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The Impacts of Covid-19 on the Live Music Industries

March 19th, 2021

How does COVID-19 affect the live music sector in different European countries? What similarities and differences can be identified between these countries, concerning government support, live music regulations, performance opportunities and the resilience of the sector in general? On March 17th, POPLIVE participated in an IASPM_UK hosted seminar that outlined a sample of some of the academic work that has been taking place both regionally and nationally across Europe since the pandemic emerged. Martijn Mulder presented his paper ‘Music Missionaries: The Dutch live music sector’s responses to the pandemic’. Other contributions came from the UK (Wales, Liverpool, Birmingham), Germany and Norway. The seminar has been recorded and can be viewed here.

12th International Music Business Research Days organized by POPLIVE

March 12th, 2021

On 3, 4, and 5 November the 12th International Music Business Research Days will take place. This 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. This is the call for papers:

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Missing the Masses: responses to the lack of nightlife activities during the pandemic – the Rotterdam case.

February 18th, 2021

During the COVID-pandemic, the lack of nightclubbing, dancing and drinking has a huge impact on both the social and mental aspects of nightlife visitors. Research by POPLIVE member Martijn Mulder affirms this social and mental relevance of the nightlife economy. ‘Going out’ is not just fun, it’s a basic need in the lives of many. In an additional report (in Dutch) Martijn advises the municipality of Rotterdam to adopt new strategies that better justify the value of urban nightlife.

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POPLIVE @ Eurosonic Conference 2021

January 19th, 2021

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POPLIVE heeft bijgedragen aan een positieve noot tijdens Eurosonic 2021, dat vanzelfsprekend geheel in het teken stond van de gevolgen van Covid-19 voor de muziekindustrie. Op zaterdag 16 januari was het panel ‘Het Mooie van de Crisis’, waarin POPLIVE-onderzoeker Martijn Mulder een presentatie gaf over de veerkracht van de Nederlandse liveindustrie tijdens het eerste jaar van de pandemie.

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Special issue: Festivalisation of live music

November 2nd, 2020

POPLIVE project leader Erik Hitters co-edited a special issue on the festivalisation of live music for the International Journal of Music Business Research (IJMBR). The issue was published in October 2020, including a contribution from Hitters and his fellow POPLIVE researcher Martijn Mulder.

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Experience design for future festivals: two theses

September 16th, 2020

How can visitor experiences at music festivals be optimized? Commissioned by POPLIVE two students dedicated their bachelor thesis to this topic, respectively focusing on innovative solutions for on-site festival challenges and crowd behavior at different types of festivals. In this blog post the results of these projects will be presented.

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The impact of festivalization on the Dutch live music action field

September 16th, 2020

In a recently published article in Creative Industries Journal, POPLIVE researchers Martijn Mulder, Erik Hitters & Paul Rutten analyse the effects of festivalization on the strategic action field (SAF) of the Dutch live music ecology. This study approaches the concept of festivalization from inside the strategic action field (SAF) of live music and place it within the context of the rapidly changing music industries. The outcomes emphasize the significant multiple value creation produced by festivals, the strategic advantages of festivals in relation to traditional music venues and the potential co-evolution within the live music action field.

The article can be found here.

Het grote LIVE publieksonderzoek [Dutch live music audience research]

June 26th, 2020

“Livemuziek is leven. Het is een medicijn, een soort van therapie”

 

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Waarom bezoeken we popconcerten en –festivals? En hoe vaak doen we dat? Wat is het favoriete poppodium van de livemuziek consument, en het favoriete festival? Hoe denkt de concertbezoeker over smartphonegebruik tijdens de show? En storen we ons tijdens concerten nu echt massaal aan kletsende medebezoekers? Martijn Mulder van POPLIVE zocht het antwoord op deze en andere vragen en heeft de uitkomsten gebundeld in Het Grote LIVE Publieksonderzoek.

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Tribute Podcast

May 28th, 2020

The increasing popularity of tribute acts in pop music: is it just a form of ‘babyboomer-entertainment’ or is it the new cool thing for younger generations? How do music venues and the audience think about tribute acts and how does the future of tribute look like? All this and more is discussed in the POPLIVE Tribute Podcast.

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Covid-19 and the live music sector: useful resources

April 6th, 2020

This post provides an overview of various resources and articles about the impact of the Corona-virus on the live music sector.

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