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Music Lecturer Michael Brocken joins charitable trust

Michael Brocken Monday 14 December 2015

Senior Lecturer in Popular Music Studies Dr Michael Brocken has joined charitable trust Square Roots as a trustee. 

The new folk and traditional music trust creates opportunities for young folkies and engage in important folk music research.

Michael said: “I feel that it is beholden upon academics to get involved as trustees of charities, for it helps us take our research out into the real world and make a proper impact - rather than simply providing books to sit on shelves.

“This new trust takes me back to my original fascinations with folk and traditional music, both here and in the USA. 

“It is committed to raising the profile of young folkies across the country by providing them with available gigs, and is also designed to bid for funding concerning the collection and restoration of archives and hidden histories of the British and American folk revivals - some of which are now going beyond living memory.”

The trust has already organised three launch gigs at the Green Note in London for 2016 and is in the process of organising its articles and memoranda so that it might begin bidding.

Michael is also a trustee of Minerva Arts, a drama and performing arts charitable trust that works with young people principally in Cheshire. For 10 years he was also a trustee of River Niger Arts in Liverpool, which raised over £100,000 for local projects concerning Black music history.


Picture: Michael (far right) at the trust’s inaugural meeting in Camden Town

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