Head of Business & Experience Design
Adrian Bossey is Head of Experience Design at Cornwall Business School, Falmouth University and a former artist manager whose clients included Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine, Chumbawumba, Drugstore, My Life Story and The Senseless Things. He worked on 15 UK top forty albums and has both; managed the main stage headline act at Glastonbury Festival and written a chapter for The Routledge Handbook of Festivals (2018). Adrian has worked in academia for 16 years, leading a range of successful bids, including for the RELAYS Cultural Olympiad Project, and acted as Chair of the South West Music Industry Forum. As something of a serial entrepreneur, Adrian has set up or run 22 businesses in the UK and 2 in the USA, as well as mentoring over 100 student start-up businesses including Ider and Cheap Date Dance Company.
At Falmouth, Adrian was Executive Producer at AMATA for 6 years; setting up the public programme and working with artists including Cara Dillon, Belarus Free Theatre, Theo Clinkard, Forced Entertainment, Bill Drummond, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, Pussy Riot and Elton John. Adrian wrote and led delivery of courses including MA Creative Events Management, BA(Hons) Creative Events Management (NSS score for overall satisfaction of 94% in 2019 and DHLE score for graduates in employment/further study of 95.5% and BSc(Hons) Business & Entrepreneurship (NSS score 92% in 2019). Adrian has recently led the delivery of two new courses in partnership with the Eden Project: BA(Hons) Sustainable Tourism Management and BA(Hons) Sustainable Festival Management.
Adrian has won two annual Staff Excellence Awards for Outstanding Innovation in Teaching and led a team which was shortlisted for the International Learning Technologies award Best Online Distance Learning Programme 2017. Adrian is currently Vice Chair for the Association of Events Management Educators and his research interests include potential digital futures for live performance in the staging and consumption of music festivals. His latest published research is Accessibility all areas? UK live music industry perceptions of current practice and Information and Communication Technology improvements to accessibility for music festival attendees who are Deaf or disabled. Adrian blogs at http://www.tumblr.com/blog/futurefestivals and is a guest blogger at https://www.agreenerfestival.com/blog/.