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Since the start of the global pandemic, I’ve had no access to my office. Even if the access has now been partially restored, we are in the middle of moving within the campus and encouraged to work from home. Following from all this, updates can take longer than usual. All announcements, calls for papers, etc., should be sent to IASPM email list instead, or to webmaster ( at ) iaspm.net, if that is not possible.

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Kimi Kärki (web/publications)

Applications for IASPM 2021

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According to IASPM Statutes, IASPM EC has to make the proposals for next biennial IASPM conference public for the members one month before the GM. This was done accordingly.

The IASPM EC received two proposals for the location of the XXI biennial IASPM conference. The proposals have now been taken down, by the request of Daegu (South Korea) officials, who were voted to be the hosts for IASPM 2021. Congrats to them, and big thanks for Oslo, for their bid.

Fred Rogers Music Fellow

The Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College has a new fellowship.

Fred Rogers had a deep passion for music and composed many of the songs on his television program, Mister Rogers Neighborhood. In honor of Fred Rogers’ love of music, The Gretsch family (of Gretsch Guitars) has endowed a new music fellowship at the Fred Rogers Center. The Gretsch Fellow in Children’s Music will conduct research and develop scholarly work around the ethos and vision of the Fred Rogers Center and its mission “to help children grow as confident, competent, and caring human beings.” You can find more information here: https://www.fredrogerscenter.org/what-we-do/music-fellowship. We are seeking a musician with notable credentials in scholarship, education, or a related background

Masters scholarship for BAME students at Goldsmiths

Goldsmiths Department of Music offers a MA/MMus scholarship for BAME students.

There is a dramatic under-representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) music scholars at the academic professional level. The same is true throughout British academia. This full tuition fee-waiver scholarship aims to support a BAME student who intends to progress through postgraduate study and into an academic research position.

The deadline for applying for this scholarship is 9am, 13 July 2020.

Full details: https://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/departmental-awards/music/

Call for Think Pieces: Working in Music and the Covis-19 Pandemic

Since the Covid-19 outbreak was announced as a pandemic by the World Health Organization in March 2020, most countries announced lockdown or semi-confinement measures almost immediately, with all public events being cancelled. This had an immediate and direct effect on artists all over the world whose livelihood is heavily dependent on public performances. 

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cfp: Born to Be Alive: Live Music as a Crucial Dimension of 21st Century Popular Music – Special Issue

Call for Papers: Born to Be Alive: Live Music as a Crucial Dimension of 21st Century Popular Music – Special Issue | Ethnomusicology Review

https://ethnomusicologyreview.ucla.edu/content/call-papers-born-be-alive-live-music-crucial-dimension-21st-century-popular-music-special

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cfp (articles): Sound Stage Screen (Vol. 1, Spring 2021)

We are pleased to announce the launch of Sound Stage Screen (SSS), a new biannual peer-reviewed journal devoted to historical and theoretical research into the relations between sound, performance, and media. SSS will address a wide range of phenomena, practices, and objects pertaining to sound and music in light of the interconnections between performing traditions and media archaeologies: from opera to musical multimedia, and from cinema to interactive audio-visual platforms.

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cfp: Independent Music Labels: Histories, Practices and Values

Independent Music Labels: Histories, Practices and Values

03-04.12.2020 | Lisbon | NOVA FCSH

Within the field of popular music studies, little attention has been given to the impacts of independent music labels outside the Anglo-Saxon context, particularly in the production, dissemination and consumption of music in semi-peripheral countries such as Portugal. On the other hand, when the scope of the reflection goes beyond the Anglo-Saxon context the study of major record companies has been privileged over small structures of local / national scope which operate independently from these large companies and/or media groups with a transnational reach. Starting from broader discussions about the relationship between the local and the global in music production, this colloquium proposes a discussion on the impact of independent music labels with a particular focus on the Portuguese context and/or in contexts that are similarly located outside the main production centers. We will take as a starting point some recognized (yet open to scrutiny) assumptions about independent labels in the field of music production: the dissemination and making available of local musics and artists in opposition to the hegemony of global (mostly Anglo-Saxon) artists and genres released by multinationals; the valuing of aesthetic and artistic dimensions in music making at the expense of its commercial potential; the forms of organization and work that are innovative and adaptable to the changing contexts in the record sector, particularly in the new millennium. This is an inter and multidisciplinary colloquium accepting proposals in disciplines such as musicology, ethnomusicology, sociology, anthropology and history, among others. We also hope to establish a dialogue between the academy and the record sector with the presence and participation of independent label managers.

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Transposition journal – new special issue available “Sound, Music and Violence”

Dear IASPM members,

We are pleased to announce the publication of the special issue of Transposition “Sound, Music and Violence” https://doi.org/10.4000/transposition.3213
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