“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

When anti-Israel propagandists promote cultural bridges: to cheer or jeer?

“Every performance is a testimony to the power of music to break down barriers, to promote cultural understanding and to build bridges between communities,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. Certainly, …

“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 

“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



“…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

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