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Sociocultural Enablers and Inhibitors of Musical Creativity: A Cross-Cultural Comparison

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 272438

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2012

  • End date

    31 December 2013

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 270 636,80

  • EU contribution

    € 270 636,80

Coordinated by:

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

Objective

"Why does creativity flourish in some music scenes? What makes other scenes seem creatively stifling? And what can educators, administrators, and policymakers do to provide and enhance enabling conditions for creativity?

This project examines the sociocultural factors that enable and inhibit creativity in music. The majority of previous research on creativity analyzes internal processes – more research is urgently needed to examine external influences on creativity. Using ethnographic field research methods, which have rarely been applied to creativity studies, I will investigate how ideology, learning methods, social pressures, financial infrastructures, and copyright practices encourage or restrict musical creativity.

Primary case study data will come from fieldwork on music-cultures in Finland, which offer exemplary models of creativity enhancement strategies. Comparative fieldwork will be conducted in contrasting musical environments in California, and analyzed with reference to published ethnographic data on music scenes in diverse cultures. Cambridge University and the Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice will provide training in creativity research in musicology, psychology, education, arts policy, and copyright. I will synthesize these multidisciplinary perspectives with cross-cultural data to develop new theories of musical creativity. These theories will be relevant and applicable to creativity in other domains and sectors. Results will be disseminated through a monograph published at a major university press and through publicly accessible online materials designed to train educators and policymakers in the enhancement of creativity enabling conditions.

This research answers the European Council's recent (2007, 2009) call for more research on how culture, policies, and education stimulate creativity, for models of good practices and strategies for enhancing cultural creativity, and for more evidence to inform policymaking"
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Coordinator

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

Address

Trinity Lane The Old Schools
Cb2 1tn Cambridge

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 270 636,80

Administrative Contact

Renata Schaeffer (Ms.)

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 272438

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2012

  • End date

    31 December 2013

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 270 636,80

  • EU contribution

    € 270 636,80

Coordinated by:

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom