Thesis / Dissertation

Democratising orchestras: How do player-governed orchestras sustain their governance?

Brian Gordon Long, Catherine MacNeill (ed.)

Published : 2019


Player-governed orchestras use democratic and participatory organisational models that give musicians governance control and have sustained these governance structures over many decades. The labour-management literature suggests, however, that worker governance can be difficult to sustain. This study investigates the research question: how do player-governed orchestras sustain their governance structures? Using qualitative interviews with musicians and managers in five orchestras and one contemporary music ensemble, based in Germany and the UK, I investigate the sustainability of governance by musicians and how these organisations have achieved it. My research appraises the economic, artisti..

View full abstract

University of Melbourne Researchers