conference 2010


The IASPM-Norden 2010 Conference, Helsinki/Espoo, 24–26 November 2010

The field of music production is in a state of uncertainty, if not even in an outright crisis of reproduction. Because of recent and relatively rapid changes in communication technology, old conglomerate models and structures of production, dissemination and consumption of music are arguably subject to change. This has also created pressure towards legislative changes, especially in relation to copyright issues. In general, the increased importance of immaterial property rights, as opposed to selling physical records, has been acknowledged within the music industries.

In order to address these shifting conditions of music production and consumption, IASPM-Norden invites scholars and other interested parties to share their ideas in the “Music, Law and Business” conference. The aim of the conference is to provide a forum in which industry professionals, officials, scholars and other agents can engage in a mutually beneficiary dialogue. The goal is furthermore explicitly multidisciplinary, as the purpose is to bring together experts not only from the conventional areas of music research dominated by humanities and social sciences but also from economics and legal studies.

The conference is organized by the Nordic Branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music with the Bogfires Research Project (’Best Practices of Globalization in Finnish Rock Exports’, Academy of Finland/Aalto University), Doctoral Programme of Music (Sibelius Academy) and International Institute of Popular Culture, in co-operation with the Finnish Society for Ethnomusicology, IPR University Center, Music Export Finland and Statistics Finland.

The programme of the conference consists of keynote lectures, plenary roundtables and individual presentations. The topics covered include:

  • music and global/national/regional economy, including export ventures of music
  • economic dimensions of music copyright, including sampling, licensing and synergy/cross‐marketing
  • economic impacts of music technology
  • restructuring of music industry
  • censorship of music
  • music and public subvention
  • legal and economic ethics of music, including issues of piracy and fair use
  • musical expression, genres and styles in terms of law and business, including the aesthetic and legal criteria of musical works
  • the impact of fan communities and social media
  • legal and economic implications of music education

Important dates:

  • Deadline for submissions: 15 December 15 2009 – Extended: 31 January 31 2010!
  • Notifications of acceptance: 15 February 2010
  • Application for travel support: 31 May 2010
  • Submission of revised abstracts: 30 September 2010
  • Early Bird registration: 30 September 2010
  • Conference dinner registration: 30 September 2010
  • Expiry of accommodation quota: 8 October 2010

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The conference is funded by the Nordic Culture Fund.


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