Researchers have documented the potential social benefits of popular music, such as empowering young people to cope with life challenges, providing a positive force for social change and enabling young people to connect with and express their indigenous cultures. In Macau, growth of a native music industry has been constrained by a tiny population and limited local media, but the government is now actively supporting the work of local musicians in recognition of the potential social as well as commercial impacts of their work. At the same time, wider forces such as the Internet and the increased exposure to foreign music influences are affecting the development of popular indigenous music in Macau. In order to investigate the impact of these factors on the growth of Macau's popular music industry and provide insights into the experiences and attitudes of young musicians, qualitative interviews were conducted with members of two of Macau's most popular indigenous bands ' Black Sheep and Catalyser. The research demonstrates the central and meaningful role of music in the lives of the interviewees and indicates that young musicians and bands in Macau continue to face a range of constraints and challenges. These include, for example, perceived inadequacies of formal music education and financial and other practical difficulties related to a career in music. The findings are expected to be of practical value to Macau and other countries wishing to develop and promote a local popular music industry.
Wanfong Viny Hui, University of Macau, China
Stream: Psychology and Education
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