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2019
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MUSICIANS STAND FOR JUSTICE
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Data aggregated by Visualizing Palestine
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Synopsis
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This sheet contains data and sources related to "Musicians Stand for Justice", a set of visuals by Visualizing Palestine. These visuals tell the story of musicians that have chosen not to cross the picket line set by the Palestinian-led BDS movement. For fun, we also created a Spotify playlist featuring songs by the artists named in this visual.
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Spotify playlist
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Methodology
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Sources and Scope
The data for this visual was compiled from a wide range of sources, including media reports, artist statements, and websites affiliated with the BDS movement.

Based on our research, we identified 147 artists whose various actions demonstrated respect for the Palestinian picket line. We selected a sample of 76 of these artists for inclusion in the final visual.
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Methodology for Categorization
In this visual, we wanted to capture not only artists' actions, but the nuance and diversity of their public positions. Our research worked to understand two things:

1. Action: what action the artist took that demonstrates respect for the Palestinian cultural boycott. Such actions could include: cancelled a performance scheduled in Israel; declined an invitation; signed a letter in support of BDS; and more.
2. Motivation: why the artist took this action, based on their own words and statements.

We used the following categories for actions and motivations:
Actions:
1. Cancelled event: Includes artists who cancelled a scheduled appearance in Israel, with or without a stated reason. Artists who later crossed the picket line by returning to perform in Israel are excluded.
2. Did not schedule event: Includes various actions outside the cancellation of an appearance that demonstrate solidarity with the cultural boycott. For example, artists may have declined invitations to schedule an appearance in Israel; issued a statement supporting the BDS movement; or urged other artists to cancel appearances.

Motivations:
1. Endorsed the boycott: Based on the artist's own words or statement, they have indicated support for the cultural boycott of Israel.
2. Responded to call: Based on the artist's own words or statement, awareness of the human rights situation in Palestine/Israel and/or engagement with BDS activists factored into their decision to take action, but their statement falls short of a full endorsement of the boycott.
3. Unspecified position: The artist did not issue any direct statement on their reasons for taking action. This "silent boycott" category is relevant to include because respecting the Palestinian picket line does not require artists to be outspoken. We also recognize that some artists may feel pressure to stay silent about their reasons for taking action.
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Basis for inclusion in final visual
Out of the 147 artists we identified in our research, only 76 are included in the final visual. This choice primarily reflects space limitations in designing a static infographic. We narrowed down the list based on the following criteria:

-For "endorsed the boycott" and "responded to call", we included artists whose count of monthly listeners on Spotify (as of Feb. 2019) was 10,000 or higher.
-For "unspecified reason" we selected 14 examples based on those with the highest number of monthly listeners on Spotify.
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Limitations and Caveats
This visual shows a sample of artists who have taken different types of actions consistent with the cultural boycott of Israel. It is not an exhaustive list of all artists who have taken such actions. In particular, our choice to use Spotify listeners as a basis for narrowing down our dataset means that smaller artists or artists whose music is not on Spotify are not included on the visual. This is not to minimize the role or contribution of those artists, as every artist who chooses not to cross the picket line set by Palestinian civil society contributes to a growing movement.

This visual uses artists own words to identify their position. That said, it is not always possible to know why an artist took a particular action, and it is possible that an artist may change their views over time. Our dataset should be considered valid as of the date of publication, and we will strive to update it if new information becomes available.

It is always possible that an artist who cancelled an appearance in Israel will choose to return in the future, particularly if they cancelled for "unspecified reasons." An artist's past actions or position do not guarantee their future actions or position after the publication date of this visual. Also, while these musicians have respected the Palestinian picket line, it is not possible to know their position on every human rights and justice issue. By including a musician in this visual, we do not necessarily endorse their position on all issues.

This visual focuses on international solidarity. Viewers should be aware that numerous Palestinian artists support the boycott and play an active role, although they are not highlighted in this visual.
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Questions or Comments?
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With questions about this data, or if you notice any issue that requires correction, please contact data@visualizingimpact.org
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