Volume 3 of the Cultures & Globalization series, Creativity and Innovations, explores the interactions between globalization and the forms of cultural expression that are their basic resource. Bringing together over 25 high-profile authors from around the world, this volume addresses such questions as: What impacts does globalization have on cultural creativity and innovation? How is the evolving world ‘map’ of creativity related to the drivers and patterns of globalization? What are the relationships between creative acts, clusters, genres or institutions and cultural diversity?

The Cycles of Creativity in the Music Industry

The cycles of creativity in the music industry

The history of the music industry since its emergence in the late nineteenth century reveals a business cycle in which different configurations – from tight oligopolies to highly competitive markets – correspond to different degrees of creative output. While during oligopolistic phases more or less one music style (swing in the 1940s, or superstar-pop in the 1990s) has dominated the scene, in more competitive phases we can observe a high diversity of music expressions. In this chapter the interrelationship of a changing industry structure and the differences in creative expression will be examined in their historical context in order to generate a model of innovation and creativity in the music ...

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