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About Us

The network was founded in 2014 by academics at The Open University and the Royal College of Music. Its purpose is to provide a forum where those involved in the study of listening to music can meet and exchange ideas and information about their work.

Our Aim

The aim of the network is to provide an international, interdisciplinary and inter-professional organisation for promoting the scholarly, scientific, and/or artistic study of listening to Music. The network is closely associated with the Listening Experience Database (LED) project and it works with other affiliated academic organizations around the world to support the study of listening to music.

Team Members


The Open University

The Open University provides high-quality distance learning for all, so join the many thousands of students who have already begun their life-changing journey.

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Royal College of Music

The Royal College of Music (RCM) is one of the world’s great conservatoires, training gifted musicians from all over the world for international careers as performers, conductors and composers.

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The UK is a world leader in arts and humanities research. The AHRC will enhance our global distinction by focusing on excellence of achievement, extending opportunity and building capacity through partnerships.

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The Listening Experience Database

The Listening Experience Database (LED) project is a collaboration between the Open University and the Royal College of Music. It has been awarded a £0.75m grant over three years from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The main purpose of the project is to design and develop a database, freely searchable by the public, which will bring together a mass of data about people’s experiences of listening to music of all kinds, in any historical period and any culture.

The project will involve the general public by using crowdsourcing as one of the ways in which data is collected.

The database went live for public use on the project website in December 2013.

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