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Mapping and Measuring The Scottish Music Industry

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  • Full or part time
    Dr M Brennan
    Prof J Williamson
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The value of the music industry in Scotland has not been measured since Martin Cloonan, Simon Frith and John Williamson’s “Mapping the Music Industry in Scotland” report in 2003. Since that time the global music industries have faced dramatic technological, political, economic, and cultural disruptions. More recently, Creative Scotland commissioned a music sector review (conducted by EKOS in 2013) but did not have the scope to provide a detailed focus on specific challenges facing Scottish SME music businesses, nor was it able to take into account the impact of recent political disruptions such as Brexit and their impact on Scotland’s position and prospects in the international music industries.

The project aims to address these significant changes and the lack of Scottish-specific data on the music industries to map the current music industry ecosystem, measure its value and assess opportunities for growth. In addition, the student will carry out the following related objectives:
1. assemble a dynamic online database of the music industry in Scotland.
2. identify the key actors in the industry (e.g. Artists and Composers, Live Music, The Recording Industry, Media, Technology, Other Creative, Ancillary, Education and Retail) and analyze their relationship to one another within the wider UK and global music industries, as well as related international creative and technology industries.
3. conduct comparative research that examines music industries in countries of comparable size and means (e.g. Sweden, Norway) and identify examples of best practice and gaps in provision in the Scottish context.

We encourage applications from students with the following qualifications and experience:

- A first class (or equivalent) undergraduate degree, preferably in a subject relevant to creative industries research (candidates from across the arts, humanities, and social sciences will all be considered).
Applicants should also have a Masters-level degree that satisfies AHRC eligibility requirements for advanced research training, or equivalent professional/occupational experience.

- Prior experience in, and/or knowledge of, the music industries is desirable.
- Skills in quantitative and qualitative research, MS Excel, and web design are desirable but not essential.

Applicants should submit a Curriculum Vitae, including contact details of one academic referee, and a 2-page covering letter outlining why they are interested in this collaborative doctoral award and what they would bring to this project.

This should be sent in an email to [Email Address Removed] and [Email Address Removed] by 14 December 2018.

Interviews will be held on 11 January 2019. Interviewing will enable the identification of a candidate who will liaise with the supervisory team and complete a full CDA PhD studentship application form by 13th February 2019, for consideration and final evaluation by SGSAH. Those successfully nominated will not be automatically funded.

Funding Notes

To be eligible for a full award a student must have a relevant connection with the UK:
• The candidate has been ordinarily resident in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay
• Been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to start date
• Not been residing in UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (Not applicable to UK/EU nationals).
Students from EU countries other than UK are generally eligible for a fees-only award. These students must be ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU.

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