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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 13/2016 – 29 June 2016

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

Max Martin and Cecilia Bartoli honoured with 25th Polar Music Prize

Max Martin, the Grammy Award winning hit-making maestro, and Cecilia Bartoli, internationally renowned mezzo-soprano, have been honoured today with the 25th Polar Music Prize, the world’s most prestigious award for music.

Polar Music Prize

1200 Years of Women Composers: A Free 78-Hour Music Playlist

Those of us who listen to a great deal of classical music might feel a tad sheepish about how much more heavily male our playlists slant, at least in terms of the composers.

Open Culture

Throat Singing

For those who think the human voice can produce only one note at a time, the resonant harmonies of throat-singing are surprising.

Smithsonian Folkways

How a boy from the Sri Lankan jungle formed the greatest punk band you’ve never heard

The early 1980s was an incredibly fertile time for underground music in San Francisco. The scene was centred on a troop of interconnected bands playing at alternative spaces to small but devoted audiences – an antithesis to the stadium status achieved by the local rock acts of the ‘60s and ‘70s.


Bernie Worrell, révolutionnaire secret du funk

Au sein de Parliament et de Funkadelic, puis aux côtés de Talking Heads ou Mos Def, celui qui fut surnommé le «Jimi Hendrix du clavier» par Bootsy Collins est décédé à son domicile à l’âge de 72 ans.


A Guided Tour Of Colombian Music

Colombia is a diverse country reflecting the legacies of Spain, Africa, indigenous cultures and a mix of the above. So the music is a fascinating mashup — one of the most compelling blends you’ll find anywhere on the planet.


Music Industry

AMDP at #MTNBushfire Festival 2016

Pursuing its mission to build up a sustainable music sector in Africa, the African Music Development Programme has this year strengthened his role as one of the most important players for the promotion of professional exchanges between educational organizations and music festivals in Africa.


Why Taylor Swift and the Music Industry’s New Attack on YouTube Is a Mistake

As Recode reports, the music industry is enlisting its biggest stars, such as Swift and U2, to press the case that copyright law is rigged in favor of Google-owned YouTube.


Vinyl sales at their highest point since the ’80s

To put that in some kind of perspective, the Berlin Wall was still standing firm and George Michael’s ‘Faith was the year’s best selling single.

The Vinyl Factory

Twitter Invests In SoundCloud, But Why?

Many think that Twitter was better off for walking away from the deal and keeping the focus on its core business, which in theory worked fine except for the fact that the company’s user base has plateaued in the meantime even with a focused agenda not diluted with delivering music.


What would Brxit mean for the UK music business?

Culture secretary John Whittingdale has no doubt what Britain leaving the EU would mean for the UK’s music industry: absolutely nothing.

Music Week

Le piratage coûte 170 millions d’euros à l’industrie musicale dans l’Union Européenne

Cela fait un moment qu’on en parle mais aucun chiffre précis ne l’avait confirmé jusqu’ici.


Music Education

After Taliban music ban, songbook teaches Afghan children to sing again

Playing instruments was banned during the period of Taliban rule in late-1990s Afghanistan, and even today, many conservative Muslims frown on most forms of music.


Why music lessons need to keep up with the times

Some 150 years ago, if you wanted to listen to music, you would have to perform it yourself or be in the presence of musicians.

The Huffington Post

The NAMM Foundation Grants $600k to Music Education Programs

The beneficiaries reflect the organization’s commitment to supporting access to quality music education programs and creating more music makers both domestically and internationally through work with organizations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France and Great Britain.

PR Newswire

In Japan ‘100% of school students are exposed to western classical music

Music education begins at age 6 and lasts as a mandatory class until age 15 (during elementary and junior high schools).

Slipped Disc

Le solfège est-il un frein au désir de pratiquer la musique ?

La question de l’apprentissage du solfège est délicate et complexe. Si elle était si facile à résoudre, on n’en parlerait plus depuis longtemps… Le solfège est un point nodal de l’accès à la pratique musicale telle qu’elle est enseignée dans les conservatoires.

La Croix

Project-Based Learning and Cross-Curricular Units for the Middle School Orchestra

The ideas for cross-curricular units are plentiful. From nearly any piece of music, one can find connections to other areas of study. By doing so, and through interactive and fun projects, you are making the music more relevant to your students.


Policy, Research & Politics

Amjad Sabri, famed Sufi singer, gunned down in Pakistan

Amjad Sabri belonged to the renowned Sabri family, members of the Chishti Sufi order and the most famous Qawwali group in the country. They had performed internationally and were known for their renditions of mystical Islamic poetry.


UN: “Artistic expression is not a crime” – Special Rapporteurs urge the Iranian government to free jailed artists

The United Nations Special Rapporteurs on cultural rights, Karima Bennoune, and on freedom of expression, David Kaye, today called on the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to release musicians Mehdi Rajabian and Yousef Emadi, and filmmaker Hossein Rajabian, who were imprisoned and heavily fined earlier this month.


The sound of silence: why aren’t Australia’s female composers being heard?

Since 1987, 47 composers have been commissioned to write for the Australia Ensemble – the nation’s leading chamber music ensemble. Forty one of them were men.

The Conversation

The Great Rap Censorship Scare of 1990

As with ragtime, jazz, and rock before it, hip-hop music had seized the attention of America’s moral guardians at the very moment its more salacious-minded practitioners found an eager audience among middle-class white teenagers.


A new strategy to put culture at the heart of EU international relations

The strategy adopted today is in line with the Commission’s priority to make the EU a stronger global actor. Culture can play a crucial role in strengthening international partnerships.

European Commission

Algérie: 77 festivals désormais retenus

La liste des festivals culturels en Algérie a été réduite en raison de la politique d’austérité financière adoptée par le gouvernement après l’effondrement des cours pétroliers.

24 News

Technologies and media

Google to bring song lyrics from more than 4,000 music publishers to search results

Song lyrics will soon be a more prominent feature within Google applications, now that LyricFind announced it has inked a deal with the internet giant.

Venture Beat

Competition unleashes futuristic piano designs

In 2015, digital piano specialists Roland launched a competition to create a brand-new digital keyboard concept on the theme “Unleash”.



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Human Music

Score an Entire Film on This Tiny Little Music Box

In the era of software and boutique hardware effects, the musician or composer has an expansive palette for sound design.

The Creators Project

Watson, le super-ordinateur d’IBM, se lance dans la musique

La machine a produit plusieurs morceaux à partir d’un thème imposé. Une performance loin d’être anecdotique puisqu’elle démontre pour la première fois qu’un ordinateur peut être créatif.


The Pointy End

What Happens in the Brain When Music Causes Chills?

The brains of people who get chills when the right song comes on are wired differently than others.


In defence of piped music maestros

Amid a backlash against in-store music, the DJs who craft the playlists explain their maligned trade.

Financial Times

Listening to Mozart lowers blood pressure…but ABBA has no impact

Relaxing to a soothing Mozart symphony can lower the blood pressure as much as cutting salt from the diet or exercising, a new study has shown.

The Telegraph

Why are some concert halls acoustically loved by audiences and others are not?

Nicholas Edwards has provided acoustic design for some of the most loved music and theatrical venues in the world. In this video, Nick shares what makes concert hall acoustics vary widely–even when they are of similar shape–and the key to making a hall loved by audiences.


La musique, une astuce pour être plus heureux au travail

Ecouter un morceau de musique au bureau peut aider à se remotiver et à être plus performant dans son travail.

Top Santé


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