The people who watch the bands are the people who are in the bands: The influence of social networks and social capital on creative and business activity in local music scenes
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The mix of creative activity which occurs in local music scenes and industries is undoubtedly influenced by the social networks and associated social capital that support their functioning. This is particularly the case with indie pop/rock music activity in Perth, Western Australia (WA). In this locale, a tight knit community supports and influences the way in which creativity activity takes place. This chapter examines the mix of creative activity that occurs within this scene within the framework of social networks and social capital. It explores how such factors influence the resulting creative mix of activity, cultural outputs and career development. Broadly, it comments on how such networks influenced the ability for this music to gain national traction in the late 1990s and early 2000s, while also influencing the broader development of Perth's local music scene and industry.
Proceedings of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music Australia-New Zealand 2014 Conference. Into the Mix: People, Place, Processes.
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