Policy, Research & Politics

The Power List: Why Women Aren’t Equals In New Music Leadership and Innovation

I once had a conversation with my violin teacher that I will never forget. I was at a crucial stage in my development as a musician. The path to a career as a professional violinist was becoming clearer to me, and my passion and talent were becoming more evident.

New Music Box

Can Music Be More Effective Than Drugs?

According to a new analysis of 400 published scientific papers, the old adage that "music is medicine" may literally be true. Canadian psychologists from McGill University have shown that the neurochemical benefits of music can boost the body's immune system, reduce anxiety, and help regulate mood.

io9

Jailed Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova to continue activism

A member of the anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot has vowed to continue her work as a political artist in her first interview with the western media since being sent to prison eight months ago.

The Guardian

“I can understand the boycott on Israel, but you have to play fair” – an interview with Dubi Lenz

Marseille – At Babel Med Music, held in March 2013, News & Noise spoke with Dubi Lenz, broadcaster, artistic director of the Red Sea Jazz Festival, and man of many other virtues. Lenz would rather not politicize music, but as the pressure on artists who want to play in Israel is increasing, there is no way to keep out of the discussion.

News and Noise

South Africa Hosts African Music Conference

Cape Town played host to the Breathe Sunshine African Music Conference, a new venture into the development of music produced on the continent.

All Africa

The Women In Charge Of The Band

The narrative of jazz history often credits the music as a powerful, progressive force for racial integration in American culture. But what about gender equality? On that score, jazz in its first few decades would have to be given a less than stellar grade.

NPR

Can unions save the creative class?

Being a musician is a good job, but that doesn't mean it's okay to go broke doing it. David Byrne

Salon

Somali rapper leads rebirth of music in Mogadishu after years of oppression

When Shiine Akhyaar Ali took to the stage in Mogadishu this week, it was the first time the Somali rap star had performed in his former hometown. It was also the capital's first proper music festival in more than 25 years.

The Guardian

Rome Opera Fights for Survival and Public Loyalty

How does the opera house of a major European city, one that has long struggled to achieve the cachet of the legendary La Scala theater in Milan, try to reverse its fortunes?

The New York Times


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