Save the date 2 - 5 June. European Forum on Music 2021: Claiming a front row seat - The place of music in society

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The European Forum on Music 2021 taking place online from 2 - 5 June 2021 will offer a variety of sessions, including keynote speeches, panel discussions, interactive workshops and networking sessions for the music sector to exchange and to discuss about the role and place of music in society.

Updates on the programme and opening of registration are coming soon! Watch out for our next newsletter with more information!

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Culture at Work Africa digital showcase

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“The African continent must be a laboratory. We must imagine novel forms; we must reinvent a richer and more open humanity.” This is how Senegalese economist Felwine Sarr described a possible reinvention of Africa. The continent’s emerging leaders and activists will undoubtedly play a key role. The Culture at Work Africa digital showcase pays tribute to all of them by presenting a series of recent groundbreaking initiatives that highlight the importance of intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity in the development of inclusive and peaceful societies within the continent’s complex urban spaces and politically sensitive crossroads.

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Culture at Work Africa releases its final publication

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Culture is the way we understand our lives and the meaning we make of them. Culture nourishes the values that are the foundation of people-centred development. Culture is also the active participation in the celebration of life, the safeguarding and renewal of heritage, the processes of creative expression, and the discovery of diversity.

Much has been written in the last 40 years on the place of culture in development, but it is difficult to find documents or reports that illustrate in practice, at work, how culture changes our societies in an empowering way. The publication – Culture at Work Africa. The public value of intercultural dialogue for social cohesion in urban Africa – addresses this gap.

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International Music Council's partnership with Global Music Vault!

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The Global Music Vault partners with the International Music Council  

The Global Music Vault is dedicated to safeguarding the world’s music of yesterday and today, forever. With support from their founding partner the International Music Council (IMC), their mission is to pass on the world heritage to the next generations, while at the same time celebrating the music that has shaped our cultures and inspired a global community, by ensuring it is never forgotten.


We need a SHIFT from victims to structures


SHIFT – Sharing Initiatives for Training is an Erasmus+ funded strategic partnership project, bringing together several cultural networks with the ambition to contribute to a better and more sustainable future as recognised in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SHIFT aims to develop training for cultural leaders on the topics of environmental sustainability, gender and power relations, inclusion, and cultural leadership.

This newsletter has been produced by IETM - International network for contemporary performing arts, leading SHIFT partner on the topic of Gender & Power Relations, and in collaboration with EMC, project coordinator. More information about SHIFT can be found on

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Press Release: Young accordionist Rachael Xu to support the International Music Council

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Paris, 9 February 2021


Rachael Xu has announced her decision to donate the entire income of her forthcoming Summer Asian Tour to the International Music Council. The tour is set to start in July 2021 and will bring the musician across China, Japan, Korea and Singapore.


In the midst of the SHIFT project


The SHIFT - Shared Initiatives For Training - project just closed its first year and successfully submitted its interim report to the Erasmus+ national agency (Erasmus+ is co-funding this project). As we are looking forward to working on the second and final year of this very interesting project with our partners, we would like to take some time and look back at what has already been achieved.
First let's talk with a few numbers!

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EMC Fesh News for 2021

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Dear readers,

We wish you a Happy New Year and all the best for 2021! The end of 2020 was very busy in EU policy and for the start of 2021 we have put together info about interesting online events, funding opportunities and publications. Find out more below!

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EMC: End of year greetings

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I would start by stating the obvious and that is that 2020 has been an extraordinary year for us all and especially for those of us working and participating in the music sector at every level. From early years education through to amateur, volunteer and professional engagement, the COVID-19 pandemic has missed no-one and has sadly taken many lives.

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