Joel Mills has worked in the music sector for over 20 years with a background that straddles both the commercial and funded sector. She started out working in production for world music dance club Whirl-Y-Gig, then various festivals such as The Big Chill, Stoke Newington Festival, before a role as Programming and Venue Manager at The Spitz in East London.
She freelanced across both the commercial and arts music sectors for several years. Promoter clients included SJM Concerts, Mean Fiddler, Eat Your Own Ears and Festival Republic, working on a diverse range of shows from mainstream pop to jazz and folk, from Herbie Hancock to Arctic Monkeys. She also worked on artist management and development, project and tour management.
Joel joined the British Council in 2009. She spent several months in South Africa covering maternity leave as Director Arts, Sub Saharan Africa. Since joining the Music team she has enjoyed working on a number of projects including Resound, the 75th Anniversary Concert; overseeing the British Council's contribution to London 2012 River of Music; The Light Surgeons' audio-visual and music live cinema commission SuperEveryhing*; Folk Nations, a project linking India and UK folk artists and organisations, as well as numerous showcases, collaborations and projects. She is currently inspired by working on cross art form collaborative projects, including the Film and Music programme.