Freemuse, officially known as the World Forum on Music and Censorship, is an independent international membership organisation advocating and defending freedom of expression for musicians and composers worldwide. Freemuse was founded at the 1st World Conference on Music and Censorship held in Copenhagen in November 1998. The conference joined together professionals from diverse fields and countries – musicians, journalists, researchers, record industry professionals and human rights activists – to examine, discuss and document a wide variety of abuses from the apparently benign to the overtly extreme.

The alarmingly widespread nature of censorship of music prompted the conference attendees to initiate the creation of a new organisation, Freemuse. Its guidelines are the principles outlined in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights as they apply specifically to musicians and composers. The Freemuse Secretariat was established in August 2000.

Since 2011, Freemuse has broadened its scope to include projects advocating freedom of all artistic expressions and initiated the global network artsfex for the protection of artistic freedom. Freemuse has had Special Consultative Status with the United Nation‘s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 2012. During 2013-2014 Freemuse has been involved in several projects analysing and defending artistic freedom of expression. Freemuse receives core funding from The Sigrid Rausing Trust, and project funding from The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Fritt Ord and CKU.


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