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Spring Online Alumni Lecture Series: COVID – Stories from the Frontline – Culture Shock: How COVID has changed the arts

COVID-19 has caused havoc and upheaval in ways no-one could have foreseen. In our spring online Alumni Lecture Series, we welcome University of Reading graduates from diverse backgrounds and industries to share their experiences and expertise on how the global pandemic has changed their sectors.

The global pandemic has had a devastating impact on the cultural sector – both in the UK and around the world. Diverse activities from live performances and theatre productions to exhibitions and galleries, have seen revenue fall dramatically as venues have closed their doors and gatherings have been limited by lockdowns and social distancing.

University of Reading Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robert Van de Noort wil be joined by successful music agent and executive, Reading graduate Emma Banks (BSc Food Science, 1989), who will share her experiences of how COVID-19 has impacted the music industry. This online discussion will provide an insight into what Emma thinks the short and long-term consequences are for the industry and what lessons she’s learnt from the pandemic.

Emma works for Creative Artists Agency (CAA) – a leading entertainment and sports agency – where she represents many of the world’s leading musicians, including Katy Perry, Muse, Arcade Fire, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Florence + The Machine, and Kylie Minogue.

Attendance free, but booking essential.


13 May 2021
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Alumni Relations Team