Call for Chapters: The Independent Record Industry in Transition.

Call for Chapters: The Road to Independence: the Independent Record Industry in Transition.

Call for chapters
The Road to Independence: the Independent Record Industry in Transition.
Editor : Victor Sarafian.
Publisher : Presse de l’Université Toulouse 1 Capitole

Proposal submission: 1 July 2019
Full chapters due: 1 December 2019

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Songwriting Studies Research Network Launch

Dear IASPM-ites,

We are writing to let you know about the launch of the AHRC-funded Songwriting Studies Research Network which is taking place at Birmingham City University on March 20th. The event will feature a mix of papers, panels, conversation and performance focusing on contemporary songwriting practice and production. Some of the highlights of the day include:

-Ivor Novello-winning singer-songwriter KT Tunstall will join members of the Sodajerker songwriting podcast to record a live episode of the show.

-Keynote speaker Phillip McIntyre (University of Newcastle, Australia) will discuss songwriting as a form of cultural production based on themes from his book, The Creative System in Action: Understanding Cultural Production and Practice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

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A talk on German techno connections

Birmingham to Berlin. A talk on German techno connections

You are all invited to this event with Thomas Meinecke (FSK) taking place at Café Artum, 177 Corporation St, Birmingham, from 5pm on 20 Feb 2019.

Uwe Schütte (Aston Uni) and Matthew Evans (Bham Conservatoire) will be exploring the transnational journey(s) of German techno.

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Travel grants to attend the Canberra conference – outcome


Dear IASPM members,

We would like to inform you of the outcome of the application process for travel grants to attend the XX IASPM Biennial Conference to be held in Canberra, 24-28th June 2019, which closed on 21st December 2018. We received 58 applications, which were then processed and ranked according to the criteria that we had announced.

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XX Biennial IASPM Conference Registration open

Dear fellow IASPMites

On behalf of the Executive Committee and the Local Organising Committee, it is my pleasure to let you know that you can now register your forthcoming participation in the XX Biennial IASPM Conference at – accepted presenters should also receive a separate notification of this.

Please note that the early bird rate AUD 330 expires on 31 March, after which the fee is AUD 385. For students, unwaged and retired the rate is AUD 302,50 until the conference. On the website you will also find information regarding travels, accommodation, keynotes and the city of Canberra. In conference matters, please direct your queries to

With best wishes,
Antti-Ville Kärjä
EC Member-at-Large, IASPM 2019 Conference Liaison

PhD course “Music Technology and Production”

PhD course “Music Technology and Production”, KF 612
University of Agder, Kristiansand/Norway
Faculty of Fine Arts, Institute of Popular Music
January – April 2019

The University of Agder invites applications for the PhD course “Music Technology and Production”. It will take place on 29 January, 12 and 26 February, 12 March and 9 April 2019. The course consists of lectures, workshops and seminars on specific problems of production and technology in the field of popular music and world music. The topics include: “Jan Bang: Lighthouse Serenade: Professor Bang wonders on creativity and discusses composing/production methods, playing examples from different recordings and from his own catalogue”, “Contemporary Music Production: A Review of Practices in Modern Music Creation”, “Analogue Synthesis: The Development and Design of Analog Synthesizers and Other Voltage-controlled Instruments Set in a Historical and Technological Perspective”. Lecturers: Prof. Jan Bang, Prof. Geir Holmsen, Jon Marius Aareskjold, Prof. Bjørn-Ole Rasch, Prof. Tor Dybo, Prof. Michael Rauhut. The course is free of charge and corresponds to 10 ECTS Credit Points. Please send your applications and inquiries to:
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Call for Articles: Popular Music Education in Wales (The Journal of Popular Music Education)

Call for Papers: Popular Music Education in Wales

As noted by the likes of Hobsbawm and Ranger (1992), Ellis (2000), Hill (2007) and Carr (2010), Wales has a unique landscape culturally, politically, linguistically and of course musically. Like other Small Nations, the country, which was devolved in 1998, has a distinct set of challenges in order to ensure it exploits the full potential of Creative Industries such as music. In terms of popular music education, this broader landscape is/has been informed via initiatives funded by Welsh Government (The Welsh Music Foundation), the Arts Council (Forté, the Music Industry Development Fund, Horizons 12, Community Music Wales), Wales Arts International (the International Development Fund) and local councils. Cardiff Council for example are working with Sound Diplomacy, who are developing a strategy to make Cardiff the UKs first ‘Music City’, while Rhonnda Cynon Taff co-fund the Forté project. All of these initiatives, some of which are co -funded by the likes of the PRS Foundation, The British Council and the BBC, are intended at least in part to ‘educate’ stakeholders within the Welsh Music Industry, from grass roots to international engagement.
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