Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre Griffith University

Shifting social and cultural environments, changing policies and rapidly developing new technologies create an exciting landscape for music research.

Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre (QCRC)—described as ‘international beacon of excellence’ in a 2012 review by the Association of European Conservatoires—takes a contemporary approach to research in music performance and artistic practice, music education, music technologies and community music, putting it at the forefront of innovative music research.

The Centre was established in 2003 as part of a Griffith University policy to create nodes of excellence in research and stimulate institutional, national and international research collaborations. Starting with a very modest grant of $38,000 per year, we embarked on a dozen small but innovative research projects.  Now, we turn over in excess of $2m a year, and run close to 30 initiatives including two Australia Research Council Discovery and two Linkage projects; two grants from the national Office for Learning and Teaching, and half a dozen grants for artistic development, presentation and research. In 2009, Griffith University recognised our excellence in music research, community and cross-cultural engagement by establishing Music, Arts and the Asia-pacific as one of its eight Areas of Strategic Investment.

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In our first decade, our members delivered nearly 3000 conference presentations to national and international audiences and generated almost 1200 creative and text-based research outputs.  About half of these have been academic publications with leading publishers and in high-ranking journals. The other half have been explorations of artistic research in the lab-like environment of the studio or rehearsal space, leading to hundreds of small to medium performances, but also to seven major events bringing together research, learning and teaching, and community engagement.

In our tenth anniversary year, we excelled in staging our largest festival to date:Encounters: India which engaged 36,000 people in an exploration of cultural meeting as well as the 5th IMC World Forum on Music, which drew 1000 music professionals and enthusiasts to Brisbane.