Jez Collins

I am a Research Fellow in the Centre for Media and Cultural Research, Birmingham City University, where I teach and study Popular Music Industries. My PhD research builds on my practice-based work as the founder of the Birmingham Music Archive.

It focuses on the role of citizen archivists who participate in the activist archiving of popular music histories and heritage in the online environment. These Doing-It-Together communities, I suggest, are creating alternate histories of popular music that highlight the role music plays in social, cultural and political life.

I am a Trustee of the National Jazz Archive (UK), advisory board member of the Community Archives and Heritage Group, and Co-Director of Un-Convention, a global grassroots music network.