Marie Korpe is co-founder of Freemuse and was its Executive Director from 1999-2013. She is dedicated to the topic of music and human rights. Korpe coordinated the first World Conference on Music and Censorship held in Copenhagen in 1998 and co-organised, with Ole Reitov , the first ever world conference on artistic freedom: All that is Banned is Desired in Oslo 2012. In 2004, she published Shoot the Singer!: Music Censorship Today and has contributed to several books about music censorship.
Korpe holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Stockholm and worked for several years with the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation on international affairs. She also worked as a Programme Officer at the department for Culture in the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.
She has planned and organised various cultural events, exhibitions and seminars related to cultural and political topics. Her pioneering work has established a model for organisations defending artistic freedom. In 2012, she received the Liberty for the Arts Award for ‘her lifetime achievement with the establishment and most successful operating organisation Freemuse’. In 2017, she and Ole Reitov were awarded the Nairobi Club Award for the creation of Freemuse. Currently she edits INSIGHT – a series of in-depth articles on artistic freedom for artsfreedom.org
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