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ASARP is an international and interdisciplinary organization promoting the study of record production.The term ‘record production’ is to be interpreted in the broadest sense as the production of recorded music.

ASARP aims to:
Bring together academics and practitioners to promote the study of record production

Through the conference, the journal, the mailing list, this website and the various other events and conduits for communication that are available to and organised by ASARP, the Association aims to bring together academics from as many disciplines and areas of study as possible, and to work with industry professionals and practitioners to promote the study of the production of recorded music in all its forms.

Sponsor the international Art of Record Production conferences

The conference committee, usually the director(s) and conference chairs of the Art of Record Production (ARP) in collaboration with a conference host will organise the annual ARP conferences. We welcome proposals from any higher education institution, anywhere in the world, wishing to host the conference. 

Publish the free, on-line Journal on the Art of Record Production

JARP, the Journal on the Art of Record Production is published on a separate website and is led by the joint editors-in-chief currently Katia Isakoff and Richard James Burgess. 

Promote research into all aspects of record production

The conference, journal and website are the primary ways in which ASARP promotes these forms of research. We are always keen to find new ways in which we can promote research, and would be happy to receive proposals and suggestions for future events or activities.

Encourage recognition of record production as an area for scholarly research

ASARP is proud of its record in raising the profile of the academic study of record production and recorded music through events, publications and networking and would be pleased to receive suggestions about how we can do more.

Build links between the Association and other academic and professional organisations

Many members of ASARP are also members of other professional organisations and we are active in building links between ASARP and other organisations to promote research and understanding in the area of record production, the wider realm of musical pedagogy and scholarship, and research policy and governance in general. For example, in 2011 we organised a panel discussion at the 130th Audio Engineering Society Convention in London, and both the UK Music Producers Guild and the US Producers and Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy (GRAMMYs) have participated in ARP conferences over the years. In 2014 we co-organised a symposium at the University of Aalborg and along with the Royal Musical Association and many other UK music research organisations we launched the Music Research Consortium UK.

Encourage dialogue between the research and teaching community and industry wherever possible

The keynote speaker and many of the panelists and plenary speakers at the ARP conference are industry speakers - record producers, musicians, record company and publishing professionals. Wherever possible we seek to make the connection between the academic world of research and pedagogy and the industry world of creative practice and commerce, and to examine how they can help each other and promote mutual understanding.