Policy, Research & Politics

Young musicians in Colombia talk about the prospects for peace

At the annual Bogota Music Market festival, also known as BOmm, many young musicians talked about the prospects for peace in Colombia.


Musicians Slam Trump: The Long History of Pop And Politics

Barbara Streisand lampooned Trump in performance and in print while his rhetoric has attracted condemnation from Latino artists and a protest song from rapper YG.

The Wire

8 Musicians Highlighting Indigenous Resistance With a 2016 Spin

Though there have been explicit efforts to remove, eliminate, and in all senses destroy the existence of indigenous communities across the world, to still be here retelling these histories and finding footing in the current context is revolutionary in itself.


China: Singer’s music scrubbed from online music services due to Hong Kong activism

Music fans in China have reported that several major Chinese music and video streaming platforms, as well as the Chinese iTunes store, have removed, blocked or filtered out the music and online content of pop star Denise Ho, who has been active in the Hong Kong independence and pro-democracy movement since 2014.


European Commission proposes modern EU copyright rules for European culture to flourish and circulate

"I want journalists, publishers and authors to be paid fairly for their work, whether it is made in studios or living rooms, whether it is disseminated offline or online, whether it is published via a copying machine or commercially hyperlinked on the web."

EU Commission

Les spectateurs du classique

Il y a eu, bien sûr, depuis trente ans, un bouleversement des modes de "consommation" de la musique, dont le numérique est la cause. Mais en ce qui concerne ce type de spectacle vivant, le constat est accablant.

Media Part

Nueva Canción: Music, Politics & Emotion in Chile

Music and art has always informed politics and vice versa; Chile’s history with the two is astounding. Even before the Nueva Canción Chilena (Chilean New Song) movement, which is a perfect example of just how intertwined things can become, Chilean folk music had long been key in the struggle for social justice.

Howl & Echoes

Long before Trump rolled in the deep, music and politics were entwined

Take three apparently trivial events: Ukraine wins the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, a rock star cancels a concert and a political rally features the song Rolling in the Deep by Adele.

The Conversation

Sierra Leone: Musician allegedly censored due to political song

Popular musician Emmerson Bockarie claims the government has banned him from playing a concert in Sierra Leone capital Freetown and a radio DJ has said that his station manager told him to not play the artist’s latest hit ‘Munku Boss Pan Matches’.


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