Keep up with the changes

online strategies for national jazz agencies


  • Andrew Dubber Birmingham City University



Europe, internet, jazz, national, online, policy, social


This article reports and reflects upon the approaches, challenges and opportunities within the online environment as experienced and expressed by representatives of national music centres and jazz agencies within Europe. Comparisons of national approaches reveal differences in thinking about the role of the state and public funding in the arts in general—and jazz in particular—as well as the different ways in which these sorts of institutional schemata (in the Kantian sense) are implemented and enacted through a range of online communication platforms. Through the application of a critical frame drawn from the fields of Digital Media Studies and Media Ecology, these case studies and the discursive practices they reveal provide the occasion for not merely reflecting upon the affordances and effectivities of the online environment for national jazz organizations, but also to inform further potential developments of existing and future web offerings by these agencies.

Author Biography

  • Andrew Dubber, Birmingham City University

    Andrew Dubber is Professor of Music Industry Innovation at Birmingham City University and is Award Leader for the MA in Music Industries and the MA in Music Radio. He’s a member of the Centre for Media and Cultural Research, and part of an international team working on a European Jazz research project called Rhythm Changes. His research interests include digital media cultures, online music enterprise, radio in the digital age, music as a tool for social change, and music as culture. He teaches about radio broadcasting, the music industries, and the online environment.


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How to Cite

Dubber, A. (2013). Keep up with the changes: online strategies for national jazz agencies. Jazz Research Journal, 6(1), 47-67.