Sally Anne Gross

Sally Anne Gross is a music industry practitioner, an author and an academic. She is the co-author of ‘Can Music Make You Sick- Measuring the Price of Musical Ambition’. This research, which was funded by the charity Help Musicians UK, is the largest ever study into mental health in the music industry. In 1993 she was the first women to work in A & R at Mercury Records. In the same year, she chaired the first ever panel on gender in the music industries at ‘In The City’ music conference in Manchester. Sally Anne also has a background in Fine Art and Law and in 1999 was awarded the prestigious Helena Kennedy Prize for ‘Outstanding Legal Criticism’ from Birkbeck College, University of London.

She has been working in the music industry for nearly three decades, as an artist manager, record label director and international business affairs consultant. In her current role at the University of Westminster, she is the course leader of the Music Business Management MA. In 2016 she founded ‘Let’s Change the Record’ a project that focuses on bridging the gender divide in music production.

Sally Anne’s research covers issues of gender equality, diversity and inclusivity and mental health.

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Fashion and Music

CREAM has established departments in both Fashion and Music whose International research reflects on the professional and creative knowledge required by these sectors. Led by key figures in their field, with emerging and established projects, both are creating societal impact across broad areas of popular culture, the arts and the creative industries in the UK and beyond.