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Meet Stuart Barr.
Meet music and EdTech pioneer Stuart Barr, seamlessly blending two decades of international-level music expertise with a dynamic entrepreneurial spirit in the realms of education and technology. A creative industry entrepreneur.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Stuart and you can watch that here. Expect some surprises and anecdotes.
As an experienced executive and CEO, Stuart is pioneering groundbreaking initiatives aimed at transforming the landscape of music practice through artificial intelligence.
Stuart's career spans a 20-year international-level music journey, including six years as the musical director and producer for Dame Shirley Bassey.
Armed with an MBA in Culture, Arts & Media Management from Cambridge University Judge Business School, Stuart has seamlessly transitioned from the podium to entrepreneurship, driven by an unwavering commitment to unlocking human potential through technology.
Currently serving as the CEO of an AI venture in stealth mode, Stuart is on a mission to revolutionise music practice globally. His strategic prowess and dedication to solving sector-wide challenges led him to found Out To Perform, a venture that shifted the narrative of the UK's performing arts from despair to opportunity during the pandemic.
Through this initiative, Stuart successfully influenced government policy, enabling an estimated 100k people to sing carols outdoors in December 2020.
Stuart's innovative ventures during the pandemic include co-founding Parcel.Love, reimagining event catering into a platform for sending hand-made treats and photo gift cards, and launching Stockwell Live!, bringing live music back into people's lives through garden concerts.
Passionate about the synergy of creativity and technology, Stuart founded nSpireMe in 2018 to address strategic challenges in music education. His visionary approach secured £300k in venture capital to develop the Let's Play Violin app and the Practissimo platform, leveraging conservatoire-level music students to enhance children's music practice through Skype.
Stuart's impact extends beyond entrepreneurship. As Chair of the London Youth Choirs and former President of the British Voice Association, he played pivotal roles in propelling these organisations to success.
His advocacy for the power of music reached new heights during the pandemic with the Out To Perform campaign, resulting in a government U-turn and deregulatory wins for the arts.
From dynamic governance to advocating music's influence, Stuart stands as a beacon of leadership, driving high-impact ventures that unlock human creativity through the power of music.
Always open to collaboration, strategic partnership, and opportunities to shape a brighter future, Stuart invites those who share his vision to join him on this transformative journey.
You can reach Stuart via his website is here.
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