Policy, Research & Politics

The secret policy war at the Grammys

A virtually unknown appendage of the Library of Congress – a panel of three unelected judges known as the Copyright Royalty Board – is preparing for the first time in five years to approve new royalty rates that Internet services like Pandora have to pay record labels.


Pakistan: Music shops disappeared as result of war on music

Around 95 per cent of all music shops disappeared as result of war on music in Swat Valley.


New UNESCO Report on Festival Impact

In any community, festivals are an important showcase of culture and creativity, and the cornerstone of economic development strategies to attract tourists.


Somalia: A Jihad Against Somali Music is Under Way

Unbeknown to many people, some powerful conservative Somali clerics are strong-arming famous musicians into ending and disowning their own musical careers, on spurious claims that the music is prohibited in Islam.

All Africa

De la culture contre le jihad

Sur Internet comme sur le terrain, aucun projet culturel n'a été proposé pour sortir ces enfants du cercle infernal de la victimisation, du trafic et autre banditisme des cités.


Music Freedom Day 2015

Music Freedom Day on 3 March is established as an international day to celebrate freedom of expression and to demonstrate support for persecuted and threatened artists on the music stage worldwide.

Music Freedom Day

Swedish songwriters call for more clarity and fairness over digital royalty distribution

Swedish songwriters, including some of the country's champion pop makers, have followed the lead of their UK counterparts in going public about what they see as the unfair and unsustainable way in which royalties stemming from streaming services are being shared between different stakeholders.

Complete Music Update

Russia, China and Turkey top yearly list of music freedom violations

Musicians around the world are facing imprisonment, attacks, and censorship in attempts by government and non-state actors to silence the music.


News: Negotiations on the UN post-2015 development agenda

Update of the International campaign for the inclusion of culture in the UN post-2015 agenda.

Coalition for Cultural Diversity

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