Resources: Research



To support an in-depth analysis of music curation and connected issues, Sounds Now is collaborating with two higher education institutions as associated partners. Directions explored include:

  • A reflection on the importance of curating practices in defining who is heard in today’s music world
  • The state of music curation in European festivals and music production houses today
  • A comparison of practices and trends in this field with those in other performing and visual arts

In order to provide a wide picture on music curating practices, this section will also include research undertaken more widely on curation and inclusion in contemporary music and sound art.


George E. Lewis asks: “Who is ‘we’?”

George E. Lewis


“Curating is not a tour guide” – SN mentor Du Yun

Du Yun cultural ownership in music curation


Sandeep Bhagwati calls out the everyday racism of “world music”

Sandeep Bhagwati


Thoughts on curation from the directors of SPOR

SPOR Festival


Marilyn Nonken: Identity and Diversity