The organizational field of popular music festival in Italy
de Benedittis, Mario
Studi sociali e politici Università degli Studi di Milano Milano, Italy
The paper aims to analyze the realm of popular music festivals in Italy, moving from their progressive transformation toward a more institutionalized level of the organizational field, and focusing on the complex relationship between author-public-event, going beyond the distinction production/consumption, looking at the event as a "mise en scène" resulting both from the activities of professionals that constructed an "orchestration of media" and the meaningful activities of public. The spaces in which the event occurs has an important role too.
The arguments are based on a research conducted through qualitative interviews with organizers, promoters, musicians, journalists, and sessions of participant observations at several popular music festivals in Italy.