Call for Papers - Conference on "The Classical Music Industry"
On Tuesday 16th October 2018, Middlesex University will host a one-day conference, bringing together academics, executives, and practitioners to discuss and scrutinise the classical music industry. The central practices, theories, and debates that empower and regulate the industry will be explored in the contexts of classical music-making, business, and associated spheres such as politics, education, media, and copyright. The event also celebrates the launch of Routledge’s edited collection of essays on The Classical Music Industry (goo.gl/ppPFLq), Middlesex University's new MA Classical Music Business (goo.gl/ezRvzx), and prepares the ground for further publications.
In recent years, discussion of classical music practices has flourished in areas as diverse as law, education, business studies, sociology, philosophy, ICT, and cultural studies. From Dawn Bennett’s landmark study of the classical music profession, through assorted publications on the genre’s economic and social situation, to organisations reflecting on their own identity and impact, the classical music industry is being studied from strikingly new and different angles. The conference acknowledges that the classical music industry animates deep feelings and it addresses debates that have long encircled the sector but today have a fresh face, as the industry adjusts to the new realities of funding, policy-making, technology, and retail.
We hope that the conference will stimulate further knowledge-sharing between disciplines and between academia and industry. To that end, we invite proposals for 20-minute papers and/or shorter panel contributions that address any facet of the classical music industry, but encourage presenters to consider how one or more of the following indicative areas could inform their approach:
- "mapping" the industry to chronicle or critique how its networks and principles keep the cultural or economic practice of classical music mobile and alive;
- the consequence of such issues as ethics, economic status, prestige, parenting, gender, class, or race for engagement with, or employability within, classical music;
- (re)defining classical music, its place and purpose, its subgenres or sectors, how it is perceived, understood, or appropriated;
- the relationship between musicology and industry, e.g. "public" musicology as it is theorised and/or practised;
- research on classical music’s listening cultures, such as concert-going, audiences, or listening itself;
- management or other forms of representation, of or among classical artists, ensembles, or organisations;
- historical or international perspectives, e.g. non-Western classical music industries, funding models in different territories;
- broadcasting classical music and related domains such as radio, television, journalism, or music criticism;
- live and special events, programming/curating classical music, ticketing, venues/locations, auditions, music competitions;
- educational concerns, e.g. the consequences of recent restructuring (in the UK), outreach, youth music, or pathways to professionalism;
- the significance of contemporary innovations, e.g. in technology, product/event development, publishing, marketing, or social media;
- the structural challenges of pursuing creative pathways.
Abstracts (max. 400 words) should be submitted to [log in to unmask] by 25th May 2018 and should include the name of author as it is to be published in the conference programme, contact details, and affiliation (if any). A panel will review and select presentations according to their relevance, originality, and clarity.
Following the conference, presenters may be invited to submit papers for publication in an edited book.
Registration for the conference will open in the near future. Initial expressions of interest and any queries may be sent to [log in to unmask]
Dr Chris Dromey
Associate Professor in Music
Town Hall Annexe, Room TG54
The Burroughs | Hendon | London | NW4 4BT
+44 (0)20 8411 6528
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