Music Freedom Day is established internationally 3 March as an annual celebration of artistic freedom in solidarity and support for persecuted and endangered musical artists worldwide. Music Freedom Day was launched by Freemuse - The World Forum on Music and Censorship in 2007, and since then more than 100 partners and collaborators in 36 countries have joined the annual event.

This year Music Freedom Day internationally is dedicated to the memory of the victims of the attack at the Bataclan Club in Paris in November 2015. It will be a day for everyone fighting for human rights and the right to perform and listen to music …without any fear.




SafeMUSE - Safe Music Havens Initiative is an independent non-partisan and non-profit membership association with the main purpose of offering persecuted musical artists and artists at risk a safe place to stay and work with freedom of artistic expression.


SafeMUSE is the main responsible organizer of the event, in close cooperation with the City of Harstad and Culture Troms/ Troms County Council. 



SafeMUSE - Safe Music Havens Initiative in close cooperation with the City of Harstad and Culture Troms / Troms County Council organizes for the second time an artistic freedom event in the City of Harstad, focusing on 'artivism' - art and activism.

We are looking forward to Music Freedom Day 2-3 March 2016 in beautiful Harstad, Northern Norway - without any fear...


The objectives of Music Freedom Day Harstad 2016 are:

  • To enhance awareness and appreciation of artistic expression in the world in general and freedom of expression in music in particular;
  • To highlight and discuss matters related to artistic freedom of expression, and the roles musicians, music creators and other artists undertake under totalitarian and repressive regimes and social conditions;
  • To showcase music and other arts with endangered and persecuted musical artists and performers;
  • To professionalize and prepare guest musicians and composers for the life as independent artists in an environment with artistic freedom;
  • To discuss how best receive and host the endangered and persecuted artists;
  • To promote the establishment of host environments, Safe Music Residencies and Safe Music Havens for endangered and persecuted musicians, composers and performers;
  • To establish and develop an annual international meeting place between different actors and partners in music, art, freedom of expression, as well as for current and potential host for endangered and persecuted artists;
  • To build networks, knowledge and exchange ideas on good practices in establishing safe work opportunities for endangered and persecuted artists and performers in respect of the different art forms and the individual artists' professional needs and uniqueness;
  • To concretize, formalize and expand the network of SafeMUSE and its partners related to music and freedom of expression in the Nordic region and the world at large, and facilitate concrete cultural and practical cooperation between the various actors in this field.

More about the organisers

SafeMUSE was established in December 2013 by musicians and composers in Norway, and work in close cooperation with Freemuse (the World Forum on Music and Censorship) and musicians’ and composers’ associations. SafeMUSE is based on and supports the universal principles of human rights as they apply to the rights of musical artists, composers, tradition bearers and their music.


SafeMUSE is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MFO (Norwegian Musicians’ Union), NOPA (Norwegian Society of Composers and Lyricists) and the Norwegian Society of Composers. In addition SafeMUSE has obtained project funding in 2015/2016 from Nordic Culture Point (Nordic Council of Ministers), Arts Council Norway,  Music Norway, SKAP (The Swedish Society of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) and Finnish Musicians’ Union (Muusikkojen liito).


The SafeMUSE Board consists of:

- Anders Hovind, chair (Vice President, MFO - the Norwegian Musicians' Union)

- Frøy Aagre, vice chair (NOPA - Norwegian Society of Composers and Lyricists)

- Åse Hedstøm (President, Norwegian Society of Composers)

- Erik Nadheim, deputy (Director, the Norwegian National Crime Prevention Council - KRÅD)

- Hans Ole Rian, alternate (President, Norwegian Musicians' Union)

- Halvard Bakklund, alternate (City of Harstad) 

Jan Lothe Eriksen is engaged as project manager for the interim period.


Jon Olav Kringeland ( is engaged as independent advisor and producer for the production of Music Freedom Day 2016.  



Music Freedom Day harstad 2015 is presented by SafeMUSE – Safe Music Havens Initiative in collaboration with our partners:

- City of Harstad

- Culture Troms, Troms County Council

- Harstad Concert Hall

- Freemuse

- Fuuse AS

- HIAP/ Nordic Fresh Air Network

- Perpetuum Mobile

- SKAP (The Swedish Society of Songwriters, Composers and Authors)

- City of Malmö - Culture Department

- Finnish Musicians’ Union (Muusikkojen liito)

- Samspill International Music Network

- Nordic Black Theatre


With financial support from

- Nordic Culture Point

- Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs


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SafeMUSE - Safe Music Havens Initiative in close collaboration with the City of Harstad and Culture Troms, Troms County Council. Partners and funders: Freemuse - The World Forum on Music and Censorship, Fuuse AS, Harstad Concert Hall, Finnish Musicians Union, HIAP - Nordic Fresh Air Network, Perpetuum Mobile, NOPA - Norwegian Society of Composers and Lyricists, Norwegian Society of Composers, MFO - Norwegian Musicians Union, Samspill International Music Network, Nordic Black Theatre, SKAP - Swedish Society of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, City of Malmö - Culture Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Norway, Nordic Culture Point.

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