HELLO THERE. My name is Chris Cooke. I’m an editor, journalist and media entrepreneur. I write and talk a lot about music and music business stuff, media stuff, culture and comedy stuff, copyright and legal stuff, and PR and branding stuff.

I publish CMU, ThisWeek London and ThreeWeeks Edinburgh. I founded and co-own 3CM UnLimited, a group of companies that includes publisher UnLimited Media, education business UnLimited Learning, and music and media consultancy UnLimited Insights, which operates both CMU Insights and Media Insights.

I work on The Great Escape and with the Taylor Bennett Foundation. I have dissected the digital music dollar. I have a free speech about free speech. I keep busy. This is my website.


Some upcoming events where I will be speaking, moderating or teaching.
CLICK HERE for a full list of upcoming and recent events.

31 Aug: CMU Insights Speed Briefing at c/o pop in Cologne

13 Sep: CMU Insights Speed Briefing at Vil Vil Vest in Bergen

14 Sep: CMU Insights Speed Briefing at Pivotal in Birmingham

17 Sep: CMU Insights How Music Rights Work Seminar in London

24 Sep: CMU Insights How Music Licensing Works Seminar in London

To discuss speaking, interviewing and panel moderation engagements, just drop me an email to


CHRIS COOKE is an editor, journalist and media entrepreneur.

He is co-Founder, MD and Business Editor of CMU, a service provider to the music industry. Best known for its media – the CMU Daily, CMU Digest, CMU Trends and Setlist podcast – the CMU business also provides training and consultancy to music companies and runs the CMU:DIY education programme for new talent. It also presents insight sessions at music conferences around the world and its own conference as part of The Great Escape showcase festival in Brighton each May.

CMU is part of Chris’s company 3CM UnLimited, which also has media, consultancy and education divisions. Through UnLimited Media he also publishes cultural recommendations service ThisWeek London and its sister magazine ThreeWeeks Edinburgh at the Edinburgh Festival. And via UnLimited Learning he helps run award winning PR training charity the Taylor Bennett Foundation, which is enabling more ethnic diversity in the communications industry.

Earlier in his career, Chris worked on a number of research and consulting projects looking at best practice in corporate communications and reputation management. He later led the design and content elements of youth marketing programmes for the likes of Orange, Motorola, Sony PlayStation and Tiger Beer, and managed the content delivery of major music partnerships between leading artists and media brands like the Mail On Sunday and Evening Standard. He also produced theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe and for the West End-based London New Play Festival.

With degrees in English and Law, Chris regularly writes about, discusses and comments on the music business, intellectual property matters, and the media and communication sectors. He authored the ‘Dissecting The Digital Dollar’ reports for the UK’s Music Managers Forum; regularly guest lectures at BIMM, NFTS and Notting Hill Academy Of Music; and has a spoken word show called ‘Chris Cooke’s Free Speech’.


To discuss any of these projects or businesses, or a potential collaboration, or a writing, speaking or consulting project, or for comment on the music, media or communication industries, just drop me an email to

In case there is any confusion, I am NOT the sometimes contentious Tamworth councillor, the manager of Procul Harum, the Edinburgh University lecturer, the independent film maker, the South African cricketer, the Newsnight journalist, the magician, the merchandise maker, the ‘Acoustic Lounge’ presenter, the interior designer or the gay porn star (you can find your own link for that). I keep busy, but not that busy.