Innovation in the arts – lessons from the creation of Dalhalla
This article employs seven innovation perspectives and an etymological study of innovation, together with a case study on how Margareta Dellefors created Dalhalla in Sweden, an opera and classical music arena. Because of the combination of nature and art, Dalhalla gained world fame. The case study opens Schumpeter's black box "creative destruction" and it deepens the understanding of barriers and stimulating factors. The analysis includes a new model of innovation.
Collaborating to compete: the role of cultural intermediaries in hypercompetition
This article explores the role that cultural intermediaries, defined primarily as radio DJs and journalists, play in the lives of three unsigned UK urban music artists. Using semi-structured interviews, textual analysis of social media usage, and observation notes, as well as auto-ethnographic examination of the author's own career as a musician over a four-year period between 2010-13, it is suggested that intermediaries are of crucial importance in the lives of artists largely as distinguishers in an environment of ferocious competition, which anonymises via abundance. Their role is therefore deeply symbolic, providing credible eminence. By interpreting these findings through a Bourdieusian lens, it is suggested that these collaborative processes of intermediary engagement, which allow musicians to acquire large reserves of institutionalised cultural capital, problematise notions of success by masking the profound difficulties they have in converting this prestige into material rewards. There is therefore, for these musicians, a worrying ambiguity relating to how others understand and value what they do, and a tension between this perception and their material reality.
Status quo and perspectives of licensing synchronisation rights
Stephan Klingner & Julia Friedrich
The commercialisation of synchronisation rights has become an area of growing importance for music publishers and labels, since wide-ranging exploitation of musical works is needed nowadays to achieve a profitable level of business activity. The developments in the synchronisation rights area are closely linked to increased digitalisation. On the one hand, business processes can be optimised by using internet-based platforms or applying seamlessly digitalised workflows, yet on the other hand, both supply and demand of musical works is increasing, creating other challenges. This paper analyses the current state of the art in the sector by conducting market research as well as using various case studies. The goal was to capture current workflows, challenges and perspectives relating to the licensing of synchronisation rights.
Book review by Dennis Collopy: The Economics of Music by Peter Tschmuck
Vienna Music Business Research Days is an annual academic conference, run in conjunction with the Vienna Waves Festival. The conference brings scholars from many disciplines together with music business professionals in Vienna each year. The conference provides a platform for the presentation of the latest music business research, and a forum for debate and the exchange of ideas.
The field of music business studies is multidisciplinary; scholars who research the economics of the arts, musical creativity, the sociology of music, the law, culture and technology come together for this event in order to enhance our understanding of the creation, dissemination, and reception/consumption of music.
The 2017 conference theme was “Unchaining the Digital Music Business?” The conference was held at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna from September 12-14, 2017. Over the past few years new gate keeping processes in the digital music business have emerged and international music business experts, therefore, are highlighting the role of new and old gatekeepers as well as the impact of innovative technologies such as block chains on structures and processes in the music business.
The full program from the conference, as well as papers presented, audio recordings and a full conference archive is available via the following link:
The Young Scholars’ Workshop is an annual event that runs in conjunction with Vienna Music Business Research Days Conference. It provides international post-graduate students with an opportunity to present their research and to gain feedback from senior academics from around the world. The event is organised by Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media and the Institute for Cultural Management and Cultural Studies (IKM) at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
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