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, music education 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 was launched in October 2021 and the first year culminated in the Music Futures Festival, in June 2022. The initiative continued in 2022-23, with ten funded projects. Our aim is for it to have a lasting impact. 

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Music at UCL

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

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

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Funded projects

Read about the projects supported under the initiative

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

Project Leads

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