11th Vienna Music Business Research Days

September 21 – September 23, 2020

mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna
Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna, Austria


Due to the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic and especially due to the persisting international travel restrictions, the Vienna Music Business Research Days conference will be taking place in digital format.

Join us on 22 and 23 September 2020! Free entry, the link to the conference will be provided after
registration via vmbrd@mdw.ac.at


Program September 22
Program September 23


The 11th Vienna Music Business Research Days will be held online from September 21 to 23, 2020.

Music Business Research is an inter-discipline at the intersection of economic, artistic, cultural, social, legal, technological and further developments which contribute to the creation/production, dissemination/ distribution and reception/consumption of music. This interdisciplinary nature calls for methodological multiplicity and is open to scholars from all scientific areas.

The conference organizers invite scholars (from the postdoctoral level on) who have a research focus on music business/industry related topics to submit a paper proposal for the conference day on September 22, 2020.

Scholarly submissions on this year’s conference theme “Emerging Music Markets” are equally welcome as on other aspects of music business research.

Indicative themes include but are not limited to:

  • Past, current and future developments in the music industry (recorded / live / publishing / retailing / wholesaling, etc.)
  • Economic and historic analyses of music markets, charts or audiences
  • Issues in marketing and/or branding music, musicians or music institutions
  • Aspects of musical and musician diversity in music business
  • Critical discourses on the economic, social and cultural contributions of (live) music
  • New products, formats and business models in the music sectors
  • Strategies and strategizing of musicians and music institutions
  • Situatedness and power in musician labor markets
  • Agency and social practices in the music business
  • Legal issues in the music business (contracts, copyright, policies) from an international perspective
  • Fit for the market? Acquiring skills for the music business
  • Doing things right! New solutions for fairness and transparency in the music business
  • Entrepreneurial musician und music entrepreneurs
  • An age of disruption? Technological developments in the music industry



Please send an abstract of your proposal to vmbrd@mdw.ac.at no later than May 31, 2020. Detailed information: Call For Papers

All submissions must include a title, authors (names, affiliations, e-mails of all authors and a notation (*) of the corresponding author), an abstract of 1,000-1,500 words and 3-5 keywords. Abstracts must be submitted in English, as a MS Word file (*.doc or *.docx) or *.pdf file, and include:

  • Objectives of the research
  • Brief description of the disciplinary/theoretical context/background
  • Research questions and/or hypotheses
  • Methodology
  • Main or expected conclusions / contribution
  • Main references

Abstracts will be subject to a double-blind peer-review process by an international jury, and authors will be notified of acceptance by July 1, 2020.

Final papers should be sent before August 31, 2020. They should not exceed 7,000 words (including abstracts, figures, tables, references and appendices) and follow the author guidelines of the International Journal of Music Business Research (IJMBR). You may also want to consider publication in IJMBR after the conference.


Important dates

May 31, 2020 - Abstract submission deadline 

July 1, 2020 -  Notification of acceptance

August 31, 2020 - Submission deadline for full papers

September 22, 2020 - Conference day (paper sessions)

September 23, 2020 - Conference day for invited speakers on "Emerging Music Markets"

For students at all levels of the MA & PhD a doctoral colloquium (Young Scholars' Workshop) will be held as part of the 10th Vienna Music Business Research Days on September 21, 2020. Find a separate call for papers here.


Registration Fee

There is no registration fee this year. If you want to join us, please register via vmbrd@mdw.ac.at and we will send you a Zoom-link before the conference start.



Slavomira Martiskova

mailto: vmbrd@mdw.ac.at

Department of Cultural Management and Gender Studies (IKM)

University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna

Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna, Austria

Tel.: +43-1-71155-3418


For further information, please check:


Vienna Music Business Research Days

Media Library - 10th Vienna Music Business Research Days

Media Library - 9th Vienna Music Business Research Days

Media Library - 8th Vienna Music Business Research Days

10th Anniversary VMBRD