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10th Vienna Music Business Day: Call for Papers

Vom 11.-13. September 2019 finden nun bereits zum neunte Mal die VIENNA MUSIC BUSINESS RESEARCH DAYS an der UNIVERSITÄT FÜR MUSIK UND DARSTELLENDE KUNST WIEN zum Thema „The Future of Music Business“ statt. Anlässlich des 10-jährigen Konferenzjubiläums will man nicht nur in die Vergangenheit zurückblicken, sondern auch in Zukunft schauen, welche neue technologische, rechtliche aber auch soziale und kulturelle Entwicklungen die Musikwirtschaft prägen werden.


Music Business Research is an inter-discipline at the intersection of economic, artistic, cultural, social, legal, technological and further developments which contribute to the creation/production, dissemination/ distribution and reception/consumption of music. This interdisciplinary nature calls for methodological multiplicity and is open to scholars from all scientific areas.

The 10th Vienna Music Business Research Days will be held at mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria, from September 11 to 13, 2019.

The conference organizers invite scholars (from the postdoctoral level on) who have a research focus on music business/industry related topics to submit a paper proposal for the conference day on September 12, 2019.

Scholarly submissions on this year’s conference theme “The Future of Music Business” are equally welcome as on other aspects of music business research.


Indicative themes include but are not limited to:
 Past, current and future developments in the music industry (recorded / live / publishing / retailing / wholesaling, etc.)
 Economic and historic analyses of music markets, charts or audiences
 Issues in marketing and/or branding music, musicians or music institutions
 Aspects of musical and musician diversity in music business
 Critical discourses on the economic, social and cultural contributions of (live) music
 New products, formats and business models in the music sectors
 Strategies and strategizing of musicians and music institutions
 Situatedness and power in musician labor markets
 Agency and social practices in the music business
 Legal issues in the music business (contracts, copyright, policies) from an international perspective
 Fit for the market? Acquiring skills for the music business
 Doing things right! New solutions for fairness and transparency in the music business
 Entrepreneurial musician und music entrepreneurs
 An age of disruption? Technological developments in the music industry


Please send an abstract of your proposal to no later than April 29, 2019.

All submissions must include a title, authors (names, affiliations, e-mails of all authors and a notation (*) of the corresponding author), an abstract of 1,000-1,500 words and 3-5 keywords. Abstracts must be submitted in English, as a MS Word file (*.doc or *.docx) or *.pdf file, and include:

 Objectives of the research
 Brief description of the disciplinary/theoretical context/background
 Research questions and/or hypotheses
 Methodology
 Main or expected conclusions / contribution
 Main references

Abstracts will be subject to a double-blind peer-review process by an international jury, and authors will be notified of acceptance by May 20, 2019.

Final papers should be sent before July 31, 2019. They should not exceed 7,000 words (including abstracts, figures, tables, references and appendices) and follow the author guidelines of the International Journal of Music Business Research (IJMBR). You may also want to consider publication in IJMBR after the conference.

Important dates

April 29, 2019 Abstract submission deadline
May 20, 2019 Notification of acceptance
July 31, 2019 Submission deadline for full papers
September 12, 2019 Conference day (paper sessions)
September 13, 2019 Conference day for invited speakers on “The Future of Music Business”

For students at all levels of the MA & PhD a doctoral colloquium (Young Scholars’ Workshop) will be held as part of the 10th Vienna Music Business Research Days on September 11, 2019. Find a separate call for papers here.

Registration Fee

Registration will be open from May 15, 2019 to August 31,2019. There will be no refund after this date. The registration fee includes conference attendance, reception, coffee breaks and lunch on conference days as well as the Heurigen-Dinner on September 13, 2019.

Discounts for students and members of IMBRA will be available! Full registration fee

Until July 31, 2019 (early bird): Euro 175,-
After July 31, 2019: Euro 225,-


Dagmar Abfalter (mailto:
Department of Cultural Management and Gender Studies (IKM)
mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna
Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna, Austria

Music Business Research