On going to gigs – Martin Cloonan

This week’s blog post is by Live Music Exchange’s own Martin Cloonan, this time writing in his capacity as part of the AHRC project investigating cultural value at the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh.  In it, he considers the motivations behind going to see live music, basing his work on the initial findings of the project and finding that such a …  

The Pleasures of Amateur Music-Making – Catherine Tackley

Catherine Tackley writes about amateur music-making from a personal point of view, touching on the social benefits of musical interaction, the changing relationship between audiences and performers, and the value of amateur music-making to the music economy.  

They might be Scottish chamber-jazz-folk giants: choosing case study concerts to research the cultural value of live music – Matt Brennan

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.  

Happy Birthday Live Music Exchange!

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.  

Playing for nothing – Simon Frith

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.  

Live Jazz in Glasgow – Alison Eales

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.