I founded Mobbs Music Ltd in 2008 to manage the various things I do in music. Here is a little background...
Work in Education
I am passionate about education and teach music mostly via the guitar both privately and in schools. I have taught for over 25 years and at St Paul's Girls' School since 2003. In 2020 I was invited to join Aldeburgh Young Musicians as an artist and course tutor for the AYM: Beethoven Pastoral Project, a course centred around music, acoustic ecology, societal change and as musicians, our contribution to climate change. I am the co-founder and CEO of MusicMaps Group Ltd, a teaching company dedicated to both the best musical education for its students and continued career development and best practice for our teachers. We work in schools and with home teaching across the state and private sector and dedicate ourselves to providing access to music for all children. Since 2011 MusicMaps has helped over 1000 children get started in music.
I have worked extensively across the commercial sector both as a player and a company director. My record labels have seen nominations for Best Small label at the AIM Awards, artists topping over 100 million streams on Spotify, airplay on BBC Radio 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6, championing by The Times, The Guardian, Q, NME and many others voicing of support in print and online and brand partnerships and synchronisations with Burberry, Sky and NBC in the USA amongst many others. I have produced and played for numerous artists across all genres from Damon Albarn to Emma Kirkby, appeared on number 1 records, promoted concerts at venues from the Royal Albert Hall to the Shepherd's Bush Empire and have toured and recorded across the world. I continue to release records from time to time on my independent label Ambiguous Records.
I love music and am keen to put something back into the system through which I earn my living. I have returned to the Royal College of Music, where I studied, along with other higher education institutions to deliver lectures to both undergraduate and postgraduate students on music business and entrepreneurship. I was elected to the board of the Association of Independent Music (AIM) serving as a director from 2010-14 and represented AIM at UK Music both on the main board and on the UK Music Skills Board championing both the rights of independent music companies and matters of education and skills. Equality and Diversity has been a primary focus and in particular the areas of gender and access. I believe strongly that whether it is a commercial outlet, an art form, a hobby or anything in between, music is for all.
Aside from music I am also a Trustee of the Mobbs Memorial Trust where I have been a Director since 2008. The Trust donates over £100K per year supporting a variety of causes for children, the elderly, health and disability, education, community, employment and training. In 2023 I became Chair of Trustees of the William Ellis School Parents' Association.
Al Mobbs 2023