Policy, Research & Politics

Banned in China: why some of music’s top stars are blacklisted by Beijing

Katy Perry has no Chinese dates lined up on her 2018 Asia tour despite her huge popularity, but from former teen pop star Miley Cyrus to rock legend Bob Dylan, other artists have found themselves unwelcome in China.

South China Morning Post

‘A New Crowd’ Helps Fill the Philharmonie de Paris

Before the Philharmonie’s January 2015 opening, there were widespread fears that Paris’s classical-music patrons would balk at traveling to a blue-collar area to hear music.

The New York Times

On The Syrian Border, Alternative Arabic Music Brews

The village's location on the geopolitical map has always been precarious, even a bit surreal. But it has also created the perfect conditions to incubate an unlikely experimental Arabic music scene.

NPR

How Countries Around the World Fund Music—and Why It Matters

As President Trump eyes abolishing federal arts funding in the U.S., a survey of tax-supported music from Australia to Iceland reveals a complex, shifting landscape.

Pitchfork

La rumba congolaise proclamée « patrimoine culturel national »

Ainsi, il semble bien parti le processus enclenché depuis 2012; depuis le symposium organisé par la Commission nationale pour l’Unesco et la Commission correspondante belge francophone en vue de la promotion du patrimoine culturel congolais.

Music in Africa

'Silence is betrayal': the jazz musicians putting the political into their playing

From Martin Luther King to Hendrix, and New Orleans to Bengal, jazz musicians are examining history, power, politics and even identity in radical and vital music.

The Guardian

Music and Politics 2017

In 2016, the world saw many public figures, including major artists and music industry figures, take sides and endorse candidates during the American presidential election.

University Observer

Burundi: When drumming becomes political

On 20 October 2017, the President of the Central African Republic of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, signed an act that would deal with the legal regulation of ... playing drums.

Freemuse

In the Arab media world, politics is in the spotlight.

A burgeoning music scene and the political revolutions of 2011 in the Arab world created the perfect opening for better music writing.

Nieman Lab


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