The Growth of Community Music in the United Kingdom

Lee Higgins

in Community Music

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199777839
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950218 | DOI:
The Growth of Community Music in the United Kingdom

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The purpose of this chapter is to provide a foundation through which international community music practice can be explored. The chapter presents a historic perspective of community music in the UK as it provides many of the key ideas that contemporary community music expressions are built upon. A form of activism located within the politics of the New Left, community music can be initially seen as a protest against the dominant culture’s articulation of music’s nature and purpose. Describing the cultural, economic, and political backgrounds that supported its growth and development the chapter uses five themes that reflect its significant milestones: musicians in residence, music animateur, music collectives and punk rock, the formation of a national development agency, and definitions.

Keywords: punk; definition; musicians in residence; music animateur; New Left; music collectives

Chapter.  5029 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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