Policy, Research & Politics

France: Mayor cancels WWI centenary concert over rapper’s “anti-France” lyrics

After pressure from protests, including a legal case filed against the concert by the grandson of a WWI soldier, city mayor Hazard caved and cancelled the show on 13 May 2016 due to the concert being a “danger to public order”.


EU president orders bureaucrats to find funding for the EU Youth Orchestra

The European Union Youth Orchestra has been brought back from the brink of extinction following an intervention from the EU president.

Classic FM

La musicienne Angélique Kidjo et des jeunes militants africains distingués par Amnesty International

Angélique Kidjo, musicienne de renommée internationale, et trois mouvements de jeunes militants africains présentant un caractère mobilisateur se sont vu décerner conjointement le prestigieux prix Ambassadeur de la conscience 2016, a déclaré Amnesty International vendredi 29 avril.

All Africa

Julian Barnes and the Shostakovich wars

Though the opera had pleased audiences, it did not please Stalin. Somewhere during the third act, he and his comrades conspicuously departed the theatre.

The New Yorker

Cambodian arts blossom through pain of genocide

Four decades after the Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia, one man is trying to revive the nation’s artistic legacy that was nearly lost, using arts to transform his country and to help underprivileged children.

Channel News Asia

Afghanistan: Kandahar authorities ban broadcast of songs by women

Local Ministry of Information and Culture authorities in the southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan have banned women’s songs from being broadcast across local media, directly affecting the 11 radio stations in operation in the area, reported Afghanistan’s TOLONews on 23 May 2016.


Sharing Music Across the U.S.-Mexico Border’s Metal Fence

The fandango at the border did not start out as an overtly political act. But through the years, as the national debate over immigration has become ever more divisive and as violence in Mexico has continued, the event’s symbolism has deepened and grown more bittersweet.

The New York Times

South Africa: Government Congratulates SABC On Decision to Play 90 Percent Local Music

The decision is part of the public broadcaster's bid to prioritise home-grown content. It is an effort to ensure that local content reflecting the diversity of South African cultures is prioritised.

All Africa

Open Letter From Songwriters: Dear American Music Publishing Community, Let's Talk

We are an international alliance of songwriter and composer organizations representing tens of thousands of music creators throughout the world, many of whom have created musical works in which you claim rights.


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