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 a member of the editorial boards of Popular Music, Popular Music and Society, the British Journal of Music Education, Beitrage zur Popularmusikforschung and the Journal of Adult and Continuing Education. 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.
January 2013: Knowledge Exchange Fund: £5010, 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.
- 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 history
- 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).
- March 2001: North Ayrshire Council: Research training for youth workers: £2,250.
- 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).
- Robert Anderson: 'Glasgow's music scene since 1979.'
- Kenny Barr: 'Music and copyright in the internet age.'
- Rory Crutchfield: 'Constructing collective or national memory and memorialising American culture through the collection of folk music in America in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.' (2nd supervisor)
- Alison Eales: 'The Glasgow International Jazz festival: A Critical History.'
- Kenneth Forbes: 'Glasgow as a live music city: an analysis of the 'legendary' Apollo venue and its audience.'
- Fraser Hammond: 'American music and the counterculture.'
- Jackie Noltingk: 'Classical Music audiences in Glasgow and Edinburgh since 1945.'
- Adam Scott: 'How are decisions are made in the creative process of music making? How are choices recognised, how are decisions justified, and what criteria and resources are used when working?'
- 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.
Convenor of the following programmes:
- MLitt in Popular Music Studies
- MLitt in Popular Music Studies (Music Industries)
- MLitt in Popular Music Studies (Creative practice)
- Popular Music Theory
- Popular Music History
- Popular Music Industries
- Popular Music Politics
- Popular Music Dissertation
- Research Convenor and Committee Rep (Music)
- Member, Peer Review College, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
- External examiner, PhD theses at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia; the University of Liverpool; 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)
- 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)
- Member, steering group, Alcohol Education and Research Council (AERC) project, Assessing the relationship between last night drinks marketing and alcohol related disorder (2006)
- Organiser, (IASPM) UK and Ireland Branch biennial conference (2008)
- Visiting lecturer, Faculty of Humanities at the University of Joensuu (2006)
- Member, Advisory Board of the Starnet Project and the Institute for Popular Culture, University of Turku, Finland
- Member, Editorial Board for the History of Stardom Reconsidered conference proceedings (University of Turku, 2006)
- Member of the Subject Health review team for Commercial Music, University of Paisley (2003)
- 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)
- Contributor, Index on Censorship
- Chair, Freemuse, an international organisation dedicated to musicians' freedom of expression (since 1998)
- Chair (2004-2008) of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM), UK and Ireland Branch; currently member of the Executive
- External referee, conference proceedings, IASPM-ANZ Annual Conference, Wellington, December 2005 (2007)
- Reviews Editor, Popular Music and a member of the Editorial Boards of Popular Music and Society, the British Journal of Music Education, Perfect Beat, Beiträge zur Popularmusikforschung and the Journal of Adult and Continuing Education (reviews editor 2004 - 2005)
- 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.
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).