The city of Harstad, Norway, signed February 13th an agreement with SafeMUSE, proclaiming itself the first ever Safe Music Haven. And Freemuse, the World Forum on Music and Censorship, is already in the process of clearing potential persecuted artist for the first residence period.
- A milestone in our work for freedom of artistic expression and human rights, says Renée Rasmussen, president of the Norwegian Musicians’ Union.
Harstad commits to host guest musicians in standard periods of two years. And will, in cooperation with the Troms County Council, facilitate relevant working conditions for the artist, and welcome a persecuted musician to a life where music creation and performance can be made in a secure environment where there is freedom of expression – in line with the UN Declaration of Human Rights. And thereby, advancing freedom of expression, defending democratic values and promoting international solidarity in the field of music.
- This feels really good. I am happy that Harstad was the first. We have many professional musicians and a vibrant and diverse music environment in the city, and are looking forward to receive the first artist, says Marianne Bremnes, mayor of Harstad and herself a musician.