Faculty detail | Berklee Valencia Campus

Pete Dyson

Instructor Global Entertainment and Music Business

In Their Own Words

“The music business has gone through a period of profound upheaval and radical change. Two constants that remain are the need for great artists and the requirement to creatively manage and commercially exploit the creative output and goodwill of such artists. My goal as a teacher at Berklee is to help illuminate both ends of this spectrum. Teaching artists and repertoire (A&R) through a unique system of workshops allows a critical consideration of all of the talent factors and serves to emphasize the primary importance of the artist. Teaching the Copyright and Contracts Management course serves students’ understanding of the management and exploitation of copyright and the contractual relationships that formalize our sector.”

“My teaching approach seeks to utilize a long professional experience of providing legal advice to artists, managers, record companies, publishers, producers, promoters, and startups. Real-life examples and case studies are used to bring legal issues to life, and a discussion-based approach enables the class to collectively consider the subtleties of change and evolution within the sector, and share ideas for future value generation within the business.”

“Students gain a strong competitive advantage over their contemporaries through acquiring a rigorous knowledge of copyright and contracts, but also through learning the ’language’ of the music industry, correctly using terms, and building up a knowledge of the culture of the music business.”

Career Highlights

  • Called to the Bar of England and Wales, 1994
  • Specialist legal advisor in the entertainment and intellectual property sector since 1996
  • Visiting professor, Xinghai Conservatory of Music
  • Visiting professor, Institute of Cultural Industries, Peking University
  • Senior lecturer, London Metropolitan University
  • Founder of the Future Music Business Research Unit
  • Regular speaker at music business conferences

Awards

  • Called to the Bar by the Middle Temple
  • Passed the barrister finals and the law common professional exam with merit

Education

  • M.A. with merit, Univeristy of Middlesex, psychoanalysis 
  • B.S., University of Bath, honors sociology and politics first class