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Best Cure for Musical Myopia 

SF World Music

The headquarters of this organization, which is dedicated to breaking down barriers among the world's music traditions, couldn't be more appropriate: It's in an office area adjacent to the most popular remaining structure from the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Expo — the Palace of Fine Arts. For nearly two decades, SF World Music has experimented with new ways to not only bring together music traditions from around the globe (via concerts, workshops, live-streaming, and more), but also to make the all-important connection between music and social justice. Last year's Music Unplugged brought master musicians and younger apprentices from countries including Iran, Zimbabwe, India, China, Azerbaijan, and Ireland. Part of SF World Music's "The War Project," the event focused on the ways music has been used during wartime for everything from propaganda to protest. Another event will be streamed this fall from S.F., Beijing, and Baku.

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)


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