Jacob Silkin

Music Programme Coordinator

Jacob joined the British Council Music team in August 2014 as Music Programme Coordinator. He works on projects and programmes globally and believes passionately in music’s ability to transcend language barriers and connect people.

Whilst studying Popular Music at the University of Liverpool, Jacob spent a number of years as a musician and producer within the Liverpool DIY music scene. This inspired his final year thesis on the cultural legacy of the DIY ethic.

He started out in the music industry with internships at Universal Music Publishing Group and World Circuit Records, home to the Mailian greats Toumani Diabate and the late Ali Farka Toure. An avid fan of West-African music, this experience reinforced his ambitions to pursue a career in music.

He later became Programming Coordinator at The Globe at Hay and its annual festival, Howthelightgetsin, in Hay-on-Wye, programming an eclectic mix of live music, club nights, theatre and comedy. In 2013 he joined BAFTA’s Learning and Events team, working on a programme that gives aspiring film, TV and games professionals access to an incredible pool of talent and educational resources such as lectures, masterclasses and networking sessions.

He is a music nerd and online-crate digger who loves discovering new, boundary-pushing music from all over the world, especially in a live setting. His musical heroes are Burial, Jonny Greenwood and Ali Farka Toure. He is also a keen Liverpool FC fan.

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