Policy, Research & Politics

Filmmaker, music producer Deeyah Khan named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for artistic freedom and creativity

Singer, music producer, award-winning filmmaker, Deeyah Khan is fully committed to defending human rights.


Pop music was a great leveller. Now it’s a bespoke plaything for the rich

Buying albums and watching bands were egalitarian pursuits. Now both reflect society’s wealth divide.

The Guardian

Your Guide to a Met Opera Milestone

The Met hasn’t performed an opera written by a woman since Ethel Smyth’s “Der Wald” in 1903.

The New York Times

Create Syria: Barkev’s story

“I always say, tackle any problem at its roots. When you are introducing arts to these children who have known nothing but war, you are paving the way for a better future,” says Maestro Barkev Taslakian.

International Alert

Rappeurs africains, entre engagement politique et musique

Ils sont rappeurs, vivent dans des pays où le pouvoir est contesté, et produisent du rap engagé comme on pourrait faire des discours politiques.

RFI Musique

Nigeria: No Music Day... Artistes Revolt Against Copyright Infringement

Every November 21 is set aside to draw attention to the widespread infringement of the rights of composers, song-writers, performers, music publishers and other stakeholders in the Nigerian music industry.

All Africa

If We Voted With Our Music Tastes, Hillary Clinton Would Have Won The Election

Can a song change the world? As English musician Sting admitted on Newstalk ZB, “Usually, no. But it can plant a seed in someone’s head.”


'Country music has become apolitical': why have acts kept quiet on the election?

Perhaps for the first time, Nashville’s country musicians have determined that the risks of supporting a 2016 president candidate outweigh the rewards.

The Guardian

Germany: Foreign ministry cancels controversial concert at consulate in Istanbul

Germany’s foreign ministry cancelled a 13 November 2016 Dresden Symphony Orchestra performance of ‘Aghet’, commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the Armenian genocide, scheduled to take place at the German consulate in Istanbul, reported Deutsche Welle on 25 October 2016.


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