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Freemuse receives Ars Electronica Award

7 September 2014

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At an award ceremony on 5 September 2014 in Linz, Austria, Freemuse received the 2014 Prix Ars Electronica – the world’s oldest and most renowned prize in media art.

A total of 2,703 entries from 77 countries were submitted for prize consideration to the 2014 Prix Ars Electronica.

 

The jury of the Digital Communities of Prix Ars Electronica 2014 motivated its decision to give Freemuse an ‘Award of Distinction’ in the category ‘Digital Communities’ like this:

“The fact that musicians are being targeted throughout the world, arrested, harassed and repressed, makes it even more relevant to promote a community that empowers them and advocates free speech in the current scenario of increasing surveillance and censorship.”

“Freemuse is an independent international membership organization advocating and defending freedom of expression for musicians and composers worldwide. In the words of Freemuse: in many countries, violations of musician’s rights to freedom of expression are commonplace.

We believe that music is a powerful tool to bridge language and cultural barriers and convey strong messages that can help drive change. The fact that musicians are being targeted throughout the world, arrested, harassed and repressed, makes it even more relevant to promote a community that empowers them and advocates free speech in the current scenario of increasing surveillance and censorship. This project addresses local challenges and threats and puts them in a global perspective.”

Freemuse has previously received international rewards such as the Womex Award and the International Music Council Inaugural Musical Rights Award.

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Read more:

» Digital Communities: www.aec.at

» Prix Winner: www.prix2014.aec.at

» Soundtracks: www.aec.at/aeblog




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