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Live Music Exchange, Newcastle. Keynote: Living Music, Situating Value – Professor Simon Frith [video]

Music’s role in, and value to, society has emerged in the news from multiple angles recently from its health benefits, to its economic contribution, to challenges for music education and venues. With music at the centre of such a broad range of benefits, controversies and challenges, we revisit in today’s post the keynote address by Professor Simon Frith OBE from our Live Music Exchange, Newcastle event in 2016, in which he draws upon his experience as a rock critic, researcher and academic writer to examine the different criteria that we apply when making assessments of music’s value.  

Findings and observations from the Melbourne Live Music Census – Dobe Newton

Our latest guest post is by Dobe Newton, OAM – an active music professional for over 40 years and leader of the 2012 Victorian Live Music Census and the 2017 Melbourne Live Music Census. Here, he presents key findings and observations from the Melbourne Live Music Census of 2017, and reflects on the census process.  

The tide turning on ticket touts – Adam Behr

With Parliamentary attention turning to ticket touting again, today’s post features Live Music Exchange’s Adam Behr writing about Ticketmaster’s decision to close its secondary market sites in Europe, and a video of an expert panel on the secondary market from the Live Music Exchange Newcastle event in 2016.  

Labour Live and the difference between a rally and a gig – Adam Behr

This week’s blog is a repost of an article by Live Music Exchange’s Adam Behr in The Conversation that discusses some of the background to, and complications surrounding, the relationship between popular musical and political events following the ‘Labour Live’ festival.  

Panel on Secondary Ticketing – Live Music Exchange Newcastle, June 2016 [video]

The secondary ticket market has been in the news again recently, with minister for digital and the creative industries Margot James urging consumers consumers to boycott Viagogo, as National Trading Standards launches an investigation into the company and FIFA files a criminal complaint against it. Meanwhile, a new body has launched in defence of resellers – The Fair Ticketing Alliance, whose …  

What it’s like to open a venue: the experience and the context – Julie Carty/Leith Depot

This week’s post features the management of Leith Depot – a small venue in Edinburgh – discussing the experience of getting the space up and running, the valuable role it plays in the local music scene, and the threat to its continued existence from a proposed development on its site.  

Mediation and Liveness in DJ Performance

This week’s blog by Kim Ramstedt is a discussion of issues related to the study of superstar DJs and follows the recent death of Swedish DJ Avicii. Superstar DJs frequently perform on the main stages of pop music festivals, and festivals built predominantly around DJ performances and electronic dance music attract record amounts of visitors. Yet, popular discourse around large-scale …  

Crunching the Numbers: DIY Touring in 2018

David Rovics is a Portland-based singer songwriter of “Songs of Social Significance”. Originally published as a blog on his website, in this article David explains the economics of touring as a politically committed artist who still needs to pay the bills. We would like to thank David for permission to use this article. I suddenly feel compelled to do some …  

Rolling Stones tour: they may be older but time waits for no one

This week’s blog is a repost of an article by Live Music Exchange’s Adam Behr in The Conversation following the recent announcement of a Rolling Stones tour. An article in Rolling Stone magazine described the legendary band – its near namesake – as “growing old angrily”. Its portrait of Mick Jagger referenced “age lines around his eyes … as old as …  

Interview with E.W. Harris, Singer/songwriter, Brooklyn

E.W. Harris is a singer/songwriter who is based in Brooklyn and performs internationally. This interview speaks to the logistics, realities and significance of touring and playing live, both at home and abroad, from a North American perspective. This blog post is based on an email interview with Emma Webster on 29 November 2017, which was part of the UK Live …  

Interview with Razor, Musician, London/Brighton

Razor is a London-based grime artist who performs regularly in London and Brighton. This interview highlights some of the issues for musicians still at a relatively early stage in their career, particularly around artist pay, and about  discrimination against certain genres. It is based on a telephone interview with Emma Webster on 15th November 2017. The interview forms part of …  

Interview with Gavin Sharp, Chief Executive, Inner City Music (owner/operator of Band on the Wall)

Band on the Wall in Manchester is one of the city’s longest-running music venues. This interview with its Chief Executive highlights some of the difficulties in running a small music venue in 2017 and shows that even Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations are not necessarily immune to the issues posed by city centre development. It also highlights the importance …  

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