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Policy, Research & Politics

The Women Behind the First Black Music Magazine

In the late 19th century, “The Musical Messenger” had a message to send.

Atlas Obscura

Diva or Canon Fodder?

Women rarely survive in opera – though they have stunning music to accompany their demise. In recent years there have been calls to address opera’s gendered violence, but as Caitlin Vincentexplains, it’s a complex issue with no easy fix. Employing more female composers, conductors, directors and designers is a start.


Why songwriters – and music fans – should be wary of the Ed Sheeran plagiarism case

The 'Shape Of You' singer is facing crunch time in his most recent plagiarism case. The outcome could mean a free-for-all on pop.


Les fans de Wizkid, mégastar de l’afropop nigériane, ne digèrent pas sa défaite aux Grammy Awards

"Le jury est composé de personnes blanches, assez âgées, et leur regard sur la “world music” a du mal à évoluer. Or Angélique Kidjo a une très longue relation avec eux, donc c’est un choix facile."

Le Monde

La acción cultural no es solo programar espectáculos, impulsa el cambio social en las ciudades

“Toda persona tiene derecho a tomar parte libremente en la vida cultural de la comunidad, a gozar de las artes y a participar en el progreso científico y en los beneficios que de él resulten”. Así recoge el Artículo 27 de la Declaración Universal de los Derechos Humanos.

El País

"Potato Pride": Inside the Secret World of North Korean Music

In North Korea, there isn’t much music to dance to; according to a human rights report released in 2021, listening to K-Pop is punishable by execution.

Mental Floss

The Political Economy of Classical Music

The story of classical music is inseparable from the rise of capitalism. The new system made a musical revolution possible, but its crisis-ridden development then drove a wedge between musicians and their audience, leaving behind a frozen tradition.


Russian maestro Vladimir Jurowski joins classical stars in high-profile ‘Stop the War’ open letter

Leading conductors and musicians have signed an open letter calling to ‘Stop the war against Ukraine and stop the blanket boycott against Russian and Belarusian artists.’

Classic FM

How The Pandemic And Political Turmoil Inspired 2022 Grammy Nominees

The past two years have been some of the most trying times in recent memory, shrouded in uncertainty and a need for change. Eight of this year’s GRAMMY nominees used their art to cope, restore hope and create beautiful moments even in the darkest times.


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