North East entrepreneur honoured
Released: Monday 11th July 2011 at 09:55
A entrepreneur who went from North Shields to New York and back again - and along the way revolutionised online music was honoured by a North East university today (Monday, July 11).
Media sector entrepreneur Paul Campbell received an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from the University of Sunderland in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the media and software industries, and his work in encouraging entrepreneurship within the North-East region.
Paul grew up in North Shields and studied at Oxford. After graduating he joined the BBC, producing radio and TV, before starting his first business, a production company based in London and New York, which went on to win multiple awards.
In 2002 he moved back to the North East, where he co-founded Liberty Bell (producers of ‘Grumpy Old Men') then started The Amazing Group.
The Amazing Group has over a million users. Its ethical model rewards musicians fairly for their talent and encourages fans to pay for music instead of stealing it.
Paul has worked professionally as a musician since he was eleven years old, playing at The Albert Hall, Maida Vale Studios and Ashington Miners' Welfare Club. He regularly plays for Northern Sinfonia and Opera North.
Among the other honoraries receiving awards this week are Olympic legend Lord Sebastian Coe, Wire in the Blood author Val McDermid, and TV presenter and architect George Clarke.
This year's annual awards ceremonies are the biggest in the University of Sunderland's history. Over four days 3,000 students from eighty-nine countries - encompassing half of the countries in the world - will graduate from the Stadium of Light watched by over 9,000 guests, with 243 academic staff cheering on the class of 2011.