Policy, Research & Politics

Vietnam: Popular music and censorship

The Vietnamese state operates a thorough system of music censorship, and the few songwriters who dare to directly challenge the authority of the Vietnamese Communist Party or its policies face serious consequences.


How can you put a song behind bars: Dario Fo

Dario Fo, famous for his cutting political satire has died at age 90. Fo, who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1997, was also a songwriter and during his lifetime experienced censorship not only in Italy, but in many other countries as well.


Gender Disparity at the Top of the Charts

Most people don’t realize how incredibly lopsided the technical fields of music recording, production and engineering are.


'It Can't Be Done': The Difficulty Of Growing A Jazz Audience

Audience development is a complicated issue, and it's not limited to jazz. Every artist and arts organization is trying to answer the same question.


Sénégal : la nouvelle société de gestion collective installée

Le Bureau sénégalais des droits d’auteur (Bsda) est mort, vive la Société sénégalaise du droit d’auteur et des droits voisins (Sodav) ! En effet, après 43 années de bons et loyaux services, le Bsda, fait place à la Sodav.

Music in Africa

Young musicians in Colombia talk about the prospects for peace

At the annual Bogota Music Market festival, also known as BOmm, many young musicians talked about the prospects for peace in Colombia.


Musicians Slam Trump: The Long History of Pop And Politics

Barbara Streisand lampooned Trump in performance and in print while his rhetoric has attracted condemnation from Latino artists and a protest song from rapper YG.

The Wire

8 Musicians Highlighting Indigenous Resistance With a 2016 Spin

Though there have been explicit efforts to remove, eliminate, and in all senses destroy the existence of indigenous communities across the world, to still be here retelling these histories and finding footing in the current context is revolutionary in itself.


China: Singer’s music scrubbed from online music services due to Hong Kong activism

Music fans in China have reported that several major Chinese music and video streaming platforms, as well as the Chinese iTunes store, have removed, blocked or filtered out the music and online content of pop star Denise Ho, who has been active in the Hong Kong independence and pro-democracy movement since 2014.


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