal

21 April 2021
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MA Music Business Management alumni Dominic Athanassiou has had a revised version of his dissertation published in the peer-reviewed Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts. After graduating, Dominic worked closely with his supervisor Dr. George Musgrave to reframe elements of the thesis and bring out the best in the work.

The paper looks at practices of cultural entrepreneurship taking place in communist Poland by heavy metal musicians and fans. By looking at entrepreneurship in an environment where private profit was broadly forbidden, it acts a fascinating case study to make us think about what cultural entrepreneurship is and how inclusive definitions are crucial.

The publication will now be added to the reading list for Dr. Musgrave’s entrepreneurship module, and can be read here:

Speaking about his success, Dominic said: “Working on this article has enabled me to combine my passion for exploring Polish history and Polish heavy metal. Dr George Musgrave has been really supportive from the start when I was working on my thesis for the MA Music Business Management course, to identifying the potential of this work and through to submission and publication of the final article. I still can’t believe that an idea to write about the music I love has become a published article in an academic journal! I hope it sheds some light on an under researched area of culture and entrepreneurship”

Dr. Musgrave said: “Integrating research and teaching is something myself and the course leader Sally Gross are passionate about. I have often thought that the work produced by our MA students at Master’s level for their dissertations is often, frankly, spectacular and deserves to read more widely in the form of academic publications, and acknowledged for the academic contribution they make to this field. This latest success is another example of this!”

The publication represents continued success for the MA following the publication of another alumni’s thesis, Sam Edrisi, last year (

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