Dr Mark Rimmer has published work based on his research into community music in a number of respected peer-reviewed journals (including International Journal of Cultural Policy, Journal of Youth Studies, Cultural Sociology and Ethnography) and has also presented his findings internationally. He has worked in community music organisations and trained as a facilitator. His most recent research has focused upon the ethical and political dimensions of community music work and the sustainability of community-based arts organisations.
Ben Higham is a consultant, research facilitator and writer. He is one of the leading, indeed founding, members of the community music ‘movement', from his establishment of Community Music East in Norwich in 1985 and his subsequent work. He is a leading expert in the community music field, as a creative practitioner (musician and teacher), professional trainer and manager. His knowledge of relevant policy initiatives over decades, the international practice of music in the community, and of the ‘grey literature' of arts and social enterprise funding programmes is central to a full understanding of the practical dynamics of everyday survival reconciled with ideological purpose.
Tony Brown is also is contracted to the project as a consultant, research facilitator and writer. He is currently Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees of Community Music East, a social enterprise working at the intersection of education, social services and the arts. Previously, Tony has held senior academic and managerial posts at UEA including Director of Management Education, Dean of Continuing Education and Business Development Director. Since 2005 he has led curriculum initiatives at Norwich University College of the Arts (NUCA) and undertaken a series of research and development projects for NUCA, the East of England Development Agency and Social Enterprise East of England.