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Journal of the Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association

Volume 7, Number 1 (2007)

Innovation and Production Networks in Regional Music Scenes

Erik Porse
George Mason University


Numerous studies have focused on how local music scenes impact regional economies. Few studies, however, have discussed the role innovation plays in this economic exchange. One reason for this lack of scholarship is the subjective nature in which artists and researchers measure innovation. Past studies, however, do suggest a strong link between innovation and production. Cities, such as Nashville, with strong live music scenes and activity in each stage of the production cycle tend to exhibit relatively high amounts of new music. Utilizing empirical data on music production could act as the catalyst for further economic study as it relates to innovation. Thus, by establishing objective parameters, researchers could focus their efforts on discovering, in economic terms, what innovation specifically offers society.

Keywords: innovation, music industry, music research methods, music production, regional markets

Porse, Erik. “Innovation and Production Networks in Regional Music Scenes.Journal of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association 7, no. 1 (2007): 39-55. https://doi.org/10.25101/7.2

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