CHRIS COOKE co-founded CMU in 1998, and continues to contribute to the title as Business Editor. Having written about the music business daily for over ten years, he is a leading expert on the sector, and often comments on developments in it for other media, most notably the BBC. With degrees in English and Law, he is a particular expert on music rights, and has closely documented the online piracy story.

Chris also heads up training and consultancy unit CMU Insights, which operates a series of in-depth courses for music business professionals, as well as providing bespoke training and consultancy for music companies, and companies working with music. Through CMU Insights, Chris has programmed four editions of The Great Escape convention, Europe’s leading festival for new music and the UK’s premiere music business event.

Chris is also co-owner and MD of CMU publisher UnLimited Media, and in that role publishes CMU and culture magazines ThisWeek London and ThreeWeeks Edinburgh. He also heads up sister company Insights & Creatives, which provides creative, training and consultancy services to the media, music and communication sectors.

In this role he has worked on creative and consulting projects for the likes of Orange, Sony VAIO, Sony PlayStation, Tiger Beer, the Virgin Group, Clear Channel Radio, the Evening Standard and the Mail On Sunday, and helped develop the award-winning Taylor Bennett Foundation programme which is fostering more diversity in the PR industry.

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