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UPDATE REGARDING COVID-19: Please note that the Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) is not a grantmaking program and is unable to assist artists financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, because we recognize the growing effect that the pandemic is having on artists, we have compiled a growing list of resources for artists affected by COVID-19 and hope that you may find assistance there. Please refer to the "Stories" page to find the list. If you are an artist or cultural practitioner otherwise at risk because of your creative practice, please follow the directions below to contact us.

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A Banned Books Week 2019 Playlist

Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) contributes to PEN America's Banned Books Week with a curated playlist of banned songs. 

Some artists in this playlist became the voices of revolution; some now live in exile; some currently sit in prison; some were censored out of fear that their songs would incite race riots; and still others were assassinated by authoritarian regimes. Music has the power to unite people and move them to action, and this makes it dangerous to those in power.

  • “Djin” - Mashrou’ Leila
  • “Lettre au president” - General Valsero  
  • “Y Mi Negro Esta Cansao” - Celia Cruz & La Sonora Matancera
  • "Trại phục hồi nhân phẩm (Re-Education Camp)” - Mai Khôi
  • "我愛台妹" -  MC HotDog
  • “Je t’aime moi non plus” - Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin
  • “Police State” - Pussy Riot
  • “Rumble” - Link Wray
  • “Strange Fruit” - Billie Holiday
  • “Kobani” - Ferhat Tunç
  • “God Save the Queen” - Sex Pistols
  • “Gracias a la vida” - Violeta Parra
  • “Çav Bella” - Grup Yorum
  • “Plegaria a un Labrador” - Victor Jara
  • “Zolf” - Mohsen Namjoo
  • "Fuck tha Police” - NWA  
  • “Смерти больше нет” - IC3PEAK
  • “8 April” - Ramy Essam

Read profiles of musicians-at-risk, including Mai Khôi, Mohsen Namjoo, and Chris Gera, on our stories page.

If you have any questions regarding this playlist and/or suggestions, please contact us!

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