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The Roles of Music in Effecting Change: Considerations about Public Policy

King, Elaine C.



The aim of this article is to consider questions, issues, and debates about music in public policy, a topic that featured in the final session of the Musics, Selves and Societies workshop at the University of Cambridge in June 2018. The first part of this article provides a backdrop by defining key terminology and describing the political environment in relation to music, specifically in the UK. It deciphers the scope of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) alongside public, professional, and charitable bodies as well as learned societies. The second part highlights three main areas of focus that were identified in the final session of the workshop: considerations about the value of music; considerations about the meaning of music; and considerations about policy-making. Each of these areas are discussed in turn before final remarks are put forward about steps for managing change.


King, E. C. (2020). The Roles of Music in Effecting Change: Considerations about Public Policy. Music and Science, 3,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 1, 2020
Online Publication Date Jul 8, 2020
Publication Date 2020
Deposit Date Jul 10, 2020
Publicly Available Date Jul 10, 2020
Journal Music and Science
Print ISSN 2059-2043
Electronic ISSN 2059-2043
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Keywords Meaning; Public policy; Value
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