Olaf Furniss is a music-business event organiser, journalist, lecturer and a member of the Scottish Tourist Guides Association. He is based in Edinburgh, but regularly works as a consultant for international clients outside Scotland.
Olaf is a founder and director of Wide Events CIC, which hosts the annual Wide Days convention in the Scottish capital, the Off The Record youth events and the Born To Be Wide seminar and social nights. In 2016 he founded Music Tourist, an event company and consultancy which hosted the world’s first music tourism conference in Glasgow.
As a journalist he has reported for the BBC, The Guardian, The Scotsman, Aftenposten Innsikt, Svenska Dagbladet, Musik Woche, I-Q and Clash. Since 2007 he has co-written the weekly Under The Radar column published in Scotland On Sunday. This is the only section of a national newspaper focused exclusively on emerging Scottish acts.
Olaf has given guest lectures at the University of the Highlands & Islands [Perth College], Hedmark University College [Norway], Pop Akademie (Germany), Edinburgh Napier University, the University of the West of Scotland, Edinburgh College and the Academy of Music & Sound.
He has a Masters in Music: Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and focused on the links between music and tourism.