Music Festival Studies: Current Perspectives, Future Directions

March 13-15, 2020 // Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA

POSTPONED: Music Festival Studies Conference

Dear Music Festival Studies Participants,

It is with regret and disappointment that we announce that the conference this coming weekend will need to be postponed. We were so looking forward to meeting all of you and having a wonderful weekend of discussions and papers. Unfortunately, recent escalations in the COVID-19 outbreak have brought us to the conclusion that we cannot responsibly hold the event as planned.

We are still working on contingency options, which might include either a totally “virtual” conference at a somewhat later date this spring once we have had more time to set up the technology to make this possible; or a reschedule of our in-person event later in 2020 at MIT, perhaps seeking additional funding to defray junior scholars’ costs in acknowledgment that this cancellation will have very different financial impact on different people with different funding situations.

We will be in touch soon as we explore the feasibility of our options. In the meantime, thank you all so much for your hard work, your commitment to music scholarship, and your understanding.

Emily, Lisa, and Caitlin

Download Program PDF [updated Feb. 10]

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  • Lisa Jakelski, Eastman School of Music
  • Emily Richmond Pollock, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Caitlin Schmid, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

[Photo: “Angélique Kidjo” at Crashfest 2016 by marzianademarzo is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 ]

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