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The Impact of (Jazz) Festivals: an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded research report – Emma Webster and George McKay (2016)

Article on the impact of jazz festivals, focusing on economic impact, socio-political impact; temporal impact and intensification and transformation of experience; creative impact – music and musicians; discovery and audience development; place-making; the mediation of jazz festivals; and environmental impact.  

Live Concert Performance: An Ecological Approach – Adam Behr, Matt Brennan, Martin Cloonan, Simon Frith & Emma Webster (2016)

This article considers the value of “ecology” as an analytic concept (rather than just a buzzword) and compare an ecological account of the setting in which music happens to the use of previous spatial metaphors with which to understand live music.  

From Glyndebourne to Glastonbury: The Impact of British Music Festivals – Emma Webster and George McKay (2016)

Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the purpose of this report is to chart and critically examine available writing about the impact of British music festivals, drawing on both academic and ‘grey’/cultural policy literature in the field.  

Alien invasions: the British Musicians’ Union and foreign musicians – Martin Cloonan and Matt Brennan (2013)

This article examines the policies of the British Musicians’ Union towards the employment of musicians who were not UK citizens in the period from the 1920s to the 1950s, with particular emphasis on an alleged ban on American musicians entering the country.  


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