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IMC project selected for funding from the International Fund for Cultural Diversity

2014-BANNER 1-anniversary-magenta-EN-RSZDParis, December 10, 2014 - A funding application for the project "Empowering African youth to harness the potential of the music sector as enabler and driver of development" submitted by the IMC to the UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity has been approved today by the 8th Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

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Participate in the UNESCO Survey on the Status of the Artist

UNESCO is undertaking an important review of the implementation of the UNESCO 1980 Recommendation concerning the Status of the Artist. This is a timely and valuable exercise that will help provide current data regarding the status of the artist nationally, regionally and globally, and which will be reflected in a consolidated report to be presented to the UNESCO General Conference in 2015. A Survey is therefore being sent to all UNESCO Member States as well as Non-Governmental Organizations and other civil society organizations.

The International Music Council – as NGO official partner of UNESCO – has been invited by the UNESCO Secretariat to participate in the above-mentioned survey. Therefore, we would like to encourage all member organisations of the IMC to also contribute to this important exercise. All relevant information is available below in English, French and Spanish. The deadline for submission is 15 January 2015.

All contributions big or small do carry their weight. Do not miss this opportunity to make your voice heard.

Letter to NGOs (English)

Letter to NGOs (French)

Letter to NGOs (Spanish)

1980 Recommendation concerning the Status of the Artist (English)

1980 Recommendation concerning the Status of the Artist (French)

1980 Recommendation concerning the Status of the Artist (Spanish)

Survey (English)

Survey (French)

Survey (Spanish)

Results of the 11th edition of the African Music Rostrum

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In the wake of the cultural renaissance launched by the African Union since 2008, the African Music Council (AMC) – regional group of the International Music Council – organized the 11th session of the African Music Rostrum in the framework of the 5th edition of « FEUX DE BRAZZA ».

The African Music Rostrum was initiated in 1975 and is bound to highlight the music of the African continent by means of the radio, taking into account not only the continent's diversity and the wealth of musical traditions as a whole, but also the various popular and art music styles which were inspired by these traditions.

The competition is open to every musician and music institution and association in Africa. The music could be submitted in one of the following categories:

  • Traditional African music
  • Urban popular music
  • Folk music
  • Western classical music
  • Experimental music


56 entries were received by the Secretariat for this year's edition. A pre-selection by the Technical Secretariat of the Rostrum led to a shortlist of 21 entries in 3 categories which was submitted to the appreciation of an international jury composed of:

Josephine MOKWUNYEI (Nigeria), President
Felicité BOSSIBIAKA (Congo)
Prosper GOGOYI AKOUEGNON (Benin)
Joe TABULA (Uganda)
Tony VAN DER EECKEN (Belgium)
Fred ZINDI (Zimbabwe)

After listening and deliberation, the jury decided to grant two prizes.

Category African traditional music: AGLANME JAZZ by Don Metok (Benin)

Category Urban popular music: SITYA LOSS by Eddy Kenzo (Uganda).

These two artists will be promoted by the African Music Council over the next years.

The African Music Rostrum is an activity of the African Music Development Programme, a three-year project aiming to help building a sustainable music sector in Africa. AMDP is led by the International Music Council with Feux de Brazza and the African Music Council among its partners.

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The African Music Development Programme is implemented with the financial contribution of the European Union and the assistance of the ACP Group of States.

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Young African Arts Professionals at Sauti za Busara festival 2015

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

The International Music Council, in partnership with Busara promotion, and within the framework of the African Music development program, wishes to promote exchanges in the African music sector and networking between young professionals and music festivals across the continent.

From December 15th to February 20th, two young professionals will be sent to Zanzibar for a 2 month work placement at the Sauti za Busara Festival.

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New Talent 2014

New Talent is a European competition for instrumentalists under the age of 28 and singers under the age of 30 and is organized by the EBU on behalf of the International Music Council (IMC). The winner of the 2014 edition is the Franco-Belgian cellist Camille Thomas.

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IMC Mourns Salah El Mehdi

It is with great sadness that we must announce the death of Professor Salah El Mehdi who passed away on the 12th of September at the age of 89.

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EMC Newsletter 02/2014

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The Brisbane Declaration

'2020: a Sharpened Vision for the Musical World'

Paris, June 30, 2014 - As an international gathering of over one thousand music professionals, the 5th IMC World Forum on Music has invited, planned, heard, experienced, discussed, debated, consulted and taken notice of over one hundred presentations from all over the world highlighting different aspects of the 'ecosystem' of music in the second decade of the twenty-first century.

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African Music Rostrum - Deadline Extended to 15 July

In the wake of the cultural renaissance launched by the African Union since 2008, the African Music Council (AMC) – regional group of the International Music Council, NGO official partner of UNESCO – will organize the 11th session of the African Music Rostrum in the framework of the Pan African traditional music festival « FEUX DE BRAZZA » 2014, planned to take place in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, from 2nd to 8th August 2014. 
The XIth African Music Rostrum is organised in the framework of the African Music Development Programme, with the financial contribution of the European Union (European Development Fund) and the assistance of the ACP Group of States. 
You can download the call for application in English and French

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