Policy, Research & Politics

How Free is Free? Reflections on Freedom of Creative Expression in Africa

The e-book was produced as part of the Artwatch Africa project that aims to defend freedom of creative expression on the continent.

Arterial Network

Palestinian hip-hop group uses music as a weapon

Through its verses, Palestine Street expresses the frustrations of living under Israeli occupation.

Al Jazeera

“Immoral Pig” — Musicians React To Donald Trump’s Immigration Travel Ban

On January 27, President Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily barring people from seven Muslim-majority nations. Top music stars disagree.

Digital Music News

France: Aux Sons Citoyens !

La diversité culturelle est une réalité en France. Gommées, reléguées, uniformisées, les identités multiples qui la composent sont pourtant un levier d’échanges, de partage, d’égalité, de dignité pour mieux faire et vivre ensemble.

Zone Franche

The Afghan Women’s Orchestra wins Freemuse Award

Afghanistan’s musical scene suffered enormously in the last decades of the 20th century due to war, exile of musicians, and the draconian policies of the Taliban banning music entirely.


Our job as composers has now changed

Ours is a humbling profession. Creating and studying music often forces us to stand on the shoulders of giants and consider the long arc of thoughts and creativity that came before us.

New Music Box

Congolese pop music

An oddly symbiotic relationship between some of Africa’s best singers and worst politicians.

The Economist

Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings celebrates the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom with this playlist of 1960s civil rights material.

Smithsonian Folkways

A mental makeover for classical music

The lack of diversity in the classical arts has been the elephant in the room for years.

Arts Professional

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