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Policy, Research & Politics

Elton John will perform in Russia despite homophobic protests

Russian demonstrators condemn forthcoming concert as 'amoral sabbath' – but singer says he cannot stay at home.

The Guardian

Politics permeating the entertainment industry stays constant

Professor of history Michael Morrison said politics and music have been intertwined since the days of Chuck Berry and the Beatles, but today the alignment seems to be more disinclined.

The Exponent

Gergiev's Barbican concert picketed with sparklers

Veteran campaigner Peter Tatchell organises protest against conductor's support for anti-gay laws.


Africans For Africa Network Launches Game-Changing North-South Collaboration

The collaboration takes the form of a two-week residency programme and two public events taking place at the Emthonjeni Arts in South Africa in December 2013, in partnership with Mali's the Festival au Desert.


Music Against Child Labour

The global Music Against Child Labour Initiative was launched in 2013. It links the ILO and its International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) with musicians, conductors and musicians' organizations.

IMC Member News

Mercedes Sosa was on the black list

In Buenos Aires there has been a major discovery of secret documents dating back to the years of military rule in Argentina.

News and Noise

The Tricky Terrain of Post-Digital Discrimination

Just how much discrimination do women face in a post-digital music industry, one in which male gatekeepers have less power than ever before?

Digital Music News


Pianist Lang Lang Chosen as UN Messenger of Peace

China's superstar pianist Lang Lang became a United Nations Messenger of Peace on Monday, a role he called more important than his music because it can help improve the lives of children around the world through education.


Mauritanian Musician Talks Extremism

Nouakchott — Maalouma Mint El Meidah is one of the most prominent Mauritanian artists to garner local and worldwide acclaim. Her genre of music rebelled against tradition and spread her liberal ideas in culture and art.

All Africa

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