- Iraqi oud player Samma named UNESCO's Artist for Peace
- The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization,(UNESCO) on Monday announced that Iraqi oud player Naseer Shamma would be the UN body's Artist for Peace due to "his commitment to peace, especially by targeting youth during his musical performances."
- Silk Road Ensemble grabs a Grammy
- Sing Me Home, the sixth album of the multinational group Silk Road Ensemble, was given the Best World Music Album award on Sunday night at the 59th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
- Chinese musician wins world music Grammy
- Wu Tong, member of The Silk Road Ensemble, won Best World Music Album for their project headed by world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma at the annual GRAMMY Awards, while Adele won five awards.
- Lang Lang takes on NCPA role
- Chinese pianist Lang Lang is now taking on a new role. He will be artist-in-residence at the National Center for the Performing Arts for 2017-18.