Staff Profiles: Tom Soper

Tom Soper

Staff Profile: Tom Soper
Academic Course Leader for Music Business

Tom Soper

Tom Soper

Academic Course Leader for Music Business

Music and Media

I'm a pianist, songwriter-producer and DJ with a love of vinyl records, pop and funk/soul music, who wrote for, managed & toured with record labels in the 90s and 00s. I lecture in professional practice specialising in music & media entrepreneurship.


I have been a professional songwriter, performer and DJ since 1995 and managed Turbotrax Recordings, a vinyl-only independent label that also licensed/synced its music to TV, film and advertising. I have toured regularly as a pianist and as a DJ and also manage an events agency. My music has been broadcast on the BBC, ITV, Sky TV and Virgin and licensed to compilations such as Compost Records' Future Sound of Jazz series and Fatboy Slim’s Live at Bondi Beach. My lectures focus on label and rights management, music technology, dance music subcultures, critical theory and songwriting.


Award Title Institution Date
BA (Hons) English Literature University of Bristol 1995
PGCHE Higher Education University of Gloucestershire 2009

Membership of professional bodies

The M?usicians' Union

PRS for Music

Teaching and research


Music business and management

Music technology

Dance music subcultures

Critical theory


External responsibilities

Subjects for media interviews

Music business

Entrepreneurship in music and media

Dance music


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External examining

External examiner at  Bucks New University