Martin Atkins

Music Industry Coordinator, Millikin University

Martin Atkins is the definition of entrepreneurial activity in cultural arts endeavors, his 35+ years in the music business spans across genres and borders and industries. He was a member of Public Image Ltd and Killing Joke. He founded industrial supergroup Pigface, The Damage Manual, and Murder Inc., and has contributed to Nine Inch Nails (for which he has a Grammy) and Ministry. He is the owner of Invisible Records and Mattress Factory Recording Studios (est. 1988). He is the author of Tour:Smart, Welcome To The Music Business….You’re F*cked!” Band:Smart, and is the new Music Industries Coordinator at Millikin University in Decatur Illinois. Martin is a producer, drummer, documentary filmmaker, DJ, and father of four. Whatever the future of entrepreneurial music business education is, you can pretty much bet that he’ll be in the middle of it.

Martin is speaking at

April 22, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm


  • Martin Atkins (Speaker) Music Industry Coordinator, Millikin University
  • Darryl Hurs (Speaker) Owner / Partnerships / Programmer, Indie Week Canada


This is the story of a journey - Art and Entrepreneurship in a Time of Crisis is the story of a punk rock DIY pioneer (the author of Tour:Smart) and his reaction to the onset of the crisis, the lockdown and his efforts along with his team to make some kind of positive difference for others and the unexpected momentum and then fire that these actions created. From the printing of a simple coffee bag then culminating into a live stream concert in conjunction with over 50 venues and the new ticketing platform Noonchorus directly generating money to venues, make a difference with a forced multiplier approach that especially helps venues that are already helping themselves, and show some hope without waiting for permission or help from an outside entity.

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