The Price of music

The Price of music

Study day about the music economy

October 18th, 2016; from 9a.m to 6p.m

Auditorium A 330 – 1st cycle building (University of Evry Val d’Essonne)

Organizers: Fanny Gribenski, and Etienne


All through this day, we will try, through specific studies concerning different times and areas, to ask questions often neglected in musicology: how did or do musicians live? What structural pressures are exerted on musical production? Public policies and patronage: are they a management of the musical market? The music economy and “free” music: what is at stake?

Papers presented this day will be followed by questions which will permit to underline the strong points after every approach developed by participants..


9a.m to 9:15a.m: Introduction by Fanny Gribenski (University of Evry)

9:15a.m to 9:45a.m: “Le droit des pauvres” (poor’s right): when tax archives shed light on concert life. Paris 1822-1848. (Etienne Jardin, Palazzetto Bru Zane- Centre de musique romantique française)

9:45a.m to 10:45a.m: Contracts and orders: Renaissance Italian organ economic stakes (Hugo Perina, EHESS and the University of Burgundy)

10:45a.m to 11a.m: Break

11a.m to 12p.m: Catholic musicians’ wages in France during the 20th century (Vincent Rollin, Jean Monnet University of Saint-Etienne)

12p.m to 1p.m: Union structures and salary demands of orchestral musicians at the dawn of the 20th century (Guillemette Prévot, CNSMDP)

Lunch break


2:30p.m to 3:30p.m: Amateurs and professionals: free music and profits during the first times of the Web 2.0: the musical blogosphere example (François Ribac, University of Burgundy)

3:30p.m to 4:30p.m: Economic norms and social identities of France’s amateur choirs (Guillaume Lurton, University of Poitiers)

4:30p.m to 4:45p.m: Break

4:45p.m to 5:45p.m: Round Table and conclusions (Gilles Demonet, Paris-Sorbonne University)