The creative industries have experienced huge changes over the past two decades. New technologies have revolutionised the means of production and distribution of all popular creative activities, in music, in film, in TV and print. The old, vertical hierarchies, where the creation of content was managed centrally and distributed through defined networks have been disrupted, and new and flatter ontologies of creation and distribution have to some extent replaced them. The academy has a role to play in articulating these issues and in preparing students to work within the industry.

In response to this, we asked for contributions/ papers/ presentations/ performances that addressed these issues in the context of a one day conference.

We were very pleased with the response and look forward to a stimulating and provocative day of papers and interventions.

We are very grateful to Fisheye Film Festival and UK Music for their active involvement in this.

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