Shain Shapiro - MD, Sound Diplomacy

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Dr Shain Shapiro has worked in the music industry for over fifteen years, including over 3 years as the UK and European Representative of the Canadian Independent Music Association where he helped produce over 100 showcases across Europe, working with 500 bands in the process.

Previously, he was UK Press Manager for One Little Indian and FatCat Records and an internationally published music journalist, working for Timeout, VICE and others.

He holds a PhD from Birkbeck, University of London, titled ‘The History of Popular Music Funding in Canada’.  He has designed a course for Berklee College of Music, advised on the Momentum Music Fund,  guest lectures at four universities in three countries and has spoken at MIDEM, SXSW, WOMEX, Liverpool Soundcity, Eurosonic, Canadian Music Week and over 30 other festivals and conferences.

Shain was awarded The Hospital Club and British Council’s h100 award in 2013, making him one of the top Creatives in Britain. He was nominated in the Creative Entrepreneur Category.