Matt has led the development of the BMF and the engagement of the music industry in the South West with regional and national creative and government agencies. He devised and ran the South West Sound and Music South West conventions, and is founder of the Teenage Rampage project to identify and support young musicians. He is Project Director of the EU Interreg IVa ‘IC Music’ programme for Superact and Exeter Phoenix having instigated the project for the South West through the BMF with Superact.
Previously Matt worked as a musician and ran a live music promotions company promoting national and international artists including Coldplay and Muse. He was music coordinator for the Ashton Court Festival from 1996 to 1998 and helped shape a period for the festival that saw record attendances and made it the largest event of its kind in Europe. Matt has worked in artist management since 1999, initially with the band Lupine Howl, and spent three years working mainly in the US from 2002 to 2005. He still represents national and international acts including Beth Rowley and Texan bluegrass trio the Quebe Sisters Band.
Matt is one of 8 members of the steering group for a new music development organisation in the South West.