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Jazz Re:Search in 21st-Century Academia and Beyond

Posted: February 9th, 2021 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Institute for Jazz Research
13th International Jazz Research Conference, Graz (Austria)
18—21 November 2021

Hosted by the Institute for Jazz Research and the International Society for Jazz Research at the University of Music and Performing Arts GrazFounded in 1971, the Institute for Jazz Research at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG) is a historic cornerstone of academic jazz research. Along with similar institutions, like the Rutgers University Institute of Jazz Studies (founded 1966), the Institute helped to pave the way for and profoundly shape the discipline known as “jazz studies”, bearing witness to its transformation from a decidedly musicological to an inter-, even transdisciplinary investigation into what has been understood as jazz in their respective times.

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The Impacts of Covid-19 on the Live Music Industries: A Sample of Academic Projects Taking Place Across Europe

Posted: February 4th, 2021 | Filed under: News | No Comments »

 IASPM UK Hosted Online Event: March 17th 1600-1800 UK Time 

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The social and cultural value of live music is widely accepted in musical territories around the world, bringing not only enjoyment and meaning to our lives, but also promoting regional and national cultures and identities. Going to see live music also of course generates significant income for cities and nations more broadly. For example, in the UK, according to a recent UK Music Report (2020), the UK live music industries were reported as generating £1.3 billion to the UK economy. However, as with the vast majority of musical territories around the world, all of this changed with the emergence of Covid-19 in March 2020, with the UK live music group reporting in May 2020 that as much as £900 million could be wiped out of future live music income—a forecast that does not seem unrealistic. Similar bleak scenarios are predicted throughout Europe, with a recent report from Live DMA outlining audience restrictions and limited support from governments as one of the primary reasons (Live DMA 2020). Within this constantly emerging context, this seminar outlines a sample of some of the academic work that has been taking place both regionally and nationally across Europe since the pandemic emerged, investigating factors such as specific national and local government policies; economic and social impacts of the pandemic on specific sub-sectors; the effectiveness of ‘virtual performances’; impacts of local music ecologies and the sustainability of the sector post-covid. Featuring academics based in the nations of Wales, the Netherlands, Norway, Germany and England, the seminar provides a snapshot of the work that has taken place thus far, investigating commonalities and providing a forum for sharing good practice.

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Executive Committee Newsletter February 2021

Posted: February 4th, 2021 | Filed under: News | No Comments »

Dear IASPM UKI members,

I hope this finds you healthy and well.

I’d like to share with you the first of what we hope will be a regular series of newsletters from the 2020-2021 Executive Committee. The aim is to be transparent about the decisions being made at executive meetings and what is being planned for the membership more generally. Hopefully, this will be an engaging alternative to simply archiving meeting minutes on the website, and more dialogue across the membership can be encouraged as a result. 

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IASPM Monthly Online Research Seminars

Posted: February 4th, 2021 | Filed under: News | No Comments »

IASPM Research Seminar February


Wed, February 17, 2021
21:00 – 22:00 Kuala Lumpur time; 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM GMT; Midnight for Sydney; 08:00 in New York

ADIL Johan will present the February IASPM Online Research Seminar, which is hosted by the IASPM South East Asia (SEA) branch, on the subject of “Conceptualising an Intimately Connected Nusantara: The Rock Kapak Phenomenon of the 1980s and 1990s”.

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