University of Toronto, Scarborough
Alan Stanbridge is an Associate Professor in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at the University of Toronto, cross-appointed in graduate programs in Museum Studies and Music. Stanbridge has been a recipient of a Faculty Teaching Award for his contribution to undergraduate teaching. He has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on popular music, jazz history, museum studies, cultural policy, and cultural theory, and he is working on a book entitled Rhythm Changes: Jazz, Culture, Discourse, to be published by Routledge. His current research focuses on contemporary music and discourses of value, and has been supported by a grant from SSHRC. He is a contributor to the Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, writing the main entries on Jazz and Postmodernism, with the main entry on the Hollywood Musical forthcoming in a future volume. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Cultural Policy and the Jazz Research Journal, and a member of the Advisory Board of Critical Studies in Improvisation/Études critiques en improvisation. In a previous life, Stanbridge pursued a 15-year career in professional arts management and music promotion in Britain, and he has been responsible for the programming and coordination of a diverse range of concerts, arts events, and specially commissioned projects. He held the post of Director of the Glasgow International Jazz Festival, and occupied senior management positions with several arts centres and music organizations, including Midlands Arts Centre, the Almeida Theatre, and Jazz Services.