Faculty Director, Dr. Robert Fink,
Inaugural Director, Dr. Gigi Johnson,

Our UCLA Colleagues and Collaborators

Innovation, as opposed to invention, has systemic impact on how we live, create, and work.

At the UCLA Center for Music Innovation, we explore how innovation changes social connections and human systems around music and with music.  We are gathering communities of interest and researchers to discuss systemic shifts, change drivers, and long-term impacts.  In our inaugural year, we are launching a series of events and programs to bringing together industry, creators, and other intrigued parties to a collaborative table, both “live” and online.

This Center focuses not just on the “what” and “how” of Innovation around music, but also the “Why?”, “Why now?”, and “with what impact on which parties, separately and together?” from this system-wide disruption and rebuilding.

  • Why are creative and social changes happening?
  • How do we create together and separately based on these shifts?
  • How can we understand how others are re-crafting the business and community around us? Are we taking active or passive roles?  Can we take more active roles?
  • How do these changes affect us as people? How and where we work?  Our assumptions on creative tools?  Our assumptions about how we consume and are changed by music?  Our assumptions on how to study and teach it?
  • How can we re-understand local music and global systems?
  • How are shifts affecting music rippling through other sectors, changing how we experience—and expect to experience and create—culture and content? How might music be a Bellwether to other sectors?
  • How is the power shifting around music? What changes can we make NOW that will change music in 5, 10, even 25 years?

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