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The place of popular music in Scotland's cultural policy

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Adam Behr



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In the last two decades the status of popular music as both a cultural activity and creative industry has changed significantly in Scottish and UK cultural policy. The change is in line with a broader shift away from thinking of the arts as cultural activity in need of subsidy and towards treating them as part of the creative economy. The current cultural policy landscape pertaining to popular music is mapped out, drawing on interviews and an online survey with members of the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) and complementary interviews with stakeholders from relevant government and arms-length funding and development bodies. The Scottish Government’s (SG) White Paper on independence highlighted the creative industries as one of five growth sectors key to the Scottish economy, but for popular music – and in line with the global music industry – many working in the Scottish music industry face acute challenges. Given EU regulations (and the Scottish Government’s preference to remain in the EU) and international agreements in areas like broadcasting and copyright, if they are to flourish many members of the SMIA will likely need to strengthen their relationships with the wider UK and global music industry, regardless of the outcome of the referendum on independence.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Behr A, Brennan M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Cultural Trends

Year: 2014

Volume: 23

Issue: 3

Pages: 169-177

Print publication date: 27/07/2014

Online publication date: 11/06/2014

Acceptance date: 02/05/2014

Date deposited: 22/04/2016

ISSN (print): 0954-8963

ISSN (electronic): 1469-3690

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


DOI: 10.1080/09548963.2014.925282


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