Richard Osborne joined Middlesex University in 2010. Prior to working in academia he was employed in music retail, held various posts at collecting societies and co-managed a pub. He is the author of Vinyl: A History of the Analogue Record (2012) and Owning the Masters: A History of Sound Recording Copyright (2023), and co-editor of Mute Records: Artists, Business, History (2018) and Music by Numbers: The Use and Abuse of Statistics in the Music Industries (2021).
I am programme Leader for MA Music Business, and a contributor to BA Music and BA Music Business and Arts Management. My teaching specialisms are music business, copyright, cultural theory and creative industries.
I would welcome doctoral students working in the areas of music business, music copyright, music technologies, mediation, creative industries.
My music blog is available here: http://richardosbornevinyl.blogspot.co.uk/
A comprehensive list of my research outputs is available at:http://mdx.academia.edu/RichardOsborne
Osborne, Richard and Sun, Hyojung (2023) Rights reversion and contract adjustment. Other. Intellectual Property Office.
Osborne, Richard (2022) Owning the masters: a history of sound recording copyright. Alternate Takes: Critical Responses to Popular Music . Bloomsbury Academic, New York, London and Dublin. ISBN 9781501345913
Osborne, Richard and Hesmondhalgh, David and Sun, Hyojung and Barr, Kenneth (2021) Music creators' earnings in the digital era. Other. Intellectual Property Office.
Osborne, Richard (2021) At the sign of the swingin’ symbol: the manipulation of the UK Singles Chart. In: Music by numbers: the use and abuse of statistics in the music industries. Osborne, Richard and Laing, Dave , eds. Intellect, Bristol, UK, pp. 20-28. ISBN 9781789382532
Osborne, Richard (2021) The gold disc: one million pop fans can’t be wrong. In: Music by numbers: the use and abuse of statistics in the music industries. Osborne, Richard and Laing, Dave , eds. intellect, Bristol, UK, pp. 39-55. ISBN 9781789382532
September 2021-Februrary 2022: Rights Reversion and Contract Adjustment, Intellectual Property Office, primary investigator
May 2020-September 2021: Music Creators’ Earnings, Intellectual Property Office, co-investigator
February 2009-September 2010: Colonial Film: Moving Images of the British Empire, Arts and Humanities Research Council, research fellow
Professional Roles and Activities
Reviews Editor for the Journal of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, August 2019-2023
Member of UK Music Census Advisory Board, January 2017-January 2018
Panel Member, BA Popular Music validation, University of Winchester, May 2016
Member of the collaborator network for Centre for Music Ecosystems, 2021-present
Member of Sound Diplomacy Advisory Board (http://www.sounddiplomacy.com/), February 2013-present
Link Tutor, ACM Guildford, September 2012-present
Member of London Consortium (Birkbeck College) Steering Committee, February 2009-July 2012
Membership of Professional Bodies and Learned Societies
Member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM)
Member of the 19th century Popular Musics Consortium in IASPM
Member of the Punk Scholars Network
Member of the Songwriting Studies Research Network
Member of the Working in Music International Research Network
Contributor, LIT Entertainment News, November 2020
Contributor, India on Film, Channel NewsAsia, August 2019
Contributor, The Story of Sound Recording, BBC World Service, April 2019
Contributor, Drive Time, RTE, Ireland, November 2018
Contributor, Men’s Hour, BBC Radio 5, April 2013
Contributor, 78 Revolutions, BBC Radio 4, April 2011