Democratising Digitisation: Making History with Community Music Societies in Digitally Enabled Collaborations

Rachel Elizabeth Cowgill, Alan Dix, Christina Bashford, J. Stephen Downie, Michael Twidale, Maureen Reagan, Rupert Ridgwell, Simon McVeigh

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In post-COVID times we are focusing quite rightly on the plight of our major cultural institutions; but just as important are the local societies that enrich our community life, including amateur music societies, devastated by stringent social-distancing requirements and the health and safety implications of live performance in small spaces. We propose a vision of digitally enabled collaboration that may help these societies rebuild their sense of community and purpose, by working together with academics, archives, and a major US arts centre to reconnect with their past and enrich understanding of their own histories and traditions within a broader national context.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 16 Oct 2020
Event7th International Conference on Digital Libraries for Musicology - McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Duration: 16 Oct 202016 Oct 2020


Conference7th International Conference on Digital Libraries for Musicology
Abbreviated titleDLfM
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  • musicology
  • performance history
  • digital archives
  • digital humanities
  • ephemera
  • concerts
  • Linked Data
  • open data

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