College Music Symposium: Music Business-Industry

manzo vj What is meant by the terms “music business” and “music industry” is vastly different today than it was even just ten years ago. Once, the terms were widely synonymous to most with “record companies” or “mainstream radio”. Today, due large in part to advances in technology, the terms are much more ambiguous, and, more so, are malleable. The “Music Business & Industry” (MBI) component of Symposium chronicles the evolution of music business and industry through contributions by leaders in a variety of fields and music disciplines. From innovative composition and performance technology, to analyses of educational programs and emerging music career models, and much more, MBI features peer-reviewed articles in a variety of contexts that relate to the profession of musicianship.

Suggestions for submission include:

  • Research articles that outline, re-evaluate, or compare trends in music professions. Such articles may include changes at the university level such as new degree designations or changes in the demand of existing programs or majors, as well as non-academic changes in the profession. For example, a study or descriptive narrative that speaks to the way that online video formats and communication methods have changed the way that private music instructors connect with students, or a profile overview of a music-oriented charity or foundation, and its particular aim, current efforts, and impact.
  • Descriptions and demonstrations of emerging technology for music composition, performance, education, and research. For example, a profile on a new software component, a newly created musical instrument, or a music service and the ways that educators, researchers, or musicians may utilize this new technology to improve their professional activity.
  • Reviews of literature and other publications related to the nature of professional musicianship. For example, a summary of a recent publication, book, documentary, blog, or other resource, as well as some important information concerning its relevance to the music profession; the “who, what, when, where, and why” regarding the impact of this resource and the individuals involved.

Symposium welcomes submissions from all musicians, inside and outside the academy.  Our efforts are geared not only toward the academy, but also to independent musicians, professional musicians, and other interested parties in and out of the music industry per se. Thus, please write with a general audience in mind.  The online component of Symposium also allows rich media to be referenced or included within articles.

I invite you to review the Guidelines for Authors via the links in the right column to learn more about writing for Symposium. We welcome your proposals whenever you are ready to submit an article for consideration. Your submissions are welcome at any time. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

V.J. Manzo, Editor
Music Business-Industry
Assistant Professor of Music Technology and Cognition
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
100 Institute Road
Worcester MA 01609

Calls for Symposium Music Business-Industry

Guidelines for Authors

Editorial Board, Music Business-Industry

V.J. Manzo, Chair
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Scott Barton
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Frederick Bianchi
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Don Bowyer
Arkansas State University

Frank Clark
Georgia Tech University

Socrates Garcia
University of Northern Colorado

Sanford Hinderlie
Loyola University

Leon Janikian
Northeastern University

Catherine Radbill
New York University

Rick Schmunk
University of Southern California

Kim Wangler
Appalachian State University