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Policy, Research & Politics

Pete Seeger fostered change through the power of song

America's tuning fork. That is what writer and poet Carl Sandburg called Pete Seeger, the gangly banjo-strumming folk singer who provided the music that told a nation's story and invoked a people's conscience.

The Californian - PRI

Role of Music in Kenya's Liberation

Conceptually, the project is a tribute to the role of musicians in fostering change in Kenya and debunking the notion that only politicians have driven that process.


UN Special Rapporteur requested to discuss Tibet with Chinese government

Freemuse has requested the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights, Ms Farida Shaheed, to discuss the imprisonment of nine Tibetan singers with Chinese government.


Persian instruments on TV!

Last Saturday, Iranian people were taken by surprise in a strange way. For many of them it was the first time they had seen such instruments on national television.

News and Noise

A history of music censorship

This week marks the 30th anniversary of BBC banning radio play of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's 'Relax'.

The Indipendent

Orchestras 'still hostile to women'

The top of the profession is still "a place of too great an absence for women".



Iran - Rouhani: 'Art can Flourish in a Democratic Society'

President Hassan Rouhani has promised to promote artistic freedom in Iran during a meeting with a group of prominent Iranian artists in Tehran on Wednesday.


World Culture Forum: Bali Promise calls for Integration of Culture in Post-2015 Development Agenda

The key results of the WCF have been defined in the "Bali Promise" which seeks to emphasise the importance of culture for development particularly in the formation of the post-2015 development agenda.


The 'Ode To Joy' As A Call To Action

A filmmaker follows the Ninth around the world, to Chile and China, where it became an empowering anthem of solidarity, and to Japan, where performances of daiku — the Great Nine — are a cherished annual tradition.


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