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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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
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 (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