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VMBRDays 2016 : Vienna Music Business Research Days


When Sep 27, 2016 - Sep 29, 2016
Where Vienna / Austria
Submission Deadline Apr 30, 2016
Notification Due Jun 1, 2016
Final Version Due Aug 31, 2016
Categories    music business   management   music   artists

Call For Papers

About the Conference

The 7th Vienna Music Business Research Days will be held at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria, from September 27 to 29, 2016.

Music Business Research is an inter-discipline at the intersection of economic, artistic, cultural, social, legal, technological and further developments which contribute to the creation/production, dissemination/ distribution and reception/consumption of music. This interdisciplinary nature calls for methodological multiplicity and is open to scholars from all scientific areas.

The conference organizers invite scholars (from the postdoctoral level on) who have a research focus on music business/industry related topics to submit a paper proposal for the conference day on September 28, 2016.

Indicative themes on all music business research areas, include, but not limited to:

Self-management and career development (institutional and private) of music artists
Past, current and future developments in the music industry (recorded music industry, live music sector, music publishing, music retailing and wholesaling, music instruments industry etc.);
Music market research and music charts research;
The economic and social situation of musicians as well as the labor market for musicians;
The management of musicians and music institutions;
The marketing of music;
Music branding and sponsoring;
Public and private funding of the music sector (including new forms of music funding such as crowdfunding);
Case studies on music companies and other music institutions;
Legal aspects of the music business (contracts, copyright, competition law/policy etc.);
Music licensing and collecting societies;
Music media (radio, TV, online-based media etc.);
Economic aspects of music genres (classical, pop/rock, jazz, world music markets etc.);
Business-related music education;
Music export;
Gender issues are welcome and can be included in almost every research topic mentioned above.

Please send an abstract of your proposal to no later than April 30, 2016.

All submissions must include a Title, Authors (names, affiliations, e-mails of all authors and a notation (*) of the corresponding author), an abstract of 1,000-1,500 words and 3-5 keywords. Abstracts must be submitted in English, as a MS Word file (*.doc or *.docx) or *.pdf file, and include:
Objectives of the research
Brief description of the disciplinary/theoretical context/background
Research questions and/or hypotheses
Main or expected conclusions / contribution
Main references
Abstracts will be subject to a double-blind peer-review process by an international jury, and authors will be notified of acceptance by June 01, 2016.

Final papers should not exceed 7,000 words (including abstracts, figures, tables, references and appendices) and follow the author guidelines of the International Journal of Music Business Research (IJMBR). The best paper will be offered publication in IJMBR.

Important dates
April 30, 2016 Abstract submission deadline
June 01, 2016 Notification of acceptance
August 31, 2016 Submission deadline for full papers
September 28, 2016 Conference day
September 29, 2016 Conference day for invited speakers on “Self-Management in the Music Business”

For students at all levels of the MA & PhD a doctoral colloquium (6th Young Scholars’ Workshop) will be held as part of the 7th Vienna Music Business Research Days on September 27, 2016. Find a separate call for papers here.

Registration fee
The registration fee includes conference attendance, reception, coffee breaks and lunch on conference days as well as the Heurigen-Dinner on September 29, 2016. The registration fee further includes access to all sessions and events organized by the Vienna Waves Festival 2016.

Registration fee: 225,- Euro
Registration fee – early bird (until June 30, 2015): 175,- Euro

Dagmar Abfalter (mailto:
Institute for Cultural Management and Cultural Studies (IKM)
University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna
Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna, Austria
Tel.: +43-1-71155-3418 / Fax: +43-1-71155-3499

Organized by
Institute for Cultural Management and Cultural Studies (IKM) and Institute for Music Sociology (IMS) of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Institute of Journalism and Communications Research (IJK) of University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover and International Association of Music Business Research

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