‘It’s turned me from a professional to a “bedroom DJ” once again’: COVID-19 and new forms of inequality for young music-makers

Howard, F. ORCID: 0000-0002-8493-5721, Bennett, A., Green, B., Guerra, P., Sousa, S. and Sofija, E., 2021. ‘It’s turned me from a professional to a “bedroom DJ” once again’: COVID-19 and new forms of inequality for young music-makers. Young. ISSN 1103-3088

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Abstract

Given the unprecedented circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic and increasingly uncertain socio-economic conditions, cultural practice remains a stable canvas upon which young people draw the most agency and exercise a sense of freedom. This article reports on an international research collaboration, drawing on the voices of 77 young musicians from three countries—Australia, England and Portugal—who were interviewed about their music-making practices during lockdown. Despite reporting loss of jobs and income and the social distancing restrictions placed upon the ability to make music, most young music-makers were positive about the value of having more time, to be both producers and consumers of music. At the same time, however, our data also highlight increasing forms of inequality among young music-makers. This article argues that despite short-term gains in relation to developing musical practice, the longer-term impacts of COVID-19 on the music industry will affect the sector for years to come.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Young
Creators: Howard, F., Bennett, A., Green, B., Guerra, P., Sousa, S. and Sofija, E.
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Date: 1 April 2021
ISSN: 1103-3088
Identifiers:
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10.1177/1103308821998542DOI
1431737Other
Rights: © 2021 Sage Publications and YOUNG Editorial Group https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jeremy Silvester
Date Added: 23 Apr 2021 16:57
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2021 16:57
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/42759

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