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Concerns raised in Greece about proposed quota for Greek-language music

April 1, 2024 | by The Jeuns

A controversial law under consideration in Greece is sparking debate over the country’s music culture and freedom of expression. The proposed legislation would mandate that 45% of music played on radio stations and in public spaces be in the Greek language.

The bill has caught the attention of music industry professionals and advocates, including Louka Katseli, director of EDEM, a cooperative dedicated to protecting the intellectual property rights of artists’ music. Katseli, a former minister for Labor and Social Security in Greece, believes that this law could give Greek artists a much-needed platform to showcase their work and gain recognition.

Proponents of the law argue that it is necessary to preserve and promote Greek music in a digital age where international hits dominate the airwaves. Critics, however, fear that such a mandate could stifle creativity and limit artistic freedom.

The outcome of this proposed legislation remains uncertain, but one thing is clear – it has reignited a conversation about the intersection of music, culture, and national identity in Greece.

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