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‘The Musical Citizen’: IMR Distinguished Lecture Series

Posted: March 24th, 2017 | Filed under: News | No Comments »

The 2017 Institute of Musical Research Distinguished Lecture Series will be delivered by Martin Stokes, King Edward Professor of Music at King’s College London.

The series will be entitled ‘The Musical Citizen,’ and the lectures will take place on Thursdays 4th, 11th and 25th of May at 5.30pm at Senate House, University of London.

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Music cities edited collection

Posted: March 20th, 2017 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Call for chapter proposals

From the physical spaces in which music activity takes place, to the mythologizing of city-specific music scenes, the city has long played a vital role in the development and sustaining of music scenes. In recent years there has been a concerted effort to cultivate and nurture musical activity as a key driver for urban economic development and for city-specific tourism. Cities around the world are now looking to cultivate and support music activity in a bid to activate new forms of cultural and creative identity. This has occurred off the back of similar creative and cultural cities movements, and works to move beyond the mythologizing of particular cities music scenes in order to legitimise music as a place-specific cultural output which contributes significantly to local identities as well as to local economies. To this end, music is positioned as making a vital contribution to the cultural and economic fabric of a city, and is viewed as a critical way through which both locals and tourists can gauge, and engage with, a city’s cultural and creative identities. In order to foster this, an array of heritage and planning accords, live music regulation, tourism initiatives and even tax exemptions have been put in place, and an array of industry and government developed place-specific reports and activation ‘how-to’ manuals have been developed in order to understand the scope of place-specific music activity and the ways in which it can be cultivated and supported.

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C21 Music Practices: Study Day on Teaching & Creativity in Popular Music

Posted: March 14th, 2017 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

A one-day study day to be hosted at the University of Surrey, Saturday 10 June 2017, as part of the London and South-East England 21st Century Music Practice Research Network.

The brave new world of the Teaching Excellence Framework, national league tables, and escalating tuition fees has yielded an unprecedented accountability regarding the quality of higher education teaching and the associated student experience. Its implications are doubly important to the teaching of popular music, given the proliferation of university courses witnessed in the last 10–15 years as well as the relative newness of the discipline as a serious academic pursuit.
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Westminster-Goldsmiths Symposium for Student Pop Research

Posted: March 13th, 2017 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Presented by the University of Westminster Centre for Commercial Music and Goldsmiths Popular Music Research Unit

Friday 26 May 2017, 9am-6pm
University of Westminster, Harrow Campus

This annual symposium brings together student researchers in popular music – production, business, songwriting, performance, sociology and musicology – from across Britain and, potentially, beyond. It is an opportunity for students to present their developing research to friendly, interested and expert listeners, and to meet and network with future colleagues.
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The 12th Art of Record Production Conference – Mono: Stereo: Multi

Posted: March 8th, 2017 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

December 1 – 3, 2017
Hosted by the Royal College of Music, Stockholm, Sweden

Why Mono: Stereo: Multi?
Drawing on the both literal and metaphorical connections with the history of audio formats, the 2017 Art of Record Production conference explores a range of ways in which singularity, dichotomy and multiplicity can be contrasted. Whether it is the mono-cultural versus the multi-cultural, the mono-media versus the multi-media, a mono-disciplinary versus a multi-disciplinary approach or the mono-phonic versus the multi-phonic, we are seeking proposals for long and short format paper presentations, poster presentations and recorded music playback presentations that present these ideas in the following contexts:

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