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Journal of the Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association

Volume 18, Number 1 (2018)

Key Learnings from an International Social Entrepreneurship Collaboration: Songs to Change Our World

Monika Herzig
Indiana University

Kristina Kelman
Queensland University of Technology

Andrew Krikun
Bergen Community College

Stephen Ralph Matthews
University of Auckland

Yanto Browning
Queensland University of Technology


This project is an international collaboration between music industry educators at higher education institutions in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. The main goal of the project was to provide a case study and guidelines for collaborative pedagogical practices in higher education music programs in order to promote intercultural understanding, creativity, and social entrepreneurship. After the educators completed their initial planning work, the project was conducted in three phases. During the first phase, groups of songwriting students collaboratively wrote a set of songs that commented on a range of contemporary social issues. The second phase addressed the challenges encountered in successfully realizing international collaborations. In the final phase of the project, entrepreneurship and music industry students evaluated the original songs and incorporated a selection of these songs into student-driven collaborative social entrepreneurship projects. Finally, music industry students came up with promotional strategies to move the final successful project forward. The following identifies and discusses the social, cultural, educational, and logistical issues we encountered during the project, and concludes with our recommendations on how to mitigate and avoid these difficulties in similar projects.

Keywords: social entrepreneurship, creative collaboration, collaborative pedagogy, songwriting, collaborative songwriting, music industry pedagogy, music entrepreneurship

Herzig, Monika, Kristina Kelman, Andrew Krikun, Stephen Ralph Matthews, and Yanto Browning. Key Learnings from an International Social Entrepreneurship Collaboration: Songs to Change Our World.” Journal of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association 18, no. 1 (2018): 37-71.  https://doi.org/10.25101/18.2

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