Jez Collins

Jez Collins is a social and cultural entrepreneur and is employed as a researcher in the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research at Birmingham City University where he studies the creative industries and cultural policy. He has a particular interest in the music industries with music as a tool for social change, music as culture and music heritage as current areas of practice and research. Jez is the founder of the Birmingham Popular Music Archive ( The archive was created to recognize and celebrate the rich musical heritage of the city of Birmingham and as way of ensuring that multiple voices, stories and narratives tell their stories, of their music no matter how obscure. The project seeks to build the complete musical history of the city bottom up