Policy, Research & Politics

Music and Cultural Diplomacy: Linking Continents – Bridging Cultures

Culture has to be part and parcel of our foreign policy. Culture is a powerful tool to build bridges between people, notably the young, and reinforce mutual understanding.


Artists gather to defend the right to artistic freedom in Bangladesh

Artists around the world face threats and limitations from government and non-state actors. Such challenges are also a daily reality for Bangladeshi artists.


Playlists of Protest Music and Endangered Languages on New Smithsonian Folkways Site

“At a time when living culture has a profound role to play in fostering mutual understanding, I am especially proud that we are evolving globally with these new digital platforms and collaborating with partners to bring these stories of cultural diversity to light”.


Every country should have a music export office

Music market development agency Sound Diplomacy has called for every country in the world to establish a music export initiative, arguing those without export offices are missing out on “economic and cultural opportunities every day” and “limiting the opportunity to create skills, jobs and a better quality of life for their creatives”.


Tourism Vs. The Music Scene

A city learns where music shouldn’t be, in addition to where it should.


La petite musique de la politique

Vladimir Poutine n’est pas, loin s’en faut, le premier chef d’Etat à montrer publiquement ses talents musicaux.


Asia's first music creators alliance

Japanese composer leads new body advocating rights in digital music era.


The history of American protest music, from “Yankee Doodle” to Kendrick Lamar

How protest music evolved from Civil War refrains to viral Trump videos.


The Guardian Temporarily ‘Removes’ Story on Palestinian Music Festival

The Guardian temporarily pulled a story on a historic expo featuring “trip-hop” and other artists in Palestine without explanation, saying it was “pending review.”

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