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    Policy Notes: Popular Music, Industry and the State

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    Date(s) - 18 Jun 2012 until 20 Jun 2012
    12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

    Hotel Windsor


    SLAM Rally crowd

    SLAM Rally – Photo by Nick Carson

    To mark the completion of the Australian Research Council project Policy Notes: Local Popular Music in Global Creative Economies, the Research Unit in Media Studies at Monash University is convening a conference examining music policy. Calls for papers ended on 1 February 2012.

    The conference will cover the following areas of music policy:

    • Music and creative industries strategies
    • Urban culture and planning
    • Music and governmentality
    • Art versus economic objectives
    • Music’s role in health and wellbeing strategies
    • Music policy and cultural citizenship
    • National identity
    • Education
    • Intellectual property
    • Funding practices and discourses
    • Music infrastructure and institutions
    • Media content and regulation
    • Trade and tourism
    • Music’s role in the cultural economy
    • Music and cultural policy studies
    • Music and cultural value(s)
    • Policy practices and methods
    • Policy research methodology
    • Censorship
    • Cultural labour

    Keynote Speaker

    Professor John Street, University of East Anglia

    Professor John Street is a member of the Editorial Group of Popular Music and is on the International Advisory Board of Cultural Politics. He is an academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and a member of the ESRC Centre for Competition Policy. He is an acting co-director of media@uea. He is the author of several books, including Politics and Technology; Rebel Rock: the politics of popular music; Politics and Popular Culture; and Mass Media, Politics and Democracy; and is co-editor of the Cambridge Companion to Pop and Rock.

    His articles have been published in the British Journal of Political Science, Political Studies Review, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Parliamentary Affairs, Government and Opposition, Media, Culture and Society, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philsophy, New Political Science, and European Journal of Communication, among other journals. His article ‘Celebrity Politicians: popular culture and political representation’ was given the prize for the best article to appear in BJPIR in 2004. He also wrote music reviews for the Times for over ten years.

    Professor Street has published a new book in 2012, Music and Politics (Polity Press).

    Conference Organisers

    Associate Professor Shane Homan (Monash University)
    Professor Martin Cloonan (University of Glasgow)
    Dr Jennifer Cattermole (Otago University)

    Conference Dinner

    The conference dinner will be held on Monday 18 June, 7.30 pm at Trunk Restaurant, 275 Exhibition Street, Melbourne (corner of Little Lonsdale Street). The dinner is a two course menu (main and dessert, coffee and tea) for $60 per person, and is not included as part of registration costs. Attendance at the dinner can be indicated and paid on the registration site.


    All participants must register to attend the conference. Registration includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea on the three days. Pre-registration via e-cart is preferred. Registration on the days of the event will be strictly cash only.

    Register online here.

    Full (3 days)


    Day Registration


    Conference Dinner




    Useful Links

    Accomodation Information

    All listed hotels are within a three block radius of the conference site. The best rates are available through website.

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    Hotel Windsor (5 star)

    111 Spring Street

    The Windsor is offering 15% off their usual rates: you must cite the code MUSIC0612 (click on ‘corporate rates’)when booking either online or by phone/email.

    • Traditional room: AUD $205
    • Superior or superior twin room: AUD $245
    • Deluxe king room: AUD $295

    Quest (Gordon Place) (4 ½ stars)

    24 Little Bourke Street

      • Studio apartment: AUD S140-185
      • 1 bedroom apartment: AUD $160-195
      • 1 bedroom executive apartment: AUD $215-235
      • 2 bedroom apartment: AUD $248-280

    Mantra 100 Exhibition (4 star)

    100 Exhibition Street 

    • 1 bedroom: AUD $139-169
    • 2 bedroom Queen or twin: AUD $249

    The Crossley Hotel (4 star)

    51 Little Bourke Street 

      • Standard room or twin: AUD $135-159
      • Superior room: AUD $152-179
      • One bedroom apartment: AUD $211-249
      • Two bedroom apartment: AUD $314-349

    City Limits Hotel Apartment (3 ½ star)

    20-22 Little Bourke St

      • Studio Queen or twin: AUD $129

    City Centre Budget Hotel (3 star)

    22 Little Collins Street 

      • Single: AUD $70
      • Double or twin: AUD $90
      • Family: AUD $130
      • Studio: AUD $118-158