Research Seminar Series

The International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) has a monthly Online Research Seminar Series. This will feature a curated selection of research presentations and discussions, which will be hosted by different IASPM Branches each month.

The next International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) International Research Seminar is being hosted by IASPM Australia New Zealand. You can get full information and a digital ticket here:

It is on Friday 15th January 2021 at 10am AEDT in Australia

In the UK that is Thursday 14th January 2021 11pm GMT

In Europe that is 12 midnight early in the morning on Friday 14th July

In the USA that is 6pm on Thursday 14th January

Exploring the impacts of COVID-19 on music-makers and audiences in Australia

This panel will bring together new empirical research from Australian researchers who have been working on understanding the impact of COVID on musicians, workers in the music industries, and audiences.

Andy Bennett, Ernesta Sofija and Ben Green will discuss their work on music-making for young people (between the ages of 18 – 35) as a source of well-being during the COVID-19 crisis. Their project, involving interviews with young people around Australia, aimed to evaluate whether music-making has contributed in palpable ways to young people’s individual well-being (in terms of physical and mental health) and their sense of connection with others.

Catherine Strong and Fabian Cannizzo will discuss the results of an all-industry survey and interviews undertaken during the second lockdown in Victoria. Results showed that while there was a solid core of respondents who have found ways to continue working on their music-related activities and/or constructively plan for a changed future, most participants were experiencing difficulties, sometimes of a career-ending nature. The profound uncertainty in the sector at the time this study was done was central to these difficulties, in combination with the emotional upheaval that had accompanied the lockdowns, but the key issues are all connected to pre-existing problems in the music sector.

 Short (10 min) presentations from each team will be followed by a panel discussion and questions.

You can book tickets on Eventbrite, which are free. Please circulate this widely, feel free to invite students and staff, and please circulate on other email lists or to anyone you might think will be interested.

We look forward to seeing you all there.


The first talk featured Dr. Matt Brennan, and was presented by the IASPM-Canada branch.

You can see December’s seminar, hosted by IASPM Canada, featuring Matt Brennan speaking about Drumming, on YouTube:

Matt Brennan (Reader in Popular Music at the University of Glasgow, UK) will be discussing his new book, Kick It: A Social History of the Drum Kit (2020), exploring the role of the drum kit in the development of popular music, alongside broader socio-cultural histories in the United States. Don’t miss this entertaining and informative talk!

Future events will be hosted by:

January 2021 IASPM ANZ

February 2021 IASPM SEA

March 2021 IASPM Norden

April 2021 IASPM AL


June 2021 IASPM US

July 2021 IASPM South Korea 

September 2021 IASPM Spain 

October 2021 IASPM UK and Ireland

November 2021 IASPM Hungary.

December 2021 IASPM France