Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Music Futures

Music Futures is an initiative dedicated to thinking, writing and performing music, jointly hosted by the UCL European Institute and the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies, with support from UCL Grand Challenges.

UCL does not have a dedicated department of musicology, but it has a great wealth of UCL academics working on and with music in a wide range of disciplines - be it in literature, history, philosophy, technology, law, cognitive neuroscience, fine arts or elsewhere. Music Futures aims to foster a new cluster of scholarship and creativity in this space. This includes research about music as well as research qua creative or performative practice. To this end, we also draw in musicians, composers and performers external to UCL. 

The initiative culminated in the Music Futures Festival in June 2022, but it will not end here. Initially planned just for the Academic Year 2021-22, the initiative will now carrying on in 2022-23, and our aim is for it to have a lasting impact.

To get involved, or to have your work featured on this website, please email Claudia Sternberg at c.sternberg@ucl.ac.uk

photo of headphones on a plain background

Music at UCL

Curated events, societies and clubs; recordings, podcasts and films; projects and publications; teaching and engagement

hands holding up instruments


Community building, bringing together musicians, artists and academics working on music from across UCL.

microphone on a stand

Funded projects 2021/22

Nine projects supported under the initiative, selected from the response to our call for proposals.

The initiative is overseen by the Music Futures Sounding Board, our advisory body. 

Project Leads

logo media

European Institute logo

UCL Grand Challenges logo
Banner image: photo by by Spencer Imbrock on Unsplash
Image 2 'People': photo by Caleb George on Unsplash