ananay aguilar

I am passionate about the interface between policy and commerce in the music industry and its impact on the everyday lives and creative skills of talented musicians. Over the last twelve years I have engaged in music industry issues reaching into and integrating the fields of education, technology, law and economics.

I am an Affiliated Researcher at the University of Cambridge, writing a book on the legal rights of performers working in the UK music industry (under contract with Palgrave). I also consult on copyright and cultural policy, teach and give talks at academic and public-facing events.

In the last four years prior to this, I led the Leverhulme-funded project from which this website originated. Based at the Faculty of Music and working in collaboration with the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law, CIPIL, I gained access to training resources and collaborators in law. This enabled me to offer rigorous findings on the intersection of music and law.

The project examined the impact of copyright law on performers’ earnings and their ability to deploy their creative skills. I built on methodologies developed during my PhD on the London Symphony Orchestra’s label LSO Live, drawing on interviews and ethnographic observation combined with the analysis of musicians’ contracts, case law and industry and government reports.

Towards the end of my project I won the Mellon CDI Teaching Fellowship at CRASSH, University of Cambridge. In this role I organised and delivered a course for doctoral students and scholars interested in creating lasting collaborations with industry and government representatives.

During my time at Cambridge I also acted as Early Career Researchers' Representative, contributing to and shaping Faculty board and University-wide decisions.