Project – PRIMO

Practice-as-Research in Music Online

Short Project Name: PRIMO

Programme Name: Repositories and Preservation Programme

Strand: Matching funding for digital repository development

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Start Date: 2007-03-01

End Date: 2009-02-28

Governance: Repositories and preservation advisory group

Contact Name and Role: Prof Katharine Ellis, Project Manager

Brief project description:

Practice-based research in Music lacks an adequate infrastructure. Where traditional modes of dissemination, for musical scores and for text-based research, are well developed, there is no infrastructure suitable for research involving musical practice. Unless it is commercially viable enough to be marketed on disc or DVD, it remains ephemeral, and the research processes involved in production are not always apparent from the end result. PRIMO’s aim is to help redress that situation by providing researchers with a new kind of platform for sonic-based research which allows an insight into process, contextualises the end result, and opens up a new kind of dialogue among researchers.

Name of Trawler: Mahendra Mahey


  1. A working repository suitable for a medium-sized multimedia collection

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  1. A MCPS-PRS licence to cover all in-copyright music deposited in the repository
  2. Guidance on IPR issues and technical issues for depositors


  1. A new means of capturing and disseminating what was once an ephemeral event
  2. A new means for students to gain insights into a developing area of research that intersects with their daily creative practice
  3. New solutions to complex problems of intellectual property rights and management
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