Policy, Research & Politics

How Countries Around the World Fund Music—and Why It Matters

As President Trump eyes abolishing federal arts funding in the U.S., a survey of tax-supported music from Australia to Iceland reveals a complex, shifting landscape.


La rumba congolaise proclamée « patrimoine culturel national »

Ainsi, il semble bien parti le processus enclenché depuis 2012; depuis le symposium organisé par la Commission nationale pour l’Unesco et la Commission correspondante belge francophone en vue de la promotion du patrimoine culturel congolais.

Music in Africa

'Silence is betrayal': the jazz musicians putting the political into their playing

From Martin Luther King to Hendrix, and New Orleans to Bengal, jazz musicians are examining history, power, politics and even identity in radical and vital music.

The Guardian

Music and Politics 2017

In 2016, the world saw many public figures, including major artists and music industry figures, take sides and endorse candidates during the American presidential election.

University Observer

Burundi: When drumming becomes political

On 20 October 2017, the President of the Central African Republic of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, signed an act that would deal with the legal regulation of ... playing drums.


In the Arab media world, politics is in the spotlight.

A burgeoning music scene and the political revolutions of 2011 in the Arab world created the perfect opening for better music writing.

Nieman Lab

Rokia Traoré: Le meilleur de l’art africain est pour l’étranger

Artiste résolument engagée, elle crée en 2009 la Fondation Passerelle à Bamako, pour permettre aux Maliens de bénéficier de structures pour l’apprentissage, la diffusion, les rencontres et tout simplement l’expression artistique, dans un pays ou la culture n’existe pas dans la sphère économique.

Citizen Jazz

Draft European Agenda for Music

The aim in developing a European Agenda for Music (EAM) is to bring together the diverse voices of the European music sector to determine a common vision and strategy for the future. Have your say!


Spotify, Deezer and Soundcloud launch european lobbying coalition

Music-streaming services Spotify, Deezer and SoundCloud are among the founder members of a new coalition that plans to represent the European digital music industry in Brussels.


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