Tony Graves Acting Chair


Tony is Head of Subject and a Principal Lecturer for the Arts and Festivals Management, BA undergraduate degree at De Montfort University.

He has a background in the arts both as a performer and administrator. A former classical pianist, he is a graduate of the Royal College of Music, and was previously the Chief Executive of The Drum Arts Centre, Birmingham and a producer at Nottingham Playhouse.

Tony has been involved in the delivery of strategic arts planning at a regional and national level with particular emphasis on cultural diversity. He was lead researcher for De Montfort University’s Cultural Management and Policy Group evaluating the cultural diversity gateway of the New Audiences Programme for Arts Council England.

He is Director of the university’s annual Cultural eXchanges festival, and has developed this into a major event over the past 15 years. Previous guests include Ken Loach, Jamal Edwards, Germaine Greer, Melvyn Bragg, Trevor Nelson, Bonnie Greer, Meera Syal and Adrian Lester.

He has served on a number of boards including Nitro Music Theatre Company, The New Art Exchange and Dance 4. Amongst his publications are a report entitled ‘Fear of the Artist’ produced in collaboration with Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of the South Bank Centre, and funded by NESTA.