The New Jazz Ambassadors
America dispatches musicians to conflict zones
The funding for the State Department bureau that runs Musical Overtures and other cultural programs expanded under President George W. Bush from $900,000 to $10 million in 2008. The budget for 2009 is set at $8.5 million. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has underlined the need for cultural exchanges as part of the Obama administration’s emphasis on « smart power », namely, using non-military means as a way to expand American influence throughout the world.
The new Jazz Ambassadors clearly have a crucial role to play in restoring US relations with the people of conflict zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan. It seems that music speaks louder than words.
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- mai 8, 2009 / 9:37
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