Policy, Research & Politics

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

La Sacem et IBM créent Urights

La Sacem met tout en œuvre pour accroître la valeur des droits de ses membres pour les œuvres musicales mais aussi pour les œuvres audiovisuelles.


Why music celebrities in Swaziland have day jobs

Few superstars in Swaziland can afford to live off music, despite their growing audiences.


Burundi: Music censorship or artist protection?

It is no secret that during the protests against the third mandate of President Pierre Nkurunziza music was used to encourage youth to take to the streets.


'Performing is a political statement': who will play Donald Trump's inauguration?

For some, the great honor of performing for the president has been tainted with risk, as Trump’s team struggles to find high-profile acts for inauguration day.

The Guardian

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