Policy, Research & Politics

No Korean Music in China, For the Foreseeable Future

Last year, South Korea deploys a US-built missile defence system to defend against their belligerent North Korean neighbor. In response, China institutes a hard (but unstated) ban on all Korean cultural exports.

China Music Radar

Mideast Tunes Radio, la webradio musicale et engagée du Moyen-Orient

Le blog Mideast Tunes -plateforme unique pour musiciens underground du Moyen-Orient et d’Afrique du Nord qui se servent de la musique comme d’un outil pour le changement social- vient de lancer une toute nouvelle radio en ligne.


Hot music video will make you want to dance and ignore rampant corruption in the Russian government

Political opposition? Lame, according to Russian pop singer Alisa Vox—who, according to a source who talked to Russian news site Meduza, was paid $35,000 by the Kremlin for her new music video.


“We are all Algerian here”

What is contemporary “British-Algerianness” in London, and what role does music play in mediating and articulating this sense of localised cultural identity?

Ethnomusicology Review

Music and Cultural Diplomacy: Linking Continents – Bridging Cultures

Culture has to be part and parcel of our foreign policy. Culture is a powerful tool to build bridges between people, notably the young, and reinforce mutual understanding.


Artists gather to defend the right to artistic freedom in Bangladesh

Artists around the world face threats and limitations from government and non-state actors. Such challenges are also a daily reality for Bangladeshi artists.


Playlists of Protest Music and Endangered Languages on New Smithsonian Folkways Site

“At a time when living culture has a profound role to play in fostering mutual understanding, I am especially proud that we are evolving globally with these new digital platforms and collaborating with partners to bring these stories of cultural diversity to light”.


Every country should have a music export office

Music market development agency Sound Diplomacy has called for every country in the world to establish a music export initiative, arguing those without export offices are missing out on “economic and cultural opportunities every day” and “limiting the opportunity to create skills, jobs and a better quality of life for their creatives”.


Tourism Vs. The Music Scene

A city learns where music shouldn’t be, in addition to where it should.


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