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We’re delighted to be teaming up with London for this online panel, speaking to three women who have built their careers in music without a University degree. We discuss the alternative pathways into the industry, the benefits of going straight into work and how to build a social and professional network without the structures of a traditional educational setting.


Jennifer Quan (Labels Coordinator - WARP)
Jennifer began her career in the music industry 7 years ago. Having worked at Because Music for 5 years across a spectrum of campaigns (Metronomy, Christine and the Queens, Denai Moore, Major Lazer...) she is now the licensed labels co-ordinator at Warp Records. Alongside this Jennifer hosts her own radio show Talky Trax and does freelance work in creative and video production.

Ellie Rumbold (International Product Manager Partisan)
Ellie began her music career at the age of 18 at the iconic Mute Records as part of the UK music industry apprenticeship scheme. From there she quickly rose through the ranks of the label’s marketing and A&R departments to work on and contribute to the album campaigns of internationally renowned artists like Goldfrapp, New Order, Liars, Lost Under Heaven, Arca, Yann Tiersen and more. In 2017, Ellie moved to Partisan Records to take up the role of UK and International Product Manager, and works on global campaigns with artists like IDLES, Laura Marling, Fontaines D.C., and Fela, Femi and Made Kuti, already counting the recent IDLES UK #1 album among her successes.

Joanne Croxford (Wellness & Diversity Specialist, Live Touring)
Having cut her teeth within all things production at music management company, ie:music, Joanne has worked in the music industry across wellness and diversity for multiple years. Coming in to recovery from addiction herself nearly 11 years ago, she also spent four years in frontline NHS mental health services with the aim to bring her learning back to the business that she knows and loves. Since then she worked as Services Officer at music industry lead charity, Music Support, helping industry people from all areas in mental health and addiction crisis to move towards healthy ways of living by connecting them with the help they needed, often on an international level. She also gives her time to music charity, Girls Rock London, in an attempt to challenge and change the gender and cultural imbalances within the industry. Recently, Joanne has become a member of the Tour Production Group, helping to co-facilitate their Diversity, Equality and Inclusion agenda in live touring. She is also affiliated with the Music Industry Therapist and Coach Collective and The Roadie Clinic in helping to co-run online support group meetings, Roadies in Recovery.

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