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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 01/2018 – 10 January 2018

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

Native American Rockers

Drawing upon the 2012 Smithsonian exhibit, « Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture, » Salas’ documentary, “RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World,” highlights rockers like Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis and Robbie Robertson.


Bessie Smith, The Empress Of The Blues

She was big and brown and built high off the ground — « a hell of a woman, » men called her, but most women said she was « rough. » And while there were other blues singers in the first half of the 20th century — some who shared her surname — none could be mistaken for Bessie Smith.


How Mongolia went wild for opera

Why are so many Mongolians winning international singing awards?

The Guardian

The Best Opera Recording Ever Is Maria Callas Singing ‘Tosca.’ Hear Why.

Every soprano who sings Tosca tries to make her opening words — frantic calls of her lover’s name, before she’s even onstage — sound suspicious.

The New York Times

Qui était Dizzy Gillespie, le trompettiste aux grosses joues ?

Il y a 25 ans disparaissait l’un des monstres sacrés du jazz, Dizzy Gillespie. Trompettiste et improvisateur de génie, il s’est fait ambassadeur du be-bop et du jazz latino à travers le monde.

France Musique

Music Industry

Cassette tape sales had their best year since 2012

Cassette Tapes are in the midst of a revival: Nielsen reported last year that sales rose 74 percent to 129,000 units sold.

The Verge

Streaming: The Music Industry’s

Streaming gives people what they want. Vast catalogs, immediate access, and personalized recommendations are features not available from legacy markets. Brick-and-mortar retail and AM/FM won’t always reflect what people want to hear.


Inaugural ACCES music conference sets bar high

The first edition of the Music in Africa Conference for Collaborations, Exchange and Showcases (ACCES) concluded on Saturday 18 November with delegates giving the thumbs up to an event that saw music industry players and more than 500 participants from Africa and beyond descend on Dakar, Senegal, for two days of networking, panel discussions, showcases and presentations.

Music in Africa

How To Think About Artificial Intelligence In The Music Industry

One of the goals of the industrial revolution was to have machines simulate physical tasks to produce outputs more efficiently. Fast forward to the present. The purpose of artificial intelligence, also known as AI, is to simulate any mental task.


Comment les boîtes à talents chamboulent l’industrie musicale

Outre-Atlantique, Chance The Rapper ou encore Frank Ocean ont bousculé les labels en profitant d’un écosystème en crise pour se lancer en indépendants.


« Massive Victory » For Songwriters, Publishers As Court Allows Fractional Licensing

In a major victory for songwriters and publishers, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled against the U.S. Department of Justice which had sought to end the practice of fractional music licensing.


Music Education

‘Great equalizer’: Program fights lack of diversity in jazz education

“Jazz is our American classical music,” she said. “It’s the great equalizer.”

San Francisco Chronicle

New study aims to improve quality of life for seniors with music

Researchers from Germany and Switzerland have teamed up to investigate the effects of music on the brains of elderly people. DW talked to the research leader about the challenges and possible outcomes of the study.

Die Welle

The Irony of Specialized High Schools

Partaking in an intensive arts education as a teenager can have the unintended effect of pushing some toward a more traditional university path.

The Atlantic

‘It’s appalling that music is neglected in schools’

Andrew Lloyd Webber has spoken out about the empowering force of music, and the disastrous effect of music cuts in schools.

Classic FM

Le Programme pour le Développement de la Musique Africaine met en réseau les universités de l’Afrique de l’Est

Deux instituts de formation musicale en Afrique de l’Est ont bénéficié de ce projet. Il s’agit du département de musique, de danse et de théâtre de l’Université de Makerere en Ouganda, ainsi que l’école des arts et technologies créatives de l’Université Technique du Kenya (TUK).

Music in Africa

Policy, Research & Politics

Germany: Broadcasters refuse to promote musician’s concerts

Five state TV and radio affiliates of Germany’s public broadcasting consortium ARD said they will not promote British musician Roger Waters’ concerts in Berlin and Cologne in 2018 “in reaction to anti-Semitism accusations against him”.


Iran’s Culture Minister Says He’s Trying to “Transform” Conservative Clerics’ Views on Music

Before musicians can perform concerts in Iran without the threat of the authorities suddenly cancelling them, someone has to convince conservative Shia Muslim clerics that music is not un-Islamic.

Iran Human Rights

Music in the matrix of political, historical challenges – Congress of arabic music in Cairo, 1932

Initially, there was a will from the Egyptian musicians to correct what was then called oriental music, adapting to the challenges of technical progress and the new media, as well as resisting European influence in the context of the emergence of Arab nationalism since the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.

Arab Times

Latest Throsby Report Provides Insight Into The Lives Of Australian Working Artists

Over one third of Australia’s 48,000 professional practising artists are musicians. Australia has 17,100 musicians, songwriters and composers, and at 35% of Australia’s professional artists they comprise the largest single artform group.

Music Australia

Les acteurs de la musique dématérialisée s’allient pour peser sur l’UE

Plusieurs acteurs importants de la musique dématérialisée, parmi lesquels Spotify, Soundcloud, Qobuz et Deezer, annoncent avoir formé à Bruxelles l’alliance Digital Music Europe (DME), destinée à défendre et promouvoir leurs intérêts devant les membres du parlement européen.

Les Numériques

Technologies and media

Is 2018 the Year We Stop Downloading Music?

While millions have already embraced streaming and millions more will hop on the bandwagon before the end of the year, there are still plenty of us that want to possess music. Why?

A Journal of Musical Things

How Blockchain Could Start To Make Waves In Media And Entertainment In 2018

It is difficult to pay fairly for creative work in a digital world where it is easy to share and distribute copies, so royalty payment mechanisms are ripe for disruption.


Five visions for the future of music

Welcome to the (not so) distant future.


Polychromatic Music

Music seems to be at the forefront of an increasingly pervasive process where technological simulation is cheaply and efficiently substituted for authentic human creation and expression.

New Music Box

Une plateforme numérique permet aux élèves de se glisser dans la peau d’un compositeur baroque

Jouer du théorbe dans un orchestre baroque ou recomposer les variations d’une œuvre existante sur tablette, c’est maintenant possible grâce à la plateforme pédagogique des Talens lyriques T@alenschool. 

France Musique

The Pointy End

Listen to Alan Turing’s First Computer-Generated Christmas Carols

In 1951, the BBC played two carols from Turing’s computer, which have now been recreated by New Zealand researchers


Why listening to music could make you deaf

People are ignoring advice and permanently damaging their hearing while listening to loud music on headphones, an audiologist has warned.

Daily Mail

********, ∆, †‡† … the most unpronounceable band names ever

Whether it’s a marketing gimmick or a way to stop anyone ever talking about your band, musicians are rejecting random nouns in favour of punctuation and ancient languages

The Guardian

YouTube Video Containing Static Receives 5 Different Copyright Violations

If you thought YouTube’s copyright monitoring system was a joke, this latest episode will make you cry. Enter Sebastian Tomczak, a music technologist, professor and tinkerer who uploaded a 10-hour track of static, white noise onto YouTube.

Digital Music News


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