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Intellect Handbook of Global Music Industries

Posted: April 5th, 2022 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Edited by Chris Anderton, Martin James, Daniel Nordgård and Sergio Pisfil

Social, technological and political developments and disruptions continue to impact the music industries, fostering new revenue streams and opportunities, and allowing music from around the world to gain a global audience. Audio streaming, video apps and social entertainment services have rapidly become key areas of growth, and there has been a rise in academic work focusing on the global music industries in terms of their issues, challenges, and opportunities. Much of this work describes developments in the global north, and while this book will explore and expand upon this field, it also seeks to explore the industries from a global perspective. We therefore encourage proposals that stress global overviews, tackling issues to do with global capitalism, trans-national companies, geo-politics and so on, but also proposals that focus on significant local/regional contexts that cast light on global differences and what may be learned from them.

The book is organised into eight main sections as outlined below, and we invite scholars from around the world to submit chapter proposals of 250 words that address one of the given themes. We have suggested topic areas within each theme, but are open to receiving alternatives relevant to the themes.

Accepted chapters will be 7,000-7,500 words (inc. bibliographic references and endnotes) and should offer a literature review of relevant research/debates related to the topic, examples/case study to illustrate those debates (drawn from your own research expertise), and discussion of future directions for research.

Theme 1: Artists and songwriters – songwriting splits and plagiarism, creativity and creator tools, musicians as media content creators, funding beyond record labels, and the role of the artist manager/team.

Theme 2: Recording industry and artist-direct – disintermediation, the relevance of record labels, ethical contracts, the playlist economy, and issues related to copyright.

Theme 3: Publishing and synchronization – data management and transparency, sync/microsync deals, copyright issues, song funds, and the role of the music publisher.

Theme 4: Music media, marketing and promotion – disintermediation, data analytics, gatekeeping/recommendation, social media/entertainment/metaverse, and interactivity with fans.

Theme 5: Live music and the night-time economy – economic and environmental sustainability, post-covid transformations, safe spaces, livestreaming, VR/AR, and ticketing.

Theme 6: Music policy – music cities, artist/business funding, music business diversity, and music export organizations.

Theme 7: Technologies – values chains and disruptions, streaming algorithms and taste management, VR/AR, and mobile/smartspeaker technologies

Theme 8: Working in the music industries – work-life balance and agile working, motivations and unpaid labor, sustainability of careers, ideological worldviews, and diversity.

When submitting your proposal, please include the following:

  • Chapter title
  • Proposal of 250 words outlining the scope of your chapter
  • Your full name, current affiliation, and a short academic biography (50 words)


  • Proposals should be submitted by: 6 May 2022 to [email protected]
  • Decisions to be communicated by: 6 June 2022
  • Accepted chapters to be submitted by: 8 September 2023
  • Proposed date of publication: 2024

If you have any questions, please email us at: [email protected]

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