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Speakers and workshop leaders

Millicent Stephenson (@MillicentSax)

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Millicent Stephenson (BSc Hons, Cert Ed, PG Dip Psychodynamic Counselling) is predominately known as a multi-award winning saxophonist and music mentor but she is also a qualified and experienced Teacher and Counsellor. In her early career Millicent trained Teachers in how to communicate and assess learning. She is a motivational Speaker and her speaking engagements include the Gospel Music Industry Alliance Summit (London), and Whiise Con an international online music conference. Her weekly Podcast ‘Success Beyond The Score’, which is on iTunes and SoundCloud, helps individuals find their way in the music industry.

Millicent was invited to write the article ‘Where Are All The Female Musicians?’ for Keep The Faith magazine and wrote a Guest Blog for the Musicians Union called ‘Children of the Windrush Generation Make Music’. In January 2020 Millicent became a member of Executive Committee of the Musicians Union assisting in the decision making of policies and standards for musicians within the UK. Millicent also serves on the Midlands Regional Committee of the Musicians Union and the Equalities Sub-Committee. Millicent is featured on Women of Substance Radio podcast (USA); A-spire magazine (Dallas USA; BBC1 Songs of Praise; BBC Radio WM; BBC Introducing; the Voice Newspaper and The Phoenix Newspaper. Millicent is married to Michael Stephenson have two adult children.


Adem Holness

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Adem is a Relationship Manager (Music) at Arts Council England & Music Curator at the Horniman Museum & Gardens.

Having been responsible for talent development programmes, live music festivals, tours and gigs all championing the best in contemporary new music, Adem specialises in the artistic and professional ambitions of emerging artists, predominately within UK Jazz, Afrobeat, Electronic and R&B music.


Chris Walters

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Chris Walters is a music education official with the Musicians’ Union. He has previously worked at Trinity College London as head of music qualifications, and at Rhinegold Publishing as editor of Music Teacher magazine and head of content for the Music Education Expo. He trained as a clarinet player and started his career as a freelance musician and teacher. He remains active as a musician and freelance writer/editor.


Jennifer Raven (@JennRaven)


Jennifer Raven is Deputy Director of Sound Connections. She works with the Director to develop and deliver our business plan, grow our programmes, and build partnerships across the country. She also leads Sound Connections’ consultancy work with a focus on youth voice, evaluation and research. She has been at Sound Connections since 2014 (initially as Programme Manager).

Previously Jennifer worked within the music team at schools network Ark. In 2009 she co-founded Fairbeats – a charity with a focus on music-making for young refugees and new migrants – where she is now Development Director. Jennifer is also still active as a flute player and is a Trustee of the South East London Orchestra where her role focuses on Community Development.


Hakeem Stevens (@aaaseminars @usmmediagroup)


Hakeem (pictured on the left next to Sean Paul and his manager) has 30 years of Music industry experience in various aspects of the industry from Marketing, Promotion and A&R to PR, Event and Talent Management. Starting his career as a DJ, he has worked various roles in the Music business including roles as Senior Urban A&R / Promotions Manager for Warner Music UK, European Marketing & Promotions Manager at VP Records, New Media & Special Projects Co-Ordinator at Choice FM, Promotions & Marketing Manager for Trace magazine as well as 3 1/2 period as music journalist writing for publications including XXL Magazine, Vibe, Hip Hop Connection, Rap Sheet & more.

In 2004 he launched a 360 music company USM. Media Group covering marketing, promotions, A&R and event management consultancy as well as talent management. USM have worked with clients such as Universal Music, Warner Music, Ministry of Sound, BlackBerry, BFI and Choice FM as well as artists and Talent such as Kano, Lethal B, Estelle, 1Xtra’s Ace, UKG legend Sticky and Grammy award-winning producer Salaam Remi. Hakeem is currently completing his MA in Music Business Management at UWL and launched a music education brand this year called Access All Areas hosting a monthly seminar, new artist showcase and networking event.


Joe Townsend


Joe Townsend is a violinist and composer. He is Head of CoLab and Programme Leader of the new BA in Music Performance and Industry at Trinity Laban. He also leads artist development, working for organisations such as Serious, English Folk Expo, NYOGB and Help Musicians UK.

Initially, a self-taught musician he later trained at the Guildhall in Jazz and then with Community Music in the 1980s. He has worked with Gavin Bryars, Laurie Anderson and created collaborative work for Opera North and the National Theatre and worked across the world on interdisciplinary projects.


Lucy Drever (@lucy_drever)


Lucy Drever is a workshop leader and presenter. She works with various arts organisations including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra and Lambert Jackson. Lucy works in a variety of settings including Early Years spaces, schools, arts venues, hospitals, care homes and prisons.

She has upcoming projects with the Benedetti Foundation, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Wigmore Hall, where she will be leading on their Early Years work as well as their Partner Schools Programme. Lucy has recently been announced as an Associate Artist of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and later this year she will have her West End debut as the narrator in the concert version of The Secret Garden.



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