12th International Music Business Research Days



Staging popular music: sustainable music ecologies for artists, industries and cities

Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 3-4-5 November 2021

AIMS
This conference focuses on the intersection between key transformations in the popular music industries. Music represents and generates value on various levels from the individual to the global, and in many different spheres from the cultural and social to the economic and political. Popular music is staged through multiple platforms, actors, businesses, intermediaries and policies. The current COVID-19-crisis both challenges the music industries and acts as a catalyst of new digital innovations. This is a vital moment to (re)consider the future directions of the music industries. While the music industries are characterized by continuous change and transformation, significant disruptions have always impacted its resilience. Such disruptions can be external shocks, including the current crisis, new technologies, political change or aesthetic-cultural innovations. From an ecological perspective, all transformations force the industry to reshape and rethink itself. This will likely result in both positive as negative consequences. We need to critically reflect on what the immediate and long-term future of music ecologies entails, who benefits and who suffers from such disruptions.

Focusing on a select number of interrelated themes, this conference aims to bring together scholars and professionals from various countries and disciplines. Participants bring their own perspective to the stage in an international exchange of ideas and current research insights about the contemporary music industries.

THEMES
The Music Business Research Days offer an interdisciplinary forum at the intersection of economic, artistic, cultural, social, legal, technological and further developments which contribute to the creation/production, dissemination/ distribution and reception/consumption of music. This interdisciplinary nature calls for methodological multiplicity and is open to scholars from all scientific areas. We invite submission of papers on – but not strictly limited to – the themes and example questions below:

MUSIC INDUSTRIES & BUSINESS

ARTISTS

MEDIA & DIGITAL INNOVATIONS

AUDIENCES

POLICIES

SUBMISSION
Please send your abstract no later than May 31, 2021 via https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=imbrd12

Abstracts can be 500-750 words and need 3-5 keywords (any references are included in the word count) and must include:

Abstracts will be subject to a peer review process by an international jury, and authors will be notified of acceptance by July 1, 2021.

The best papers of this conference will be considered for publication in a special issue of the International Journal of Music Business Research (IJMBR). In case you want to be eligible for this special issue, full papers should be sent before October 1, 2021. They should not exceed 7,000 words (including abstracts, figures, tables, references and appendices) and follow the author guidelines of the International Journal of Music Business Research (IJMBR).  A first selection will be made after the conference by the editors, after which a double-blind peer review process is in place for these submissions.

CONFERENCE ORGANIZATION
The conference is organized by the POPLIVE research team and supported by IMBRA, the International Music Business Research Association. It is hosted by ERMeCC, the Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture in cooperation with Creating010. For more information, please contact: imbrd2021@gmail.com.

 

 

 

IMPORTANT DATES

YOUNG SCHOLARS WORKSHOP
For PhD students and MA students we will organize a workshop on Wednesday 3 November 2021, in which they present their paper and get in-depth feedback/advice on their work by senior researchers. If you apply for this workshop, your paper will be considered for this workshop instead of the regular sessions. Please indicate in the registration form whether you are interested in participating in the Young Scholars Workshop. Submission deadlines and criteria are the same as for regular papers.

C-WORD
We are hopeful that this will be a live conference and aim for physical co-presence. However, well, who knows. As the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 may make physical attendance difficult for some, the conference will offer the opportunity to present papers in special virtual sessions.

CONFIRMED CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Jennifer Lena (Columbia University) – Jennifer C. Lena is an Associate Professor of Arts Administration at Teachers College, Columbia University and has a courtesy appointment in the Department of Sociology. She is co-editor of the journal Poetics, and co-editor (with Frederick Wherry) of a book series, Culture and Economic Life, published by Stanford University Press. She is the author of three books: Banding Together: How Communities Create Genres in Popular Music (Princeton University Press, 2012); Entitled: Discriminating Tastes and the Expansion of the Arts (Princeton University Press, 2019); and Measuring Culture (Columbia University Press, 2020).

Brian Hracs (University of Southampton) – Dr. Brian J. Hracs is an Associate Professor in Human Geography. He is interested in the iterative relationship between markets, technology and space. His work has been published – amongst others – in Environment and Planning A, Geoforum and Regional Studies. With colleagues, he is working on an edited volume The production and consumption of music in the digital age (Routledge).