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European Agenda for Music – Have your say in the Open Online Consultation!



The aim in developing a European Agenda for Music (EAM) is to bring together the diverse voices of the European music sector to determine a common vision and strategy for the future. The European Music Council has worked intensely to consult and hear from as many voices as possible, across Europe and across the music sector - and continues to do so. In the European music sector, we have many different viewpoints and interests, but we share one common goal: a thriving music sector that continues to play an essential role in the European landscape.

We are contacting you now to seek your feedback on this draft. The final version of the EAM shall be released in spring 2018, after this consultation. We have created an online open consultation to give you the opportunity to comment on content and structure of the draft EAM. Please read the instructions on the first page of the survey carefully:

EAM Online Open Consultation

IMC announces new partnership with International Theatre Institute

In a bid to enlarge the scope of its actions and open new opportunities for its members, the International Music Council has initiated a partnership with the International Theatre Institute (ITI).


The International Theatre Institute ITI, the world’s largest performing arts organization founded in 1948 by theatre and dance experts and UNESCO, strives for a society in which the performing arts and their artists thrive and flourish. ITI advances UNESCO’s goals of mutual understanding and peace and advocates the protection and promotion of cultural expression, regardless of age, gender, creed, or ethnicity. It works to these ends internationally and nationally in the areas of performing arts education, international exchange and collaboration, and youth training.

The partnership is built around the core principles of the two organizations and will strengthen the impact of their advocacy and operations on both local and global arenas.

MARS: Intellectual outputs free to download

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The intellectual outputs of the MARS (Music and Resilience Support) project, are now freely avaiable online.

The Needs Analysis represents the obligatory first step in the development of a specialized training which aims to respond as closely as possible to the needs of the context it will serve. The design of the training course depends a clear concept of exactly what a community musician or music therapist needs to know and be able to do, in order to plan and implement psycho-social interventions within the target communities to the best possible effect.

The MARS specialization profile, developed on the basis of the Needs Analysis Report, provides information about the required skills of the the community musician/music therapist relative to the specific work context of deprived and marginalized communities. The work profile is described in terms of the emergent objectives, strategies and tactics of psychosocial music interventions aimed at protecting these communities against defined risk factors. Specific knowledge and skills supporting theoretical, methodological and practical competences are listed.

The MARS Staff Training Guidelines is a supporting document for the project partnership's teaching staff. The Guidelines promote the project ethos, aim to establish a unified pedagogic approach, and provide a platform for the MARS staff to assimilate current research and theory, together with contextual needs and resources in psychosocial music intervention.

These and other relevant documents are free to download.

Moreover, the website has become a platfom for sharing about psyco-social music intervention and related fields.

It hosts a matching service for both professional and organisations, a list of links and resources and the complete overview of the first MARS course with examples, videos, modules and assignments.

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EMC Newsletter 04/2017

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Dear reader,
with this newsletter, we are happy to provide latest updates on EU matters:

-EMC’s activities towards a European Agenda for Music

-Music Moves Europe

-Call for proposals under Creative Europe

-Advocacy Actions of other networks

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Building a Digital Agenda for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions: UNESCO, new governance norms and power dynamics

The Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (CDCE) adopted by UNESCO in 2005 is now a key international instrument in the global governance of culture. In December 2016, the CDCE’s Committee adopted Operational Guidelines in order to align the CDCE with the development of digital technologies. In this respect, this article deals with the struggles between actors in the process for adopting new governance norms for the diversity of cultural expressions in the digital context and it seeks to understand how the interests and influence of the actors involved intersect in consensual and conflicting ways.

Several actors, such as Austria, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, the International Music Council and the World
Intellectual Property Organization, explicitly underscored the fair remuneration of creators as a main condition for the promotion of diversity of cultural expressions in the digital environment.

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Rostrum+: Listen, Vote, Win

Listen, Vote, Win is an unique intiative that allows you to listen to the works presented at the last International Rostrum of Composers. These works are the most fresh compositions in the contemporary music world, they come from all over the world and you will not find them elsewhere!


IMC Member of Honour Leo Brouwer receives recognition

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The prestigious Cuban guitarist, composer and orchestra conductor Leo Brouwer will be honored on September 12 with the title of Honorary Professor of the Argentine University Tres de Febrero where he will offer an open talk.

Master of ceremony will be Alejandro Iglesias Rossi (Winner of the International Rostrum of Composers in 1985 and Electroacoustic Rostrum 1996), Head of the Music Department

According to the university, on that occasion, Brouwer will receive the title and he will deliver a conference to the students, teachers and the general public, promoted by the Cycle of Arts of the Degree in Native, Classical and Popular Music of America.

The artist is considered a living legend of classical music, his works for guitar are a subject of study for several generations of instrumentalists throughout the world, said the institution in a press release.


Five Music Rights endorsment by Patti Smith

Singer, songwriter and poet Patti Smith was among the laureates of the American Eagle Awards organized by the National Music Council of the US. In her acceptance speech she read the IMC Five Music Rights because "it is nice to hear them orally so they stay within our mind".


Feuille de route pour 2019 : Les Cinq Droits de la Musique en Action

Paris, 16 juin 2017. - La 37ème Assemblée générale du Conseil international de la musique s’est tenue à Paphos (Chypre), les 11 et 12 juin 2017, dans le cadre du 7ème Forum européen de la musique dont le thème était : « Musique et diplomatie culturelle : relier les continents, rapprocher les cultures ».

La 7ème édition du Forum européen de la musique a réuni musiciens, réseaux, organisations, enseignants, professionnels émergents, et amateurs de musique à Paphos pour explorer comment les initiatives de la société civile agissent dans ce domaine, et comment la musique peut rassembler, devenir un instrument de paix et de cohésion sociale.


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