“Innovation” is beyond Invention.


Innovation impacts systems of how we live, create, and work.


At the UCLA Center for Music Innovation, in the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, 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.



Why now?


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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