ERMeCC Research Cluster
Live music

Music, Industry, Culture & Society

Music is one of the most popular and globalised cultural forms. Together with its associated fan cultures, music is inextricably intertwined with identity formation, community building and attachments to place. The economic importance of the music industries is considerable and these industries have an enormous cultural and global significance and scope. Music is a very powerful means of communication and symbolic identification, and ties together subcultures, communities, nations and regions. For many people, music is an indispensable element of their daily lives. Increasingly, music consumption, distribution and consumption are affected by digitization, which by many has been classified as a disruptive development in this sector, deconstructing traditional value chains and business models.

This research cluster consists of international researchers studying classical and popular music. They explore diverse questions concerned with the production, distribution and consumption of music. These researchers share an interest in the ways in which music processes interact with societal and technological developments.

The Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Culture and Communication hosts individual PhD projects focused on music as well as large-scale projects involving partners from different Dutch and international universities. The researchers in this cluster have published widely in national and international journals. Furthermore, they engage in public outreach through events (e.g. Music Talks), interviews in popular media, and collaborations with public partners such as MOJO concerts and the Dutch association of venues and festivals.

Team members

  • prof.dr. (Pauwke) PPL Berkers

    prof.dr. (Pauwke) PPL Berkers

    Pauwke Berkers is full professor Sociology of Popular Music, specifically in relation to Inclusion, Well-Being, and Resilience in the Department of Arts and…
  • dr. (Amanda) AMC Brandellero

    dr. (Amanda) AMC Brandellero

  • dr. (Thomas) TA Calkins III

    dr. (Thomas) TA Calkins III

  • dr. (Simone) SMR Driessen

    dr. (Simone) SMR Driessen

    **Simone Driessen is a senior lecturer in the Media and Communication Department of Erasmus University Rotterdam.** As a lecturer she is involved in several…
  • (Rick) RA Everts

    (Rick) RA Everts

    Rick Everts (1989) is a PhD candidate at the Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture. Rick’s PhD research focuses on the role of live music…
  • prof.dr. (Koen) CJM van Eijck

    prof.dr. (Koen) CJM van Eijck

    Koen van Eijck is professor of Cultural Lifestyles and head of the Examination Board of the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication. He also serves…
  • dr. (Christian) CW Handke

    dr. (Christian) CW Handke

    Christian Handke is Associate Professor of Cultural Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam. From 2012 to 2018, he was programme director of the Master in…
  • dr. (Erik) HJCJ Hitters

    dr. (Erik) HJCJ Hitters

    **Erik Hitters is Associate Professor of Media and Creative Industries in the Department of Media & Communication of Erasmus University Rotterdam.** He has…
  • dr. (Arno) AJC van der Hoeven

    dr. (Arno) AJC van der Hoeven

  • prof.dr. (Susanne) MSSE Janssen

    prof.dr. (Susanne) MSSE Janssen

    Susanne Janssen is Full Professor of Sociology of Media and Culture, Research Director of the Department of Media and Communication, and Academic Director of…
  • (Martijn) M Mulder

    (Martijn) M Mulder

    In 2017 Martijn started his PhD research on live music experiences and ecologies at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication, under supervision…
  • (Britt) B Swartjes

    (Britt) B Swartjes

  • dr. (Julian) JCF Schaap

    dr. (Julian) JCF Schaap

    Julian Schaap (Rotterdam, 1988) is assistant professor sociology of music at the Department of Arts and Culture Studies. His research focuses on stratification…
  • prof.dr. (Marc) MNM Verboord

    prof.dr. (Marc) MNM Verboord

    Marc Verboord is professor of Media and Society at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC), Erasmus University Rotterdam. His research…

Further team members

Femke Vandenberg, Arts & Culture Studies.

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