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About the Network

Popular Music Studies at Newcastle is distinctive in its combination of practice-based as well as scholarly research and focus on 'traditional' and 'world' popular musics as well as Western pop. The International Centre for Music Studies (ICMuS) is noted for work in Popular Music Studies and was awarded 5* in 2002 RAE. The members of the network have a lengthy track record of publication, composition, performance and recording and have received invitations to speak at major international conferences (Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Cuba, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, USA), research seminars (UK, USA) and guest lectures (Chile, UK, Puerto Rico, Sweden, USA). Previous cross-school collaborations have resulted in three international conferences in Autumn 2000  and July 2006 (4 edited volumes forthcoming). Other activities have included hosting the 2002 IASPM (International Association for the Study of Popular Music) UK & Ireland conference, a seminar series in collaboration with Centre for Gender and Women's Studies/Instituto Camões 2001-2002,  and a symposium in May 2003, the first of an annual series with view to publication. Major awards which have been received by the forum include the funding of the Folk Archive of The North East (FARNE) project (in conjunction with Robinson library, Gateshead Council, Beamish Museum and Sage Gateshead) £157k, Arts Council and Jazz Action funding for the appointment of Tim Garland  as Composer Fellow £43k .

To maintain its  international reputation the forum will:

  • Encourage further cross-school and interdisciplinary collaboration (with established and new research groups)
  • Mentor members of staff new to the field
  • Actively consider large joint grant applications
  • Continue major publications
  • Continue organising seminar series and conferences