Ivors/Meltdown round up

Huge thanks to everyone who was part of the Songwriting Studies Research Network event at The Ivors Academy on Thurs 8th August! It was such a pleasure to spend the day with you, and we hope you enjoyed the surprise appearance from Nile Rodgers and Merck Mercuriadis, as well as our papers/roundtable and live podcast at the Southbank Centre’s Meltdown Festival.

Check out this video overview of the day:

Deepest thanks go to our speakers and chairs: Graham Davies, Nile Rodgers, Merck Mercuriadis, Mike Jones, Jack Webster, David Hesmondhalgh, Bethany Klein, Craig Hamilton, Paula Wolfe, Eamonn Forde, Victoria Horn and Michelle Escoffery. Praise is also due to Fran DeFeo (the dreamweaver!), Brian O’Connor of Sodajerker, co-investigator Mike Jones, project coordinator Craig Hamilton, project assistant Bryony Williams, and videographer/photographer Louis Coupe. We must also thank Graham Davies, Cathy Mulloy, Anna Brown and Fran Matthews at the Ivors Academy, Rhodri Jones, Bengi Unsal and Paul Watson at the Southbank/Meltdown, and the AHRC for funding this initiative. And finally, here’s to you, for all of your questions, comments and enthusiasm for the network.

You’ll may recall that we also announced the launch of the Songwriting Studies Journal, a new publication focused on the culture and practice of songwriting. If you’d like to contribute to the first issue, check out the the call for papers.

Here are some photos from the day, and our evening event at the Queen Elizabeth Hall:


Ivors Academy photos by Louis Coupe. Some Meltdown shots by Victor Frankowski.

Our next event will be in 2020, but we have a busy schedule planned to consolidate the first issue of the journal so we’ll be in touch soon with news and updates.

All the best,
Simon, Mike, and the Songwriting Studies team.

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