CFP 12th International Music Business Research Days

Staging popular music: sustainable music ecologies for artists, industries and cities

Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 3-4-5 November 2021

This conference focuses on the intersection between key transformations in the popular music industries. Music represents and generates value on various levels from the individual to the global, and in many different spheres from the cultural and social to the economic and political. Popular music is staged through multiple platforms, actors, businesses, intermediaries and policies. The current COVID-19-crisis both challenges the music industries and acts as a catalyst of new digital innovations. This is a vital moment to (re)consider the future directions of the music industries. While the music industries are characterized by continuous change and transformation, significant disruptions have always impacted its resilience. Such disruptions can be external shocks, including the current crisis, new technologies, political change or aesthetic-cultural innovations. From an ecological perspective, all transformations force the industry to reshape and rethink itself. This will likely result in both positive as negative consequences. We need to critically reflect on what the immediate and long-term future of music ecologies entails, who benefits and who suffers from such disruptions.

Focusing on a select number of interrelated themes, this conference aims to bring together scholars and professionals from various countries and disciplines. Participants bring their own perspective to the stage in an international exchange of ideas and current research insights about the contemporary music industries.

The Music Business Research Days offer an interdisciplinary forum 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. We invite submission of papers on – but not strictly limited to – the themes and example questions below:


  • Values: how are processes of value creation changing?
  • Festivals: how to find a balance between rising headliner fees and fair pay for emerging acts?
  • Platforms: are platforms the new gatekeepers?
  • Sustainability: how to organize eco-friendly concerts, how to distribute wealth more equally?
  • Risks: how to operate in an unpredictable market?
  • Monetization: is livestreaming a business model?


  • Careers: is there a financially sustainable career in music?
  • Education: how to prepare music students for a future in music?
  • Revenues: is the superstar economy intensifying?
  • Management: is self-management a viable option for artists?
  • Performances: what are new online and offline formats for concerts?
  • Entrepreneurship: are musicians reluctant entrepreneurs?


  • Playlists: how do playlists influence taste?
  • Platforms: what are gatekeeping practices of digital platforms?
  • Social media: do they help musicians to build their careers independently?


  • Fans: how are relationships between artists and fans changing?
  • Consumption: how does consuming recorded music relate to consuming live music?
  • Inclusion: how can live music reach more diverse audiences?
  • Technology: how do audiences experience live shows offline vs online?


  • Governance: how to sustain a local music sector in times of crisis?
  • Resilience: how to build strong live music ecologies?
  • Equity: how to make sure that the live music industry works for all involved participants?
  • Supply: how to sustain a healthy supply of grassroots music venues?

Please send your abstract no later than May 31, 2021 via

Abstracts can be 500-750 words and need 3-5 keywords (any references are included in the word count) and must include:

  • Objectives of the research and research question
  • Brief description of the disciplinary/theoretical context/background
  • Data and methods
  • Main or expected conclusions / contribution

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