Royal Musical Association Annual Conference 2017: Edge Hill University Panel: The European Song Contest: discussion with Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest (EBU)

Baker, Catherine E, Bennett, Marie, Jackson, Phil, Sand, Jon Ola, Scott, Derek B, Singleton, Brian and Witts, Richard (2017) Royal Musical Association Annual Conference 2017: Edge Hill University Panel: The European Song Contest: discussion with Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest (EBU). Royal Musical Association Annual Conference 2017, 07/09/2017 - 09/09/2017, University of Liverpool.

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Abstract

The annual Eurovision Song Contest, (ESC) founded in 1956 by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), attracts songs representing each of 42 broadcasting members in national heats culminating each May in two televised live shows and a three-and-a-half hour finale which is claimed to be watched by nearly 200 million viewers. There is also a Junior version of the competition. Technically adventurous, it is the generator of complex statistics based on sophisticated voting systems. Academically it represents a significant supra-national musical project centered on socio-political concepts of shared European identity, with their shifting aesthetic parities and diversities, but in the form of a symbolic contest between separate sovereign entities. The aim of this panel is to advance academic understanding of the ESC, which has been too quickly dismissed as the producer of camp tat on one side and, on the other, of how hegemonic affiliations benefit from factional polling. The session will take the form of a sequence of short papers from the panel of five, which will include an executive representative of the EBU and - we hope - a former Eurovision finalist, to be followed by a round-table discussion on the issues raised, with the contribution of the chief executive of the Contest, Jon Ola Sand.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: This panel was convened and chaired by Richard Witts of Edge Hill University for the Royal Musical Association's 2017 annual conference held at the University of Liverpool.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Eurovision, Eurovision Song Contest, European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Shared European Identity, ABBA, Jon Ola Sand
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions: Performing Arts
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Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2017 16:51
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/9807

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