Last week Tileyard Education had the pleasure of announcing this year’s Bursary winners. Autonomy Music Group, Music Gurus, Focusrite, Tileyard Music, and Key Production all presented students with their own unique awards.

Autonomy Music Group, run and founded by David Rowell and Richard Engler presented MA Music Business students, Dan Hopkins, who has been studying creative music technology for five years, and Stephanie Stroker with mentorship bursaries.

During and after university, Dan formed his business skills by working with a small events company as well as working closely with the owner of a coffee shop. He was able to learn the ins and outs of what it takes to run a successful business. Stephanie has an impressive background. She studied business at a university in Spain and worked in the marketing department at one of Amsterdam’s biggest concert halls. This experience encouraged her to further her education in music business at Tileyard.

Richard Engler has worked with both music and high-profile brands for the past twenty years including Coca-Cola. His music experience includes a time at Sony working “with catalogue and frontline releases from the Clash to The Rolling Stones”. Throughout his musical career, he has worked with Snoop Dogg, AC/DC, Robbie Williams, and Paul Oakenfold. In 2007 he joined his now partner David Rowell to form Autonomy.

David Rowell has a 20-year marketing background and has worked for James Grant Management and Chrysalis. Through Chrysalis, David began working with Echo Label and “looked after the careers of Feeder, Moloko, Ray Lamontagne, Nerina Pallot, and more. In 2007, with Richard, started Autonomy Music Group and by 2008 had added a recording, management, and publishing sync division. In 2010 David and Richard became co-owners of the Communion Music Group.

Music Gurus CEO, Tom Rogers, presented their award, unlimited access to all of their courses for life, to MA Commercial Music Production student, Alessandro Favero and MA Commercial Songwriting and Production student, Olga Michaud.

Alessandro is a music engineer, mixer, and producer who was looking to further in education at Tileyard. He has experience has a musician as well as studying business at university.

Singer, Olga Michaud, is relatively new to the songwriting world but was previously enrolled in courses to further her skills. She has come to Tileyard with passion and drive to perfect her skills.

MusicGurus describe themselves as “your on-demand music tutor”. It is an online education system that offers various courses and tutoring for musicians. The courses range in price from free to around two hundred pounds. The courses are extremely versatile and cover almost every aspect of the music industry, including beginner lessons in how to play the flute.

MA Commercial Songwriting and Production student, Christina John, was gifted £2500  by Focusrite UK Sales and Marketing Manager, Richard Johnstone, to go towards her Tileyard Education tuition.

Songwriter and topliner Christina John has had a passion for music her entire life. She has collaborated with many artists and producers as well as directing a music video for one of her released songs.  Focusrite “makes audio interfaces” and enriches “peoples’ lives through music”. Focusrite prides itself on making “the best audio interfaces in the world” because your sound “should be ready to go when you are, never skipping a beat and should be easy to use”.

Tileyard Music presented their “Future Leaders” £2500 bursary award to MA Music Business student, Catarina Pereira.  Catarina is a singer and songwriter and is the lead singer of her own band, Derange. She runs their social media account and has amassed an impressive following.

Tileyard Music is run and founded by Michael Harwood and Charlie Arme, both of whom have an extremely impressive musical background.  Michael comes from a songwriting and production background. He’s written for Ella Eyre, Natasha Bedingfield, Kylie Minogue, Bryan Adams and more. Recently, he co-wrote Kygo’s ‘Stole the Show’ which has gone platinum and gold in 9 countries.

Charlie has worked in A&R since he graduated from LIPA in 2007. He started at Relentless Records and moved over to Virgin Records less than a year later. While he was with Virgin he signed a rock act who achieved three gold albums whilst signed to the label. Charlie manages the award-winning Ella Eyre as well as Sigala and since forming Tileyard Music with his fellow partners in 2012, has amassed 1.5billion streams on Spotify to date.



Esther Cole, who is an MA Music Business student, was the recipient of £2500 from Key Production to go towards her tuition. While studying her BA at University, Esther decided that music was her true passion and transferred her degree from youth work to music. She also organises music workshops as a creative way to shed light on social issues. She came to Tileyard hoping to learn how to “fund, market, and sell [her] own music”.

Whether it is “vinyl pressing, CD manufacturing, DVD replication or special packaging, Key’s peerless project management service underpins our unrivalled commitment to consistently deliver…beautiful realized product for the music and media industries”.  

Karen Emanual is the CEO of Key Production. After starting as a receptionist at Rough Trade Distribution she worked her way into the Production department “by the fortuitous running away abroad without any warning of one
of the members of staff”. She then began Key
“in the back of Jungle Records with a telephone and typewriter”.

Each company has generously donated time and resources to helping these outstanding students flourish over the next year. We still have one more announcement to come from Spitfire Audio, who will be supporting one student with a full scholarship. Announcement coming on 31 October.