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CfP: “Working in Music….

…The Musician’s Union, musical labour and musical employment.” Für die Konferenz in Glasgow, 14. und 15. Januar 2016, werden Beiträge gesucht. Die Deadline für Einreichungen ist der 31. Mai.

Weitere Informationen zum Aufruf:

“This conference marks the conclusion of The Musicians Union: A Social
History a four year research project which is based at the University of
Glasgow (www.muhistory.com<http://www.muhistory.com>) and funded by the
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic and Social
Research Council (ESRC).

The UK’s Musicians’ Union traces it origins back to 1893 and the project
has used the Union as a prism through which to examine, over a 120 year
period, both the working lives of musicians and the industries in which
they work. It has concentrated on musicians as workers, musicians’
representative organisations and employment in the music industries.
These considerations form the backdrop to the conference. We therefore
invite proposals for papers which address one or more of the following

Musicians’ working lives

Employment practices and working conditions within the music industries

Musicians’ representative organisations

The effect of gender, race, ethnicity, disability and/or sexuality on
musical labour and employment

Musical labour and employment in different genres of music

Musical labour and technology (including musical labour in the digital age)

Musicians’ working lives in orchestras, bands and other ensembles

Labour and creativity

Music and the labour movement


Paper proposals are invited on these topics – and on any other issue
relevant to musicians’ representative organisations, musical labour and
musical employment. Proposals will be welcomed from any perspective,
using any methodology and addressing any kind of music.

Please note that papers should last for 20 minutes and the conference
organisers will be asking chairs to keep to this limit.
Submitting Proposals

Proposals should include the name and contact details (email) of the
proposer, the title of the proposal and an abstract of no more than 150
words. We also invite proposals for panels. Please send proposals to
The deadline for proposals is 31 May 2015.

We hope to inform applicants of decisions by 30 June 2015.

Keynote Speakers

We are delighted to announce the following keynote speakers:

Catherine Tackley, Open University, UK, author of Benny Goodman’s Famous
1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert (OUP 2012)

Matt Stahl, University of Western Ontario, Canada, author of Unfree
Masters: Popular Music and the politics of work (Duke University Press

Special Guest

John Smith, General Secretary of the Musicians’ Union, will join the
conference as our special guest.


The conference will be held at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow
a prestigious Edwardian building which is a landmark conference venue.

This location is within walking distance of a range of excellent
restaurants, bars, pubs and music venues.


An exhibition on the history of the Musicians’ Union will be staged to
coincide with the conference.

Concert and Social events

A concert celebrating the history of the Union and of the role of music
in the labour movement more broadly will be held during the conference.
Acclaimed singer songwriter, and MU activist, Rab Noakes will lead this
celebration. The conference will also feature a number of social events.
Further details to follow.

Other Information

Glasgow has one of the most vibrant music scenes in the UK, having in
the recent past produced artists such as Belle and Sebastian, Mogwai,
Snow Patrol, Franz Ferdinand and Emeli Sande. It has a great range of
venues including The Barrowland Ballroom, King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, the
Academy, the ABC, the Garage, Stereo, the Royal Concert Hall and the SSE
Hydro. It also boasts a highly diverse music scene with significant
dance, country and western, folk and jazz scenes. For more information see:



The conference website will be updated regularly. It can be found at:

Conference Fee

The conference fee has yet to be set but is expected to be in the region
of £100 for waged delegates and £50 for unwaged, inclusive of admission,
tea and coffee, concert and social event.


We look forward to welcoming you to Glasgow

Martin Cloonan and John Williamson, MU History Project.

Professor Martin Cloonan
Research Convener
University of Glasgow
14 University Gardens
Glasgow G12 8QQ
Phone: 0141 330 4903
Fax: 0141 330 3518
E-Mail: martin.cloonan@glasgow.ac.uk

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