Freemuse invites musicians, music clubs, cultural institutions, broadcasters and media workers to join the annual Music Freedom Day on Saturday 3 March 2012, the sixth time the day has been marked since its inception in 2007.
Musicians and composers rights to freedom of expression are violated worldwide. Hundreds of musicians are imprisoned, censored and persecuted because of their music or song lyrics. Music Freedom Day provides an opportunity to take a thorough look at the subject – in yourown language, with yourown perspective and in a manner that suits you. You can organise a concert or a seminar, produce a radio feature, show a film, write an article, or just dedicate a song to Music Freedom Day during your performance on 3 March.
In 2011 local organisers from Mumbai to New York presented thirty five different innovative concerts and events in twenty different countries. Radio broadcasters in several European countries produced special features on music censorship, and issues of music censorship was discussed at seminars in numerous countries.
Freemuse does not fund Music Freedom Day events, but are happy to advise and inspire you. For this purpose Freemuse has assigned a group of journalists around the world to produce a series of in-depth articles about music censorship in specific countries and regions, to be published in February 2012.
Check out http://musicfreedomday.org/ for more details.