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Journal of Music, Health, and Wellbeing

Posted: June 14th, 2020 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

The Role of Music during COVID-19: Short-term Challenges through Technology, Wellbeing, Industry, & Education.

Note: Many thanks to those who have already submitted: we currently have a prospective collection of around 20 accepted articles (subject to peer-review). We are now looking to improve the span of the studies across 4 distinct areas (see below). An up-to-date list of our forthcoming related project outputs can be accessed via the ‘New Research’ Tab, at: www.musichealthandwellbeing.co.uk/new-research

The Journal of Music, Health, and Wellbeing (ISSN 2515-981X) (formerly Musicology Research Journal) offers online publications for current research into applied music across a broad range of disciplines and subject areas, including Health and Social Care, Education and Creativity, Therapeutic Arts (such as Music Therapy), Arts and/for Health, Health Humanities, Social Sciences & Public Health perspectives of Music (including Cultural, Social, and Medical Anthropology, Ethnomusicology, Music Sociology, Music Psychology, and Music & Neuroscience), practices in Composition, Performance, Improvisation, & Listening, and Community Music.

In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, The Journal of Music, Health, and Wellbeing is inviting abstract submissions for a collection of articles on the role of music during the current health pandemic.


We are currently particularly interested the ‘here and now’ and wish to capture studies and accounts of many of the short-term impacts or influences of music on people across the world. We will later be considering the medium-to-long term impacts on our societies. We are very interested in the following 4 areas:

1. Technologies and Communications, including:

Uses of Social Media and virtual spaces, including Facebook, Zoom, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter etc. How our understanding(s) of ‘liveness’ is/are changing with the digitization of music-making. The changing soundscapes of COVID-19; our sonic environment.

2. The Narratives and Reflections of people and music groups, including:

Professional and Non-professional Musicians
Ensembles and Orchestras
Music Therapists
Community Musicians
Choirs and Singers

3. How music is impacting on or supporting day-to-day wellbeing, self-care, management, and coping mechanisms, in settings including:

Home life
Work life
City life
Across and between communities and cultures
Care Homes

And finally,

4. Impact(s), on industry sectors, including (but not limited to):

Public Spaces
Folk Groups
Popular music

Applications should be made in the form of a submission of an abstract (no longer than 300 words) for publication of a paper of 6000-8000 words. Abstract submissions should be made online at: www.musichealthandwellbeing.co.uk/submit

For an initial collection of articles on immediate- or short-term impacts, please submit abstracts by Friday 26 June.

All abstracts will be considered by the Editorial Board. Applicants will be notified of the outcome before a full paper submission is required. Accepted submissions are for complete manuscripts, submitted back to our Team, and sent for external double-blind peer review. Publication of articles are subject to Reviewer and Editorial approval. All final manuscripts are subject to copy-editing and typesetting, including author confirmation of final proofs. Articles are published at quarterly points within the year: Autumn; Winter; Spring; Summer. Authors may submit as many articles as preferred at any one time. Manuscripts requiring corrections must be re-submitted within a given timeframe. All final articles are open-access, published online, and made accessible as a downloadable PDF file. The Journal of Music, Health, and Wellbeing is a non-profit Journal with no membership or subscription fees, no publishing fees, and no article download fees. Copyrights of all publications remain with the contributors.

For further information, or to make an informal enquiry, please contact Dr James Williams ([email protected]) (Senior Lecturer in Therapeutic Arts (Music), University of Derby).

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