The Art of Record Production Conference was started by Simon Zagorski-Thomas. The first conference was jointly organised by the University of West London (then Thames Valley University), the University of Westminster and the AHRC funded Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music. The keynote was Robin Millar.
Simon was joined as co-director by Katia Isakoff and the conference was then hosted by Professor Simon Frith at the University of Edinburgh. The keynote was Joe Boyd.
Katia and Simon also established the Journal on the Art of Record Production (JARP), a peer reviewed online academic journal. The guest editor for the first issue was Professor Simon Frith of Edinburgh University.
The conference was hosted by Professor Andy Arthurs at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane and the keynote speaker was Hank Shocklee.
The conference was hosted by professor William Moylan at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the keynote speaker was Phil Ramone.
The conference was hosted by Jim Barrett and Andrew Gwilliam at Glamorgan University, Cardiff and the keynote speaker was Pete Waterman.
The Association for the Study of the Art of Record Production was established with an executive committee involving Richard James Burgess (Smithsonian Folkways, Washington), Anne Danielsen (University of Oslo), Simon Frith (University of Edinburgh), Mike Howlett (Queensland University of Technology), Katia Isakoff (University of Glamorgan), Allan Moore (University of Surrey), William Moylan (University of Massachusetts Lowell), Paul Theberge (Carleton University, Ottowa), Simon Zagorski-Thomas (London College of Music, UWL) and Albin Zak (University of New York State at Albany).
The conference was hosted by Justin Morey at Leeds Metropolitan University and the keynote speaker was Steve Albini.
Katia Isakoff and Richard James Burgess, as joint editors in chief, re-launched the Journal on the Art of Record Production on a separate website (www.arpjournal.com) and with an editorial committee consisting of Eddie Ashworth (Ohio State University), Samantha Bennett (Westminster University), Dave Carter (University of Tasmania), Russ Hepworth-Sawyer (York St. John’s University), Jay Hodgson (University of Western Ontario) and Shara Rambarran (University of Salford)
The conference was hosted by Scott Patterson at San Francisco State University and the keynote speaker was Michael Narrada Walden.
The Art of Record Production: an Introductory Reader for a New Academic Field edited by Simon Frith and Simon Zagorski-Thomas was published by Ashgate Press. The book includes chapters by many contributors to ARP conferences over the years including: Andrew Blake (University of East London), Alexandrine Boudrault-Fournier (Université de Montreal), George Brock-Nannestad (Patent Tactics, Denmark), Jan Butler (Oxford Brookes University), Jan Fairley (University of Liverpool), Simon Frith (Edinburgh University), Michael Jarrett (Pennsylvania State University), Phillip McIntyre (Newcastle University, NSW), Allan Moore (University of Surrey), William Moylan (University of Massachusetts Lowell), Susan Schmidt-Horning (St. John's University, New York), Paul Théberge (Carleton University, Ottowa), Alan Williams (University of Massachusetts Lowell), Sean Williams (Edinburgh University), Simon Zagorski-Thomas (London College of Music, UWL), Albin Zak (State University of New York at Albany). There are also short commentaries by eleven industry professionals: Jerry Joys, Richard James Burgess, Maureen Droney, Phil Harding, Mike Howlett, Katia Isakoff, Robin Millar, Paul D. Miller (DJ Spooky), Bob Olhsson, Tony Platt and Steve Savage.
The 2013 conference will be hosted by Serge Lacasse at Université Laval in Quebec City.