Alan Stanbridge

Alan Stanbridge

Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Music and Culture Program (UTSC)
Master of Museum Studies Program

Dr. Alan Stanbridge is an Associate Professor in the Music and Culture program in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), and in the Master of Museum Studies (MMSt) program in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto.

Stanbridge has published numerous journal articles and book chapters in the fields of popular music, jazz history, cultural policy, museum studies and cultural theory, and his new book, Rhythm Changes: Jazz, Culture, Discourse, was published by Routledge in 2023 (see Research and Publications).

From the late 1970s to the early 1990s, Stanbridge pursued a fifteen-year professional career in arts management and music promotion in Great Britain, during which time he held a number of senior posts, including Festival Director of the Glasgow International Jazz Festival, Director of Jazz Services, and Administrative Director of the Almeida Theatre and Festival (see the summary below and Career Highlights).

Teaching / Courses Offered

Stanbridge teaches undergraduate courses in Music and Culture in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media, and graduate courses in Museum Studies in the Faculty of Information.
He is the recipient of a Faculty Teaching Award for his contribution to undergraduate teaching. 

Current Courses:
Critical Issues in Music and Society (Music and Culture, UTSC)
Exploring Music in Social and Cultural Contexts (Music and Culture, UTSC)
Jazz Roots and Routes (Music and Culture, UTSC)
Movies, Music and Meaning (Music and Culture/Media Studies, UTSC)
Contemporary Theories of Art and Culture (Museum Studies Program)
Issues in Cultural Policy and Contemporary Culture (Museum Studies Program)

Previously Offered Courses:
Introduction to Contemporary Cultural Theory
Collaborations in the Visual and Performing Arts
Cultural Policy; Art, Culture and Policy (UTSC)
Music and Discourse (Graduate Department of Music)

Academic Qualifications

Ph.D. Sociology, Carleton University
Ottawa, Canada (2000)

M.A. Communications, University of Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton, England (1993)

M.A. (equivalent) Arts Administration, City University
London, England (1981)

B.Sc. Psychology, University of Glasgow
Glasgow, Scotland (1978)

Arts Management / Music Promotion

Board Member, Birmingham Jazz, Birmingham (1990-93)

Centre Manager, MAC (Midlands Arts Centre), Birmingham (1990-92)

Festival Director, Glasgow International Jazz Festival, Glasgow (1987-89)

Deputy Director, Midland Group, Nottingham (1985-86)

Director, Jazz Services, London (1983-85)

Administrative Director, Almeida Theatre and Festival, London (1981-82)

Box Office Assistant, ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts), London (1980)

Board Member, Jazz Centre Society, London (1979-82)

For further information see Career Highlights