Graduation
Graduation Day, University of Glasgow 2011

I received my PhD from the University of Glasgow in November 2011. The title of my thesis was ‘Promoting Live Music: A Behind-The-Scenes Ethnography’ and the research involved comparative ethnographic work into live music scenes in Glasgow, Bristol, and Sheffield, including participant observation and extensive interviews with live music workers and audiences.

I am a co-founder of the Live Music Exchange research hub and was the postdoctoral research associate on two major Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded (AHRC) projects at the University of Edinburgh (UK Live Music Census) and East Anglia (Impact of Festivals).

To access my publications including the history of the London Jazz Festival and the UK Live Music Census report, go to the Books, Reports and Papers page.

To read more about the different projects with which I’ve been involved, go to the Projects page.

Overview

  • My principal research interests are in live music and the live music industries in the UK, with a particular interest in festivals;
  • In 2016-2018, I was the postdoctoral research associate on the UK Live Music Census, the first ever national music census in the world to map live music activity across a whole country. The project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and follows on from our work on the Edinburgh Live Music Census in 2015. Go to the Books, Reports and Papers page to download the final report and live music census toolkit;
  • Between November 2015 and November 2016, I worked on a one-year project about the Impact of Festivals at the University of East Anglia with Professor George McKay, which resulted in a free downloadable book about the history of the project collaborators, the EFG London Jazz Festival, and a report for the funder, Arts and Humanities Research Council, published at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival in April 2016;
  • I am the co-author of a major three-part series of books about the history of live music in Britain, and have single-authored one journal article and one book chapter. See Books, Reports and Papers for more information;

    Emma Webster MARS keynote 040216
    Giving the keynote at the MARS Festival in Finland 2016
  • I have presented at a number of national and international conferences, including giving the keynote speech at the UK-Ireland Postgraduate Conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) in September 2015, and the MARS Festival in Seinäjoki, Finland, in February 2016;
  • I am a co-founder of the knowledge exchange network and online resource, Live Music Exchange, a development of a three-year AHRC-funded project investigating live music in Britain, led by Professors Simon Frith and Martin Cloonan;
  • As part of my knowledge exchange activities, I appeared on the Festivals Britannia panel at Kendal Calling with Professor George McKay in 2015, wrote the Association of Independent Festivals’ six year report for the Festival Congress in 2014, and co-authored the UK Festival Awards market report in 2010 with Matt Brennan; I presented both the latter reports at the related music industry conferences.
Advertisements