Popular music entrepreneurship in higher education

Facilitating group creativity and spin-off formation through internship programmes

Authored by: Guy Morrow , Emily Gilfillan , Iqbal Barkat , Phyllis Sakinofsky

The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Music Education

Print publication date:  February  2017
Online publication date:  January  2017

Print ISBN: 9781472464989
eBook ISBN: 9781315613444
Adobe ISBN: 9781317042013


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The purpose of this chapter is to investigate student team-based possibilities for expanding the range of delivery modes for internship programmes within a popular music degree. A case study of the collaborative approach used in an arts entrepreneurship and management internship programme at Macquarie University (MQ) 1 is provided, in addition to pre- and post-programme experience interview data featuring the perspectives of some of the students and staff involved. This exercise in self-reflection concerning the pedagogical approach we have taken at MQ explores the following research question: What is the nature of student team-based internships in terms of collaborative creativity? Through an engagement with the literature pertaining to higher popular music education (HPME), arts entrepreneurship curricula in higher education and group creativity, we examine our case study data in order to explore the possibilities for building teams of student interns in our popular music programme.

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