Cultural value and cultural policy: some evidence from the world of live music

Behr, A., Brennan, M. and Cloonan, M. (2016) Cultural value and cultural policy: some evidence from the world of live music. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 22(3), pp. 403-418. (doi: 10.1080/10286632.2014.987668)

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Abstract

This article considers live music policy in relation to wider debates on the cultural (as opposed to instrumental) value of the arts. The findings are based on research into amateur/enthusiast, state-funded and commercial concerts across a range of genres – classical, traditional folk, jazz, singer–songwriter and indie – using the Edinburgh Queen’s Hall venue as a case study. We argue that (1) articulations of the cultural or intrinsic value of live music across genres tend to lapse back into descriptions of instrumental value; (2) although explanations vary from audiences, artists and promoters as to why they participate in live music, they also share certain characteristics across genres and sometimes challenge stereotypes about genre-specific behaviours; and (3) there are lessons to be learned for live music policy from examining a venue that plays host to a range of genres and promotional practices.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cloonan, Professor Martin and Brennan, Dr Matt and Behr, Mr Adam
Authors: Behr, A., Brennan, M., and Cloonan, M.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Music
College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Journal Name:International Journal of Cultural Policy
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN:1028-6632
ISSN (Online):1477-2833
Published Online:15 December 2014
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 The Authors
First Published:First published in International Journal of Cultural Policy 22(3):403-418
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a creative commons license

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
637171The Cultural Value of Live Music: A Case Study of Enthusiast, State-funded, and Commercial Events at the Queen's HallMartin CloonanArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/L004933/1CCA - MUSIC