Policy, Research & Politics

UK Orchestra Saved From Closure By Last-Minute Fundraising Drive

A campaign to raise £70,000 in less than two weeks in order to save the freelance Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra has claimed success, after garnering pledges of £72,200.

Classical Music Magazine

Kremer, Argerich and Barenboim to perform anti-Putin concert

Violin virtuoso Gidon Kremer launches concert against Vladimir Putin and lashes out at the likes of Anna Netrebko and Valery Gergiev.

Limelight

Mexico: Drug ballads banned in Chihuahua

In July 2013 alone, four musical acts have been fined for violating a law prohibiting the performance of songs in the genre – one which often heralds the exploits of drug cartel members.

Artsfreedom

Russia hints at visa obstacles for western pop acts after gay row

Madonna, Lady Gaga and Bloodhound Gang have all voiced public disapproval of Russian anti-gay laws. But in future, promoters could find it harder to get US artists into the country.

The Guardian

Israeli and Palestinian bands unite in 'metal brotherhood'

They are united by facial hair, frayed jeans and a love of heavy metal – plus a belief that music is above politics, religion and conflict.

The Guardian

We're the Cultural Commons Collecting Society, an Alternative to GEMA, PRS, and SACEM

European collection societies are often notorious bulldogs, but they also seem to bite everyone. Groups like PRS for Music in the UK and GEMA in Germany often impose strict exclusivity clauses over artists, while making cross-border licensing a multi-year, bankrupt-inducing headache.

Digital Music News

Opera Singer Becomes (Soprano) Voice Of Protest In Portugal

While anti-austerity protesters throw Molotov cocktails in the streets of Athens or blockade parliament in Madrid, their Portuguese counterparts are singing songs in the street, 1960s-style.

NPR

What's up with protest songs?

There was a time when protest songs weren't just mainstream, they were major hits. Now, you'd struggle to find a single track in the charts or on the radio that has a political message.

ABC

Pussy Riot lambast Putin, Russia's oil industry in new video

The Pussy Riot punk band took aim at President Vladimir Putin and how he runs Russia's oil industry on Tuesday in its first video for almost a year.

Reuters


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