Policy, Research & Politics

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.


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.


Hip hop a poor cop in a white man's world

Ask indigenous hip hop artist Jimblah if there is racism in the Australian music industry and he gives a resounding yes.

The Age

A New Agreement Between Authors' Societies And ARTE To Remunerate Creators For All ARTE's Services

The European cultural channel ARTE and authors' societies signed a new agreement.


Music Is The Mission, Not Money

One of the great summertime classical gathering spots in America is the Aspen Music Festival and School. And while its famed annual concert series, makes Aspen a mecca for classical music audiences, it's also home to one of the world's most celebrated summer training grounds for young musicians.


Cairo Opera House Suspends Activities in Face of Military Coup

As Egypt's military ousted Mohamed Morsi, the nation's first freely elected president, the country's largest performing arts institution took steps to avoid being swept into chaos.


Turkey: Persecuted folk band Grup Yorum in centre of attention

The development in Turkey has given the Istanbul-based folk music band Group Yorum new fame and publicity around the world. On 18 June, Group Yorum signed a statement along with many other Turkish musicians who condemn police violence and what they term as "the government's abuse of power in Turkey".


World music bands address their role in social change, cultural preservation and creativity

One of the many interesting features of the Rainforest World Music Festival in Malaysia is the daily press meets featuring groups of musicians and the media.

World Music Central

Her Majesty Requests

Music has always been great propaganda, but over the centuries Britain's royalty have turned it into an artform.


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