Policy, Research & Politics

Culture at the heart of the global response to COVID-19

With the world faced with the COVID-19 pandemic today and the need to rebuild our societies tomorrow, culture should be at the heart of the response.

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The State of Artistic Freedom 2020

Freemuse’s new report State of Artistic Freedom 2020 is an in-depth analysis of 711 acts of violations of artistic freedom in 2019 in 93 countries.


Exploding the myths behind K-pop

Bright and irresistible, K-pop provides the beat to South Korea’s youth culture. But behind the perfect smiles and dance routines are tales of sexism and abuse.

The Guardian

Sin Reggaetón No Hay Latin Grammys

Good news for reggaetón artists and fans, particularly those who recognize its continued failure to give the genre its due: The Latin Recording Academy has just announced some relevant changes.


Les défis des musiques des peuples pour la biodiversité

Notre société destructrice de l’ère anthropocène serait bien inspirée de tirer parti des riches enseignements des peuples premiers, qui n’ont pas rompu les liens entre nature et culture et dont les musiques, en particulier, restent à l’écoute des pulsations de la planète.

Aux Sons

AU: Heads of State commit to play the role of leadership, advocacy and facilitation for Arts, Culture and Heritage

On the sidelines of the 33rd Assembly of the African Union held in Addis Ababa, twelve Heads of State solemnly accepted the invitation of His Excellency Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, President of the Republic of Mali, African Union leader for Arts, Culture and Heritage to act as co-champions.

African Union

Member of banned Turkish folk group dies after hunger strike

A member of a popular folk music group that is banned in Turkey has died on the 288th day of a hunger strike. The singer and a colleague had started the strike while imprisoned to protest at the government’s treatment of their band, according to a post on the group’s Twitter account.

The Guardian

In moments of crisis, people need culture

At a time when billions of people are physically separated from one another, culture has brought us together, keeping us connected and shortening the distance between us. It has provided comfort, inspiration and hope at a time of enormous anxiety and uncertainty.


At Saudi music festival, Iran rivalry takes the stage

Exile Iranian musicians critical of religious hardliners in Tehran converged this month to perform in the most unlikely locale: Saudi Arabia.


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