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Five Music Rights Champions

The Five Music Rights represent the core values of the International Music Council. They have been guiding, since their proclamation in 2001, the work of the IMC and of its network comprising some 1000 music organisations in 150 countries of the world.

In 2016, 15 years after the proclamation of these rights, the IMC wishes to give new impetus to their promotion by appointing IMC Five Music Rights Champions, with the purpose of increasing the visibility of these core values and putting them ‘on the radar’ of musicians and music-lovers around the world as an expression of concerns they share with the IMC.

Five Music Rights Champions



Evelyn credit Caroline PurdayDame Evelyn Glennie - Credit Caroline Purday

Dame Evelyn Glennie, is a Scottish percussionist and the first person in history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist, performing worldwide with the greatest conductors, orchestras, and artists. Her vision is to teach the world to listen, to improve communication and social cohesion by encouraging everyone to discover new ways of listening.
When nominated to champion the Five Music Rights she said: “It is the aims of total inclusiveness and people’s right to be exposed to music in its myriad of forms that I wholeheartedly believe in and wish to advocate as much as possible”.


Ramy photo Inaki MarconiCredit Inaki Marconi

Ramy Essam is an Egyptian musician known for his appearances in Tahrir Square in Cairo during the Egyptian Revolution of 2011. His songs became the anthems of a whole generation of young Egyptians ́ struggle for a better future. 



TabuCredit Ketebul Music

Tabu Osusa is a key player in the East African music industry. A Kenyan native, he is the founding Executive Director of Ketebul Music and for the last 30 years has been involved in the music industry as a promoter, producer, composer and band manager.

In his words: “I feel that the fourth right is the most fundamental because it touches on the basic need to promote the diverse musical traditions of the world and at the same time giving all the artists an equal opportunity to be heard and promoted within a global platform.”



Music Council of the Arab World


Altough a Music Council of the Arab World does not yet exist as such, a MOU was signed in 2013 and gives the mandate to the Arab Academy of Music to act as regional music council and to develop a membership stategy to bring a Music Council of the Arab World into life.

The AAM is a specialised body of the League of Arab States that concerns itself with the various aspects of music throughout the Arab World. Specifically, the AAM Articles of Association define the Academy’s mission as “developing and universalising music teaching and disseminating music culture, collecting and preserving the legacy of Arab music, (and) fostering and promoting Arab instrumental and vocal production.”

It also concerns itself with the following specialised fields: music research, studies, planning, education, information and criticism, as well as the various musical professions, the role of music in the communication and programming media, and the manufacture of instruments. The AAM congresses usually provide an opportunity for dialogue and networking among the Arab states vis-à-vis their achievements in the field of music in general and Arab music in particular.

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COMTA History 1995 - 2004

COMTA Activities 1995- 2004

During the decade, a series of National Music Council were established in the region: Republica Dominicana, Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Venezuela , Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay , Chile and latinamerican and Caraibeans countries Meetings in Mexico, Cuba and in Rosario (Argentina) with the presence of the former Secretary General of the IMC, Mr Guy Huot and the sponsoring of the IMC and the Encuentros Foundation of Argentina.

In 1995 , during the General Assembly of the IMC in Korea, Alicia Terzian as a President of the CAMU as well as a organizer of the “Music Council of the Three Americas” (COMTA), proposed the official approval of the all the members presents at the General Assembly of this new Regional Council embracing all 3 Americas.
Altough not yet established as an independent legal entity, the IMC assembly in Korea officially approved the COMTA group with a large majority of votes and appointed Alicia Terzian as Secretary General.

Under her presidency the TRIMALCA 1993 and 1997 were organized in Argentina, joining delegates from all the country members of COMTA.

In 1996 Prof. Terzian organized an International Congress and Seminar about the “Musical Baroque in Latin America” under the COMTA auspices and with the cooperation of the Camping Musical Bariloche, the Festival of Organ and International Centre for Conservation of the Patrimony. In this event held in Bariloche and Buenos Aires and important specialists of the latinamerican baroc were presents coming from Peru, Mexico, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela, Guatemala, Argentina, Brasil, Uruguay, France as well as the responsible for the Project “World Atlas of the Baroque Music of the UNESCO”, Prof. Alberto Basso (Italy) and Dr. Elena Cattarini-Leger, director of this Project before the UNESCO.

In 1997 and together with the Encuentros Foundation, the CAMU orgnize the 4th National Congress of Musical Education and the 1st Meeting of Presidents of National Music Councils of the Three Americas (COMTA). These events had the presence of the IMC Secretary General and the Presidents of the Music Councils of El Salvador, Venezuela, Cuba, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Bolivia, Brasil, Chile and Uruguay.

In 2001 the Encounters Foundation invited the CAMU to organize the “Pan American Forum about the Condition of the Musician” with the participation of the International Federation of Musicians and their delegates from all over the world as well as IMC members from Canada, USA, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, República Dominicana, Cuba, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Brasil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, Panama and Honduras and all the Argentine provinces.
During this Forum was held the 3rd Regional Meeting of Presidents of the National Councils of Music from the Three Americas (COMTA) and they were devoted to “The national identity through the music of oral tradition, the creation and the musical education”. Prestigious personalities of the field of music of the Three Americas, Europe and our country attended the Forum.

In 2001 Terzian invited outstanding musicians, educators and personalities from all areas of the Argentine musical life to realize a research which outcome was a document called: “MUSICAL POLICY FOR ARGENTINA” (POLITICA MUSICAL PARA LA ARGENTINA ), which was presented before the COMTA.
On December 7th, 2001 ,this document was approved by the Government of Buenos Aires City and was presented before the TRIMALCA that took place in Asunción, Paraguay later on, in September 2004 under the sponsoring of the International Music Council.

In 2004 the CAMU organized together with the Fundacion Encuentros and COMTA, different workshops led by musical personalities from the MERCOSUR about: “Music of oral tradition of the MERCOSUR and contemporary techniques of creation in primary and secondary school”. 300 music teachers from the country participated in the workshops which were funded by the Encounters Foundation.

In March 2005 the CAMU and COMTA organized workshops in Buenos Aires : “An approach to indigenous cultures in Argentina” and dedicated to music professors of primary and secondary schools of Argentina. The topics were: Candombe and murga, Ethnic instruments to apply in the classroom, Oral tradition, Puppets and music, Music, dance and mapuche habits, Music, dance and wichi guaranies habits, the sonorous art of guaranies Mbya Apitiré of Misiones, Improvisation with percussion, The Argentine musical tale in the school, Rioplatense percussion in the school, Voice techniques, the School choir, Eutonia, Music and PC.

In the field of Musical Education the following aims were achieved:

- Musical policies in the Latin American countries. Globalization.
- Research on new methodologies due to the changes in the education programs and new Technologies.
- How to achieve an effective action of music in schools to benefit the community.- Promote the recognition and international equivalence of Diplomas given by official Argentine Conservatories, Universities, etc.
- Create a musical repertoire of composers in every country.
- Develop an action through radio and television such as “music schools adapted to local features” (rural schools )
- The music and homeless children.
- New Technologies to help music teacher in all levels.

In the field of the Multiculturalism the following aims were achieved:

- The Ethnic music of each country or cultural region and its presence in the community.
- The influence of African music in Latin America, the Caribbean and USA.
- The presence of ethnic music in the new creative-musical form of the young generations.
- The presence of the immigration in the popular regional music, such as: the influence of Italian and Spanish music in the popular quartets of the province of Cordoba (Argentina) and others in the continent.

In the field of Research the following aims were achieved:

- Project about the colonial American music.
- Seminars and Workshops devoted to the Research of Ethnic music in the Andean countries and its projection in the Musical Education.

In the field of Contemporary Music the following aims were achieved:

Seminar to study the consequences of the new technology on the music created towards the third millennium.
Dialogue about the creativity in the three Americas.Seminar and Festival about the Project of Ethnic Music in the contemporary Musical Creation in Argentina.
Participation at the IMC International Tribunes of composers from 1979 till 2006 presenting argentine works selected by a Jury including argentine important composers in the Argentine Annual Tribunes: TRINAC,TRIME and TRIMARG.

In the field of Defence of Musicians the following aims were achieved:

- A Congress was organized together with the International Federation of Musicians and the IMC to study the situation of the performer in the country (as soloist or integrating orchestras or other official or private organs, chamber, symphony or choir)

This Congress dealt about the situation of the musician in the society, his social rights and copyrights, performers, composers, musicologists and musical educators rights. It was developed in three steps: Argentina, MERCOSUR, the Americas, following the lines of the UNESCO, FIM and the IMC.

In the field of Cultural Policies the following aims were achieved:

Symposium about the topic: “Freedom and finance of the Argentine musical culture”.

AEC Newsletter 03/2013

aecAs a very first announcement, the AEC team is pleased to present the brand-new AEC website, which has just gone online under the same address


الصفحة الرئيسية

الصفحة الرئيسية

تأسس المجلس الدولي للموسيقى في عام 1949 من قبل منظمة الأمم المتحدة للتربية والعلم والثقافة (يونسكو)، وهو أكبر شبكة في العالم للمنظمات والمؤسسات التي تعمل في مجال الموسيقى. ويقدم المجلس الدعم للجهود الرامية إلى تيسير إمكانيات الوصول إلى الموسيقى للجميع وإلى تعزيز قيمة الموسيقى في حياة جميع الشعوب. ويمتلك المجلس، من خلال أعضائه وشبكاته، إمكانيات  الوصول مباشرة إلى أكثر من 1,000 منظمة في نحو 150 بلدا وإلى 200 مليون شخص من المتشوقين إلى تطوير معارفهم وتبادل خبراتهم في مختلف جوانب الحياة الموسيقية.


حول المجلس الدولي للموسيقى

المجلس الدولي للموسيقىهو المنظمة المهنية الرائدة في العالم القائمة على أساس العضوية والمكرسة لتعزيز قيمة الموسيقى في حياة جميع الشعوب. وتتلخص مهمته في تطوير قطاعات الموسيقى المستدامة في جميع أنحاء العالم، وخلق الوعي حول قيمة الموسيقى، وجعل الموسيقى تتمتع بالأهمية التي تستحقها في جميع حنايا النسيج المجتمعي، واحترام الحقوق الموسيقية الأساسية في جميع البلدان.

تأسس المجلس الدولي للموسيقى في عام 1949 بناء على طلب من المدير العام لمنظمة اليونسكو، الذي اقترح تشكيل هيئة استشارية غير حكومية لليونسكو تعني بشؤون جميع المسائل الموسيقية. ويتخذ المجلس مقرا له في المباني التي تشغلها اليونسكو في باريس، إلا أنه يعمل اليوم بشكل مستقل كمنظمة دولية غير حكومية وشريك دولي رسمي لليونسكو.

تطور المجلس الدولي للموسيقى منذ تأسيسه ليصبح شبكة واسعة النفوذ تسعى إلى استقطاب الدعم للسياسات والممارسات المناسبة التي تهدف إلى تعزيز عمل أعضائها وشركائها في جميع أنحاء العالم.

تمتد شبكة المجلس الدولي للموسيقىفي 150 بلدا منتشرة في جميع القارات، وتشمل مجالس وطنية للموسيقى ومنظمات وطنية وإقليمية ودولية للموسيقى، بالإضافة إلى منظمات متخصصة في مختلف مجالات الفنون والثقافة. ويتم اختيار أعضاء الشرف في المجلس الدولي للموسيقى من بين مجموعة من المتميزين المهنيين والمربين والمؤدين والمؤلفين. ولدى المجلس، من خلال أعضائه، إمكانيات الوصول المباشر إلى أكثر من 1,000 منظمة وحوالي 200 مليون شخص من التواقين إلى تطوير معارفهم وتبادل خبراتهم في مختلف جوانب الحياة الموسيقية

ينوب عن المجلس الدولي للموسيقىويمثله مجلس إقليمي للموسيقى في كل من المناطق الخمس التالية: أفريقيا، الأمريكتين، آسيا والمحيط الهادئ، أوروبا والعالم العربي. وتتلخص مهمة هذه المجالس الإقليمية في المساهمة في تطوير البرامج الإقليمية ودعم الأنشطة المصممة خصيصا وفق احتياجات أعضاء المجلس الدولي للموسيقى وشركائه في كل منطقة.



الحقوق الخمسة في الموسيقى

يعمل المجلس الدولي للموسيقى على استقطاب الدعم لإتاحة إمكانيات الوصول إلى الموسيقى أمام الجميع. وقد أعلن أنه يعمل من أجل النهوض بخمسة من الحقوق الموسيقية:

        حق جميع الأطفال والكبار في ما يلي:

         التعبير عن أنفسهم موسيقياً بكل حرية؛

         تعلم لغات ومهارات الموسيقية؛

         إمكانيات الوصول إلى الانهماك الموسيقي من خلال المشاركة والاستماع والإبداع والمعلومات.

-        حق جميع الفنانين الموسيقيين في ما يلي:

         تطوير براعتهم الموسيقية والتواصل من خلال جميع وسائل الاتصال ووضع التسهيلات المناسبة تحت تصرفهم،

         الحصول على تقدير ومكافأة منصفين لعملهم.



تلتزم رسالة المجلس الدولي للموسيقىوأهدافه بحقوق الإنسان والحقوق الثقافية الواردة في الإعلان العالمي لحقوق الإنسان والمواثيق الدولية الأخرى ذات الصلة التي تدعو لها الأمم المتحدة واليونسكو والمنظمات الدولية المماثلة الأخرى.


عند تصميم برامجه وأنشطته، يتعامل المجلس الدولي للموسيقى مع جميع الثقافات الموسيقية في العالم بالتساوي من حيث قيمتها والاحترام اللازم لها.


يستند المجلس الدولي للموسيقى في تعاونه على الصعيد العالمي على التسامح المتبادل والاحترام والحوار.


بصفته منظمة غير حكومية وغير ربحية، يتمتع المجلس الدولي للموسيقى بالاستقلال عن أية إيديولوجية سياسية، ويقدم الدعم للموسيقى والحياة الموسيقية النابضة بالحياة في جميع جوانبها - الفنية والاقتصادية والاجتماعية - دون تحيز أو محاباة.

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