Policy, Research & Politics

How Xi Jinping's crackdowns have squeezed the life out of Beijing's indie rock scene

Not long ago, Beijing was considered home to one of the world’s most exciting underground music scenes. Venues and record labels proliferated. The music — new wave, post-rock, grunge, noise — was raw, loud and, above all, original, reflecting the angst and uncertainty of a city in the grip of constant change.

LA Times

Zimbabwe: Union Gives Musicians Free Legal Advice

The law clinics are targeted at musicians around the country to equip them with the knowledge of the law in relation to their operations as well as helping in the structuring of contracts.

All Africa

South Africa: No Local Music for the Listeners?

Music by South African artists. That's what was supposed to make up 90 percent of the South African Broadcasting Corporation's (SABC) program. Three months after the announcement, little has changed.

All Africa

EBU awarded right to manage .radio top level domain name

The EBU is delighted to have been recognized as the organisation to administer the .radio TLD in consultation with other sister organizations. This will be undertaken for the benefit of the radio community worldwide.


Malaysian Rapper Held for Allegedly Insulting Islam in Video

An ethnic Chinese rapper in Malaysia has been detained for allegedly insulting Islam in his latest music video.

The New York Times

Platon, ou la musique au cœur d'un projet politique

Si Platon n’a jamais consacré un dialogue à la musique, c’est parce qu’elle nourrit l’ensemble de son œuvre. La musique est partout et contribue à édifier le projet d’une nouvelle cité.

France Musique

Habitat III - New Urban Agenda

In October 2016, the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), to
be held in Quito, will adopt the New Urban Agenda, a document which is expected to provide guidance
on the development of urban policies around the world for the next 20 years.

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South Sudan conflict: Artists sing for peace

A group of South Sudanese artists has warned against the revenge culture following the recent conflict which led to hundreds being killed.


Syrian band’s concerts are music to German ears

A group of refugee performers is enchanting German audiences with traditional Arabic music, creating a cultural exchange and dialogue between newcomers and locals.


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