Policy, Research & Politics

Successful launch of the European Agenda for Music (EAM)

The European Agenda for Music was developed out of a continent-wide consultation launched by the European Music Council (EMC). Reaching out to the entire music sector, it identifies the sector’s collective needs and sets out priorities for the future.

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South Korean Kpop Group Red Velvet Performs for North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-Un

Kim Jong-un adjusted his schedule — just to hear Kpop group Red Velvet perform. He was ‘deeply moved’.

Digital Music News

Venezuela's famous youth orchestra faces tough times

Abreu, who died Saturday at age 78, was a consummate musician and astute politician who secured government funding for El Sistema and turned it into one of Venezuela's showpiece government-run programs.

Yahoo News

Royal Opera House ruling will have a 'profound impact' on orchestras

Musicians could be required to wear earplugs "at all times" following a landmark ruling on hearing loss.

The Independent

Parité en musique : les festivals doivent faire leur part

Les événements musicaux doivent cesser de simplement refléter les goûts du public et assumer leur responsabilité sociale en mettant davantage de l'avant les talents féminins.

Radio Canada

All the Rage: When Is Music a Political Action

Is producing music pointless? Is writing concert music selfish? What does writing and performing concert music do anyway? How does it help people? How does it feed them? How does it fix greed and corruption? How does it prevent an unnecessary war? How does it stop teenagers from fighting in combat and dying?

New Music Box

Same Old Rap: The Grammys' Race Toward Irrelevance

It's time to acknowledge that the Grammy Awards has a real race problem on its hands: It's racing toward total irrelevance.


An Unlikely Youth Revolution at the Paris Opera

According to the company, it had 95,000 audience members younger than 28 last season — more than 10 percent of tickets sold and 30,000 more than just two years before.

The New York Times

East African Women in the Music Industry Sing Out Against Male Domination

“Women in music: We have made ourselves known in the music industry around the world. Yet gender inequality, sexism, and pay gaps persist,” said Carola Kinasha, a Tanzanian-based musician and activist who recently moderated a panel discussion on women in music.

Global Voices

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