Dr Kenneth Barr
- Research Associate (Theatre, Film and Television Studies)
Kenny Barr is a Research Associate on the ‘Television in Transition’ project at the Centre for Cultural Policy Research. Prior to his appointment at CCPR, Kenny was awarded a Lord Kelvin/Adam Smith Scholarship to undertake doctoral research into music copyright in the digital age.
This doctoral research focused on copyright as it shapes the commercial decision-making of creators and investors in the contemporary UK music industries. Building on this it is clear that a number of relevant cross-sector phenomena can be observed in the music and television production sectors, as well as the wider creative industries.
These include: the fragmentation of markets/audiences; rapid proliferation of nascent intermediaries and platforms; vertical and horizontal integration at all levels of cultural production; consolidation of ownership/control of output; the so-called ‘disintermediation’,‘re-intermediation’ and ‘democratisation’ of media production.
Of particular interest is the interplay between commercial and creative decision-making. That is to say, the extent to which factors such as: notions of independence, corporate structure and ownership/control of rights shape the character of the content that is produced.
- University of Glasgow Lord Kelvin/Adam Smith PhD Scholarship 2011-2015: ‘Music Copyright in the Digital Age’
Selected conference papers
‘Is Forever Longer Than Always?’ Life of Copyright Contracts in the UK Recording Industry’, MU History Conference, Glasgow, UK, 14th-15th January 2016
‘Going for a Song: Theory and Practice of Contracts in Music Publishing’ (co-authored with Professor Ruth Towse) SERCI Conference, Glasgow, UK, 2nd-4th September 2015
‘The Gift that Keeps Giving’: Copyright and Gift in the Digital Music Economy, IASPM 18th Biennial Conference, Campinas: Brazil, 29th June-3rd July 2015
‘Take it or leave it!’: Copyright, Creators and Commercial Decision-Making, IASPM Benelux 30th Anniversary Conference: Rotterdam, Netherlands, 6th-7th November 2014
Musicians and Copyright: A Digital Crisis?, IASPM 17th Biennial Conference: Gijon, Spain, 24th-28th June 2013
‘Just Got Paid’: Copyright’s Division of Musical Labour in the Digital Age, IASPM Canada Conference: Hamilton, Canada, 23rd-26th May 2013
Barr, K. (2013) ‘Theorizing Music Streaming: Preliminary Investigations’, Scottish Music Review, Vol.3. http://www.scottishmusicreview.org/index.php/SMR/article/view/40
Barr, K. (2015) ‘PRS for Music Festival and Concert Tariff Review’, livemusicexchange.org, available at: http://livemusicexchange.org/blog/prsfor-music-festival-and-concert-tariff-review-kenny-barr/
Article Under Review
Barr, K. & Towse, R. (forthcoming) ‘For the Sake of the Song: Writer Contracts in the Contemporary UK Music Publishing Industry’
Kretschmer, M. and Singh, S. (eds.) (2014) Creative Industries Hopes and Fears / September 2014, CREATe
copyrightuser.org (2017) ‘Going for a Song’, available at: http://copyrightuser.org/going-for-a-song/
Barr, K. (2013) Review of Stahl, M. (2012) 'Unfree Masters: Recording Artists and the Politics of Work' in Popular Music, 32, pp. 527-529.
Barr, K. (2013) Review of Inglis, I. (2013) 'Popular Music and Television in Britain' in Popular Music, 32, pp. 139-141.
Barr, K. (2012) Review of McLeod, K. and Kuenzli, R. (2011) 'Cutting Across Media: Appropriation Art, Interventionist Collage and Copyright Law' in Popular Music, 31, pp. 301-303.