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Cultural Intermediaries in the Digital Age: The Case of Independent Musicians and Managers in Toronto
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
2015 (English)In: Regional studies, ISSN 0034-3404, E-ISSN 1360-0591, Vol. 49, no 3, 461-475 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Hracs B. J. Cultural intermediaries in the digital age: the case of independent musicians and managers in Toronto, Regional Studies. This paper explores the limitations of the contemporary do-it-yourself model of music production and the recent shift towards re-specialization in Toronto in Ontario, Canada. It argues that freelance managers are re-emerging as key intermediaries who catalyse and facilitate new organizational forms and strategic partnerships between creative workers. Attention is paid to how digital technologies and shifting market dynamics influence and alter the relationships and contracts between these individuals. The spatial concentration of managers and other 'helpers', including fashion designers, photographers and web designers, is also used to explain why music production remains clustered in space despite the decentralizing potential of digital technologies.

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2015. Vol. 49, no 3, 461-475 p.
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D21, Strategic organization, Toronto (Ontario), Canada, Intermediaries, Creative economy, Managers, Musicians
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Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-246328DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2012.750425ISI: 000348862700003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-246328DiVA: diva2:794147
Available from: 2015-03-10 Created: 2015-03-05 Last updated: 2015-03-10Bibliographically approved

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