This week we hear from Trustee Ariel Sommer, who has been on the NMC Board since 2018.
Ever since I was a child, I was immersed in the world of music. My parents were classical musicians and I learned the piano and violin. More than just playing music, I’ve always had a deep passion for listening to music and a deep admiration for those behind the music, be it composers or performers. That passion led me to working in the music industry, in roles that in various ways offered me the chance to help build artist careers as well as bring music to wide audiences.
I have been fortunate to work with exceptional talent across musical genres and in a variety of roles at major record companies including Universal and Sony. More recently, addressing my particular passion for the power of music when married to film, I set up a music supervision agency focussing on sourcing and licensing music for advertisers, TV, and Film production companies. My passion for this craft led me to writing articles on the subject educating and promoting what it is music supervisors do to the wider media community.
Every opportunity I’ve embarked on has had at its core, an unwritten pre-requisite: To help artists or the music industry as a whole in order to ensure continued support of musical talent and maximising music’s reach across communities. It is for that reason that I was honoured to join the NMC board helping to nurture and promote British contemporary music. Furthermore, I’ve recently accepted a newly created role in the Department of Digital, Media, Culture, and Sport to be the lead for music and copyright policy-making. The UK’s population accounts for less than 1% of the global population and yet the UK has always had a vast global musical footprint and my goal is to ensure the artist community across all parts of the UK and the music industry as a whole have all the tools to grow globally.