Huib Schippers has benefitted from an uncommon diversity of work experiences across five continents, taking on leadership roles in various formal and informal education settings, in music criticism and events management, in music research, in cultural policy, and in the music industry. This enabled him to gain a rare degree of insight into the relationship between ideas, people and organisations. Holding degrees in English literature and the humanities, he worked at prestigious institutions across three continents: Europe (1986-2003); Australia (2003-2016); and the USA (2016-2022), and held senior positions in numerous national and international professional bodies:
Huib Schippers has benefitted from uncommonly diverse work experiences, taking on leadership roles in various formal and informal education settings, in music criticism and events management, in music research, in cultural policy, and in the music industry. This enabled him to gain a rare degree of insight into the relationship between ideas, people and organisations. Holding degrees in English literature and the humanities, he worked at prestigious institutions across three continents: Europe (1986-2003); Australia (2003-2016); and the USA (2016-2022), and held senior positions in numerous national and international professional bodies:
Present & Past Appointments
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES (UCLA)
Herb Alpert School of Music, 445 Charles E Young Dr E, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
- UC Regents’ Professor in Ethnomusicology (September – December 2022)
2016 – 2020
600 Maryland Ave SW, Suite 2001, Washington DC 20024, USA
- Director and Curator Smithsonian Folkways Recordings (June 2016 – September 2020)
- Associate Director Smithsonian Centre for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (2016 – 2020)
QUEENSLAND CONSERVATORIUM GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY, BRISBANE
2003 – 2016
140 Grey Street, South Brisbane, Queensland 4101, Australia
- Professor of Music Studies and Research, October 2003 – June 2016
- Director Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, October 2003 – April 2015
- Dean Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, August 2009 – August 2012
ACADEMY FOR MUSIC AND DANCE (ROTTERDAMS CONSERVATORIUM)
2001 – 2003
Kruisplein 4, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
- Artistic Director Jazz, Pop & World Music Department, February 2001 – July 2003
- Part-time teacher Indian sitar, World Music Department, 1995-2000
LOKV, NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR ARTS EDUCATION, UTRECHT
1993 – 2001
Ganzenmarkt 6, Utrecht, The Netherlands
- Project manager Cultural Diversity in Arts Education, February 1993 – January 2001
AMSTERDAM MUSIC SCHOOL
1990 – 1997
Bachstraat 5, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Deputy Director. Founder and Head of World Music Department, February 1990 – November 1997
MUSIQUES DU MONDE RECORDS, AMSTERDAM
1986 – 1993
Singel 281, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Manager, later Director/Co-owner, June 1986 – January 1993
Offices in Professional Bodies
2023 – Present
MIRAS Centre for Cultural Sustainability.
Co-founder and Chair of the International Advisory Board.
2017 – Present
International Council for Traditional Music.
Elected Chair, Study Group on Applied Ethnomusicology. Re-elected 2021. National representative The Netherlands.
2017 – 2020
Society for Ethnomusicology.
Elected Member SEM Council.
Music Council of Australia.
Chair 2012/13; Deputy Chair 2007-2011; Foundation Chair Research Committee 2004-2007; Councillor (World Music) 2003-2013.
2007 – 2010
Sole member for music on ARC Panel Arts & Humanities in first national research assessment exercise ERA after key advisory functions with DEST 2007-2009.
2004 – 2009
President Musicological Society of Australia.
(2008-2009), Chair Queensland Chapter (2004-2007); co-convenor joint 2007 MSA/NZ Conference Islands.
2006 – 2016
Member of International Advisory Board of the World Music & Dance Centre, The Netherlands.
2005 – 2007
Invited member international AEC working group Mundus Musicalis:
EU-funded project to compare tertiary music education across the world.
2005 – 2007
Invited member reference group on research quality and impact of the Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS).
2001 – 2005
President of the Board of the World Music Centre Foundation (supporting the establishment of urban WMC campus in the Netherlands).
2000 – 2003
Member Arts Education and Amateur Arts Commission of Netherlands National Arts Council, peak advisory body Dutch Government
1999 – 2003
President of the Board of the Associação do Desenvolvimento de Centro do World Music (aiming to establish a rural campus in Portugal).
1997 – 2003
Advisor to the Prince Claus Fund (for cultural and intellectual exchange with Africa, Asia and Latin America), The Hague, the Netherlands.
1996 – 2002
Chair (2000-2002) and member (1996-2000) of the Community Music Activities Commission of the International Society for Music Education.
2000 – 2001
Invited member and leader of one of three CONNECT research working groups of the Association of European Conservatoires (AEC).
1998 – 2006
Member International Advisory Board of the International Centre for African Music and Dance at the University of Legon, Accra, Ghana
Member of specialist panel ‘Occupation: Musician’, advising the Dutch Government on redefining professional music training
1997 – 1999
Member of the ‘Focus on Africa’ group of the International Society for Music Education (ISME).
1987 – 1997
Board member of the International Society for Arts Research Netherlands
Education & Training
University & Musical Education
- PhD Musicology (Humanities), University of Amsterdam (2004)
- MA English Language and Literature, University of Amsterdam (1988)
- BA English Language and Literature, University of Amsterdam (1981)
- Private sitar tuition from Jamaluddin Bhartiya (1975 -1985)
- and Ali Akbar Khan (1985 – 1995)
Various external and in-service courses, including: Management structures (Zaanse Stichting); Presentation (Adviesbureau Ockeloen); Policy development (Centre for Arts and Media Management); Staff assessment (KPMG/PMTG); Writing business plans (&AEF); Project management (SWP); Communication around major projects (Twijnstra & Gudde); PR and marketing (Van Dantzig & Lichteveld); Marketing, sponsoring, and fundraising (University of Utrecht); Team building (Maximum); Research supervision (GIHE); and Media Training (BBS).