Information for Participants
‘Mapping Popular Music in Dublin’ is a research project that aims to map popular music experience in Dublin by looking at popular music from the viewpoint of fans (citizens and tourists), musicians, and music industry personnel, bringing together historical and contemporary understandings of Dublin’s popular music landscape.
Click here to download a Plain Language Statement about the research project.
What is the survey about?
Through this survey we seek to improve our understanding of the role popular music (across all genres and styles — pop, rock, soul, hip-hop, metal, jazz, etc.) plays in the lives of Dublin’s fans (citizens and tourists), by asking you to reflect on your memories of past musical experiences as well as your present day listening practices and preferences. The purpose is to inform tourism, culture and music industry organisations by providing the first comprehensive overview of popular music experience in Dublin to date. It aims to enhance Dublin’s reputation as a place for popular music experience. The project is led by Dr Áine Mangaoang (Research Fellow) and Dr John O’Flynn (Principal Investigator), both members of the Department of Music, St Patrick’s College Drumcondra (Dublin City University).
Invitation to take part
As a music fan, musician, band-member, promoter, or music industry personnel, we would like to invite you to participate in a research study which examines contemporary popular music experience in Dublin.
What will it involve?
If you agree to participate in the research, you will be invited to fill in an online survey. This short survey asks a combination of multiple choice and open questions about your experience(s) and involvement with popular music in Dublin, and it should take about 10-15 minutes of your time. You are free to skip some questions and give as much or as little detail as you like in your answers. Your answers will be treated with complete confidentiality, and you can withdraw participation at any stage. Once you begin filling in the survey, remember to click ‘continue’ at the bottom of each page. Please remember to click ‘submit’ at the end so that your responses will be saved.
You will then have the option to participate in a further focus group interview with other music fans, musicians / band-members and/or music industry personnel that will occur between July and December 2015. The researcher(s), John and/or Áine, will take notes during these interviews and audio-recording may also be carried out. You are welcome to correspond with the researcher(s) throughout the project, and request to receive an update on the ‘Mapping Popular Music in Dublin’ research results by filling in your email address at the end of the survey.
How will the research be used?
The findings of the research will be published and presented at conferences. Your name will not be used in any documentation.
Can I participate in the study anonymously?
For the majority of participants in the survey, anonymity is assured. However, it may not be possible to guarantee anonymity if you hold a distinct role within Dublin’s music scene(s). The confidentiality of information provided is also subject to legal limitations. All audio recordings, transcriptions and other raw and processed data will be destroyed after a minimum period of five years.
How do I give/withdraw consent?
This research will help to develop Dublin’s popular music experience, in particular from the perspective of tourism and cultural heritage. Your experience and understanding of this area will make a valuable contribution to this and we would be very grateful if you would agree to take part. By completing the online survey, you consent to take part in our study. However if you would prefer not to we will understand. If you do agree to participate you may withdraw at any stage of the project.
How can I get in contact with the project organisers?
If you have further questions or wish to discuss any aspect of the research you can contact Áine or John at the contact details below:
Dr Áine Mangaoang (Research Fellow). Phone: (01) 8842393. Email: aine.mangaoang[at]dcu.ie
Dr John O’Flynn (Principal Investigator). Phone: (01) 8842150. Email: john.oflynn[at]dcu.ie
Or simply fill in the contact form and we will get back to you as quickly as possible: