Articles by Chris Cooke

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Chris is an editor, journalist and media entrepreneur. He co-founded ThreeWeeks in 1996, while studying at Edinburgh University, with two then fellow students Geraint Preston and Alex Thomson.

He now oversees the commerial and production sides of both ThreeWeeks and its sister site ThisWeek London – which he co-founded in 2012 – and interviews performers and behind-the-scenes people at the Festival each year.

Chris is also co-Founder and MD of CMU, a company that helps people navigate and understand the music business. It does this through media like the CMU Daily bulletin, Setlist podcast and CMU Trends library; consultancy unit CMU Insights, with its training courses, conference sessions and research reports; future talent programme CMU:DIY, which supports those at the start of their music careers; and the Pathways Into Music Foundation, which supports music educators and talent development organisations.

Via CMU, Chris writes, talks, teaches and consults about the music industry. He delivers speed briefings and insight sessions at music conferences around the world; guest lectures at various UK music colleges; and curates the core conference strands at The Great Escape showcase festival in Brighton each May. He also wrote the acclaimed book ‘Dissecting The Digital Dollar’.

ThreeWeeks and CMU are part of Chris’s business 3CM UnLimited, which champions and supports the music, media, culture and communication industries through publications, consultancy, educational initiatives and live events. Through UnLimited he also helped to launch and develop the award winning Taylor Bennett Foundation, which is enabling more ethnic diversity in the communications industry.

Earlier in his career, Chris worked on a number of research and consulting projects looking at best practice in corporate communications and reputation management. He later led the design and content elements of youth marketing programmes for big brands and managed the content delivery of major music partnerships between leading artists and national newspapers. He also produced fringe theatre shows in Edinburgh and London.

With degrees in English and Law, Chris regularly writes about, discusses and comments on the music business, intellectual property, and the wider media and communication sectors.

[Biog updated January 2021]

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