Early-career musicians in the Dutch music industry

At the end of 2018 Rick Everts, Dr. Pauwke Berkers and Dr. Erik Hitters investigated 21 early-career pop acts who performed at the Eurosonic Noorderslag edition of 2018. These musicians were interviewed about their career strategies, the way they approached their work and their experiences in the Dutch music industry. In addition, they participated in a diary study to map their daily work activities. While the articles written on the basis of these data are currently under review, in this blog post some of the main findings are presented.

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The festivalisation of Noord-Brabant

The Dutch province of Noord-Brabant has a relatively high festival density and the number of festivals is still increasing. Can this growth continue or is there a limit? And how does the province manage a sustainable growth? These and other questions were debated at the knowledge café Festivalisation that was organized by Brabant Kennis in the city of Tilburg on 22 November 2018.

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Tour de Machine 010

On Friday November 2nd Rotterdam welcomed Atze de Vrieze and Niels Aalberts from the VPRO 3voor12 Podcast De Machine for an afternoon about the Dutch music industry. Together with other colleagues of the Erasmus University, the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences and Codarts, the POPLIVE team organized one leg of their college tour for students interested in the backstage machinery of the world of pop music, which resulted in a fruitful conversation about an incredible wide range topics: from the Maassilo to Armoo and from the long tail economy to the rise of K-Pop. Read here a blog about this event.

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