Australia and New Zealand Chapter of IASPM: International Association for the Study of Popular Music
IASPM and the AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND BRANCH
IASPM was formed in 1981 out of an international convergence of interests.
It has grown into an international network of over 600 members in 40 countries on 6 continents.
The Australia - New Zealand branch of IASPM explores all forms of popular music in the Pacific region. Members have widely acknowledged expertise in indigenous musics, 'world' musics, the place of music in cinema, Australian recording and live performance histories, fan cultures and industry studies. Members' interests extend across pop, rock, country, rap, hip hop, jazz, techno and folk music forms.
IASPM encompasses, and indeed welcomes, the diversity of members' interests and knowledges as musicians, producers, administrators, DJs, academics, students and fans. The association seeks to reconcile members' enthusiasm for popular music with issues directly affecting musicians, fans, recording practices, venues, government policy. It provides a vital resource for those interested in popular music to connect with appropriate members and research material in their areas of interest. It also opens up a wide international network of members and branches regarding access to other research networks.
To preserve its autonomy, the association remains independent of all commercial and government interests. Membership rates vary, depending upon category of membership (local or international), and member status (student, full, institutional).