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Welcome to the Institute of Popular Music

Founded in 1988 as the world’s first specialist centre for the study of popular music, the Institute of Popular Music (IPM) provides a hub for interdisciplinary research on popular music, broadly defined. We examine popular music from different perspectives and explore the many varied contexts and processes involved in its production and consumption.

Greatest Hits, Friday 7 June 2024 Postgraduate Research

IPM Greatest Hits Exhibition

Friday 7th June will be a day of music, conversation, food and wine! Workshop and networking event from 11am in The Hub, Department of Music, followed by the Greatest Hits Exhibition Launch from 3pm in the Waterhouse Café, Victoria Gallery & Museum. Tay Day logo 2024

Tay Day: Liverpool's Version

The University of Liverpool presents Tay Day: a symposium/conference recognising and engaging with the cultural phenomenon that is Taylor Swift. June 12, 2024, 9am - 5pm Remap report 2024


Reporting on the Creative and Professional Experiences of Black Music Makers and Practitioners Living and Working in the Liverpool City Region. SMA logo

IPM symposium and summer school

The Institutes of Popular Music of both Rochester and Liverpool, together with the Society for Music Analysis, host their 3rd Summer School dedicated to popular music theory and analysis in Liverpool on 8th – 10th July 2024 alongside a symposium featuring leading scholars who have been at the forefront of popular music theory and analysis since its inception in the 1990s.