Policy, Research & Politics

Violinist makes one-man stand against Putin's anti-gay laws

There's been much debate but little action with respect to Russia's increasingly draconian laws against homosexuality with most world governments seemingly unprepared to boycot actual events.

Limelight

Salif Keita pressured to cancel Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival

The famous Afropop singer-songwriter from Mali cancelled just a few hours before his departure for Jerusalem Festival due to threats by BDS.

News and Noise

 

“Open up your mind” – an interview with Dorsaf Hamdani

'Stemmerett og stemmeprakt!' celebrates 100 years anniversary of women's right to vote in Norway.

News and Noise

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


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