Policy, Research & Politics

If We Voted With Our Music Tastes, Hillary Clinton Would Have Won The Election

Can a song change the world? As English musician Sting admitted on Newstalk ZB, “Usually, no. But it can plant a seed in someone’s head.”


'Country music has become apolitical': why have acts kept quiet on the election?

Perhaps for the first time, Nashville’s country musicians have determined that the risks of supporting a 2016 president candidate outweigh the rewards.

The Guardian

Germany: Foreign ministry cancels controversial concert at consulate in Istanbul

Germany’s foreign ministry cancelled a 13 November 2016 Dresden Symphony Orchestra performance of ‘Aghet’, commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the Armenian genocide, scheduled to take place at the German consulate in Istanbul, reported Deutsche Welle on 25 October 2016.


Proposal for copyright reform: European Commission stands with creators and the cultural industries

In 14 September 2016, the European Commission (EC) unleashed its proposal for a new Directive on copyright in the framework of the Digital Single Market strategy, announced by the Juncker Commission in May 2015.


Iran: Musician sentenced to five years in prison and 74 lashes

On 5 November 2016, Iranian singer Amir Tataloo (real name: Amirhossein Maghsoodloo) was sentenced to five years in prison and 74 lashes after being found guilty of “spreading Western immorality”.


A Los Angeles des manifestants protestent contre le choix d’un chanteur blanc pour interpréter le rôle d’un pharaon

Plusieurs manifestants se sont rassemblés samedi lors de la première représentation d’Akhnaten de Philip Glass à l’Opéra de Los Angeles. Ils refusent qu’un chanteur blanc interprète le rôle d’Akhenaton.

France Musique

Is Google Behind the Recent Firing at the U.S. Copyrights Office?

“The people in the creative community are furious about the fact that this was done, but especially about the way it was done.”

Digital Music News

Flashy Boy Band Roils Some As It Tours Kazakhstan

It's not easy being a boy band in conservative pockets of Kazakhstan.

Radio Free Europe

Classical music 'excludes' composers from minorities

Composers from minority groups are "effectively silenced" because they do not fit into classical music's "inner club", a composer has said.


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