Freemuse Freedom of Artistic Expression Award 2021

Freemuse invites artists, activists, organisations, cultural institutions and media platforms to nominate anyone they believe should be celebrated with the the Freemuse Freedom of Artistic Expression Award. Nominations will be open until 15 January 2021 at 20.00 CET. 


Freemuse Freedom of Artistic Expression Award

The annual Freemuse Freedom of Artistic Expression Award exists to celebrate artists, activistsorganisations, cultural institutions and media platforms who have significantly contributed to protecting, defending and promoting artistic freedom anywhere across the world. This includes activities celebrating artistic and creative expressions, challenging restrictive legislations and cultural norms, or working to overturn structural discrimination and injustices limiting access to artistic freedom. 

Previous recipients of the Award include the Afghan Women’s Orchestra, Zohra; Belarusian rock musician, Lavon Volski; and Kurdish musician, Ferhat Tunc. 

The recipient of the annual Freemuse Freedom of Artistic Expression Award is honored at a Freemuse gala celebration.  

Eligibility and Criteria

The Freemuse Freedom of Artistic Expression Award is open to artists, activists, institutions and organisations who have worked to promote artistic freedom, challenge artistic censorship, and expose threats to artistic expressions on the ground or internationallyThis includes work across all genres of artistic expression, such as musicianstheatre performers, and cartoonists. 

Previous recipients of the Freemuse Freedom of Artistic Expression Award are not eligible and may not be recognized with this award multiple times. 


Freemuse invites artists, activists, organisations, cultural institutions and media platforms to nominate anyone they believe should be celebrated with the Freemuse Freedom of Artistic Expression Award. You can nominate more than one person and may nominate yourself, your group or your own organisation. 

Please submit information in English only. 

Nominations will be open until 15 January 2021 at 20.00 CET. 

Presentation of the Freemuse Award

The 2021 Freemuse Freedom of Artistic Expression Award recipient will be selected by a panel of judges and contacted in early February 2021. 

The Award will be presented to the recipient at the launch event of the Freemuse State of Artistic Freedom 2021 report in Berlin, Germany on 25 February 2021. 

For more information on the Freedom of Artistic Expression Award please contact

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