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The University of Central Lancashire is partnering the bass guitarist Peter Hook, a member of critically-acclaimed bands Joy Division and New Order, and other music industry figures in a degree in music management and promotion.
The masters degree will combine music, academic and business experience.

The University of Central Lancashire is partnering the bass guitarist Peter Hook, a member of critically-acclaimed bands Joy Division and New Order, and other music industry figures in a degree in music management and promotion.
The masters degree will combine music, academic and business experience.

"One of the great things about education is that it should stop you making mistakes - and I have made a lot of mistakes," says Mr Hook.

As a mentor to students, he wants them to benefit from his own experience of how not to manage the business - with record labels and night clubs, such as Factory and the Hacienda. In the spirit of "putting something back", he says wants the course to give youngsters an extra edge in a tough jobs market.

An elder statesman of the music world - able to date his career in music to precisely 36 years ago when the Sex Pistols played Manchester - Peter Hook has reached the stage in the life-cycle of rock where he is now a subject of academic study.

Both the gloomy solemnity of Joy Division and the chemical excesses of Madchester are already at the stage of being turned into movies and art projects. He says he has been helping students who are writing university dissertations about his bands - and going into schools to give careers talks.

Les Gillon, who is the course leader, says he wants about 10 students to launch the course - a cohort that they can "mentor intensively".

Even though this is about the business end of management and promoting bands, he says that it's about the "love of music, rather than the love of money".

Mr Hook says that he wants the course at the University of Central Lancashire to combine that sense of soul with an understanding of the "dirty end" of music as a business. The course is going to draw on people with a hands-on understanding of how the music industry operates.

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