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Sociology of Music Thematic Group

Aims and Objectives

Year established: July 2023.

This thematic group aims to advance the sociological study of music and musical cultures. While modern popular music studies has its roots alongside cultural studies, sociological studies of music have served as core texts since the establishment of this interdisciplinary field. Further, older disciplines such as ethnomusicology offer some of the earliest research on the sociology of music, and as musical cultures are always deeply social in context, sociology is a primary vehicle through which to investigate and explore them. More specific than Cultural Sociology, the Sociology of Music is concerned with the structures, practices, and motivations for music-making, production and consumption, and the role of music in society.

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We invite you to join us for MusicLIVES, a research symposium bringing together academic, music industry and policy stakeholders.

Date:    Wednesday June 26, 2024

Time:    9.00am to 5.00pm

Venue:  The Tivoli -52 Costin St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006

RSVP:   Please respond byclicking here to indicate your attendance

Morning:Sociology of Music today 
Australian sociologists share cutting-edge research on topics including music careers, digitalisation, gender, migration, genre, and substance use. 

Afternoon: Crisis and reinvention for live music in Australia 
Keynote presentation from Dr Catherine Hoad (Massey University, Wellington) on the role of research-led teaching in transforming music industry outcomes.
Reports on the latest live music research projects in partnership with industry and government leaders.
Discussion of issues facing the live music sector. 

Lunch and refreshments provided
Registration is free but limited. A full program will be issued to delegates ahead of the event. 

More information

The Tivoli, winner of Queensland’s Best Live Venue in the 2023 National Live Music Awards, is a storied performance and event space in a century-old art deco building. It is wheelchair accessible and located in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane’s entertainment precinct. 

Dr Catherine Hoadis a senior lecturer at Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand, and the Chair of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Australia/New Zealand Branch. Dr Hoad will share insights from major research projects including the Aotearoa Live Music Recovery Project (supporting small and medium venues with artist and audience development that increases diversity) and the Amplify Aotearoa: New Zealand Music Community Diversity Survey, with an emphasis on how this work may be taken back to university classrooms to support transformative industry outcomes.

The Australian Sociological Associationis the national peak body for sociologists and social scientists, including a thematic group dedicated to the Sociology of Music. 

Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Researchis dedicated to increasing our understanding of current challenges facing the modern world, through the application of innovative humanities and social science research. 

We hope to see you there. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any queries you may have.

Yours sincerely,

MusicLIVES convenors

Professor Andy Bennett (Griffith University),Associate Professor Catherine Strong (RMIT),Dr Ben Green (Griffith University),Dr Sam Whiting (University of South Australia) 

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Members' Recent Publications
Members' Recent Publications

Steaming Sounds

Michael James Walsh (2024) Streaming Sounds: Music Listening in the Digital Age. Routledge.

Ben Green and Ian Rogers (2024) Screamfeeder's Kitten Licks. Bloomsbury 33 1/3 Oceania.

Sam Whiting (2023) Small Venues: Precarity, Vibrancy and Live Music.Bloomsbury.


Andy BennettErnesta SofijaBen GreenPaula GuerraFrances Howard & Ana Oliveira (2024) 'It's like a hug': examining the role of music-making for the well-being of youth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Youth StudiesDOI: 10.1080/13676261.2024.2305911

Steven Threadgold (2023) Youthful culture: Immaterial labour, co-optation and the space between IRL young people and their conceptual doppelgangers. DIY, Alternative Cultures & Society 1(1): 95-107.
Steven Threadgold (2023) What comes after fields, capitals, habitus? Suggestions for future cultural consumption research in Australia. Journal of Sociology 59(2): 300-309.

The Conversation and media

Ben Green and Catherine Strong (2024) The climate crisis is crushing Australian festivals. 360info (syndicated), 19 March.

Charlotte Markowitsch (2024) Kiss’s debut album at 50: how the rock legends went from 'clowns' to becoming immortalised. The Conversation, 16 February.

Sam Whiting and Ben Green (2024) Why are so many Australian music festivals being cancelled? The Conversation, 15 February.

Ben Green (2024) 6 tips to maximise your concert experience, from a live music expert. The Conversation, 13 February.

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Group Conveners:

Andy Bennett
Griffith University

Sam Whiting
University of South Australia

Ben Green
Griffith University

Catherine Strong
RMIT University

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