Policy, Research & Politics

Iran’s Culture Minister Says He’s Trying to “Transform” Conservative Clerics’ Views on Music

Before musicians can perform concerts in Iran without the threat of the authorities suddenly cancelling them, someone has to convince conservative Shia Muslim clerics that music is not un-Islamic.

Iran Human Rights

Music in the matrix of political, historical challenges – Congress of arabic music in Cairo, 1932

Initially, there was a will from the Egyptian musicians to correct what was then called oriental music, adapting to the challenges of technical progress and the new media, as well as resisting European influence in the context of the emergence of Arab nationalism since the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.

Arab Times

Latest Throsby Report Provides Insight Into The Lives Of Australian Working Artists

Over one third of Australia’s 48,000 professional practising artists are musicians. Australia has 17,100 musicians, songwriters and composers, and at 35% of Australia’s professional artists they comprise the largest single artform group.

Music Australia

Les acteurs de la musique dématérialisée s'allient pour peser sur l'UE

Plusieurs acteurs importants de la musique dématérialisée, parmi lesquels Spotify, Soundcloud, Qobuz et Deezer, annoncent avoir formé à Bruxelles l'alliance Digital Music Europe (DME), destinée à défendre et promouvoir leurs intérêts devant les membres du parlement européen.

Les Numériques

Music education in Africa

Education in the arts is just as essential as in any other field and although many musicians believe that it can taint their creativity and original point of view, there is no doubt that there are more positives than negatives to take away from studying music.

Music in Africa

UNESCO Global Report - Re|Shaping Cultural Policies

The 2018 Global Report analyses progress achieved in implementing the 2005 Convention since the first Global Report was published in 2015.


Banned in China: why some of music’s top stars are blacklisted by Beijing

Katy Perry has no Chinese dates lined up on her 2018 Asia tour despite her huge popularity, but from former teen pop star Miley Cyrus to rock legend Bob Dylan, other artists have found themselves unwelcome in China.

South China Morning Post

‘A New Crowd’ Helps Fill the Philharmonie de Paris

Before the Philharmonie’s January 2015 opening, there were widespread fears that Paris’s classical-music patrons would balk at traveling to a blue-collar area to hear music.

The New York Times

On The Syrian Border, Alternative Arabic Music Brews

The village's location on the geopolitical map has always been precarious, even a bit surreal. But it has also created the perfect conditions to incubate an unlikely experimental Arabic music scene.


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