Daniel Nordgård has a broad background in music, formerly as a musician and artist, but later working as a project manager and occupying myriad positions in the Norwegian music sector. He has worked with music festivals and the live sector in various positions including Festival Manager for Kristiansand’s Quart Festival 2007-2008. Nordgård recently finished his Doctorate in Music with the dissertation Determining Factors on Digital Change in the Music Industries (2017).
Nordgård teaches Music Business at the University of Agder's Masters program on Music Management and works as a senior researcher at Agder Research, a private research institute. His work there is largely devoted to the music and cultural industries, with an emphasis on digital change in the music industries. In 2013 he was appointed by the Norwegian Government to lead their committee on digital changes in the music industries. He holds several positions in numerous national and international boards, including GRAMO (the Norwegian collecting society for recording artists and record companies), The Norwegian Film Institute, and GramArt (The Norwegian featured artist organisation). He also sits on the board of the IMBRA (the International Music Business Research Association).