Live music and the New Urban Agenda: Social, economic, environmental and spatial sustainability in live music ecologies

Arno van der Hoeven, Erik Hitters*

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This conceptual study explores the relationship between live popular music and the sustainability goals of the New Urban Agenda, which is the United Nation's vision on a sustainable future in the context of growing urbanisation. In connection to the Sustainable Development Goals, the agenda reflects a broad approach to sustainability. It addresses environmental, social, economic and spatial issues. We consider the opportunities and complexities of implementing these four forms of sustainability in live music ecologies. Therefore, this article discusses the impacts of musical performance on social relationships in cities, urban economies and the environment. Furthermore, we examine the spatial conditions needed to support these sustainability goals. To achieve the proposed goals, various stakeholders (e.g. music organisations, urban planners and policy-makers) will need to work together to, among other things, enhance inclusivity, mitigate the negative effects of live music on the environment, and address issues of gentrification.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100490
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalCity, Culture and Society
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) and the Taskforce for Applied Research (NRPO/SIA), grant number 314-99-202, research programme Smart Culture - Arts and Culture, as part of the project Staging Popular Music: Researching Sustainable Live Music Ecologies for Artists, Music Venues and Cities (POPLIVE). Partners in this project are Mojo Concerts and The Association of Dutch Pop Music Venues and Festivals (VNPF).

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