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[International Music Council] Music World News 10/2017


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Music World News


The IMC Music World News eBulletin presents music news from around the world – brought to you by the International Music Council. The bulletin is emailed to subscribers every two weeks free of charge. It reaches more than 70 countries on all five continents. Click here to subscribe.  

Issue 10/2017 – 31 May 2017

Music World News is divided into six sections. Scroll through or, if you wish, click on one of the sections to be taken straight to those stories.

Music the artform and artists

Results of the 64th International Rostrum of Composers

Brut (2014) by Polish composer Artur Zagajewski (born 1978) and Reachings (2014) by young Finnish composer Sebastian Hilli (born 1990) are the works selected by radio music producers participating in the 64th International Rostrum of Composers (IRC) held in Palermo, from May 15 to 19, 2017.


EXIB Música, a music market with a conscience

An exhibition specialising in music from Latin America, Spain and Portugal that promotes the sharing of goods and services based on cooperation, diversity and identity.

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A Portuguese Ballad Earns Country’s First Eurovision Victory

Salvador Sobral of Portugal broke one of Eurovision’s longest-running losing streaks on Saturday night, scooping up the country’s first-ever win with the uncharacteristically somber ballad, “Amar Pelos Dois.”

The New York Times

How Brahms’s ‘A German Requiem’ Became an Anthem for Our Time

“A German Requiem,” it appears, has become something of an anthem for our time, with grand social and political reverberations.

The New York Times

Why we should celebrate Bessie Smith and the women who created pop music

You didn’t need to lean in to hear Bessie Smith sing. Her rich voice, trained to project to and reach audiences on the live circuit, filled rooms and rang out from radio and record.


Rare 15th-century songbook discovered

A rare music manuscript was presented on Monday 24 April at Huis van de Polyfonie in Heverlee. The songbook, which was named the ‘Leuven Chansonnier’, was discovered in 2014 at a sale by a Brussels auction house.

Flanders Arts Institute

Music Industry

How The Music Industry Is Putting Itself Out Of Business

There was once a time when mid-level bands with a modest following could make a pretty decent living playing music. They’d put out a record, sell a couple hundred thousand copies and then go on tour to promote it.


Meet the streaming service with 20m users…that’s also a record label

One of the most-discussed ideas in today’s record business is the concept of Spotify ‘becoming a record label’ by signing and developing artists.

Music Business Worldwide

How Brands Are Betting On Music, With Help From Pro Playlist Curators

You might not know where, you might not know when, but chances are you’ve heard a playlist that Danny Turner and his team of music designers put together.


‘It’s two hit songs then off’ – artists fight festivals’ shorter sets

Insiders say ‘stack ’em high’ formula of packing as many bands in as possible is driving performers away.

The Guardian

Quand la téléphonie mobile révolutionne l’industrie musicale

Du haut de ses 23 ans, Phizbarz espère bien devenir la prochaine star de l’afro-pop nigériane écoûtée partout en Afrique. Et pour se faire connaître et gagner sa vie, il s’appuie sur la téléphonie mobile, le plus grand distributeur de musique au Nigeria.

All Africa

Music Education

Ableton Creates Learning Music Website for Beginners

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at producing but didn’t want to spend the money? Or thought of taking a music class so you can keep up while talking with your DJ friends?

EDM Tunes

The One* Thing Every New Music Teacher Should Know

According to Wikipedia, Tempus fugit is a Latin phrase, usually translated into English as “time flies.” The expression comes from Virgil‘s Georgics. The phrase is expressed as a proverb that means “time’s a-wasting.”


Music teachers believe a lot of myths

New research from Germany suggests many are unclear regarding which claims about music and the brain have actually been confirmed.

PS Mag

The insidious class divide in music teaching

A passionate debate is raging regarding musical education which threatens to unbalance the already critically privileged world of classical music.

The Conversation

Grèce : l’intégration par la musique

Dans un camp de réfugiés en Grèce, des professeurs donnent des cours de musique aux enfants. « À travers la musique, on peut faire des mathématiques, on peut pratiquer des langues, on peut faire de l’histoire et de la géographie. C’est une manière d’apprendre différemment ».

France TV

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.


Technologies and media

New Self-Learning Chip Takes Music Lessons

With training, the chip becomes more likely to play two notes together when making music.

Electronic Design

Science and Culture: Musicians join scientists to explore data through sound

Today, as a professor in the music department at Stony Brook University in New York, Schedel relies on that logic along with her musical training to help researchers across her university hear their data.


The MP3 Is Not Dead, And I Can Prove It

There’s been a flurry of articles lately about the death of the MP3, and most of them have got the story wrong. The format itself is, in fact, far from dead, and I’m going to show you why.


Les Stradivarius dépassés par la technologie

Lors de tests en aveugle, des musiciens ont pour la première fois préféré les violons modernes à ceux du célèbre luthier.

Tribune de Genève

The Pointy End

Music in the OR: Turn It Up, or Turn It Off?

Is an operating room the right place for Beethoven, Beyoncé, or Phil Collins?


Music torture: How heavy metal broke Manuel Noriega

Everyone has at least one song that sets their teeth on edge. Most of the time, they’re easy to avoid.


Musique : des plantes qui chantent ?

Ca semble incroyable mais c’est pourtant vrai : un chef d’orchestre pépiniériste fait un orchestre grâce à ses plantes.


How the Beatles Wrote ‘A Day in the Life’

Fifty years after its release, the sprawling closing track on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band remains a testament to the group’s ambitious songwriting.

The Atlantic

Humanizing, harmonizing effects of music aren’t a myth

Listening to music from other cultures furthers one’s pro-diversity beliefs, new research concludes. The findings have important implications for music education, K-12 education and efforts to improve cross-cultural intergroup dialogue and communication.

Science Daily


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