Freemuse and the Society for Ethnomusicology are pleased to announce a memorandum of understanding that serves as a framework for collaboration in support of freedom of artistic expression worldwide. In recognition of mutual goals of advocacy for musicians and other artists, the two organizations will share information on the research of their members and associates, contribute to each other’s publications and events, and explore possibilities for collaborative research projects and activism. Freemuse and SEM seek to leverage their combined expertise, resources, and international networks to expand engagement in work that protects artistic creativity as a basic human right.
Freemuse is an independent international organization advocating for and defending freedom of artistic expression. The organization monitors and documents violations of artistic freedom, exposes laws and policies that enable and sustain these violations, and leverages evidence-based advocacy for systematic changes at international, regional, and national levels. Working with other partners, artists, research and arts organisations, Freemuse campaigns for and supports individual artists. It facilitates and grows locally owned national coalitions in their campaign and capacity building to monitor and defend artistic freedom.
The Society for Ethnomusicology is a U.S.-based organization with an international membership of approximately 1,800 individuals dedicated to the study of all forms of music from diverse humanistic and social scientific perspectives. As a network of scholars, educators, students, musicians, activists, curators, and other professionals that reaches across countries, disciplines, and institutions, SEM serves as an inclusive forum for the exchange of knowledge about the world’s music and for action in support of musicians and communities worldwide.
Interaction between the two organizations dates back to 1998, when SEM member Krister Malm was a leading participant in the founding of Freemuse. Since then, SEM members have continued to assist Freemuse on an individual basis. During the past two years, SEM discussed possibilities for a stronger relationship with Freemuse and initiated a new conversation with the organization in September 2017. Following reviews by the SEM Board and Freemuse, the two organizations finalized and signed a memorandum of understanding on April 3, 2018.
SEM encourages its members to visit the Freemuse website and consult its news section, State of Artistic Freedom 2018 report, and other resources. Freemuse encourages its supporters to visit the SEM website and consult its publications, conference announcements, and other resources. For information on contributing to the Freemuse-SEM collaboration, please contact Freemuse at firstname.lastname@example.org and SEM at email@example.com.