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UoG music and sound expert attends King’s garden party at Buckingham Palace

A University of Gloucestershire music and sound expert was invited to join a star-studded celebration at Buckingham Palace to honour the British creative and cultural industries.

Dr Matthew Lovett, Associate Head of the University’s School of Creative Arts, attended the King’s Creative Industries Garden Party following an invitation from UK Music – an umbrella organisation representing music professionals including artists, musicians and songwriters.

Hosted by King Charles and Queen Camilla, guests from the world of arts and entertainment also included Sir Lenny Henry, TV and radio presenter Maya Jama, artist Tracy Emin, film director Ridley Scott and model Kate Moss.

Dr Lovett (pictured at the garden party) said: “It was extremely special to be invited by UK Music to attend King’s Creative Industries Garden Party, celebrating the British creative and cultural industries.

“The University’s Music and Sound department has been working with UK Music for a number of years, developing a range of professional development events and activities for our students and alumni network.

“It was fantastic to be a part of the celebrations at the Palace, and to have a sense that the contribution that students and staff at UoG are making to the UK creative sector, is part of a larger conversation around positive development and change in our industry.

“Our research at UoG very much reflects the work that UK Music are doing with the UK government around the impact of artificial intelligence on the music industry.”

Connections with industry

As collaborative partners, the University and UK Music are committed to strengthening connections between industry and academia and providing opportunities for students with ambitions to enter the industry with an effective mix of experience and skills to enhance their career prospects.

Recently, Emily Pugh became the second University graduate in four years to win the UK Music Outstanding Music Academy Partnership (MAP) Graduate Award, while Tom Soper was the runner-up in the MAP Tutor of the Year Award in recognition of his work to support students’ academic and professional development.

Dr Lovett’s research includes the book, Ecologies of Creative Music Practice, which explores Artificial Intelligence (AI) and copyright infringement in relation to the production of deep fakes and the unlicensed use of artists’ intellectual property in machine-generated music.

A recent report funded by UK Music has called for the UK government to pass new laws to protect artists’ personalities from being copied by AI without consent.