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[email protected] Africa Songwriting Contest

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A consortium of eight African, European and international partners joins forces with the European Union to create new opportunities and mobilise stakeholders to promote intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity in urban and peri-urban areas in Africa as drivers for social inclusion and sustainable human development.
Culture at Work Africa takes up the challenge raised by the African Union and its vision for 2063 for “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the international arena.”
[email protected] Africa consortium now launches a contest to select a song that addresses the themes of intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity.

RULES
1. [email protected] Africa Songwriting Contest is open to songwriters/performers (minimum age 18 years) from the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.


2. Each song submitted must be the contestant's original work and he/she must either be the sole owner or the transferee of the intellectual property rights. By entering the contest, participants retain full intellectual property rights of their song. Songs may not exceed five (5) minutes in length. Contestants shall submit one song only together with the signed application form (download here).


3. Lyrics may be in any language, but all artists are required to submit an English or French translation of the lyrics with their entry. For English or French language entries, lyrics need to be submitted as well.


4. Songs of any aesthetic/ genre can be submitted. Instrumental only songs will not be considered eligible.


5. The winner will be chosen by a panel of 3 judges composed by members of the [email protected] Africa project, under the guidance of the International Music Council. Songs will be judged based on melody, composition, originality and lyrics related to the topic of the contest. The quality of the recording might impact the evaluation.


6. The winner will be published on the [email protected] Africa website in March 2020 (www.cultureatworkafrica.net) and notified by email or telephone and must sign and return a rights authorization form within 14 days of the notification date. The form will state that the winning song is an original work and that the winner holds all the rights. The winning artist is requested to give the royalty-free and non-exclusive right to use the song for 7 years for non-commercial purposes by the [email protected] Africa consortium to promote its activities. No fee will be due by Culture at Work Africa for this use except for payment to the collecting society where the winner is registered and if the conditions for such payment are met. Failure to sign and return the form within 14 days or provision of false/inaccurate information therein will result in immediate disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected.

SUBMISSION

Submissions must be sent by email to the following email address: info[at]cultureatworkafrica.net.
Submissions must contain:

1. The application form

2. The lyrics (in doc or pdf)

3. The song (in Mp3, Wav or Flac format)
If the files are too heavy, a WeTransfer, Dropbox or similar system can be used to transfer them. An accompanying video is desirable but not mandatory.
Deadline for submission: February 3, 2020 at 12:00 (GMT)

PRIZE

The winner will be invited to perform the winning song at an event organized in the framework of [email protected] Africa in Brussels and/or Addis Abeba in the spring 2021. The prize covers one (1) return ticket from/to the country of origin as well as accommodation and meals for one person the duration of 3 days. In case the winner wishes to perform with other musicians, he/she shall take care of the transport and all related expenses.
Moreover, the winner will benefit from exposure through the communication tools of [email protected] Africa.

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Un consortium de huit partenaires africains, européens et internationaux unit ses efforts à ceux de l’Union européenne pour créer des nouvelles opportunités et mobiliser les parties prenantes afin de promouvoir le dialogue interculturel et la diversité culturelle comme vecteurs d’inclusion sociale et de développement humain durable en Afrique urbaine et péri-urbaine.
[email protected] Africa relève le défi soulevé par l’Union Africaine et sa vision pour 2063 pour « une Afrique intégrée, florissante et pacifique, dirigée par ses propres citoyens et représentant une force dynamique dans la scène internationale ».
Le consortium [email protected] Africa lance un concours pour sélectionner une chanson qui aborde les thèmes du dialogue interculturel et de la diversité culturelle.


RÈGLES

1. Le concours d'écriture de chanson [email protected] Africa est ouvert aux auteurs-compositeurs-interprètes (âge minimum 18 ans) originaires des pays suivants: Bénin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Côte d'Ivoire, République démocratique du Congo, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Nigéria, Ouganda, Rwanda, Sénégal, Tanzanie, Togo et Zimbabwe.

2. Chaque chanson proposée doit être l'œuvre originale du candidat/ de la candidate, qui doit être l'unique propriétaire ou le cessionnaire des droits de propriété intellectuelle. En participant au concours, les participants conservent tous les droits de propriété intellectuelle de leur chanson. Les chansons ne doivent pas dépasser cinq (5) minutes. Les candidats ne doivent soumettre qu'une chanson accompagnée du formulaire de candidature signé (télècharger ici).

3. Les paroles peuvent être dans n'importe quelle langue, mais tous les artistes doivent soumettre une traduction anglaise ou française des paroles avec leur texte. Pour les chansons en anglais ou en français, les paroles doivent également être soumises.

4. Les chansons de toute esthétique / tout genre peuvent être soumises. Les chansons uniquement instrumentales ne seront pas considérées comme éligibles.

5. Le lauréat sera choisi par un jury de 3 juges composé de membres du projet [email protected] Africa, sous la présidence du Conseil international de la musique. Les chansons seront jugées en fonction de la mélodie, de la composition, de l'originalité et des paroles liées au sujet du concours. La qualité de l'enregistrement peut avoir une incidence sur l'évaluation.

6. Le/la gagnant/e sera publié/e sur le site web de [email protected] Africa en mars 2020 (www.cultureatworkafrica.net) et notifié/e par courrier électronique ou par téléphone et devra signer et renvoyer un formulaire d'autorisation de droits dans les 14 jours suivant la date de notification. Le formulaire indiquera que la chanson gagnante est une œuvre originale et que le/la gagnant/e détient tous les droits. L’artiste gagnant sera invité à donner au consortium [email protected] Africa le droit, gratuit et non exclusif, d'utiliser la chanson pendant sept ans à des fins non commerciales pour promouvoir ses activités. Culture at Work Africa n'aura aucun frais pour cette utilisation, à l'exception du paiement à la société de gestion collective des droits d’auteur où le/la gagnant/e est inscrit/e et si les conditions d'un tel paiement sont remplies. Le fait de ne pas signer et retourner le formulaire dans les 14 jours ou de fournir des informations fausses ou inexactes entraînera la disqualification immédiate et un/e autre gagnant/e sera sélectionné/e.

CANDIDATURE

Les candidatures doivent être envoyées par courrier électronique à l'adresse suivante: info[at]cultureatworkafrica.net.
Les soumissions doivent contenir:

1. Le formulaire de candidature

2. Les paroles (en doc ou pdf)

3. La chanson (en format MP3, Wav ou Flac)
Si les fichiers sont trop lourds, un système WeTransfer, Dropbox ou similaire peut être utilisé pour les transférer. Une vidéo d'accompagnement est souhaitable mais pas obligatoire.
Date limite de soumission: 3 février 2020 à 12h00 (GMT)


PRIX

Le/la gagnant/e sera invité/e à interpréter la chanson sélectionnée lors d'un événement organisé dans le cadre de [email protected] Africa à Bruxelles et / ou à Addis Abeba au printemps 2021. Le prix couvre un (1) billet aller-retour depuis / vers le pays d'origine ainsi que l'hébergement et les repas pour une personne pour une durée de 3 jours. Si le/la gagnant/e souhaite jouer avec d'autres musiciens, il/elle devra prendra en charge le transport et tous les frais connexes.
De plus, le/la gagnant/e bénéficiera d'une promotion à travers les outils de communication de [email protected] Africa.

www.cultureatworkafrica.net

 

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International Music Council elects Alfons Karabuda as new President

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On 28 September 2019, members of the International Music Council gathered in Paris for the organisation’s 38th General Assembly, elected a new leadership and adopted an ambitious work plan for the next two years. Alfons Karabuda (Sweden), composer and President of ECSA (European Composer & Songwriter Alliance) and SKAP (Swedish Association of Composers, Songwriters and Lyricists), was elected President.

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IMC Music Rights Award: Laureate Announced!

 

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2019 Music Rights Award: Laureate Announced!

Paris, 17.06.2019

 

The International Music Council (IMC) is pleased to announce that the 2019 Music Rights Award is given to the Scoil Úna Naofa Violin & Orchestra Project from Dublin, Ireland.

The Music Rights Award recognizes a programme or project that supports in an exemplary way the Five Music Rights proclaimed by the IMC. This year’s edition takes on a special meaning as it is part of the worldwide celebrations of IMC’s 70th anniversary.

Scoil Úna Naofa Violin and Orchestra Project was initiated at Scoil Úna Naofa (Irish for St Agnes’ Primary School) in 2006. Before that time, no child in the school learned to play an instrument or knew any adults who played instruments. Since then, pupils and past pupils of the school have been given the opportunity to benefit from free instrumental tuition, music theory and participation in performing ensembles.

In less than fifteen years, the initial project has developed into three performing ensembles: Scoil Úna Naofa Orchestra (primary school), St Agnes Chamber Orchestra (secondary students, playing string orchestra original scores) and St Agnes Parents’ String Orchestra. An intergenerational summer camp brings everyone together for a week of music-making which is a highlight of the year.

Moreover, St Agnes’ Community Centre for Music & the Arts was formed in 2012 and provides a wide range of activities for the community, including a ‘Memory Lane’ choir for dementia patients and their careers.

Music and performance have brought musicians of all ages to places that they would never have visited, given them confidence, brought them friendship and a strong feeling of their own worth within a team.

Now, not only have over 1,000 children had the opportunity to learn musicianship, to play and instrument and to play in ensemble, but the programme has extended to the parents of the students and to the entire community, maintaining participation of ex-pupils through to their adulthood and including adults who have never learned music in the late-starter orchestra and in staged musical productions. Everyone is welcome and made welcome: from the smallest child to the most senior beginner. Within families, members of two and sometimes three generations are involved in learning and playing music together.

The wider community has access to many free concerts and activities during the year and to live theatre productions of great classics of musical theatre and pantomime in the heart of their own community.

The IMC Music Rights Award is a symbolic and active recognition of the effort that is brought by each actor involved in the nominated programmes. With this Award, IMC encourages its members and other organisations to give active support to the Five Music Rights:

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Scoil Úna Naofa Violin and Orchestra Project was nominated by the European Orchestra Federation, a long-time member of the IMC, and selected by a panel of experts chaired by Silvina Munich, Repertoires & Creators Relations Director at CISAC (International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers) who expressed her congratulations to the laureate with these words:


“I was familiar with projects at schools in disenfranchised urban and rural areas. Learning to play and listening to music let children dream of better futures. Music was the social elevator to lift them out to better days. I never heard of a project doing the same for adults (their parents in this case!). Simply playing music together fosters exchange among generations. It is brilliant and I am very proud to have played a tiny part in this. It involves everyone. Not just the school but the community. Aside from broadening a child's world, it gives them, without a doubt, an invaluable tool and bright spot for their future. This project demonstrates the transformational power of music and its impact in society. It is perfectly in line with the Five Music Rights proclaimed by IMC.”


The 2019 Music Rights Award is sponsored by BOZAR/Centre for Fine Arts and will be presented during a special ceremony in the framework of the 6th IMC World Forum on Music (Paris, 28 September – 1 October 2019).

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IMC Music Rights Award: Call for proposals

The International Music Council Music Rights Award is given biennially to a programme or a project that supports in an exemplary way one or more of the Five Music Rights enunciated by the Council. Apply Now!

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Polar Music Prize 2019

 

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Paris, 13 February 2019

 

 

The International Music Council is both honoured and pleased to collaborate this year again with the Polar Music Prize organisation. The values promoted by the Polar Music Prize strongly echo with our own values that are embodied in the IMC Five Music Rights, which advocate for access to music education and musical participation as well as freedom of expression through music for every child and adult while defending the right of musical artists to be recognised as artists, to obtain fair remuneration for their work and to be given access to professional training, media and work facilities.

This year’s laureates of the Polar Music Prize embody our shared values in an exemplary way.

We are particularly happy to see the work of the Play for Music Foundation recognised today. This non-profit organisation provides music and arts education to unprivileged children around the world. It operates music programmes in Bangladesh, Brazil, Ghana, Mali, Nepal, Rwanda, South Africa, Morocco, Mexico, Argentina and Thailand.

Thanks to the Play for Music Foundation, music schools came into live in impoverished regions. It is important to note that these schools use local resources and local talent in their daily work. Every week, over 1,000 students enjoy the music lessons offered by the schools.

For many children benefitting from the programme, this has been a life-changing experience. Music has transformed their lives. What a wonderful demonstration of the power of music!

With this recognition, the Polar Music Prize acknowledges the tremendous work of the many other initiatives and projects that aim to transform the lives of underprivileged children by offering access to music and the arts.

The International Music Council is proud to accompany the Polar Music Prize organisation in this endeavour.

See the Polar Music Prize Laureates of 2019

[email protected] Africa! 2nd call launched

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Culture at Work Africa has launched its Second Call for Proposals on 15 January 2019 to support innovative on-the-ground projects aiming at developing safe and neutral spaces for intercultural dialogue and to promote active citizenship and intercommunity relations.

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Le 15 janvier 2019 Culture at Work Afrique a lancé son Deuxième Appel à Propositions pour soutenir des projets novateurs visant à développer des espaces sûrs et neutres pour le dialogue interculturel et à promouvoir la citoyenneté active et les relations intercommunautaires.

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66th International Rostrum of Composers: Dates Announced

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We are pleased to inform you that the 66th International Rostrum of Composers (IRC) will be held May 14 – 18, 2019 in San Carlos de Bariloche, Province of Rio Negro, Argentina, hosted by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sports of the Rio Negro Province and its Orquesta Filarmónica.

For the first time in its history, the IRC will travel outside the European continent with the ambition of being more international than ever before. At the same time, as 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the International Music Council, it would be a perfect occasion to celebrate the Five Music Rights for which the IMC stands for.

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Rostrum+: Listen, Vote, Win 2018

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Rostrum+ is a cooperation project co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union which aims to rethink the ways in which contemporary music connects with audiences through radio network by exploring new strategies to develop audiences, promote new music, enhance the skills of radio professionals and inspire cooperation between musicians, higher music education institutions and broadcasting companies throughout Europe and beyond.

From 1 to 14 October, most of the works presented at the 65th International Rostrum of Composers will be available for free streaming. An unique opportunity to discover the most recent contemporary creations from all over the world!

Feel free to share this opportunity with your audience, students, colleagues and friends!

Moreover, vote for your favourite and get the chance to win a fine selection of contemporary music works!

EMC Newsletter 6/2018

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Dear readers,

In this newsletter you will find the latest information on the Copyright Directive, the Music Moves Europe Talent Awards and a reminder on the upcoming STAMP events. We hope you will enjoy reading our news,
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