Policy, Research & Politics

When making music means torture and exile

Musical freedom of expression is under fire, but artists like Iran's Farzane Zamen and Egypt's Ramy Essam refuse to be silenced. They're sharing their stories of bans, censorship and prison at the World Forum on Music.


Music is a vital urban resource. How do we plan for it?

We take for granted what we use every day. Take clean water. For those lucky enough, we turn on the tap, and water comes out.

World Economic Forum

Let’s change the ‘girls play flute, boys bash drums’ stereotypes

In 2019, surely we are past the days in music class where boys are shunted to drums and trombone while girls are pushed toward flute and choir? Not necessarily so.

The Conversation

Crossing the border to the beat of music

For young North Koreans, K-pop provides an awakening - and an inspiration to defect.

Gulf News

"Je ne peux pas me taire": quand le rap turc vire au politique

Dans une Turquie où les voix dissidentes peinent de plus en plus à se faire entendre, un clip de rap de 15 minutes au ton militant fait sensation sur les réseaux sociaux.


Punk in Africa: The sound of resistance

Punk music has never really had an easy time, but never has that statement been truer than in South Africa during apartheid. Not only were records by alternative artists not played, they were destroyed and legislated.


Musical Instruments To Be Exempt From Restrictions On Heavily Trafficked Rosewood

An international endangered species convention meeting in Geneva is close to exempting musical instruments from trade restrictions on rosewood.


Nepal’s only folk musical instrument museum is struggling to save rare instruments

Despite the cultural significance of the museum's collection, it is currently embroiled in a legal battle to keep its doors open to the public.

Global Voices

Notice Me!: How Fandom Endangers Female Musicians

Be grateful. Don't be a diva. Appreciate the attention. These are sentiments female musicians often hear. The logic goes: Your fans gave you your fame, so you should give them your love.


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