Policy, Research & Politics

Nueva Canción: Music, Politics & Emotion in Chile

Music and art has always informed politics and vice versa; Chile’s history with the two is astounding. Even before the Nueva Canción Chilena (Chilean New Song) movement, which is a perfect example of just how intertwined things can become, Chilean folk music had long been key in the struggle for social justice.

Howl & Echoes

Long before Trump rolled in the deep, music and politics were entwined

Take three apparently trivial events: Ukraine wins the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, a rock star cancels a concert and a political rally features the song Rolling in the Deep by Adele.

The Conversation

Sierra Leone: Musician allegedly censored due to political song

Popular musician Emmerson Bockarie claims the government has banned him from playing a concert in Sierra Leone capital Freetown and a radio DJ has said that his station manager told him to not play the artist’s latest hit ‘Munku Boss Pan Matches’.


Le raï au cœur d’une polémique entre le Maroc et l’Algérie

La capitale du raï est-elle Oran, en Algérie, ou Oujda, au Maroc ? La question a son importance et oppose les deux pays qui revendiquent tous deux l'origine de la musique raï, ce genre musical rendu célèbre notamment par Khaled.


Hitmaker Max Martin, ABBA's Björn Ulvaeus Form 'Music Rights Awareness' Organization

The international debate over creators' rights will soon have a new player, run by songwriters who understand it from the inside.


Iran: Authorities Arrest Popular Singer

Authorities arrested Iranian singer Amir Tataloo on August 24, demanding that he appear before a court on charges of "promoting immorality.”

Iran Wire

South African opera house accused of exploiting black singers

Chorus members were dismissed after challenging discrepancies in pay for appearing abroad in opera set in colonial Africa.

The Guardian

Turkey: Singer’s concerts cancelled due to coup-related remarks

The Turkish government cancelled four concerts by pop star Sıla Gençoğlu over comments she made about a democracy rally held in Istanbul on 7 August 2016 in the aftermath of an attempted coup that happened a month earlier, reported Hurriyet Daily News on 11 August 2016.


Open Letter to YouTube, “Pushers” of Piracy

YouTube and its parent Alphabet have obliterated the original meaning of the “safe harbor” law with their bullying and coercive schemes to get their users to disrespect and ignore copyright.

Music Technology Policy

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