This issue of the International Journal of Heritage Studies presents the first results of the European research project entitled ‘Popular music heritage, cultural memory, and cultural identity. Localised popular music histories and their significance for music audiences and music industries in Europe’, hereafter referred to with the acronym POPID. The three-year project, which started in 2010, was financed under the Humanities for the European Research Area (HERA) and set out to examine the increasing importance of popular music in contemporary renderings of cultural identity, and local and national cultural heritage, from a comparative perspective. To this end, the POPID brought together a team of internationally established academics in the fields of popular music studies, sociology of the arts, media research and cultural studies. The Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture at Rotterdam’s Erasmus University led the project, which included partners at the University of Liverpool, the University of Ljubljana and the University of Vienna.

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Keywords POPID, cultural identity, popular music
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Series ERMeCC - Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture
Journal International Journal of Heritage Studies
Grant This work was funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme; grant id fp7/217152 - Trans-national co-operation among National Contact Points for Socio-economic sciences and the Humanities (NET4SOCIETY)
Brandellero, A.M.C, Janssen, M.S.S.E, Cohen, S, & Roberts, L. (2013). Popular music heritage, cultural memory and cultural identity. International Journal of Heritage Studies . doi:10.1080/13527258.2013.821624