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[International Music Council] Music World News 12/2017


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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 12/2017 – 14 June 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.


Focus on

International Music Council elects Emily Achieng’ Akuno as new President

Members of the International Music Council gathered in Pafos (Cyprus), from 11 to 12 June 2017, for the organisation’s 37th General Assembly, elected Emily Achieng’ Akuno (Kenya) as new IMC President.

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Music the artform and artists

Laureates of the Music Rights Awards 2017

The 5th edition of the Music Rights Awards took place in Pafos, Cyprus on June 10th 2017 in the framework of the 7th European Forum on Music.

Master of ceremony were IMC president Paul Dujardin and IMC Five Music Rights Champion Ramy Essam.

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IMC at Polar Talks 2017

Silja Fischer, Secretary General of the International Music Council and Alfons Karabuda will discuss the new collaboration between the Polar Music Prize and IMC in the selection of future Laureates. Diversity, in all its forms, will be top of the list when broadening the reach of the Polar Music Prize.

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The snake dance of Ethiopia

If you’re ugly you must learn to dance. So says a Zimbabwean proverb that is used to encourage people in the community to dance.

Music in Africa

Le vinyle qui a propulsé les Beatles

Le 1er juin 1967, les Beatles sortaient leur trente-trois tours Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band au Royaume-Uni, et marquaient d’une pierre blanche l’histoire de la musique.

Courrier International

A Huge Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music

If you’ve taken any introductory course or even read any introductory books on music, you’ll almost certainly have heard it described as « organized sound. » Fair enough, but then what do you call disorganized sound?

Open Culture

Music Industry

How data is transforming the music industry

Fifteen years ago, Steve Jobs introduced the iPod. Since then, most music fans have understood this has radically changed how they listen to music.

The Conversation

Nigeria’s Afrobeats Music Scene Is Booming, but Profits Go to Pirates

Artists across the world battle illegal sales of their work. But Nigeria’s piracy problem is so ingrained that music thieves worry about rip-offs of their rip-offs, slapping warning labels on pirated CDs to insist that “lending is not allowed.”

The New York Times

7 Ways to Make Money as a Musician

Wouldn’t be nice to be a full-time musician?

Music Industry How To

‘We have been very disruptive to the music industry’

Napster bosses on the rise, fall and rise of the ‘revolutionary’ music service.


L’industrie musicale ouest-africaine est en plein boom

A la vitalité artistique répond une vitalité économique. Les grandes « majors » de l’industrie musicale ne s’y sont pas trompées et se ruent à Abidjan ou Lagos.


Music Education

Here’s Another Plea for Music Education for Children

We know that learning how to play a musical instrument is good for the brain, so why is music education always among the first things to be cut in schools?

A Journal of Musical Things

Why Music Education Is Changing

For centuries the primary goal of classical music education was to produce orchestra performers capable of reading a piece of sheet music and correctly playing the composer’s ideas. This is no small task.

Good Herald

How to Increase Productivity as a Musician

As artists, we tend to wait for inspiration to happen.

Music Industry How To

Ten Reasons To Let Your Kid Major In Music

Our daughter wants to attend a music conservatory. That plan scares my husband and I greatly.


Policy, Research & Politics

Music – a secret diplomatic tool?

Can music really build bridges of understanding amid conflicts? Participants at the 2017 European Forum on Music in Cyprus think so, though they admit that music can also become a weapon.


No Korean Music in China, For the Foreseeable Future

Last year, South Korea deploys a US-built missile defence system to defend against their belligerent North Korean neighbor. In response, China institutes a hard (but unstated) ban on all Korean cultural exports.

China Music Radar

Mideast Tunes Radio, la webradio musicale et engagée du Moyen-Orient

Le blog Mideast Tunes -plateforme unique pour musiciens underground du Moyen-Orient et d’Afrique du Nord qui se servent de la musique comme d’un outil pour le changement social- vient de lancer une toute nouvelle radio en ligne.


Hot music video will make you want to dance and ignore rampant corruption in the Russian government

Political opposition? Lame, according to Russian pop singer Alisa Vox—who, according to a source who talked to Russian news site Meduza, was paid $35,000 by the Kremlin for her new music video.


“We are all Algerian here”

What is contemporary “British-Algerianness” in London, and what role does music play in mediating and articulating this sense of localised cultural identity?

Ethnomusicology Review

Technologies and media

It’s time for Spotify to stop capping how much music you can save

Despite years of user complaints, song libraries remain limited to 10,000 songs.

The Verge

Commonly Confused Terms In Music, Audio

Once upon a time, remixing a song meant actually redoing the mix.


What Do Phones and Music Have in Common?

Audio data converter products are evolving based on the needs of the consumer electronics segment.

Electronic Design

For Video Soundtracks, Computers Are The New Composers

Even some corporate giants, like Google and IBM, are developing music composition programs.


Musique et réverbération : les auditeurs ont-ils besoin d’espace?

Dans la modernité des dernières décennies et l’épanouissement de la composition par ordinateurs, la musique s’est déshabillée d’effet, d’écho et de réverbération.

Siècle Digital

The Pointy End

How a Somber Symphony Sold More Than a Million Records

In 1989, the record executive Robert Hurwitz attended a London performance of the Polish composer Henryk Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3, subtitled “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs.”

The New York Times

Cultivating Ignorance

There is something rather sad and futile about a shame of imperfect knowledge.


Music Matters

You don’t have to be a musician to benefit from the transformative power of music.

BBC Radio 3

Fyre Was Bad. This One Could Be Worse.

For the concert industry, the disastrous failure of the Fyre Festival in the Bahamas was an outlier — a sad spectacle, but an isolated one.

The New York Times

“La musique n’est pas de la littérature”

Bob Dylan a (enfin) remis son discours de réception du prix Nobel.

Les Inrocks


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