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Modern Music Scenes

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Economic Geography Specialty Group, Cultural Geography Specialty Group
Organizers: Patrick Adler, Michael Seman
Chairs: Patrick Adler


Music production predates market exchange and is still at the modern economy’s leading edge. The music industry boasts low barriers to entry, short product cycles, high levels of amateur production and collaboration, and a culture of experimentation. It is sensitive to technological change and has been wholly remade by the printing press, the radio transmitter, amplification, television, digitization. In addition to changing how music is produced, technological change continues to alter how music is distributed and organized. Local music production systems are regularly remade as music continues to evolve.
Papers in this session discuss modern music scenes, defined as local music production networks.
Related Topics
• The network structure of music scenes
• Institutional arrangements among musicians and consumers
• Terms of work for musicians (wages, benefits, employment status)
• The relationship between music scenes and the local innovation system
• Urban policy targeted at music venues and music ‘clusters’

This session is sponsored by the Music District and The Economic Geography Specialty Group

For consideration, please submit abstracts to Patrick Adler by October 25, 2019 at


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Michael Seman*, Colorado State University LEAP Institute for the Arts, Flint Local 432 – All-ages DIY Music Venue and Entrepreneurship Catalyst 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Adam Zendel*, University of Toronto, Life in a Suitcase: Touring in the New Music Industry 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Robert Catherall*, University of Toronto, Governing Leisure: Permissive and restrictive nighttime urban policies in the North American context 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Christina Ballico*, JMC Academy, Disconnects and discontents of the music cities movement: An examination on the impact of music cities branding on local music scenes 15 12:00 AM

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