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[International Music Council] Music World News 09/2018

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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 09/2018 – 16 May 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

65th International Rostrum of Composers

A flagship project of the International Music Council (IMC), the IRC was launched in 1954 and will be hosted this year for the first time in Hungary, co-organized with Bartok Radio – MTVA.

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¡Que Viva la Música Latina!

In 1982, the National Endowment for the Arts launched its annual National Heritage Fellowship award program, putting a major spotlight on renowned traditional artists from across the United States and its territories.

Smithsonian Folkways

How Nigerian pop stole Fuji praise-singing

There is an intersection between juju maestro Ebenezer Obey’s 1972 number dedicated to « Board Members » and QDot Alagbe’s 2018 mention of « Egbe Inumidun » in ‘Ijo Gelede’.

Music in Africa

The independent zine telling the authentic story of UK underground music

TRENCH’s passionate coverage of grime, hip hop, and newer genres like drill is driven by its founders’ fundamental belief in DIY culture.


How the iconic music of 2001: A Space Odyssey came to be

“Before the MGM brass flew in, Kubrick said, ‘Get this much money and buy all the classical music you can find downtown.’”


Les années fastes du folk

Dans les années 60, un courant «trad», souvent régionaliste et contestataire, essaime en France autour de figures comme Alan Stivell ou Malicorne. Jusqu’à l’arrivée du punk.


Music Industry

15 Music Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

Something’s happening to the music industry. We’re not sure how it’s going to shake out, but the world we knew has been turned on its head by streaming, face tats, and piracy.

Pigeons and Planes

How Kobalt Is Transforming the Music Industry

Kobalt Music Group Ltd. is part record label, part publishing business, part digital tech platform and it’s using all that to try and put the power of music back into the hands of performers.


The great big Spotify scam

Did a Bulgarian playlister swindle their way to a fortune on streaming service?

Music Business Worldwide

Pandora Learns the Cost of Ads, and of Subscriptions

At best, advertising is something people tolerate while consuming media. At worst, it’s a turnoff.


La musique, nouvelle star de la Bourse

Les valorisations des majors et des plateformes de musique en ligne augmentent fortement.Tous tablent sur une hausse continue des abonnements et sur la conquête de nouveaux territoires.

Le Figaro

Music Education

Why is there a crisis in music education?

However, is the crisis – if indeed there is a crisis – all about how much time and money government and individual schools allocate to formal music education, whether that be music class or instrument lessons?

Complete Music Update

What this blind, autistic pianist can teach us about music education

Watching Derek Paravicini’s fingers pulsate majestically across the piano keys, one gets the impression his dexterous fingers could achieve just about anything he wanted them to.


Math, Music and Imagination

Math can be experienced as play much as music is—just what’s needed to enlarge the tribe of creative problem solvers in mathematics and other human disciplines.

Scientific American

Il faut faire rentrer la musique classique dans nos écoles

La musique classique doit cesser d’appartenir à une certaine élite et envahir nos salles de classe, ce qui permettra à nos enfants de se frotter à un univers si infini qu’une vie ne suffira pas à en épuiser toutes les merveilles.


Policy, Research & Politics

Freemuse calls for charges to be dropped against Egyptian poet

The poet is also facing a parallel civil case related to his lyrics being used in a song by Egyptian musician Ramy Essam, who himself has a warrant for his arrest over the song and accompanying video.


Why does art matter? Why should we support the arts?

Economic rationalists would point out that most artists are economically unviable. That is true, unfortunately.

Daily Review

The Ultimate Guide for Cultural Managers

Visas for Third Country National Artists Travelling to the Schengen Area.


Can music bridge Thailand’s sectarian divide?

The 14-year conflict between Muslim insurgents and authorities in Thailand’s three southernmost provinces has claimed more than 7,000 lives. But can music help bridge the sectarian divide?


Was Cairo’s grand opera house a tool of cultural imperialism?

The new Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman and the brand new Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi revive vital questions. Are these new institutions instruments of Western domination, or are such cultural spaces compatible with Muslim social life?


Connaissez-vous vraiment l’Eurovision?

Présenté par les organisateurs comme « le plus grand spectacle de divertissement télévisé au monde », l’Eurovision détient également le record Guinness du plus ancien concours musical diffusé à la télévision.

La Libre

Technologies and media

Humtap expands into Arabic music generation

Humtap, an innovative music generation Artificial Intelligence (AI) start-up, is expanding into creating Arabic and Middle Eastern music – a pioneering achievement in the field.

Trade Arabia

How to Make Your Music Streaming Experience More Social

When the music-focused social network Cymbal launched in 2015, the service promised to be a hub for music junkies to share their favorite artists and flaunt their great taste.


Mind-reading A.I. algorithm can work out what music is playing in your head

Most of us have used apps like Shazam, which can identify songs when we hold up our phone up to a speaker. But what if it was possible for an app to identify a piece of music based on nothing more than your thought patterns. Impossible?

Digital Trends

ABBA reunite for new music, hologram tour

Digital versions of ABBA will perform the group’s new songs as part of a TV broadcast set to air later this year.

Consequence of Sound

«Hello World», premier album de musique composé avec l’aide de l’IA

Hello World est le nom du premier album « multi artistes » composé à l’aide d’un système d’intelligence artificielle. Cette collaboration entre l’humain et une IA est une première mondiale, annonce la plateforme musicale suédoise Spotify.


The Pointy End

How music helps the heart find its beat

« Music can pierce the heart directly; it needs no mediation, » wrote scientist Oliver Sacks.

Medical News Today

When Critics Could Kill

What was it like when a review could end a career? Most musicians still don’t want to talk about it.


Paul McCartney tops 2018 Sunday Times list of richest musicians

In second and third place are Lord Lloyd Webber and U2 with wealth figures of £740m and £569m respectively.

Music Week

Researchers Are Livestreaming the Sound of the Bottom of the Sea

This underwater microphone is blasting the chatter of whales, sea lions, dolphins, and more.


La musique adoucit la relation parent-enfant

Selon une enquête de l’université d’Arizona, les relations avec les parents à l’âge adulte sont meilleures si on a partagé des expériences musicales avec eux.

Le Parisien


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