Songwriting Studies Journal

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Songwriting Studies Journal, an initiative that emerges from the AHRC-funded Songwriting Studies Research Network based at Birmingham City University and the University of Liverpool. Since launching our series of national research events we’ve become increasingly aware of the diversity of scholarly work that intersects with songwriting. The network now seeks contributions from scholars for an inaugural issue of the journal that will help define the emerging interdisciplinary field of songwriting studies.

This call is intended to be inclusive of a broad range of perspectives. We are open to any theoretical or methodological approach, however we would particularly welcome submissions that focus on the relationship between songwriting and one or more of the following themes:

  • Professional practice and reflexivity
  • Collaboration and craft
  • Structures, forms and narratives
  • Production cultures and histories
  • Technology and industry infrastructures
  • Education, social change, and wellbeing

Please include your name, a short bio, institution or association (if applicable) and contact email. All abstracts submitted will be considered by the editorial panel and invited contributions will be peer reviewed before publication.

You can find the call for proposals on our website here:


  • Deadline for 300-word abstracts: 20 October, 2019.
  • Full draft submissions of 4-6000 words for peer-review will be required by 15 March, 2020.
  • Final submissions will be required by 26 July, 2020.

Please send your abstract and bio to:

Please note: The Songwriting Studies Journal shall be entitled to first use of the contribution in all the journal’s different forms, but the author remains the copyright owner and can re-publish their contribution without seeking the journal’s permission. We reserve the right to decline to publish contributions if they are submitted after agreed deadlines, or do not adequately address the comments of editors or peer reviewers. All content must be owned by the contributor or be used with the permission of the copyright owner.

About The Songwriting Studies Research Network

The Songwriting Studies Research Network is a two-year AHRC-funded project which unites scholars, industry workers and practitioners in a forum for the exchange of ideas about songwriting. It is led by Dr Simon Barber of Birmingham City University and Dr Mike Jones of University of Liverpool, UK.

We aim to:

  • Establish songwriting studies as an interdisciplinary field in its own right by bringing together diverse groups of participants.
  • Foster relationships between academics, industry workers and practitioners through the provision of a space for the sharing of ideas and approaches.
  • Produce new insights related to songwriting by exploring key issues, questions and themes.
  • Share this knowledge through publications, projects and other initiatives.

Connect with us online:




For photos and info about our event last week at the Ivors Academy and Meltdown Festival, go here: 

We look forward to your contributions, 

Simon Barber, Mike Jones, and the Songwriting Studies team.