MA Music Businesses Management graduate publishes thesis on Moral Music Management: Ethical Decision-Making After Avicii

11 June 2021
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Following the publication of thesis’ from alumni Sam Edrisi  and Dominic Athanassiou  another student from the MA Music Businesses Management has secured a peer-reviewed academic journal publication for a reworked version of their dissertation. After graduating, Gerardo Chaparro worked collaboratively with his supervisor Dr. George Musgrave to revise his thesis which has now been published in the International Journal of Music Business Research. 

Gerardo Chaparro

The paper is the first of its kind to look at how music managers make ethical-decisions, and what the impact of those decisions are on the musicians they work with. The paper was inspired by media representations following the tragic suicide of Avicii – such as those in the documentary ‘Avicii – True Stories’ – which raised questions about the musicians’ treatment by his manager. The paper has already led to high-level meetings with a number of UK-based charities and organisations about best practices going forward.

The Open-Access paper – entitled ‘Moral Music Management: Ethical Decision-Making after Avicii – can be read via the publisher Sciendo by clicking here.

Speaking about the publication, Gerardo said: “I couldn’t be prouder of how everything turned out! Looking back at the whole journey from deciding to quit my banking job in Colombia, to apply to a student loan, and then move to London… I am very pleased to know that this research could be the first step of something bigger, and more importantly, it could lead to better practices in the music business… I am very grateful for all the support from Dr. Musgrave and all the course leaders of the Music Business Management MA at the University of Westminster”


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