Public lecture – “Music in the Regulatory Matrix”

“Music in the Regulatory Matrix”

A public lecture with Dr Will Straw

March 20, 7:30 PM @ Museum London


The place of music within public policy, in Canada, has typically been thought of in terms of policies governing radio airplay (Canada Content regulations), trade (tariffs on the importation of sound recordings) and copyright (the remuneration of composers and musicians.) Music, however, is caught within complex webs of regulation at several levels, from those governing noise and alcohol in cities through broader frameworks which shape the “night time economies” of cities. Music is thus the object of policy at provincial, federal and municipal levels of government, constrained and enabled through multiple sets of regulation and control that are rarely discussed as “cultural policies.” My paper will examine these frameworks, building the argument that cultural policy is rarely there where one looks to find it.


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