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Policy Notes: Popular Music, Industry and the State

18-20 June 2012
Hotel Windsor
111 Spring Street, Melbourne, Australia

To mark the completion of the Australian Research Council project Policy Notes: Local Popular Music in Global Creative Economies, the Research Unit in Media Studies at Monash University is convening a conference examining music policy. Calls for papers ended on 1 February 2012.

Photo: SLAM Rally by Nick Carson

SLAM Rally - Photo by Nick Carson

The conference will cover the following areas of music policy:

Keynote Speaker

Professor John Street, University of East Anglia

Professor John Street is a member of the Editorial Group of Popular Music and is on the International Advisory Board of Cultural Politics. He is an academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and a member of the ESRC Centre for Competition Policy. He is an acting co-director of media@uea. He is the author of several books, including Politics and Technology; Rebel Rock: the politics of popular music; Politics and Popular Culture; and Mass Media, Politics and Democracy; and is co-editor of the Cambridge Companion to Pop and Rock. His articles have been published in the British Journal of Political Science, Political Studies Review, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Parliamentary Affairs, Government and Opposition, Media, Culture and Society, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philsophy, New Political Science, and European Journal of Communication, among other journals. His article ‘Celebrity Politicians: popular culture and political representation’ was given the prize for the best article to appear in BJPIR in 2004. He also wrote music reviews for the Times for over ten years.

Professor Street has published a new book in 2012, Music and Politics (Polity Press).

Conference Organisers

Associate Professor Shane Homan (Monash University)
Professor Martin Cloonan (University of Glasgow)
Dr Jennifer Cattermole (Otago University)

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner will be held on Monday 18 June, 7.30 pm at Trunk Restaurant, 275 Exhibition Street, Melbourne (corner of Little Lonsdale Street). The dinner is a two course menu (main and dessert, coffee and tea) for $60 per person, and is not included as part of registration costs. Attendance at the dinner can be indicated and paid on the registration site.


All participants must register to attend the conference. Registration includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea on the three days. Pre-registration via e-cart is preferred. Registration on the days of the event will be strictly cash only.

Register online here.

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Conference Dinner



Download the conference program here.


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