MICS
ERMeCC Research Cluster

MICS

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

Researchers active in the Music cluster:

Dr. Pauwke Berkers
Department of Arts & Culture
Leonieke Bolderman, MA
Department of Arts & Culture
Dr. Amanda Brandellero
Department of Arts & Culture
Jaco van den Dool MA
Department of Arts & Culture
Dr. Simone Driessen
Department of Media & Communication
Prof. dr. Koen van Eijck
Department of Arts & Culture
Dr. Christian Handke
Department of Arts & Culture
Dr. Erik Hitters
Department of Media & Communication
Dr. Arno van der Hoeven
Department of Media & Communication
Prof. dr. Susanne Janssen
Department of Media & Communication
Rian Koreman, MA
Department of Media & Communication
Julian Schaap, MSc
Department of Arts & Culture
Dr. Marc Verboord
Department of Media & Communication