Neil Mackinnon has over 20 years experience working in a broad range of roles across the performing arts and culture sector. During this time he has formed a successful track record of building strategic alignment between creatives, business leaders and producing teams, to generate income and deliver high level results in complex organisations. He has specialist expertise in strategy, business analysis and development, with wide experience of maximising opportunities through innovative exploitation of intellectual property. This includes licensing, franchising and touring artistic content internationally. His comprehensive experience in stakeholder management, fundraising, operations and producing in the live events, culture and entertainment sectors underpins a demonstrable history of balancing sound business practice with artistic ecology.
Prior to joining Counterculture Neil was Head of Specials Projects at award winning Classical Music Agency, Intermusica. This was preceded by 12 years at Southbank Centre where he started as an event producer, went on to set up and lead the performing arts and festivals touring and commissions department and ultimately served as Head of Artistic Rentals and Partnerships.
Neil spent the early part of his career playing saxophone, flute and clarinet professionally both in the UK and internationally. He transitioned into tour management and arts administration with organisations such as the British Council and Serious International Music Producers on a project basis.
Neil has delivered guest lectures at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and produces and presents the podcast Creative Practice.