1001 Voices on Musical Futures: Call for Videos

While over a thousand music professionals are expected to gather in Brisbane from 21-24 November for the 5th IMC World Forum on Music, we know that many others won't be able to join us for a variety of reasons. To ensure that their ideas and opinions can feed into this important event, a dedicated YouTube channel has been created. Between now and November 2013, we hope to post '1001 Voices on Musical Futures', where, in no more than five minutes, interviewees summarise the key issues they identify as crucial to sustaining music and engaging communities as we approach 2020 and beyond. The first recordings are now live at 


Youth Day

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Bridging the gap from education and training to employment

We are pleased to announce that the  will be hosting a Youth Day ahead of the European Forum on Music on 18 April 2013. The theme of this event will be: Bridging the gap from education and training to employment and the event is open to young people under the age of 30 working in all aspects of European music life from administration through to project management and performing. In particular, EMC members are encouraged to send young representatives under the age of 30 to take part in this as well as in the Forum itself.


EMC Press Release 02/2013




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Official launch of International Jazz Day 2013

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue Herbie Hancock, Turkey's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ahmet Davutoglu and its Minister of Culture and Tourism, Ӧmer Ҫelik, are pleased to announce that the main event for the second annual International Jazz Day will be hosted by Turkey in the city of Istanbul.


Make Music! Be Heard!

 emc-logo-2010The European Music Council is proud to announce the launch of its new Youth in Action funded project Make Music! Be Heard!

Young people involved in music in Europe today have much to offer the music sector, yet their voice is often not heard! This project seeks to give young people the know-how and confidence to make a stand for their needs and rights, whilst at the same time help the 'older generation' recognise the benefits of including young people in all aspects of an organisation's activity.


International Jazz Day 2013

Every 30 April, International Jazz Day brings together nations and communities to celebrate the art of jazz and to highlight its important role of encouraging dialogue among cultures and civilizations, eradicating discrimination and promoting human dignity.


The choral world mourns Eric Ericson

Eric Ericson, one of the leading figures behind the 'Swedish choral miracle' and one of the world's foremost choir artists, passed away on February 16th.

During his long and illustrious career, Ericson greatly influenced choral music in Sweden and internationally.

Ericson was a conductor for the male-voice choir Orphei Drängar, principal conductor for the Swedish Radio Choir (1952-1983), a teacher at Stockholm's Royal College of Music and the founder of the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir.

He led a number of elite ensembles and was deeply involved in encouraging amateur choir communities too.

In 1997, Ericson was awarded the prestigious Polar Music Prize.


IFCD update December 2012

Update of the International Fund for Cultural Diversity

December 2012: Enabling environment


 The diverse global membership of IMC has recently been even more enriched by the International Centre for Research and Documentation on African Traditions and Languages (CERDOTOLA).

CERDOTOLA was established in 1977 on the initiative of 10 Central African countries, with the support of the Agency for Cultural and Technical Cooperation (ACCT – today's International Organisation of La Francophonie) and UNESCO, as an intergovernmental institution that promotes cooperation in scientific research for the preservation, dissemination and enhancement of African heritage.


Established on the initiative of ten Central African countries, CERDOTOLA works for subregional cooperation in the fields of culture and human and social sciences, campaigning for the protection, safeguarding and promotion of African cultural heritage.


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