31
Dec
19

Music Business Research 2019 – in retrospective

Dear all,

Music streaming has been still on the rise in 2019 as an international market analysis highlights. However, a closer look unveils that in some markets – especially in Scandinavia (part 1, part 2, part 3) – the streaming markets have matured and will be soon saturated. Therefore we can expect a market consolidation in 2020 with some stand-alone music streaming services disappearing. Spotify seems to be “to big to fail”, however, it will rely on strong partners to back the Swedish company in rough sea.

The Universal Music Group (UMG) will have a strong partner in 2020. Today it was announced that a consortium led by Chinese Tencent Holdings will buy up a 10% stake of UMG from the French parent company Vivendi. Since the world`s largest recording company will be partly owned by a Chinese conglomerate this could be a game changer in the music industry and the Chinese recorded music market will become even more relevant for the international music business. This blog will be the place to analyse the new situation.

And Asia will be also in the focus of the 11th Vienna Music Business Research Days on “Emerging Music Markets”, which will be held from September 21-23, 2020 at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. We expect keynotes on the Chinese, Indian and South Korean music markets as well as short presentations and panel discussion on several Eastern European markets. The call-for-paper for the Young Scholars’ Workshop on Sep. 21 and the Conference Track Day on Sep. 22 are already open for submissions of abstracts.

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10
Dec
19

Call-for-papers: 11th Vienna Music Business Research Days, September 21-23, 2020

About

The 11th Vienna Music Business Research Days will be held at mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria, from September 21 to 23, 2020.

Music Business Research is an inter-discipline 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.

The conference organizers invite scholars (from the postdoctoral level on) who have a research focus on music business/industry related topics to submit a paper proposal for the conference day on September 22, 2020.

Scholarly submissions on this year’s conference topic “Emerging Music Markets” are equally welcome as on other aspects of music business research.

Indicative themes include but are not limited to:

  • Past, current and future developments in the music industry (recorded / live / publishing / retailing / wholesaling, etc.)
  • Economic and historic analyses of music markets, charts or audiences
  • Issues in marketing and/or branding music, musicians or music institutions
  • Aspects of musical and musician diversity in music business
  • Critical discourses on the economic, social and cultural contributions of (live) music
  • New products, formats and business models in the music sectors
  • Strategies and strategizing of musicians and music institutions
  • Situatedness and power in musician labor markets
  • Agency and social practices in the music business
  • Legal issues in the music business (contracts, copyright, policies) from an international perspective
  • Fit for the market? Acquiring skills for the music business
  • Doing things right! New solutions for fairness and transparency in the music business
  • Entrepreneurial musician und music entrepreneurs
  • An age of disruption? Technological developments in the music industry

 

Submission

Please send an abstract of your proposal to vmbrd@mdw.ac.at no later than April 30, 2020.

All submissions must include a title, authors (names, affiliations, e-mails of all authors and a notation (*) of the corresponding author), an abstract of 1,000-1,500 words and 3-5 keywords. Abstracts must be submitted in English, as a MS Word file (*.doc or *.docx) or *.pdf file, and include:

  • Objectives of the research
  • Brief description of the disciplinary/theoretical context/background
  • Research questions and/or hypotheses
  • Methodology
  • Main or expected conclusions / contribution
  • Main references

Abstracts will be subject to a double-blind peer-review process by an international jury, and authors will be notified of acceptance by June 1, 2020.

Final papers should be sent before July 31, 2020. 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). You may also want to consider publication in IJMBR after the conference.

 

Important dates

April 30, 2020                Abstract submission deadline

June 1, 2020                    Notification of acceptance

July 31, 2020                   Submission deadline for full papers

September 22, 2020    Conference day (paper sessions)

September 23, 2020    Conference day for invited speakers on “Emerging Music Markets”

For students at all levels of the MA & PhD a doctoral colloquium (Young Scholars’ Workshop) will be held as part of the 11th Vienna Music Business Research Days on September 21, 2020. Find a separate call for papers here.

 

Registration Fee

Registration will be open from May 4, 2020. The registration fee includes conference attendance, coffee breaks and lunch on conference days as well as the Heurigen-Dinner on September 23, 2020. Please note that there will be no refund after September 6th.

Full registration fee
Until July 31, 2020 (early bird) Euro 175,-
After July 31, 2020 Euro 225,-

 

Contact

Slavomira Martiskova (mailto: vmbrd@mdw.ac.at)

Department of Cultural Management and Gender Studies (IKM)

mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna

Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna, Austria
https://musicbusinessresearch.wordpress.com/vienna-music-business-research-days-2/

 

 

 

10
Dec
19

Call-for-papers: 10th Young Scholars’ Workshop of the 11th Vienna Music Business Research Days 2020, September 21st

The Young Scholars’ Workshop, as part of the 11th Vienna Music Business Research Days (Vienna, Austria), invites once again young researchers to submit paper abstracts of all disciplines exploring questions that help understand economic and managerial problems as well as processes of the music business sector and in the field of music management. There are many questions that call for investigation and need to be discussed in music business research, for example:

  • What drives innovation in the music business sector?
  • How can we scientifically understand and differentiate music business models?
  • What do we know about (changing) success factors and music business (entrepreneurship)l?
  • What rationalities affect this very “personal” industry?
  • What does it mean to be self-managed in the music business?
  • What can we learn about the customer’s willingness to pay for music recordings or related goods?
  • How do non-western music markets and practices work e.g. within Asian, African, Latin American or Russian contexts
  • How can we understand the role of brands within the music industry?
  • What is the role of new technologies in the music sector e.g. AI or machine learning?
  • What issues of gender, class or “race” exist in a music business context? How are they dealt with?

 

These research questions are not exhaustive, papers may also address other aspects.

The workshop organizers Prof. Dr. Carsten Winter (Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media) and Prof. Dr. Peter Tschmuck (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna) strongly encourage submissions from students at all levels of MA & PhD. Students are supposed to work on their MA or PhD thesis and discuss it with senior researchers of music business research.

Abstracts (of about 1,000 characters) are due by April 30, 2020, and full papers (15-30 pages) are due by July 31, 2020. Only abstracts and papers submitted on time will be considered.

A maximum of 6-8 papers will be selected for presentation to guarantee a workshop atmosphere. The sessions will combine paper presentations and discussions including interactive elements. Information on the acceptance of the paper proposal will be sent until May 20, 2020, at the latest.

Please email your submission to youngscholars@imbra.eu

Paper proposals and final papers must be submitted as pdf documents and should include contact information, at least affiliation, e-mail address, telephone number and postal address of the author(s).

 

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06
Dec
19

Structured Doctoral Programme “Music Matters. Materiality, Knowings and Practices” at mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

The mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna offers six 4-year fully-funded PhD positions (30h/ per week) within the newly established Structured Doctoral Programme “Music Matters. Materiality, Knowings and Practices in Performing Arts”.

The Structured Doctoral Programme starts on October 1st 2020 and aims to develop a “contemporary diagnosis of musical matters” and their social implications with special focus on materiality, knowings or practices in performing arts. In order to outline and contextualize this inherently interdisciplinary field of research theoretically, empirically and/or historically, we refer to the concept of Late Modernity. The programme welcomes dissertation projects which offer a critical investigation of aspects of materiality, knowings or practices related to complex cultural phenomena in music and performing arts. Please find more detailed information on the topic “Music Matters. Materiality, Knowings and Practices in Performing Arts” here: www.mdw.ac.at/sdp.

Application deadline: February 29th, 2020

Detailed Information on the application process: https://www.mdw.ac.at/bewerbungsportal/mittelbau/14

 

30
Oct
19

International Journal of Music Business Research – October 2019, vol. 8, no. 2

The October 2019 issue comprises of three articles covering the full range of music business research. In the first article “Achievement in the South Korean Music Industry” by Björn Boman (Stockholm University) the production system and the industry structures of K-Pop are critically reflected.

In the second article “Giving In: Crowdfunding for musical concerts in India” the authors Anirudh Tagat, Hansika Kapoor & Anurag Tagathighlight the role of crowdfunding for the independent Indian concert business.

In the third and last contribution of this October issue, Tamara Golicnik of the University of Ljubliana researches the application of the balanced scorecard for freelance pianists.

A book review by Martin Ivan Mikulik on “Spotify Teardown: Inside the Black Box of Streaming Music” (Maria Eriksson, Rasmus Fleischer, Anna Johansson, Pelle Snickars & Patrick Vonderau) rounds up the IJMBR’s October 2019 issue.

 

Volume 8, no 2, October 2019

Editorial by Guy Morrow, pp. 4-5

Björn Boman: Achievement in the South Korean Music Industry, pp. 6-26

Anirudh Tagat, Hansika Kapoor & Anurag Tagat: Giving In: Crowdfunding for musical concerts in India, pp. 27-52

Tamara Goličnik: Balanced Scorecard as a pianist’s tool for the implementation and control of business strategies, pp. 53-79

Book review by Martin Ivan Mikulik: Spotify Teardown: Inside the Black Box of Streaming Music by Maria Eriksson, Rasmus Fleischer, Anna Johansson, Pelle Snickars & Patrick Vonderau, pp. 80-82

 

30
Sep
19

The 10th Vienna Music Business Research Days 2019 in retrospective

At the 10th anniversary Vienna Music Business Research Days music business researchers and music industry representatives from around the globe looked into the crystal ball to highlight and discuss the “Future of the Music Business”.

The Young Scholars Workshop traditionally opened the conference as a forum for master and PhD students to present and discuss their research results with renown international music business scientists. This year two papers were awarded by an international jury with the first prize: “THE NEW MAGIC PEOPLE: An Ethnographic Study of East London’s Cultural Workers at Shoreditch House” by Sam Edrisi of Westminster University and King’s College London and “Creativity, Constraints, and Copyright – Hired Music Guns and the Case of Soundalikes” by Konstantin Hondros of the University Duisburg-Essen. Both papers are considered tob e published in the International Journal of Music Business Research (IJMBR).

On the following Conference Track Day, music business researchers from Australia, Austria, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Romenia, Spain, South Africa, UK and the US presented their research results on a broad range of music business topics, such as gender aspects in the classical music sphere, the live music business in the Netherlands, self-management and entrepreneurship of musicians, the demand for music in the music streaming age, music branding, music labour markets and music education issues (see program).

The final Invited Conference Day on September 13th focused on the conference main topic the “Future of the Music Business”. The London-based entertainment lawyer Cliff Fluet held the introductory keynote “The Music Business & Technology – How Their Past and Present will Dictate Their Future” and joined the following panel discussion on “The Future of Music Copyright” with Ros Lynch (Intellectual Property Office, London) and the blockchain start-up founder Steve Stewart (vezt, Los Angeles), moderated by Sally Gross (University of Westminster, London). The panelists discussed the impact of new technologies such as the blockchain and artificial intellectual on copyright legislation.

Michael Smellie, the former COO of Sony/BMG and Australian start-up investor, closed the morning session by looking back into the music industry’s recent past with his keynote on the music industry’s “Seven Deadly Sins” to learn more about the industry’s future.

 

After the lunch break Paul O’Hagan of the University of Ulster had a conversation with music manager Peter Jenner on the concept of label service contracts, which Peter Jenner introduced by signing Billy Bragg to Cooking Vinyl. Label service contracts have become very popular among superstars such as Taylor Swift, since there is no need to contract away all rights to the labels. Peter Jenner was also a mastermind and initiator of the “Music 2025” project, which was introduced for the first to the public by him and Dennis Collopy (University of Hertfordshire, UK) in 2014 at the Vienna Music Business Research Days. This year Dennis Collopy presented the project’s results to an international audience.

In the following keynote “What Are the Key Drivers of Growth in Music Streaming?” music industry analyst Chris Carey outlined the past, present and future developments in the music streaming economy. This was a good starting point for the final panel discussion on “Future of the Music Business – What’s Next after Music Streaming?” with Rebecca Brook (music industry consultant, London), Chris Carey (Media Insight Consulting, London), Phil Graham (University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia) and Michael Smellie (start-up investor, Australia), moderated by Dennis Collopy (University of Hertfordshire).

The 10th Vienna Music Business Research Days were supplemented by a book presentation event in the evening of September 11th. Daniel Nordgård of the University of Agder in Kristiansand/Norway presented the first volume of the Springer book series “Music Business Research” entitled The Music Business and Digital Impacts. Innovations and Disruptions in the Music Industries. Phil Graham of the University of the Sunshine Coast/Australia followed with the presentation of the book series’ second volume Music, Management, Marketing, and Law. Interviews Across the Music Business Value Chain. Subsequently both authors joined a panel discussion on “Big Data in the Music Business” with the Vienna-based start-up entrepreneur Nermina Mumic and music manager Peter Jenner.

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10
Sep
19

Introducing our guests: Cliff Fluet (copyright lawyer, London)

In the 10th anniversary Vienna Music Business Research Days on the “Future of the Music Business” at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna/Austria) music business researchers and music business professionals look into the recent past of the music industry to learn more about its future. Find the program here.

Cliff Fluet (Lewis Silkin LLP, London, UK) holds a keynote on “The Music Business & Technology – How Their Past and Present will Dictate Their Future” in mdw’s Joseph Haydn-Hall on Sep. 13, from 9:15-10:00 and will then join the panel discussion on “The Future of Music Copyright” with Karl Ryan (Government Affairs and Public Policy, Google UK), Ros Lynch (Intellectual Property Office, London, UK) and Steve Stewart (vezt, Los Angeles, USA) moderated by Sally Gross (University of Westminster, London, UK).

Cliff Fluet has operated in the world of digital music for well over two decades. He has a dual role as a partner at the law firm, Lewis Silkin, focussing on digital media and leads an advisory firm, Eleven, for clients operating at the cutting edge of where content and context meet technology.

 

 

 




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