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Articles by Chris Cooke

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Chris co-founded ThreeWeeks in 1996 while studying English at Edinburgh University, with two then fellow students Geraint Preston and Alex Thomson.

In 1998 he co-founded music business news network CMU and its publisher UnLimited Media, subsequently setting up UnLimited’s creative and media consultancy UnLimited Insights, education business UnLimited Learning and ThreeWeeks’ sister media ThisWeek London. All these businesses now operate as part of 3CM UnLimited, the company Chris co-owns and heads up as MD.

Today CMU offers a range of services that help people navigate and understand the music business. This includes media like the CMU Daily bulletin, Setlist podcast and CMU Trends library; consultancy unit CMU Insights with its training courses, conference sessions and research reports; and education programme CMU:DIY, which supports early-career artists and future industry talent.

Via CMU, Chris writes, talks, teaches and consults about the music industry. He delivers speed briefings at music conferences around the world; guest lectures at various UK music colleges; runs regular seminars for Sony Music, BPI, MMF, MU and IMRO; and curates the core conference strands at The Great Escape showcase festival in Brighton each May. He also wrote the acclaimed book ‘Dissecting The Digital Dollar’ explaining how the streaming business works.

Having written about the music industry for two decades, and received a second degree in law, Chris has become a leading expert on music copyright and media law. Through 3CM UnLimited, he has also worked on a wide range of other media, marketing and education projects over the years. This includes helping to launch the Taylor Bennett Foundation, the award winning charity which is enabling more ethnic diversity in the PR industry.

For ThreeWeeks, Chris oversees the production and commercial side of the operation, coordinates website development and liaises with the wider Fringe community. He also contributes interviews to the magazine and is overseeing the launch of the new educational website TW:DIY. [Biog updated 28 Aug 2017]