Women’s voices on Music Freedom Day 2017

16 February 2017

Did you know that Women are banned from singing in public in some countries Women cannot attend a concert in some places The music industry is still unequal ⇒ This is why Freemuse is focusing on women on Music Freedom Day on 3 March 2017 In Saudi Arabia and Iran …

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Sweden: Belarus has a winner in the Eurovision village

4 May 2016

A week before the Eurovision final, Belarus has a winner in the Eurovision Village. Unfortunately he is banned in his home country! On Sunday 8 May, Lavon Volski will receive the Freemuse Award 2016 for his assiduous and fearless fight for freedom of musical expression in Belarus. The award will …

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Freemuse Press Release: Musicians unite in defence of artistic freedom

1 March 2016

View this email in your browser Musicians unite in defence of artistic freedomMusic Freedom Day 20161 March 2016, Copenhagen  |  Artists will perform live in Pakistan, Hungary, Senegal, Sweden, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Norway on Music Freedom Day, 3 March 2016, in defence of artistic freedom. Starting in Peshawar, …

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Freemuse received Danish ‘Grammy’ at Danish Music Awards 2012

26 November 2012

  At the venue Global in Copenhagen on 23 November 2012 Freemuse received a Danish Music Award in the category ‘Special Achievement’. Freemuse Executive Director Marie Korpe and Programme Manager Ole Reitov received the award which was presented by Marie Carelse, Chair of World Music Denmark. In addition to the …

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Press release: Eurovision: A pretty face cannot hide the ugly reality

24 May 2012

As Europe celebrates the annual Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan, several musicians from the country have gone into exile. In a video interview with Freemuse, Azer Cirttan talks about censorship, fear and Eurovision from his exile in Holland. He feels that anything can happen to anyone who is as loudly …

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Press release: UN expert group: “Cameroon should compensate Lapiro”

16 February 2012

 One song. Three years imprisonment. The singer Lapiro de Mbanga’s rights were violated by the Cameroonian Government, concluded an expert group of the United Nations. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has issued a legal opinion declaring that the detention of Lapiro de Mbanga, one of Cameroon’s most …

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Press release: Nordic safe havens for persecuted musicians

25 November 2011

  A call for safe cities from SKAP.   “Make Sweden a safe haven for persecuted musicians and composers,” says SKAP, Freemuse and the Swedish Arts Council, in a proposition addressed to the Swedish government and national politicians, urging them to allow the Swedish cities to receive threatened composers and …

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