Many cities consider their live music ecologies to be a valuable asset to urban cul-ture. Many have adopted active live music policies, which is part and parcel of the trend of instrumentalization of urban cultural policies. In this paper we explore the reasons behind the increased political policy attention to live music and we will ex-amine how these policies deal with the changing landscape of live music and events and the trend of festivalisation. We argue that festivalization has become a widely applied policy configuration which has far reaching effects for urban cultures. Its implications can only be understood by looking beyond the instrumental use as an urban growth strategy or as the mere effects of the numerical increase of festivals.
International Journal of Music Business Research (online)
ERMeCC, Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture, Rotterdam

Hitters, E., & Mulder, M. (2020). Live music ecologies and festivalisation: the role of urban live music policies. International Journal of Music Business Research (online), 9(2), 38–57. Retrieved from