Journal article

The social and built infrastructure of cultural policy: between selective popular memory and future plans


International Journal of Cultural Policy | Taylor & Francis | Published : 2019


The rise of digital music distribution has caused decreasing returns from CD and cassette sales in Burkina Faso and Ghana. In response to this decline in revenues, artists and their management have been trying to find ways to find other sources of income. One major way of doing this has been through focusing on (live) music performance. Yet this requires built and social infrastructures that are not always present, functional, or put to full use. This paper explores how musicians and music workers make sense of the cultural policies that have shaped and will shape the built infrastructure (concert venues, clubs, etc.) they need. Because the complex links between the built and social infrastr..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the European Cultural Foundation [Cultural Policy Research Award].