Dr Christina Scharff successfully competed for the ESRC’s prestigious Future Research Leaders Grant. The scheme enables outstanding early-career social scientists, in partnership with their host organisation, to acquire the skills set to become the future world leaders in their field.
The £100,000 grant ‘Young, female and entrepreneurial? Exploring the working lives of young women in the classical music profession’ will enable Dr Scharff to buy out 60% of her staff time in order to conduct original research and engage in a range of dissemination activities. The project is an interdisciplinary and international study into entrepreneurialism, gender and work in the cultural industries. Based on qualitative research on young, female classical musicians in Berlin and London, the study addresses various gaps in the existing literature that relate to the subjective experiences of entrepreneurialism, the working lives of classical musicians, and the ways in which cultural work is affected by gender and by its urban context.
The grant started in October 2013 and will end in September 2015.