Artists’ Corner

“Music is a great way for artists to express themselves. But when speaking on world issues, artists need to be sure to be educated on a topic before trying to influence anyone. I want to use music for good, to make people smile, laugh, dance, create good energy.” Jason Derulo, American singer

“I never believe in boycotts. Always believe in dialogue. People must keep talking.” – Klaus Meine, frontman of the band Scorpions

“I don’t ask anyone’s permission to travel. I’ve received lots of love here [Israel]. I wouldn’t have missed that.” – Kevin Costner 

“Israel is a wonderful place to be an artist – a place where imagination flourishes. Israeli culture is refreshingly avant garde – making films, music, performance art and visual art that continues to push the envelope, inspire and empower.” – Ryan Kavanaugh, American businessman, film producer and film financier

“The essential aim of music . . . is to produce a communion, a union of man with his fellow man and with the Supreme Being.” – Stravinsky, Russian composer

“Music can change the world because it can change people.”Bono

 

 

“We are inspired to be performing in Israel this summer. Our belief is that music can be a healing force in any place on this planet. Our message is one of love, unity, harmony, mercy and compassion. We believe that forgiveness and peace for all people is within our reach. People of all colors and religious beliefs can exist with mutual respect for each other without the fear of violence. Santana is a citizen of the World and wants to bring our message to every place on this planet to promote healing for us and every generation after us.

The holiest place in all the world is that in which an ancient hatred has become a present love. Let there be peace on earth.” Carlos Santana

(Photo credit: Benny Chandra/Flickr)

“Proud of being a Jew and that’s what I am. I get that from my father and mother. I’m very pro-Israel and when someone says shit about Israel, and I know people say shit about Israel and they f***ing won’t play there… and when you go off on Roger Waters I love that you do that. I’m disgusted that they single out Israel that [they say], ‘We can’t play Israel.’ All these f***ing nice Israeli people are getting a ‘f*** you’ from Roger Waters.” – Adam Sandler, actor (December, 2015)

“Riverdance supports the policy of the Irish Government and indeed the policy of every other EU state that cultural interaction is preferable to isolation.” – Riverdance management, 2011 prior to the company’s tour to Israel

(Photo credit: Prayitno/Flickr)

“…to sing and be with musicians from different cultures is my favorite things to do on the planet” –  American songstress India Arie on the joy of music and collaboration 

“I’m a musician, I sing, I’m not a politician. If I feel anything, I sing, it keeps things very simple”  – Seal Singer-songwriter on Boycotts

(Photo credit: Eva Rinaldi/Flickr)

“I consider it absolutely crazy and fundamentally racist to identify a scholar, a private citizen, with the politics of his government”Umbert Eco Italian Author (‘The Name of the Rose’)