European Music Council
March 03, 2021
Weaving connections and untangling cultural policy in Europe
Music Freedom Day 2021
► Episode 2 - Music Freedom Day 2021
Music Freedom Day is on 3 March. On this occasion, and to honour the 5 Music Rights, we want to take a closer look at freedom of musical expression in Europe. To learn more about the situation in Hungary and Poland, Simone Dudt (EMC) is joined by music journalist and curator Monika Pasiecznik and journalist András Stumpf for the second episode of our podcast. They talk about importance of public spaces and support for musical diversity and expression, specifically public broadcasting and public funding and how those spaces have increasingly been limited over the last years for artists that do not follow the narratives of the government. They also highlight the specific challenges and barriers for independent artists that have been made even more difficult by the COVID-19 crisis.
The EMC podcast Music Webs offers news on music and cultural policy in Europe. The EMC invites conversational partners from the broad spectrum of the music sector, be it music educators, people from live music venues, choir singers/conductors, composers, performers, festival makers, instrument manufacturers, broadcasters, etc.
The podcast music was exclusively composed by Moritz Eggert for the EMC, it is performed by Luise Enzian (baroque harp) and Moritz Eggert (piano).
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Music Freedom Day 2021

Imagine a Pandemic Without Art

On 3 March 2021, Freemuse and partners in 40 countries around the world will celebrate the 15th annual Music Freedom Day and stand united in solidarity with artists facing challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown, through local and online events.
This year, by focusing on the theme "Imagine a Pandemic Without Art", Music Freedom Day intends to raise awareness of the challenges faced by artists and performers during COVID-19, and to remind us to not take art, and the space for artists for granted.

State of Artistic Freedom Report 2021

The State of Artistic Freedom 2021 Report was published on 25 February. This year's report documents an analysis of 978 acts of violations of artistic freedom in 2020 in 89 countries and online spaces. In 2020, 26% of all documented restrictions of artistic freedom took place in Europe. Oppressing artists’ voices has not stopped with the restrictions on cultural events imposed worldwide following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. On the contrary, to some extent, it intensified. 
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