Nod Knowles - Chronological & detailed CV

1970 - 1983: Self employed
Retail businessman & gigging musician.

1983 - 1992: Director of South West Jazz
Regional jazz development agency in the English West country.


Work at South West Jazz included:

During this time, began as consultant Jazz Programme Director to Bath International Music Festival (centered on jazz but also incorporating traditional musics from around the world) and developed its contemporary and European style of jazz programming.

1992-1993: Interim General Manager of Bath International Music Festival

1993-1998: Nod Knowles Productions
Arts and music production & consultancy.

National & international project & tour producer & concert series promoter - for artists including Lemn Sissay, Sweet Honey In The Rock, David Murray, Keith Tippett, Willem Breuker Kollektief, Louis Sclavis, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Randy Weston.

International projects - including work with these & other artists in Soviet Georgia & Russia, Latvia, South Africa, Finland, France & Italy.

Consultancy for (inter alia):

1998-2005: Head of Music, Scottish Arts Council (SAC)

Policy & strategy work:

Development work:

Funding, monitoring & review:

May 2005 to September 2010: Chief Executive of Bath Festivals Ltd

Bath Festivals is the umbrella company promoting Bath Literature Festival & Bath International Music Festival, programmed by Artistic Directors James Runcie and Joanna MacGregor respectively. The Literature Festival - www.bathlitfest.org.uk - is in its 16th year and growing rapidly in national significance. The Music Festival - www.bathmusicfest.org.uk - begun in 1948, directed by, amongst others, Yehudi Menhuin & Sir Michael Tippett, has an established international reputation and encompasses a broad range of musics, especially contemporary styles.

Bath Festivals is funded by Bath & North East Somerset local authority and Arts Council England - plus substantial private funds and box office income.

Nod Knowles' initial period at Bath Festivals was concerned with reviewing the company's structure and finances and delivering a three-year plan for change, accessing £390K from Arts Council England's 'Recovery' scheme.

Before leaving in autumn 2010, Nod Knowles produced the company's 4 Year Plan for 2010-11 to 2013-14, adopted by the Board in spring 2010, dealing with projected cuts in local authority and ACE core funding by diversification and new project development.

Bath Festivals also runs:

During the period at Bath Festivals, occasional independent consultancies, including:

Current voluntary activities:

Previous voluntary posts:

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