From the margins to the mainstream: Creating value in Queensland’s Music Industry

Hearn, Gregory N., Ninan, Abraham, Rogers, Ian K., Cunningham, Stuart D., & Luckman, Susan H. (2004) From the margins to the mainstream: Creating value in Queensland’s Music Industry. Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: Quarterly Journal of Media Research and Resources, pp. 101-114.


Like elsewhere, the music industry in Queensland is comprised of two tiers. The first tier is composed of products and services engaged by major music labels and commercially successful artists who at times attract significant sales. The second tier, or what is sometimes referred to as the 'grassroots' (Gibson, 2002), largely consists of independent musicians, production personnel and producers attracting both niche and at times mainstream audiences. Characterised by informally networked micro-economies, independent artists, niche markets and the exploitation of new technologies, the second tier is also of interest to cultural researchers who have tended to concentrate on sub-cultural music communities and music produced outside of the mass market first tier.

A mapping survey, which examined the Queensland music industry in terms of size, location, income and activity, is complemented by interviews with musicians, label owners, production personnel and others involved in the music "scene". We explore how second tier practices (such as a reliance on social networking to achieve recordings and performance opportunities, as well as DIY culture and innovative business approaches) offer alternative methods for "doing music" and generating value in the creative industries.

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ID Code: 2466
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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ISSN: 1324-5325
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 (The authors)
Deposited On: 11 Nov 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:38

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