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European Alliance for Culture and the Arts

The European Alliance for Culture and the Arts was officially launched at the European Culture Forum in Brussels today. In total, 27 European organisations from various cultural sectors and a number of national associations as well as individuals support the initiative.

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When Musicians Boycott to Protest Politics

From Bruce Springsteen to Billie Holiday, artists have thrust themselves—or found themselves thrust—into conflicts, with mixed results.

The Atlantic

Music executive's post about industry gender imbalance sparks ageism debate

Andy Inglis' job posting for an assistant position sought to actively fight gender imbalance in the industry by specifying for a 'woman under 30'.

The Independent

This Is What It's Really Like To Be A Musician In Iran

Ninja Tune producer Ash Koosha was imprisoned in Tehran, and sought asylum in the U.K. He talks about pushing boundaries both inside and outside his home country.

The Fader

Femmes et musique classique: les 5 questions qui fâchent

La musique classique est-elle sexiste ? Les instruments ont-ils un genre ? Pourquoi joue-t-on si peu d’œuvres de compositrices ? Les questions autour de la place des femmes dans la musique classique sont nombreuses... et sensibles.

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Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven may be partly stolen, judge says

‘Substantial’ similarities are enough to warrant a trial over whether Robert Plant and Jimmy Page lifted opening chords from Taurus by the band Spirit.

The Guardian

India's first trans band: 'Don't hide us away – don't keep us in a cage'

6 Pack Band are forcing India to confront its prejudices – with a cover of Pharrell’s Happy. Transgender singer Komal Jagtap, who was forced to leave home at eight, on the talent show that changed her life.

The Guardian

Can music heal hatred among Bosnians and Croats?

Stari Most is a monumental white stone bridge in the Bosnian city of Mostar. Rebuilt after obliteration during bombing in ’90s war, it stands as a symbol of unity between the city’s two sides: Croat and Bosnian. But as symbols go, it’s pretty empty.


Artistic freedom in Zimbabwe: Joint stakeholder report submitted to the UN

Zimbabwe should abolish its Censorship Act and any prior-censorship bodies or systems, according to a joint stakeholder submission to the UN’s Universal Periodic Review process (UPR) by Freemuse and Nhimbe – two civil society organisations defending artistic freedom in Zimbabwe and globally.


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