Policy, Research & Politics

The music of migration

Everyone should have a fundamental human right to listen to their culture’s music, and make their own if they want to. It’s part of who we are, and room needs to be created for it everywhere, especially in cities.

Le Monde Diplomatique

UN adds reggae music to list of international cultural treasures

Jamaica’s distinctive beat has furthered ‘international discourse on injustice’, says Unesco – while devotees praise it for breaking down colonial race barriers.

The Guardian

YouTube Is Now Running Pop-Ups Warning Users About Article 13

Time to mobilize the army? YouTube appears to be going all out to defeat the European Union’s proposed Copyright Directive, particularly Article 13.

Digital Music News

L’Europe étudie l’export, les aides et l’observation de la musique

Dans le cadre de l’action préparatoire du programme Music Moves Europe, des études sur l’export de la musique et sur la faisabilité d’un observatoire et d’une aide européenne pour la musique sont lancées.


How Palestinians in Israel Use Music to Break Borders

Partying within a conservative culture isn't easy, let alone when movement is restricted. These groups are hoping to change that.


Music Festivals Are Gaining Popularity in Asia

“Most Asian governments would rather you not do parties so you don’t cause trouble,” he said, adding that his comment did not apply to Japan or South Korea. “The authorities wouldn’t want to take responsibility because a festival, to them, is like a liability.”

The New York Times

Pharrell Williams orders Trump to stop using his music at political rallies

Rapper Pharrell Williams has sent a cease-and-desist letter to US President Donald Trump ordering him to stop playing his music at political events after the song ‘Happy’ was used at a rally in Indiana last weekend.


Copyright, royalties and piracy in Africa

Creators of musical works in Africa are arguably the worst hit in terms of royalty pay-outs for their creative efforts.

Music in Africa

Remembering Queen’s Infamous and History-Making Tour of South America

The Freddie Mercury-led quartet rose to fame during the ‘70s and ‘80s, a time when many Latin American countries were facing repressive military governments and dictatorships, economic upheaval and social unrest.


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