THE International Association for the Study of Popular Music XX biennial Conference is hosted by the ANU School of Music

Conference address:

School of Music, Childers Street

The Australian National University

Acton, ACT 2601


Conference email address:



Proud sponsors of the XX International Conference of IASPM, Canberra Convention Bureau:

As the national capital Canberra is not only the political pulse of Australia, it's also home to some of the most impressive national establishments, cultural attractions, research and academic institutes. When you meet in Canberra you connect with a potent combination of knowledge, culture and influence.

Canberra's intellectual assets are striking with four of Australia's top universities based here: Australian National University, University of Canberra, Australian Catholic University and UNSW Canberra, located at the Australian Defence Force Academy. Canberra is home to nationally significant research institutions such as the Australian Academy of Science, Australian Institute of Sport, the National Archives of Australia, National Library of Australia and CSIRO to name just a few.

Canberra is the custodian of Australia's stories and so its cultural DNA is impressive. The city's national attractions and buildings each express different aspects of our national identity through their architecture, collections and exhibitions. The Who's Who of museums and galleries are in Canberra including Australian War Memorial, National Gallery of Australia, National Portrait Gallery, National Museum of Australia, National Film and Sound Archives and the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Australia's currency is manufactured at the Royal Australian Mint and Questacon brings science and technology to the community. A thriving artist community exists, whether it be in music (ANU School of Music), theatre (Canberra Theatre, The Street Theatre Canberra) Dance (Canberra Dance Development Centre) or Art (Canberra Glassworks).

Canberra is a purpose-built city, created to facilitate our democracy's most important meeting, the Australian Parliament. When you meet in Canberra, Federal Government, key decision-makers, industry and association leaders as well as trade organisations, and the diplomatic community are nearby, for both national and international delegate support. The world's media, through the parliamentary press gallery, is on your doorstep.

Canberra’s Music Scenes and Venues

Canberra, the seat of many national institutions, also boasts a local music scene where local acts and grassroots movements intermingle with a steady stream of national and international touring artists. Canberra’s music scenes are thriving, energetic and diverse! Beyond the larger venues such as the Canberra Theatre, the National Convention Centre and the Street Theatre, Canberra offers a wealth of smaller venues that cater for a diverse range of artistic and musical tastes. Canberra’s essential BMA street press covers listings. The recently refurbished and extended Smith’s Alternative in Civic is an important focal point for folk acts, solo artists, duos and jazz performers. Smiths’ lunchtime and evening concerts guarantee great popular music in a relaxed and artistic atmosphere! The Phoenix is a Canberra institution, a legendary alternative music venue where local up-and-coming bands perform regularly in a laid back atmosphere. The Transit Bar also hosts local and touring acts from around the country and beyond. Recently refurbished and extended to a 650-cap venue, The Basement, situated in the nearby suburb of Belconnen, hosts local, national and international touring acts and is focused on rock, punk, metal and alternative genres. The Canberra Musicians Club is the lifeblood of Canberra’s popular music community. A local organisation for local folk, singer-songwriter, pop and rock artists, regular performances are held at the Polish White Eagle Club and the Australian Croatian Club. The Canberra Musicians Club is an invigorating centre of Canberra’s music scene and gives local acts performance opportunities. Many club members are ANU School of Music students. The Nishi Gallery in New Acton also combines music with local artist works. The Tuggeranong, Weston Creek and Woden Youth Centres cater for younger audiences with drug and alcohol free rock and punk shows. As well as these venues providing regular gigs and exhibitions, Canberra’s music scene is punctuated by a number of significant festivals.