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Freemuse is an inde­pen­dent inter­na­tion­al organ­i­sa­tion advo­cat­ing for and defend­ing free­dom of artis­tic expression.

Freemuse believes that at the heart of vio­la­tions of artis­tic free­dom is the effort to silence oppos­ing or less pre­ferred views and val­ues by those in pow­er – polit­i­cal­ly, reli­gious­ly or soci­etal­ly – most­ly due to fear of their trans­for­ma­tive effect. With this assump­tion, we can address root caus­es rather than just symp­toms – if we hold vio­la­tors accountable.

Its approach to artis­tic free­dom is human rights-​based as it pro­vides an inter­na­tion­al legal frame­work and lays out the prin­ci­ples of account­abil­i­ty, equal­i­ty and non-​discrimination, and participation.

To accom­plish such fun­da­men­tal change, Freemuse mon­i­tors and doc­u­ments vio­la­tions of artis­tic free­dom, expos­es laws and poli­cies that enable and sus­tain these vio­la­tions and lever­ages evidence-​based advo­ca­cy for sys­temic struc­tur­al changes at inter­na­tion­al, region­al and nation­al lev­els. Working with part­ners, artists and activists in the glob­al south and north, Freemuse cam­paigns for and sup­port indi­vid­ual artists, focus­ing on women artists and oth­er vul­ner­a­ble groups of artists. Freemuse facil­i­tates and grows locally-​owned nation­al coali­tions in their cam­paigns and capac­i­ty build­ing to mon­i­tor and defend artis­tic freedom.


SafeMUSE — Safe Music Havens Initiative is an inde­pen­dent non-​partisan and non-​profit mem­ber­ship asso­ci­a­tion with the main pur­pose of offer­ing per­se­cut­ed artists and artists at risk a safe place to stay and work with free­dom of artis­tic expres­sion. This includes close coop­er­a­tion with host­ing orga­ni­za­tions (cities, region­al author­i­ties, organ­i­sa­tions and oth­ers), with local and region­al musi­cians and bands/​groups, and a net­work of part­ners and co-​workers for mutu­al learn­ing, exchange and development.

SafeMUSE — Safe Music Havens Initiative, estab­lished in December 2013 by musi­cians’ and com­posers in Norway, work in close coop­er­a­tion with Freemuse — the World Forum on Music and Censorship and musi­cians’, com­posers’ and artists’ asso­ci­a­tions. SafeMUSE is based on and sup­ports the uni­ver­sal prin­ci­ples of human rights as they apply to the rights of artists.

SafeMUSE — Safe Music Havens Initiative is fund­ed by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MFO (Norwegian Musicians’ Union), NOPA (Norwegian Society of Composers and Lyricists), the Norwegian Society of Composers and Nordic Culture Point.

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