Professor Martin Cloonan
- Professor of Popular Music Politics (Music)
Office Hours: by appointment
Martin's research interests are in the Politics of Popular Music, an area in which he has a number of publications, and in issues concerning censorship and freedom of expression.
Martin is Co-ordinating Editor of Popular Music and a member of the editorial boards Popular Music and Society, the British Journal of Music Education, Perfect Beat and Beitrage zur Popularmusikforschung. He also reviews papers for a number of journals including The British Journal of Sociology, International Journal of Cultural Policy, Studies in the Education of Adults, Popular Communication, Higher Education Quarterly, Popular Music, Popular Music and Society, British Journal of Music Education, Journal of Youth Studies, Perfect Beat, International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, Scottish Music Review and Scottish Educational Review.
October 2015: Chancellor’s Fund: £2,500 to fund development of the Janey Buchan Political Song Collection.
January 2013: Knowledge Exchange Fund: £5,010, the development of Live Music Exchange.
November 2012: Chancellors Fund: £3,500 to record an album of political song.
November 2011: Chancellors Fund: £2978.13: An appraisal of the Political Song Archive.
December 2010: Lord Kelvin and Adam Smith Scholarship: Music and Copyright in the Digital Age. Four year PhD funding of £13,590 per annum plus £5,300 per annum for conference attendance and research costs.
November 2010: Chancellors Fund: £5,500 to fund a part-time Music Industries Development and Liaison Officer.
February 2010: Learning and Teaching Development Fund: £2,000 to develop further links within the Scottish music industry.
March 2000: Robertson Bequest, University of Glasgow. The New Deal For Musicians in Scotland: A qualitative survey. £750.
May 2016: AHRC: £231,908.91. The Great British Live Music Census (with Matt Brennan, University of Edinburgh and Adam Behr, University of Newcastle)
March 2015: Creative Scotland: £5,000: Establishing a vitality index for the Scottish Music industry.
December 2013: AHRC: £48,111: From pub to stadium: The ecology of public and commercial investment in British live music venues (with Matt Brennan, University of Edinburgh)
June 2013: AHRC: £37,880 The cultural value of live music:A case study of enthusiast, state-funded and commercial events at the Queen’s Hall (with Matt Brennan, University of Edinburgh)
February 2012: AHRC £95,251.70. Knowledge exchange in the live music sector: Live Music Exchange (with Simon Frith, University of Edinburgh)
February 2012: Higher Education Academy: £4,400. Review of provision of Popular Music in UK Higher Education.
September 2011: AHRC: £556,910.The Musicians Union: A social histor
May 2011: AHRC: £52,000. Collaborative Doctoral Award: 25 Years of the Glasgow International Jazz Festival: Urban regeneration, regional identity and Programming Policy.
November 2010: Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland: £2200. Promoting live music in Japan: A view from the outside
January 2010: Active Events: £6,000 to undertake an evaluation of the Showcase Scotland event
March 2009: Royal Society of Edinburgh £5,500Music Research and Music Policy (with Simon Frith, University of Edinburgh)
October 2008: Australia Research Council: Policy Notes: Local Popular Music in Global Creative Economies: $(AU)225,000 (with Shane Homan, Monash University and Roy Shuker, Victoria University of Wellington)
January 2008: AHRC: £308,000 The promotion of live music: (with Simon Frith, University of Edinburgh).
July 2006: Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland: £1,000 to research popular music policy in Australia.
December 2004: Scottish Executive: Lone Parents in Further Education: £34,280(with Ralf St.Clair, Centre for Research and Development in Adult and Lifelong Learning, University of Glasgow and colleagues from the Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning, Glasgow Caledonian University).
March 2004: Greater Glasgow NHS Board: Factors associated with alcohol-related problems within licensed premises: £24,000 (with Alasdair Forsyth and Jean Barr, Centre for Research and Development in Adult and Lifelong Learning, University of Glasgow).
July 2002: Scottish Enterprise. Mapping the music industry in Scotland: £31,000 (with John Williamson, Sano Management, and Simon Frith, University of Stirling).
May 2001: Cardonald College: Assorted consultancy and research projects: £10,000 (with Kathy MacLachlan, University of Glasgow).
May 2001: HEFCE: The appointment, retention and promotion of academic staff within higher education institutions: £79,225 (with colleagues from SCRE and Nottingham Trent University).
March 2001: North Ayrshire Council: Literacies in North Ayrshire: £10,000 (with Kathy MacLachlan, University of Glasgow).
June 2000: Govan Initiative: Learning in Govan. £6,600 (with Beth Crossan, Glasgow Caledonian University)
November 1999: Scottish Further Education Funding Council. Review of the Current Demand and Supply of Further Education Provision in Scottish Further Education Colleges: £97,200. (joint with the Scottish Further Education Unit, Glasgow Caledonian University and Napier University).
October 1998: Scottish Qualifications Authority: An . examine of completion rates for SVQs and comparisons with England on take-up rates: £20,000 to (with Roy Canning, University of Stirling).
- Ira Papageorgiou. 2006. Learning beyond words.The impact of second language adult education on migrants' social involvement: a comparison between Scotland and Greece.
- Rory Crutchfield. 2011. ‘I Saw America Changed Through Music’: An Examination of the American Collecting Tradition
- Emma Webster. 2011. Promoting live music in the UK: a behind-thescenes ethnography.
- Bob Anderson: 2013. Safety in Numbers: A Social History of Glasgow’s Popular Music Scene.
- Kenny Forbes. 2015: You had to be there? Reflections on the ‘legendary’ status of the Glasgow Apollo theatre (1973-85)
- Kenny Barr: 2016:Music Copyright in the Digital Age: Creators, Commerce and Copyright: An Empirical Study of the UK Music Copyright Industries
- Yuan Wang: 2016: Observations on the Chinese Metal Scene (1990-2013) - History, Identity, Industry, and Social Interpretation
- Jamie Fyffe: 2016 Kind of Blue and the Signifyin(g) Voice of Miles Davis
Convenor of the following programmes:
- M.Litt in The Music Industries
- Introduction to Popular Music Studies
- Working in the Music Industries Since 1800
- The Contemporary Music Industries
- Popular Music Politics
- Popular Music Dissertation
- Research Convenor and REF Champion (Music)
- Internationalisation Officer (School of Culture and Creative Arts)
- Chair, Janey Buchan Politcal Song Collection
- Co-ordinating editor, Popular Music
- Member, Peer Review College, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 2017-2020, 2008-14
- Distniguished Visting Professor, UTS, Sydney, 2016
- Visiting Professor, International Institute for Popular Culture, University of Turku, 2016
- Chair, Freemuse, an international organisation dedicated to musicians' freedom of expression (since 1998)
- Member of the Editorial Boards of Popular Music and Society, the British Journal of Music Education, Perfect Beat and Beiträge zur Popularmusikforschung
- External examiner, PhD theses at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia; the University of Liverpool; Warwick University, Manchester Metropolitan University and for MPhils at the Universities of Strathclyde and Liverpool.
- Visiting lecturer in Popular Music at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia (2000)
- Visiting lecturer, Department of Cultural History at the University of Turku, Finland (2003, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012-17)
- Visiting lecturer, Department of Contemporary Music Studies MacQuarrie University, Australia (2006, 2011)
- Rapporteur, ESRC Project: Striking a Chord: Musicians, Music and non-Governmental Action (RES-155-25-0031)(2007)
- Organiser, (IASPM) UK and Ireland Branch biennial conference (2008)
- Visiting lecturer, Faculty of Humanities at the University of Eastern Finland (2006, 2016)
- Member, Advisory Board of the Starnet Project and the Institute for Popular Culture, University of Turku, Finland
- Specialist Consultant, QAA Scotland for work on Quality Enhancement (2006)
- Chair, Management Group of the Centre for Research and Development in Adult and Lifelong Learning (CRADALL), University of Glasgow (2004-2006)
- Chair (2004-2008) of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM), UK and Ireland Branch
- Board Member, John Wheatley College (2005-2008)
- Martin's appearances have included BBC1, BBC 2, BBC Radio 2 and Radio 4, Radio Scotland, Radio Merseyside, Radio York and Scottish Television.
September 2016: “Thatcherism and The Music Industries: Some Thoughts On a Policy Perspective”, IASPM UKI conference, University of Sussex.
May 2016: “Thatcherism, popular culture and the music industries”, Popular culture, 1980s to now conference, University of Helsinki.
January 2016: “Workers or Capitalists? Reflections on musicians as employers”, Working in Music Conference, Glasgow, (with John Williamson)
December 2015: “The Musicians' Union in Historical Perspective”, Markets, exploitation and employment in the music industry workshop , University of Leeds
November 2015: “Musicians as workers: Some reflections on 122 years of the Musicians’ Union”, Keynote paper at GfPM conference, Arbeitstagung der Gasellschaft für Popularmusikforscgung, Braunschweig, Germany.
September 2015: “Workers as Capitalists? Some reflections on musicians as employers”, Capitalism Conference, University of Leeds (with John Williamson)
July 2015: “Musicians As Workers: Some thoughts on 120 years of the Musicians’ Union”, Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival.
July 2015: “You don’t get me I’m (not) part of the Union: The British Musicians’ Union and Popular Musicians 1963-1989”, IASPM 18th International Conference, Campinas, Brazil.
May 2015: “Keeping out Jazz: The Musician’s Union, “Alien” musicians and British jobs for British workers”, Cheltenham Jazz Festival
April 2015: “Thatcherism and the music industries: Some initial thoughts on a policy perspective”, Thatcherism and Popular Culture symposium, University of Turku, Finland.
April 2015: “Researching live music in the UK”, Dansk Live conference, Svendborg, Denmark.
September 2014 “The needle and the damage done: Some reflections on needletime”, IASPM UK&I biennial conference, University of Cork
April 2014: “Conflict and consensus: the Musicians' Union and industrial relations in the (British) music profession”, Sound Effects, AHRC Network on Subcultures, popular music and social change , University of East Anglia, Norwich.
April 2014: “’You can’t not be political: Simon Frith, politics and Popular Music Studies”, Studying Music: An International Conference in Honour of Simon Frith, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh.
January 2014 “Taking notes: Mapping and teaching popular music in higher education”. Keynote speech at Popular Music Pedagogy Conference, University of Edinburgh.
July 2013 “Researching the Musicians Union – some intital findings”, Musicians Union Conference, Manchester, July 2013.June 2013 “Researching the British Musicians’ Union – Bridging Troubled Waters?”, IASPM International conference, Gijon, Spain (with John Williamson)
June 2013 “Researching the UK's Musicians Union: Some Reflections on Politics and Power”, Keynote speech at Changing The Tune Conference, Strasbourg University, France
June 2013 “A right ding dong: The death of Margaret Thatcher and music censorship in the digital age”, keynote at Researching Music Censorship conference, University of Copenhagen, Denamrk.
May 2013 “The Musicians Union – A workers’ organisation?”, Work and Labour, IASPM, Canada, Hamilton, Ontario.
February 2013 “Researching live music in the UK: Some findings”, keynote speech at MARS music conference, Seinajoki, Finland.
November 2012 “Popular music and locality: a case study of Glasgow”, keynote speech at Nordic Music Week, Stavanger, Norway.
September 2012 “Researching the Musicians' Union: some initial thoughts on a musical community”, IASPM UK and Ireland conference, University of Salford (with John Williamson)
June 2012 “Steering a review: some reflections on a gig”, presented at Policy Notes: Popular Music, Industry and the State conference, Melbourne (co-organiser and invited speaker”.
January 2012: “Researching live music in the UK: Some findings”, keynote/Peter Le Huray Lecture, Royal Musical Association Graduate conference, University of Hull.
June 2011: “Live music as ideology”, presented at the 16th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM), University of Grahamstown, South Africa.
June 2011: “What is a concert ticket? A philosophical enquiry”, presented at IASPm Canada branch conference, McGill University. Montreal.
November 2010: “What makes Glasgow a city of Music? UNESCO, Politics and policies”, invited paper at Music City. Hamburg?! Hamburg.
August 2010: “Promoting business”, presented at 14th Annual Conference of the European Business History Association 2010, Glasgow (with Simon Frith, University of Edinburgh)
February 2010: “Popular Music Politics: The Dark Side of The Tune”, invited paper at the Arts Research: Publics and Purposes conference organised by Gradcam, Ireland.
July 2009: “Live Music and Music Policy: Some initial thoughts”, paper presented as part of specialist panel on live music, 15th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM), University of Liverpool.
June 2009 “Researching Live Music: Some initial thoughts on policy implications”, invited paper at Popular Cultures Research Network Policy and the Popular conference, University of Leeds.
June 2009: “Creating Live Music: An Industrial perspective”, invited paper at Creativity, Innovation and Labour in Music symposium, Open University
November 2006: “Early UK rock stardom”, A History of stardom reconsidered conference, Turku, Finland.
July 2005: “Music andViolence: A Provisional Typology”, Making Music, Making Meaning, 13th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM), Rome.
July 2004: “The music industry doesn’t exist (and if it does, it doesn’t matter”, IASPM UK and Ireland Conference, Limerick.
October 2003: “Musical responses to September 11th”, 14th Working Conference of the ASPM (Working Group on Studying Popular Music), Barendorf.
July 2003: “Mapping the Music Industry in Scotland: Building an Industry or Building an Empire?”, IASPM 12th International Conference, McGill University, Montreal (with John Williamson, Queen Margaret University College).
July 2002: “Three dimensional change? - The relationship between theory, policy and adult’s understanding of literacies work, SCUTREA Conference, University of Stirling (with Kathy Maclachlan, University of Glasgow).
July 2002: “We are devo(lved): Popular music policy in the New Scotland”, IASPM UK Conference, University of Newcastle (with Peter Symon, University of Birmingham).
July 2001: “DeliveringA New Deal? Another strange tale of pop and politics”, IASPM 11th International Conference, University of Turku, Finland.
June 2001: “Families here, they don’t do education, they get jobs”: Men, women and lifelong learning in Govan, Glasgow. Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning Conference, Researching Widening Access, Glasgow Caledonian University.
July 2000: “No pain, no gain? An initial enquiry into the use of Popular Music as a tool of repression”, IASPM (UK) Conference, University of Surrey (with Bruce Johnson, University of New South Wales).
October 1999: “Rethinking the home internationals: Vocational Education in the UK” (with Roy Canning, University of Stirling), Scottish Educational Research Association conference, Dundee:
October 1999: “Censorship and Popular Music in the UK”,, IASPM Benelux branch conference, National Pop Institute of the Netherlands, Amsterdam.
July 1999: “Problematising vocational education in the UK: The decline of the home internationals?” (with Roy Canning, University of Stirling), Third International Conference of the Journal of Vocational Education and Training, Manchester.
July 1999: “Labour’s New Deal For Musicians”. IASPM 10th International Conference, Sydney, Australia.
December 1998: “Education, education, education: parties, voters and the new Scottish electoral system” (with Peter Lynch, University of Stirling), Political Studies Association, British Territorial Politics Group, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
August 1996: "Popular Music and The Nation State: Towards a Theorisation", Identities in Transition conference, the University of Turku, Finland.
July 1995: "What do they know of England? Popular music and Englishness in the mid-1990s", 8th International IASPM Conference, University of Strathclyde.
April 1995: “The Case Study Method: Possibilities and Problems in the Teaching of Politics", Political Studies Association (PSA) conference, University of York:.
March 1994: "The British Nation State in Popular Music", IASPM UK Conference, University of Liverpool.
July 1993: “Not taking the rap: NWA get stranded on an Island of realism”, 7th International Conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM), University of The Pacific, Stockton, California, cited in Steve Redhead's Unpopular Cultures (Manchester University Press, 1995).