Frank Wilkes

Frank Wilkes

Skills Ambassador for Yorkshire


Frank has over 30 years experience working in the music industry and has run a number of Yorkshire based music initiatives in this time.

He is Creative & Cultural Skills' Skills Academy Manager for Yorkshire, connecting young people to business and education.

Frank is the founder of DMF Digital, a Sheffield based record label, publishing and events company.

The aim of DMF Digital is to develop music businesses so the income from the music sector can be retained within the City Region.  This includes running showcases at international events such as South by South West and New York Sound City, as well as UK based festivals such as Liverpool Sound City and Tramlines. 

DMF Digital is distributed internationally through The Orchard (New York) and Believe Digital (Paris) and the organisation is also proactive in training the next generation of music industry personnel though a nationally recognised apprenticeship programme.

The company is just about to launch an ambitious new initiative (in line with the Governments Northern Futures agenda), which will see partners from across the North of England developing bands and artists that will not only be sustainable and retain wealth in their local communities, but also will be able to play at some of the biggest venues in the UK and showcase at the worlds major CDI events.

Frank also works with a number of partner organisations such as UKTI, the Arts Council, PRS for Music and UK Music, to bring new income and opportunities to Sheffield City Region based music businesses. 

As a member of MIDA (Music Industry Development Association) he lobbies for more support for music, as this sector is often misunderstood but contributes a significant amount to the UK economy.

Before founding DMF Digital, Frank was Artist Development Coordinator for Higher Rhythm Ltd overseeing Circuit Records and the music business network Plugged in Yorkshire (now Music Industry Yorkshire).