Beki Smith is a composer and marketing student based in Glasgow. After completing her BMus degree in composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, she developed a keen interest in audience development and arts marketing. She is currently undertaking a MSc in International Marketing at Glasgow Caledonian University, and having completed all of the academic modules is at the beginning stages of her master’s dissertation.
As a marketer, Beki has volunteered with both the Hebrides Ensemble and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, as well as working on live industry projects as part of her degree.
As part of her master’s degree, Beki worked as part of a group to design and present a live project on loneliness to members of the Scottish government and voluntary sectors. This was chosen as the winning presentation, and elements may be used by the Scottish government to guide their new legislation on loneliness and isolation.
Most recently, Beki worked within the RCS marketing department for the 2017 Plug Festival – where she was responsible for creating and scheduling all social media and internal content for the duration of the festival. This placement included taking the lead on all marketing activity for the festival, organising and conducting interviews with high profile composers and conductors, and generation of creative content.
Beki now hopes to finish her dissertation on the impact that marketing can have on attracting new audiences to contemporary art, and go on to pursue a career in arts marketing.
As a composer, Beki has had the opportunity to write for a wide range of ensembles and performers across Scotland (and the rest of the UK), including Red Note Ensemble, Perth Symphony Orchestra, Sound and Music, The Glasgow New Music Expedition, RCS MusicLab, The Seraphim Ensemble, and many of the students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Highlights from her work as a composer include a commission from Perth Symphony Orchestra for their 60th Anniversary Concert in March 2014, 5 world premieres at Plug (the RCS new music festival) in 2012, 2013 and 2015, a performance of a piece at the Wigtown Book Festival by Scottish soprano Lauren McQuistin, and most recently a collaboration with Scottish-based artist Olga Kaliszer as part of the GNME Intersections.