Celebration of the 10th edition of the Pan African music festival in Brazzaville with the International Music Council

A delegation from the Executive Board of the International Music Council took part in the 10th edition of the Pan African music festival in Brazzaville (Republic of Congo) which took place from July 18th to 22nd 2015 on the theme "The dynamics of African music in the diversity of cultural expressions".


IMC Member of Honour - Obituary notice



Professor Tran Van Khê, age 94, widely renowned Vietnamese traditional music scholar and an IMC member of honor, sadly passed away on June 24th 2015 in Ho Chi Minh City.

Born in a musical family in the southern province of Vinh Long, he learnt to play several traditional instruments. In 1949, at the age of 28, he moved to France where he resided for more than 50 years. In 1958, he received a doctoral degree in musicology from the University Paris-Sorbonne where he became a Professor, teaching Asian music from 1966 to 1988. During that time, he also travelled to several universities in 43 countries where he performed and lectured on Vietnamese traditional music.

His musicological work received international recognition which translated in the receipt of a number of international prizes and awards, including the International Music Council - UNESCO International Music Prize in 1981. He was also awarded the title of Officer in France's National Order of Arts and Letters in 1991, and won Japan’s Koizumi Fumio Prize for Ethnomusicology in 1994, and Vietnam’s first-class Labor Medal in 1999.

Since returning to Vietnam in 2006, he delivered talks and attended events on traditional music and culture even when confined to a wheelchair due to health problems in recent years.

Prof. Tran Van Khê was elected Member of Honour of the International Music Council in 1987.

He leaves behind a daughter and three sons, one of which is no other than well-known traditional music scholar Professor Tran Quang Hai.

AMDP Appel à candidatures

Un Assistant d'administration et un Assistant de production francophones pour un stage de 2 mois au Festival le Kolatier en 2015 (Yaoundé / Cameroun)

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Dans le cadre de l'African Music Development Program (AMDP), le Conseil International de la Musique en partenariat avec le festival le Kolatier a mis en place un système d'échanges pour aider à la professionnalisation des métiers de la musique et du son en Afrique. Il s'agit d'envoyer des jeunes professionnels de la musique dans des festivals Africain de part et d'autre du continent pour leur permettre d'étendre leur réseau et de développer leurs compétences.
Deux jeunes professionnels Africains seront envoyés au Festival le Kolatier au Cameroun pour un stage pratique de 2 mois, du 10 août au 10 octobre. Les frais de voyage et d'hébergement seront pris en charge. Les stagiaires recevront une allocation journalière pour les repas et autres dépenses.
Les candidatures (CV + Lettre de motivation + lettre de recommandation d'un responsable d'évènement culturel reconnu) sont à envoyer à This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. et This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. au plus tard le 20 juillet 2015. Les candidatures féminines seront privilégiées.

Compétences générales demandées :

- Niveau universitaire
- Maîtriser l'outil informatique (world, Excel, internet, power point)
- Etre à même de lire et interpréter une fiche technique
- Avoir des connaissances en anglais (au moins lire et comprendre)
- Connaissance et bon usage des réseaux sociaux et de la communication en ligne
- Avoir assuré au moins deux fois le même poste dans l'organisation d'un évènement culturel
- Etre à même d'organiser une équipe de travail
- Capacité à prendre des initiatives et à travailler sous pression
- Avoir des connaissances en comptabilités (pour l'assistant d'administration)

Missions assignées à l'assistant d'administration :

- Coordonner sous l'orientation du directeur, les équipes de travail
- Veiller au respect des contrats
- Rédiger et veiller au respect du manuel de procédure interne
- Veiller à la bonne circulation des informations en interne
- Rédiger et s'assurer du bon respect des feuilles de route
- Gérer la permanence pendant l'évènement
- Préparer les éléments pour le bilan financier
- Préparer la mouture du rapport général

Missions assignées à l'assistant de production :

- Assister le régisseur général
- Assurer la mise en place et le suivi des activités périphériques (atelier, expositions, speed meetings)
- Gérer les inscriptions des participants de l'atelier, des exposants et des candidats aux speed meetings
- Assister les formateurs pendant l'atelier
- Préparer le rapport des activités périphériques

Le Kolatier 

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Results of the 2015 International Rostrum of Composers


RostrumWave Songr for Orchestra (2014) by Norwegian composer Jan Erik MIKALSEN (born 1979) and Cancro (2015) for symphony orchestra by young Slovenian composer Matej BONIN (born 1986) are the works selected by radio music producers participating in the 62nd International Rostrum of Composers (IRC) held in Tallinn, from May 12 to 15, 2015. A flagship programme of the International Music Council, this year's IRC edition was for the first time in the history of the IRC co-organised by Estonian Public Broadcasting in the framework of a Creative Europe co-funded project named Rostrum+.


International Rostrum of Composers' Latest Commission on Streaming


Further to the selection of his work "Abismo al Abismo" in the under 30 category of the IRC in 2011, young Argentinean composer Juan Pablo Nicoletti was awarded a commission by IMC and Radio France. "Qhapaqkunap" was recorded in Paris in 2014 and it is now available for streaming. A polyphonic composition which is an homage to the very first choral work of South America and reconnects the ancestral story of the continent with the contemporary world.

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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.


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


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)
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.


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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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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