Nowadays, rather than consuming only high culture, members of the middle to upper classes tend to be consuming much of what would have previously been dismissed as low culture. For example, there has been a tendency in the Scandinavian countries from the late 1970s onwards, to expand the repertoires and resources of music as an educational subject, an academic field, as well as an area for support and funding from cultural authorities, organizations and institutions. Herein, many popular music genres have gained considerable educational, curricular and institutional status. In this research project, this is metaphorically referred to as ’musical gentrification’, and a key issue to be examined is whether this trend has made an impact on the social dynamics and cultural inclusion/exclusion processes in the Norwegian society over the past couple of decades.
The project is jointly funded by The Research Council of Norway’s funding scheme for independent projects (FRIPRO), Hedmark University College and the Norwegian Academy of Music for the period 2013-16.