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Doctoral Fellowship in Mapping and Measuring the Scottish Music Industry 2019, UK

University of Glasgow


December 14, 2018

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Mapping and Measuring the Scottish Music Industry

Project Summary

The value of the music industry in Scotland has not been measured since Martin Cloonan, Simon Frith and John Williamson’s “Mapping the Music Industry in Scotland” report in 2003. Since that time the global music industries have faced dramatic technological, political, economic, and cultural disruptions. More recently, Creative Scotland commissioned a music sector review (conducted by EKOS in 2013) but did not have the scope to provide a detailed focus on specific challenges facing Scottish SME music businesses, nor was it able to take into account the impact of recent political disruptions such as Brexit and their impact on Scotland’s position and prospects in the international music industries.

The project aims to address these significant changes and the lack of Scottish-specific data on the music industries to map the current music industry ecosystem, measure its value and assess opportunities for growth. In addition, the student will carry out the following related objectives:

  1. assemble a dynamic online database of the music industry in Scotland.
  2. identify the key actors in the industry (e.g. Artists and Composers, Live Music, The Recording Industry, Media, Technology, Other Creative, Ancillary, Education and Retail) and analyze their relationship to one another within the wider UK and global music industries, as well as related international creative and technology industries.
  3. conduct comparative research that examines music industries in countries of comparable size and means (e.g. Sweden, Norway) and identify examples of best practice and gaps in provision in the Scottish context.


We encourage applications from students with the following qualifications and experience:

- A first class (or equivalent) undergraduate degree, preferably in a subject relevant to creative industries research (candidates from across the arts, humanities, and social sciences will all be considered). 
Applicants should also have a Masters-level degree that satisfies AHRC eligibility requirements for advanced research training, or equivalent professional/occupational experience. 

- Prior experience in, and/or knowledge of, the music industries is desirable.
- Skills in quantitative and qualitative research, MS Excel, and web design are desirable but not essential.

Funding eligibility

To be eligible for a full award a student must have a relevant connection with the United Kingdom. A relevant connection may be established if the following criteria is met:

  • The candidate has been ordinarily resident in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay
  • Been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences)
  • Not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals).

To be eligible for a fees only award:

  • Students from EU countries other than the UK are generally eligible for a fees-only award. To be eligible for a fees-only award, a student must be ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU; in the same way as UK students must be ordinarily resident in the UK.

To be eligible you will also need to be accepted onto the relevant PhD programme via University of Glasgow Admissions.

Further details of funding eligibility criteria are available in the guidance notes on the SGSAH website.

How to apply

Applicants should submit a Curriculum Vitae, including contact details of one academic referee, and a 2-page covering letter outlining why they are interested in this collaborative doctoral award and what they would bring to this project.

This should be sent in an email to and by 14 December 2018.

Interviews will be held on 11 January 2019. Interviewing will enable the identification of a candidate who will liaise with the supervisory team and complete a full CDA PhD studentship application form by 13th February 2019, for consideration and final evaluation by SGSAH. Those successfully nominated will not be automatically funded.

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November 20, 2018


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