Policy, Research & Politics

Where Do The Grammys Go From Here?

This year’s awards honored more women and people of color in a ceremony that seemed more relevant to today’s music business, but still made some missteps. What’s next?


After a brief rebellion, the EU link tax and upload filter will move to a final vote

The hated Articles 11 and 13 of the EU Copyright Directive remain intact after final efforts to remove them fail.

The Verge

Pop Songs Have Gotten Angrier Over the Decades

A new study finds that pop music increasingly expresses rage against the machine—and almost everything else.

Pacific Standard

Young people are turning to classical music to escape ‘noise of modern life’

Backers of new radio station say research shows a growing audience for the classics among under-35s.

The Guardian

An Iranian pop star challenges the regime

Once a favourite of the mullahs, Mehdi Yarrahi’s music is now testing their tolerance.

The Economist

Pour que revive la musique classique africaine

Des musiciens d’origines africaines vivant au Royaume-Uni tente de remettre au goût du jour les œuvres d’anciennes grandes figures de la musique classique que l’histoire semble vouloir enterrer.

Africa News

Conservatism and the Conservatory

The observation is often made that political conservatives do not have anything much to say about the arts, either believing, with the libertarians, that in this matter people should be free to do as they please, or else fearing, like the traditionalists, that a policy for the arts will always be captured by the Left and turned into an assault on our inherited values.

Future Symphony Institute

This new Indian electronic music genre is fusing religion and politics

"Anyone who doesn't believe in our values and wants to go to Pakistan is welcome to go," cries a voice in Hindi, over a thumping electronic beat.


Why Putin is learning to love rap

Russian authorities are canceling shows and cracking down on artists speaking a little too freely.


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