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[International Music Council] Music World News 23/2016



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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 23/2016 – 30 November 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

Decolonizing our music

Colonization rears its ugly head whenever there is “globalization.” In the 1500s, several European nations were aggressively globalizing, especially Spain, and especially in the Americas.

New Music Box

Rostrum+: IRCLive!

The programme is the result of a one year creative process steered by Ulrich Hauschild, Director of BOZAR MUSIC, through an initial one-day workshop and continued monitoring throughout the academic year.


Just Why Does New Music Need Champions?

The implication is that new music is a specialty, some kind of cerebral sideline in danger of languishing but for the efforts of advocates.

The New York Times

Five Titans of Japanese Video Game Music

Some of Japan’s most significant composers in the field.

Red Bull Music Academy

Violon, la transversalité fertile

Moins connu que le saxophone, le piano ou la batterie, le violon semble évoluer dans les marges de l’histoire du jazz.

Citizen Jazz

Music Industry

Streaming price war breaks out as Google offers 4 free months of play

Amazon’s cut-price entry into the music streaming market appears to have prompted a flurry of discount deals amongst its competitors.

Music Business Worldwide

What The Top 50 Global Music Festivals Reveal About Today’s Live Music Industry

Festivals are often cash cows for the music industry, and 2016 is proving to be no different.


12 Queer Artists Changing Latin America’s Music Industry

These artists are making music on their own terms and carving out audiences for themselves.


China’s newest export hit is classical music

Fifty years after Mao’s Cultural Revolution in effect banned Western music, a real cultural revolution is taking place.

The Economist

Youtube strikes deal with gema to host music videos in Germany

It’s been one of the biggest stand-offs in digital music history – but YouTube and German collection society GEMA have finally reached a licensing agreement.

Music Business Worldwide

What A Donald Trump Presidency Means For All Musicians And The Music Business

Now that post-election shock is fading slightly, many musicians and industry professionals are wondering what effects there will be on the music industry when President-Elect Donald Trump takes office in January.


Music Education

When to Start Music Lessons?

Studies have shown that children can actually hear music in the womb, and some seem to develop a taste for certain styles of music as a result.

Children Music Workshop

Music Generation: New approach to music education strikes right chord

National programme funded by U2 changes how we teach music.

The Irish Times

Music To Unlearn: Social Transformation In Colombia

The organisation works throughout Colombia to provide music education to the country’s children, with a primary focus on those most disadvantaged and vulnerable. It’s an impressive organisation.

Huffington Post

L’éducation musicale en Espagne : et s’il n’y en avait plus du tout ?

En 2013, l’Espagne supprimait l’éducation musicale des programmes scolaires obligatoires. Une première en Europe, à suivre de près au regard de la menace qui pèse sur la place de l’éducation musicale à l’école en Europe.

France Musique

Policy, Research & Politics

Filmmaker, music producer Deeyah Khan named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for artistic freedom and creativity

Singer, music producer, award-winning filmmaker, Deeyah Khan is fully committed to defending human rights.


Pop music was a great leveller. Now it’s a bespoke plaything for the rich

Buying albums and watching bands were egalitarian pursuits. Now both reflect society’s wealth divide.

The Guardian

Your Guide to a Met Opera Milestone

The Met hasn’t performed an opera written by a woman since Ethel Smyth’s “Der Wald” in 1903.

The New York Times

Create Syria: Barkev’s story

“I always say, tackle any problem at its roots. When you are introducing arts to these children who have known nothing but war, you are paving the way for a better future,” says Maestro Barkev Taslakian.

International Alert

Rappeurs africains, entre engagement politique et musique

Ils sont rappeurs, vivent dans des pays où le pouvoir est contesté, et produisent du rap engagé comme on pourrait faire des discours politiques.

RFI Musique

Nigeria: No Music Day… Artistes Revolt Against Copyright Infringement

Every November 21 is set aside to draw attention to the widespread infringement of the rights of composers, song-writers, performers, music publishers and other stakeholders in the Nigerian music industry.

All Africa

Technologies and media

How Virtual Reality Is Redefining Live Music

In 2012, thousands watched as the hologram of a shirtless Tupac performed « 2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted » live alongside Snoop Dogg at Coachella.

NBC News

With music-making tools and one day live-streaming, Smule hopes to be the social network for music

Music app maker Smule doesn’t want to be counted out of the battle of mobile live-streaming services.

LA Times

6 Important Music Tech Predictions From 20 Industry Tastemakers

As live music tech continues to develop and reshape the music industry, it becomes increasingly important for artists to stay ahead of the curve and tuned into how these new trends can be utilized to impress fans and increase profits.


The impact of technology and social media on the music industry

The music industry is an unrecognisable place compared to just 10 years ago.

E Consultancy

The Doctor Is In (Your Pocket): How Apps Are Harnessing Music’s Healing Powers

A new crop of startups are combining science and sound to help people to self-medicate with music on an unprecedented scale.


Le t-shirt connecté qui fait aimer la musique classique aux sourds

Un vêtement connecté traduit les sons produits par l’orchestre de Hambourg en vibrations.

Courrier International

The Pointy End

5 Classical Music Rivalries That Left Bad Blood

Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie. Oasis and Blur. Biggie and 2Pac. Music rivalries have a long history and classical music has seen its share of bad blood.


Can Music Make You Sick?

Help Musicians UK commissioned this report in response to the charity’s observation around the rise in the number of calls and applications from musicians with mental health problems and is seeking to understand and quantify their significance as well as find solutions to this issue within the industry.

Music Stage

Why Our Brains Respond Differently to Classical Music

Chinese researchers report even a few moments of opera produce a thoughtful, empathetic response.

Pacific Standard

Le prêt d’instruments de musique dans les bibliothèques est un succès

Le programme de prêt d’instruments de musique dans des bibliothèques publiques de Montréal s’avère jusqu’ici un succès, avec un taux d’emprunts de 97 %.

Radio Canada


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