Stories about arresting music
SafeMUSE - Safe Music Havens Initiative, an independent organization whose primary purpose is to organize safe living and working opportunities for persecuted and endangered artists. With the support of Fritt Ord, we launch the SAFE campaign to focus on artistic freedom - those who have it, those who have lost it and those who fight for it.
About the campaign
Artistic freedom is a basic human right, but it is a right that is not afforded to all of us. In Norway, most artists can enjoy this right and this freedom, but in countless other places artists are censored, imprisoned, threatened and even killed.
In March of 2018 Freemuse released The State of Artistic Freedom. This yearly rapport on artistic freedom in the world paints a dark picture. For artists, and musicians specifically, 2017 was a rough year. Two murders, 31 arrests, 31 imprisonments, 21 detained, 22 attacked, four abducted and 63 censored. These are just musicians. The rapport also covers artists from all fields, and it is a depressing read.
The situation is dramatic, and it concerns all of us. I 2017, Spain was the country that imprisoned most musicians in the world, a country not too far away from our own and a country we consider to be free. The reality is that countries in Europe are abusing terror laws and to censure artists, and we have the responsibility to put up a fight.
During the next five months we will release a series of minidocumentaries that portraits the meeting between established Norwegian artists and threatened artists. We mark the end of the series with the celebration of Music Freedom Day, March 3rd 2019.
We have the freedom to lift up these stories. That is reason enough to do it.