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Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose

IASPM-Canada is the Canadian branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. Our organization welcomes scholars, musicians, critics, and cultural workers who directly engage with popular music. The society’s communications are in both official languages, French and English, and we are committed, both in our Membership and our scholarship, to diversity and inclusivity, with particular attention to Canada’s Francophone and Indigenous communities.


Founded in 1983, IASPM-Canada brings together Canadian and global scholars, journalists, and practitioners at our annual meeting and in our on-line community. In or der to support popular music scholars working across the country, IASPM-Canada is committed to holding our annual meetings in every part of Canada – north, south, east, and west. The scholars of IASPM-Canada emphasize interdisciplinary approaches to popular music, and come from academic disciplines that include musicology, music theory, communication studies, media studies, cultural studies, Canadian studies, American studies, literary studies, sociology, and so on. We encourage the contributions of popular music critics, journalists, musicians, and cultural workers in addition to university based or trained academics. IASPM-Canada has a reputation as a small, welcoming society, especially supportive of young scholars and open to new and experimental work on any area of popular music. Our annual meetings are known for fostering a strong sense of community and support among popular music scholars. Visit the “Membership” page for information about joining our organization.


Our bilingual website provides a virtual community for individuals who are deeply engaged with popular music for leisure, work, and study. Information about our society, our conferences, our awards, member achievements, and announcements and news of interest to our members is available on the website. We welcome contributions from our members.

The IASPM Canada Bylaws can be found HERE

View a conversation about the history of IASPM and current issues faced by the organization below.