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ARTICLE: NET NEUTRALITY

Imagine this.  As an independent artist, you struggle to get noticed on the internet.  Today, to make a living, you (or your band) may sell, distribute and promote your music.  Streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music may offer subsistence, but direct online sales of merchandise and concert tickets may offer a bigger payout. If […]

ARTIST: CHRISTIAN SCOTT

Driving home from a gig in his native New Orleans, Scott was pulled over by a squad car and forced out of the car by aggressive officers who demanded he strip down and lay flat on the ground. Scott repeatedly asked why he was being pulled over as he was doing nothing wrong, in which one of the officers replied, “I’m the authority, I’m your boss, you will do as I say”.

ARTICLE: GLOBAL MUSIC CENSORSHIP

ORG:SAFE MUSE

Safe Muse, an organization dedicated to ensuring persecuted artists have a safe environment to work in, was started in Norway in 2013.  The nonprofit, which is funded by the Norwegian government and donations from members, operates on the principles of basic human rights and applying these rights to those who create art and may not […]

ARTICLE: MUSIC AND EMOTION

Music is a common phenomenon that crosses all borders of nationality, race, and culture. A tool for arousing emotions and feelings, music is far more powerful than language. An increased interest in how the brain processes musical emotion can be attributed to the way in which it is described as a “language of emotion” across […]

ARTIST: EMMANUEL JAL

Emanuel Jal experienced more trauma in his first ten years than most of us will encounter in our entire lives, and then some. Born into the second Sudanese civil war, and the son of a rebel fighter, Emanuel knew only war and death as a child. At the age of 7, his mother was murdered […]