Introduction

Local Acts, Global Success - How Ireland Produces Popular Music - Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy [+-]
Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin
Michael Mary Murphy is a lecturer on the music industry at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin. He worked in the music industry for twenty years as an artist manager as well as an artist and repertoire (A&R) manager in New York and London. He has published a number of articles on the Irish music industry for academic journals and contributes to radio and print media outlets on Irish music industry topics.
Jim Rogers [+-]
Dublin City University
Jim Rogers is a lecturer in communications at Dublin City University. His core research interests centre on the media and cultural industries, music, and copyright. His first book, The Death and Life of the Music Industry in the Digital Age was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2013. He is the co-editor of A Critical Guide to Intellectual Property, Zed, 2017 and author of many published academic articles on the music industry.

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Here we set out our argument that to understand the music artists and music industry of any country it is vital to understand the scene that produced them. Therefore, we have undertaken a comprehensive analysis of the networks behind Ireland’s most successful music acts as well as a critical overview of the current music scene. Many popular music histories fail to acknowledge the vital way in which artists are sustained and nurtured by their local music scene. The over-emphasis by these histories on the successful marketing of well-known acts by major firms undervalues the personal, small-scale, yet pivotal role played by the local music scene. When the three major music firms are credited with ‘discovering’ and bringing artists to the global market, the day-to-day workings of the local scene are ignored, obscured or mythologised. This misperception makes it difficult for the state, and other interested actors, to address the problems, and opportunities, of the music scene in an empirically-based way.

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Murphy, Michael; Rogers, Jim. Introduction. Local Acts, Global Success - How Ireland Produces Popular Music. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Oct 2020. ISBN 9781781797808. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=36030. Date accessed: 17 Jun 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.36030. Oct 2020

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