The Effect of Convergent Digitisation and Neoliberalisation on the Future of Music and the State of Music as the Indication of the Future

Ewa Mazierska (Professor of contemporary cinema at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Central Lancashire)


My paper will try to account why prophetic character is attributed to music and what the current state of music can tell us about its future, as well as the future of other areas of human activities. In particular, I will focus on the combined effects of two changes, located in the last decade of the twentieth century: convergent digitisation and neoliberalisation. My question is whether twenty years later music business, musicians and consumers of music embrace them or oppose them. My paper is largely based on the chapters for the collection on this topic, prepared for Bloomsbury, edited by Les Gillon, Tony Rigg and myself.