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Graduate Katie McLoughlin

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Edge Hill University graduate helping to shape the future of the UK music industry

July 19, 2023

An independent musician recently appointed to a group giving a platform to future leaders in the industry hopes to shape government policy through her work.

Katie McLoughlin, who has graduated from Edge Hill University having studied for a BA (Hons) Music Production degree, has been appointed to the UK Music Futures Group, which was established in 2016 to give a platform for young people from all across the music industry.

Away from university, Katie also teaches ukulele to young children and works as an artist-mentor at Future Yard in Birkenhead, a community-led venue bringing exciting new national and international artists to Wirral, while at the same time providing key early performance opportunities for emerging local musicians.

Katie McLoughlin

“Instilling a passion for music from a young age is really important to me.

“My whole journey started in primary school learning to play the recorder and without that experience, I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing.

“As an independent artist I’ve seen first-hand a lot of problems in the industry but now I’m in a place where I can help people with everything from how to record your own demo to offering advice and support on taxes.

“With UK Music Futures Group, I’m new to the role and I’m currently working on mental health issues.

“The work we do is part of the wider UK Music, which makes representations to government on anything relevant to the industry.

“I absolutely love the role and it’s fantastic to be part of it. As someone who has experienced tough times in the music industry, I want change and for people to be comfortable and able to enjoy their experience.

“We all got into performing music because it’s something we enjoy and are passionate about, and that’s quite easily forgotten when you’re working in the industry.”

Katie McLoughlin

Katie, who has released two EPs, has had her music played on BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC Radio Merseyside and Amazing Radio and toured up and down the country.

She has supported artists including Steve Mason, Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly, and Lucy Spraggan and played iconic venues including Belgravia Music Hall in Leeds and Gullivers and The Deaf Institute in Manchester.

During her time at Edge Hill, Katie also became a mother.

“I started in September 2020 and found out I was pregnant in the January of my first year.

“I decided to carry on with my studies because I had already put off going to university and I knew if I stopped, I wouldn’t go back.

“My daughter was born at the start of my second year and I just carried on. I’m lucky that my family and partner have been really supportive.

“I’ve always said that I would never let being a parent stop me doing anything.

“She’ll be two in September and I hope she picks up the same joy of music that I have.”    

Katie McLoughlin

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July 19, 2023


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