(Rick) RA Everts, MSc


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 ecologies in the careers of pop musicians. Its objective is to contribute to a ‘healthy’ live music ecology by investigating the ways the different actors can contribute to skill development and nourishment of aspiring musicians. His research is part of the NWO-funded project Staging popular music: sustainable live music ecologies for artists, music venues and cities (POPLIVE), which is conducted in collaboration with the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, the VNPF (Dutch Association of Music Venues and Festivals) and MOJO Concerts. Rick’s work is supervised by Prof. Dr. Susanne Janssen, Dr. Pauwke Berkers and Dr. Erik Hitters.

Rick received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Amsterdam (2012), followed by a research master’s degree in Social Sciences at the same university (2016) with a specialisation in the sociology of culture and the arts. In his thesis he explored the diffusion of house music and the establishment of national house fields. Previously Rick has worked as a lecturer in the Sociology Bachelor at the UvA, as a research assistant in various projects at the UvA and as a producer for Sonic Acts, a cultural organisation for music, visual arts, science and technology.

Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication

External PhD candidate | Department of Media and Communication
Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam


  • Rick Everts (2021) - Crafting professional pop musicians: the added value of pop academies for a career in music.
  • Rick Everts (2021) - Understanding success in live music
  • Rick Everts (2021) - The Professional Pop Musician, How Dutch Pop Academies prepare their students for a career in music
  • Rick Everts (2020) - License to Rock, How Pop Music Education creates Professional Musicians
  • Rick Everts (2020) - License to Rock, On Professionalisation in Pop Music Education
  • Rick Everts (2020) - ESNS: Wie gaat het maken?
  • Rick Everts (2019) - Survival of the Fittest?
  • Rick Everts, Pauwke Berkers & Erik Hitters (2019) - ‘All institutions die hard’, How beginning pop artists navigate the changing Dutch music industry
  • Rick Everts, Pauwke Berkers & Erik Hitters (2018) - Making a Living in Live Music: entrepreneurial artists in the Dutch popular music industry
  • Pauwke Berkers, Erik Hitters, Arno Hoeven, Rick Everts & Martijn Mulder (2017) - POPLIVE: denk mee over het grote livemuziek-onderzoek

Key Concepts in the Social Sciences

Year Level
BA-1, Pre-master, Pre-master, Pre-master, Pre-master

Qual. Methods in Media and Comm.

Year Level
BA-2, Pre-master, Pre-master, Pre-master, Pre-master

Workshop 1: Academic Skills

Year Level
BA-1, Pre-master, Pre-master, Pre-master, Pre-master

News regarding (Rick) RA Everts, MSc

“Tegenover de Goldband heb je zo’n 50 tot 100 bandjes die het niet redden”

Rick Everts laat in zijn proefschrift zien hoe lastig het is om als band door te breken in Nederland. Voor welke uitdagingen staan zij en welke kansen zijn er?

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