The Future of Live Music; Round Table Discussion and Book Launch Event

2pm Thursday 11 June, Youtube Live @ shorturl.at/cwFMT

Thursday 11 June will see people from the music industry and academics from around the world, come together online to explore the question ‘What is the Future of Live Music?’.  Clearly a hugely topical subject, particularly since the abrupt halt on public gatherings last March due to Covid-19. 

The online event will start at 2pm on Youtube live, and include seminal musicians Peter Hook of Joy Division and New Order fame and 808 State co-founder Graham Massey, Liam Ogburn from the hotly tipped band ‘Working Mens Club’, leading venue and festival operator Aaron Mellor, Teresa Moore from a Greener Festival to be chaired by Tony Rigg.  

The occasion marks the launch of a new book called ‘The Future of Live Music’ published by Bloomsbury, co-edited by UCLan’s Tony Rigg, Ewa Mazierska and Les Gillon.  The book explores many of the dimensions of live music and features an international cast of contributions who will be discussing their chapters at the event.

cfp: XXI Biennial IASPM Conference in Daegu, South Korea

“Climates of Popular Music”, 21st Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music

!!! Update (see the separate message above): Please note the extended deadline 31 August, 2020!!!

See also the conference website for more details http://www.iaspm2021.org

Call for Presentations

The most pressing issue for humanity in the 21st century is global climate, and thus IASPM’s 21st Conference turns its attention towards this subject. Whereas our 20th anniversary conference considered where we have been, we now ask where we are now, what we are doing as a species, and what impact it has on our communities and our world. On a planet increasingly interconnected by a dizzying array of media channels, such a discussion has to be broadly framed. Our planet’s climate is impacted by numerous forms of human activity, including those that are individual, personal, local, communal, institutional, commercial, corporate, cultural, political, and international. This conference invites presentations that ask how popular music relates to our climate, where climate relates to any part of the totality of surrounding conditions and circumstances affecting growth or development. By “climate,” we intend to include a range of definitions, including ecological climate, political climates, socio-political climates, and contextual and individuated climates. We ask presenters to consider the impacts of activities related to popular music and its cultures on variously defined climates, and the impacts of changing or changed climates on different popular music and its contexts. 

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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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