Several members of our editorial team have also been busy researching the cultural value of live music as part of a broader project on cultural value funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. In our latest post, Dr. Matt Brennan explains the rationale behind the selection of case study concerts, and some of our initial impressions of the data.
This week’s guest blog post is by Andy Inglis, in which he argues against the idea that the Live Music Act 2012 is necessarily A Good Thing by considering the potential downsides of the Act.
This week’s blog post celebrates Live Music Exchange’s 2nd birthday by listing some of the achievements of the Live Music Exchange and setting out our future plans.
This week’s guest blog is by Simon Frith, in which he muses on the perennial problem about musicians playing for free and suggests that the problem of ‘playing for free’ is caused by the ‘exploitation’ of live musicians by the people who make money out of them.
Guest blogger Alison Eales writes about Glasgow’s regular jazz sessions in this week’s blog, and finds a dynamic scene which features a mix of trad and jazz styles across the city, both indoors and in the city’s outdoor public spaces.
Emma Webster promotes the concept of a database of house gig promoters to coincide with the launch of an online network of house gig promoters within the UK, Gig In Your House.
Adam Behr examines at the venue that is the primary case study – Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh – and outlines some of the ways in which it aligns with our wider concerns – how spaces for live music fit in to the culture of a city of a whole, and the impact and influence of state funding on both the infrastructure of the venue and the perceived cultural value to its audience – and some of the ways in which it illustrates the quandaries for live music practitioners and policy makers, in Edinburgh and beyond.
Jonny Walker, explains what the Keep Streets Live Campaign against Camden Council’s decision to license busking is currently up to and how to get involved.
A repost of a piece by Martin Cloonan on the secondary ticketing market in which he discusses issues of fairness and ownership in relation to tickets, first published on the Live Music Exchange blog in February 2012.
Today’s post features Professor George McKay writing in response to the death of Nelson Mandela about some of the experiences of South African jazz musicians under apartheid in the 1960s.