Music Freedom Day



MUSIC FREEDOM DAY



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If you would like to participate in Music Freedom Day on 3 March 2014, please contact the Freemuse secretariat

• The official Music Freedom Day website: musicfreedomday.org

• What happened in 2013: musicfreedomday.org/?tag=2013




Count-down to 3 March:
Broadcasters and artists in Asia, Africa and Europe join Music Freedom Day 2013

Freemuse publishes new report on Mali and reminds the world of Pussy Riot


With one of the world’s richest music countries heavily affected by attacks on music, two Pussy Riot members still in prison, six musicians killed in 2012, and a total number of 173 cases of attacks on musicians registered during the year, there are good reasons to join the annual ‘Music Freedom Day’ on Sunday, 3 March.

“2013 is the year when artistic freedom of expression for the first time will be discussed at the UN Human Rights Council. Freemuse has played an essential role on a global scale in creating more awareness about how widespread repression of artists is. In relationship to Music Freedom Day, Freemuse is publishing a very extensive documentation of how music has been affected in Mali, and we are promoting a brand new CD with music from Mali,” told Marie Korpe, Executive Director of Freemuse.

Report for download

The report, ‘Music, Culture and Conflict in Mali’, is written by Andy Morgan, who is one of UK’s most respected writers specialised in West Africa and the Sahara. Morgan analyses the background of the conflict, and he has interviewed 20 of Mali’s most acclaimed musicians, artists and observers on how music and culture has been affected as a consequence of the crisis in the northern part of the country. The report can be downloaded from www.musicfreedomday.org/mali

Conferences and concerts
Two Freemuse Award winners are talking and performing during Music Freedom Day. In Cairo, Ramy Essam has gathered several colleagues to highlight Music Freedom Day, and in Oslo, Mahsa Vahdat from Iran will perform. In spite of the extremely dangerous situation for artists in Pakistan’s conflict-stricken north-western region, artists in Peshawar will also join Music Freedom Day.

One of Zimbabwe’s most respected rap artists, Outspoken, will be performing in his home town Harare with some of the country’s top artists. And in Copenhagen, Freemuse will join a discussion on artistic freedom in Turkey with one of the members of the persecuted Kurdish band Grup Yorum.

A full day event at Bakelit Multi Art Center in Budapest illustrates that artistic freedom is not only at risk in developing countries. Hungary and Belarus are two European countries where artistic freedom is under severe pressure.

Radio ‘festival’

Since Freemuse in collaborations with several international broadcasters initiated Music Freedom Day in 2007, the annual event has become an important platform for artists and broadcasters to discuss and advocate artists’ rights to freedom of expression. The national radio in Norway, NRK, will broadcast from Mali.

In Sweden, the national radio channel P2 will be focusing on music censorship throughout the day, and radio colleagues in several other European countries are currently preparing special Music Freedom Day programmes.

…and while we are writing this, more participants are joining.
Read more on www.musicfreedomday.org


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Open or download Andy Morgan's report: ‘Music, Culture and Conflict in Mali’


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Click to read about the CD: ‘Live from Festival au Désert’ — and listen to two tracks







Music Freedom Day 2012




· What happened on the day
· Images from 3 March 2012
· Music Freedom Reports
· Media coverage 2012



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Norway: Norwegians mark Music Freedom Day with freedom of expression festival
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11 February 2013
Somalia - Music Freedom Report: Music too powerful to ban
Video from Somalia - part of the series of Music Freedom Reports which was published in March 2012 on the occassion of Music Freedom Day 2012
07 March 2012
Music Freedom Day 2012 marked in 22 countries world-wide
Reports and documentation of Music Freedom Day 2012 which was marked on 3 March 2012 with events, concerts and radio programmes in 22 countries around the world
06 March 2012
West Papua: Violence and oppression against musicians in forgotten conflict
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02 March 2012
Music Freedom Day 2012 - main page
01 March 2012
Zimbabwe: Music Freedom Day rocked the crowd
In Harare, Music Freedom Day was celebrated in a carnival mood on 3 March 2011 at the Book Café, organised by Magamba and Pamberi Trust
18 March 2011
Music Freedom Day: Local ownership creates diversity of innovative events
Music Freedom Day 2011: An exiled DJ returns to Kabul, music is smuggled out from Burma, and Freemuse hands over an award to an imprisoned singer in Cameroon
09 March 2011
Commentary from South Africa: Music Freedom from self-censorship Day
“Buying artists to advance some political party’s cause may not be censorship, but more often than not, it will lead to self-censorship,” writes Mike van Graan from South Africa
03 March 2011
Music Freedom Day: Meanwhile in Turkey, musicians are persecuted
Singer Ferhat Tunç wrote this article as a personal comment to the Music Freedom Day initiative, describing the current situation for more than a dozen musicians in his country
03 March 2011
Music Freedom Day 2011 is marked in more than 20 countries
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02 March 2011
Music Freedom Day 2011: Messages from participants
Messages from organisers, broadcasters, musicians and students about their activities on Music Freedom Day, 3 March 2011
11 February 2011
The Netherlands: 'Regimes fear content' - Speech by Arjan Hamburger
Speech by Arjan Hamburger, Human Rights Ambassador of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands at the opening of Music Freedom Day 2010 in the Hague
08 March 2010
Music Freedom Day in Den Haag on 3 and 4 March 2010
Over two days the organisation Music Force marks Music Freedom Day in the Netherlands.
05 March 2010
Music Freedom Day 2010 becomes a truly global event
3 March 2010 is Music Freedom Day where radio and tv broadcasters world-wide focus on music censorship, and where seminars and concerts are held in various countries
05 March 2010
Music Freedom Day 2010: Messages from participants
Messages from organisers, broadcasters, musicians and students about their activities on Music Freedom Day, 3 March 2010
03 March 2010
Music Freedom Day 2010 - index
Index page - about the plans for Music Freedom Day on 3 March 2010
01 March 2010
Music Freedom Day in Gdansk on 2 March 2010
On 2 March at 6 PM the seminar 'Music freedom and freedom in music' will take place in the Cultural Centre in Gdańsk-Morena, followed by a concert
24 February 2010
How Music Freedom Day 2009 was observed in Stockholm
Two seminars and concert in Stockholm on 3 March 2009 became a beautiful, yet serious and powerful manifestation for musicians' human rights
04 March 2009
Music Freedom Day 2009 - index
About what will happen on Music Freedom Day on 3 March 2009
03 March 2009
Music Freedom Day 2009 - main page
3 March 2009 is Music Freedom Day where radio and tv broadcasters world-wide focus on music censorship, and where seminars and concerts are held in various countries
03 March 2009
Music Freedom Day 2009: Messages from participants
Messages from organisers, broadcasters, musicians and students about their activities on Music Freedom Day, 3 March 2009
03 March 2009
Music Freedom Day events in Sweden - 2009
The Nobel Museum, Re:Orient, Konserthuset and the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation, SR, co-operate with Freemuse about organising events in Stockholm
03 March 2009
List of audio files in high resolution for broadcast
Audio files with interviews with censored musicians - for broadcast in relation to Music Freedom Day
27 February 2009
Music Freedom Day 2008: Messages from participants
Messages from organisers, broadcasters, musicians and students about their activities on Music Freedom Day, 3 March 2008
06 March 2008
Music Freedom Day 2008 video
Video recording of the live performance at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway, at Music Freedom Day 2008 - on 3 March 2008
03 March 2008
Music Freedom Day 2008 - index
About what happened on Music Freedom Day 2008, 3 March 2008
03 March 2008
Music Freedom Day 2008 - main page
3 March 2008 is Music Freedom Day where radio and tv broadcasters world-wide focus on music censorship, and where seminars and concerts are held in various countries
03 March 2008
Music Freedom Day event in Norway - 2008
The Nobel Peace Center in Oslo will host a music censorship seminar, and a concert celebrating Music Freedom Day on Monday 3 March 2008, broadcasted by NRK.
26 February 2008
Song for Music Freedom Day 2008
Recorded for Freemuse and the Music Freedom Day, the rap song '152 mesures contre la censure' features 10 rappers who are concerned with censorship issues in Algeria
15 May 2007
Music Freedom Day 2007 - main page
3 March 2007 is Music Freedom Day where radio and tv broadcasters world-wide focus on music censorship
28 February 2007
Signature song for Music Freedom Day 2007
Recorded for Freemuse and the Music Freedom Day, the song 'Navai' features the Iranian singer Marjan Vahdat in a musical collaboration with the British guitarist Jason Carter
06 February 2007