1st Edition

International Trade and the Music Industry Live Music Services from the Caribbean 

By Lisa Gordon Copyright 2023
    126 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Live music events are synonymous with fun but seldom associated with international trade. This book serves to transform this mindset, through describing the economic value of live music and analysing the factors affecting international trade in Caribbean live music services.

    Race and ethnicity, unachieved regionalism within the Caribbean, and perceived biases in international trade agreements are assessed in relation to their impact on this trade. Several topics presented in this book are based on empirical findings from a previous microeconomic study, dedicated entirely to international trade in live music. Moreover, this book is unique because it compares the Caribbean and South Korea to assess the effectiveness of strategies aimed at developing international trade in live music services. This comparison should inspire robust policy initiatives for advancing international trade in Caribbean live music, given that South Korea is presently a heavyweight in the export of its entertainment services, despite language barriers.

    Given the interdisciplinary nature of this book, it will appeal to a wide range of readers such as postgraduate students or researchers of microeconomics, intraregional trade, international trade, international business, international relations, public policy, and cultural studies, as well as IP legal professionals, live music stakeholders, cultural practitioners, and policymakers.

    1. The Basics of Live Music Services Trade 2. The Economic Importance of Live Music Services 3. Regionalism, International Trade Policy, and Caribbean Live Music Services 4. Introduction to Experimental Studies on International Trade and the Music Industry 5. When Trade Facilitation Fails: Adopting The K-Pop Export Approach to Caribbean Live Music 6. Overcoming Cultural Issues in International Trade in Caribbean Live Music: The K-Pop Strategy 7. Race & Ethnicity and International Trade in Caribbean Live Music: Why Exploring This Nexus is Important 8. Implications of Technology, Legal Institutions and Geographic Proximity in the Development of Trade in Caribbean Live Music


    Lisa Gordon earned a PhD in International Relations with a specialty in International Trade from the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. Dr. Gordon also received a master’s degree in International Business and Foreign Languages from the Université Lumiere, Lyon 2, France. As a multilingual researcher, her expertise in international trade and international business has been sought by the Regional Council of Guadeloupe, the Université Rennes, France as well as French business consultancy firm ADEA-EURAFRIC Partners.