The message is clear: don’t make musicians angry

Music education is crucial to develop talent – and councils shouldn’t stand in its way

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The history of music is littered with revenge lyrics. From Lily Allen’s Smile to Bob Dylan’s Idiot Wind, musicians over the years have found a way to hit back – powerfully and with a wide reach.

In June this year, the young RnB singer Jessie Reyez revealed that her song Gatekeeper described an incident when a producer tried to sexually assault her. With #MeToo still trending in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations, that producer was probably shaking in his boots – and with good reason. The message is clear: don’t piss off a musician.

Yet that is exactly what councils all over the ...

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