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Friday, April 21 • 9:00am - 11:00am
State Politics: US, Australia and UK

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Taking its title from a policy document, in which UK Music spelled out how government policy might be used to “liberate creativity,” this panel brings together practitioners and academics to reflect upon the role of the local and national state on music. The panel focuses on the ways in which the state encourages or limits music creativity, and the range of external governmentalities at work. The speakers examine different sectors and activities within the music industries, including copyright, tourism, music cities, live venues, and ticketing empires.

Kate Becker, “Seattle, City of Music”
Shane Homan, “‘Lockout’ Laws or ‘Rock Out’ Laws? Live Music and the Night-Time Economy”
John Street, “Musical States: How Governments Make Music, and Music Makes Governments”
Martin Cloonan, “Just The Ticket? Touting, Policy, and Neo Liberalism”

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David Suisman

Twitter | | David Suisman is associate professor of history at the University of Delaware. He is the author of Selling Sounds: The Commercial Revolution in American Music, winner of numerous awards, and co-editor of Sound in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. His articles have appeared in the Journal of American History, Social Text, Radical History Review, The Believer, and other publications. He is also associate editor of the Journal of Popular Music Studies and a sometime disc jockey at freeform radio station WFMU... Read More →


Kate Becker

Twitter | | Kate Becker, Director of the Seattle Office of Film + Music, works to execute Mayor Murray’s and the Music Commission’s vision for a vibrant, innovative, and equitable creative economy. She co-founded Seattle’s Vera Project and founded the Old Fire House in Redmond, WA, legendary all ages venues that have helped build... Read More →
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Martin Cloonan

Twitter | | Martin Cloonan is Professor of Popular Music Politics at the University of Glasgow. His research interests span the political economy of the music industries with particular interests in live music, music policy, and issues of freedom of expression. His most recent book (with John Williamson) is Player's Work Time: A history of the British Musicians' Union. Martin is coordinating editor for Popular Music... Read More →
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Shane Homan

Shane Homan is Associate Professor of media and cultural studies at Monash University, Melbourne. Shane is currently involved in two Australian Research Council projects: Interrogating the Music City: pop and the cultural economy of Melbourne; and The economic and cultural value of music exports. His most recent book (with Martin Cloonan and Jen Cattermole) is Popular Music Industries and the State: Policy Notes (Routledge... Read More →
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John Street

John Street is a professor of politics at the University of East Anglia, UK. He has written extensively about the relationship between music and politics, most recently in the book Music and Politics (Polity, 2012). He is also a contributor to the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Protest Music and a member of the editorial group of the journal Popular... Read More →

Friday April 21, 2017 9:00am - 11:00am
Demo Lab MoPOP, 325 5th Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109