International Summer School on Human Rights & The Arts

The first Galway International Summer School on the Arts and Human Rights will take place from 9–11 July 2015 in National University of Ireland, Galway.  Co-directed by Prof. Michael O’Flaherty, Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights and Dominique Bouchard, Curator at the Hunt Museum, it will bring together arts practitioners with human rights activists and scholars to explore their shared space.  Events will take the form of panel discussions, exhibitions and performances.

The global theme for 2015 will be “Belonging”.  The Summer School will consist of keynote addresses, plenary discussions, and themed discussions on three parallel tracks – literature and human rights; the visual arts and human rights; and music and human rights.  The opening speaker will be the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Cultural Rights, Farida Shaheed.

Concert For Social Justice

Jackson Browne, David Crosby & Graham Nash, Melissa Etheridge, Tom Morello, Dennis Haysbert, Chad Lowe, Martin Sheen, and Alfre Woodard to perform April 8, 2015, at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angele

The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights is pleased to join The GRAMMY Museum® in celebrating the launch of their Speak Up, Sing Out songwriting contest with The Concert For Social Justice on April 8, 2015, at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. Jackson Browne, David Crosby & Graham Nash, Melissa Etheridge, La Santa Cecilia and Tom Morello are the first performers announced for the concert, which will also feature special performances from actors Dennis Haysbert, Chad Lowe, Martin Sheen, and Alfre Woodard, and the winner(s) of the Speak Up, Sing Out songwriting contest.

“Music has always been at the heart of social justice in America,” said Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. “Abolitionists in the 1860s and civil rights protesters in the 1960s both marched to anthems of peace and justice. With this concert, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and the GRAMMY Museum seek to teach our young people that music can be a force for good in the world.”


Music Freedom Day NYC

Music Freedom Day is annual celebration in support of artistic freedom and of persecuted, prosecuted and imprisoned musicians, whose only crime has been that they have spoken up against authorities and insisted on the right to express themselves through their music.

Location: Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, Floor 2, Manhattan NY 10002


6-9 PM

 Listen to the Banned: Brief presentations on censored composers/performers and their music.

Redacted: For Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning and Mohamedou Ould Slahi.  Trio performance by Florida vocalist Jill Burton, NYC pianist Gordon Beeferman and NYC guitarist Chris Cochrane.

Film screening: THEY WILL HAVE TO KILL US FIRST: MALIAN MUSIC IN EXILE: A documentary feature film premiering at SXSW in March 2015 (excerpt). In 2012, jihadists took control of northern Mali. They imposed one of the strictest interpretations of sharia law in history. On 12 August they banned music – radio stations destroyed, instruments burned and Mali’s musicians faced torture, even death. The film follows Mali’s musicians as they fight to keep music alive in their country.

The Casualty Process: An Iranian electronic rock band in exile led by Natch Nadjafi on guitar, keyboard, MIDI controller, and vocals.

Ravenact: New project by violinist Sara Walraf (Berlin) and pianist Liz Kosack (NYC/Berlin). They move between voices, instruments, light and shadows and respond to a call into subtext and interspace. Based on Sara’s poetry, they compose and explore the dimensions of dialogue.

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