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I’m a co-founder of Manchester Digital Music Archive – an online archive established to celebrate Greater Manchester music and its social history.

I specialise in curating music and heritage events, usually with a strong community focus.

I have expertise in:

• Music journalism
• DJing
• Audio editing
• Exhibition & event curation
• Crowd-sourcing heritage
• Community archives
• Oral histories
• Digital content production
• Social media
• Training
• Evaluation
• Fundraising

As a DJ I specialise in creating unique, atmospheric mixes for a variety of clients and occasions.

I work regularly as a freelance project manager for Drake Music – a charity that opens up access to music for disabled people of all ages.

Other clients include: New Order / Warner Music Group, Manchester Academy, The Lowry, Manchester Pride, University of Manchester, Liverpool John Moores University, Manchester Metropolitan University,  Red Bull Music Academy and Piccadilly Records.

Recent public speaking engagements:

– Access All Areas panel: How can cultural venues improve access for disabled people? Z-arts, Manchester, 2017

– Jon Savage & Abigail Ward – In Conversation event, Bird’s Nest Cafe, Shrewsbury, 2016

– Manchester Is Here Symposium, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2016

– Queer Noise: LGBT music history talk, Manchester Histories Festival, Band on the Wall, 2016

– Brix Smith Start & Abigail Ward – In Conversation event, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, 2016

– Archiving Women’s Performance Practice event, HOME_Mcr, 2016