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Reach out, Open Up, Take In

emc.jpgFrom 27 February to 1 March 2009 over 35 representatives of music organisations from North, Central and Southern Eastern Europe met in Pomáz (Hungary) to explore the possibilities of advocating for music and cooperation possibilities on a national and international level. The one and a half days at the Choral Castle in Pomáz were intense and very informative.

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Access to musical diversity – 3rd IMC World Forum on Music

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The International Music Council (IMC) invites you to attend its 3rd IMC World Forum on Music and 33rd General Assembly to be held in Tunis, October 17-22, 2009 under the title “Access to musical diversity”. It will be organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Heritage Preservation of the Tunisian Republic.

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IMC turns 60!

newslogo.jpg28 January 2009 - 60 years of commitment for the cause of music: The first Statutes of the IMC were approved on 28 January 1949 by a group of 10 persons, among them the first IMC President Roland Manuel. This was the birth of the International Music Council.

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UNESCO survey on international mobility of artists

newslogo.jpg19 January 2009. - IMC Members have been asked to share their knowledge on legal instruments affecting the international mobility of artists, artworks, cultural goods and services for a research project initiated by UNESCO.

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IMC and cultural diversity

newslogo.jpgThe International Music Council has been granted observer status at the second ordinary session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, to be held in Paris from December 8 to 12, 2008. On the agenda of this meeting, a set of draft operational guidelines relating to Articles 12, 13, 14 and 16 of the Convention. The debates will therefore deal with international cooperation, the use of the International Fund for Cultural Diversity, the integration of culture in sustainable development policies and preferential treatment for developing countries.

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IMC President at WOMEX 2008

newslogo.jpgIMC President Richard Letts had a busy schedule during his visit to the 2008 WOMEX in Seville, October 29 - 31. During a panel organised by IMC member mica (music information center austria), he discussed together with EMC Acting Secretary General Simone Dudt and mica Project Leader Helge Hinteregger the topic "music creators in the age of digital visibility".

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Music on Troubled Soils

emc.jpgThe three day conference taking place in the Jerusalem Music Centre provided a diverse overview on different music projects taking place on troubled soil. Projects from the Balkan area, Cyprus, Palestine, Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Mediterranean were presented. In the projects music served as interlocutor between peoples providing a means for dialogue as well as music served as a means to development aid to improve the social situation and functioning as a mind-opener. The conference was framed by inspiring concerts of the Mozaic choir (a cooperation between an Arab and Jewish choir) as well as by the Derech as-Salam Ensemble (with musicians from Israel and Palestine) playing songs in Arab and Hebrew.

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IMC at Fair Music Award 2008

schett_schurich_fischer_wenger_rantasa_jovanovic_riegler_c_wolfgang_simlinger_s.jpgIMC Executive Officer Silja Fischer co-presented the Fair Music Award 2008 during a ceremony held at the Esterhazy castle in Eisenstadt, Austria, on September 3.

fair music is an initiative launched by music austria and stands for more fairness in the music business. The fair music Award 2008 went to the Austrian new music label col legno, repesented at the ceremony by executive director Stefanie Schurich and artistic director Andreas Schett.  Fair Music Certificates were presented to Klangforum Wien, JazzWerkStatt Wien and the London-based lable Honest Jon’s Records, who had been selected among the over 100 nominees.

For the Press release (in German), click here.

IRC 2008 Laureates honoured

irc2008_laureates2.jpgRadio France honoured the two composers whose works had been selected at this year's International Rostrum of Composers at a ceremony held on July 24 in presence of IMC Executive Officer Silja Fischer. Misato Mochizuki's L'heure bleue and Florent Motsch's Mémoire du vent had been selected in the "general" and "young composers" categories respectively. Both works had been produced by Radio France and presented at the 2008 IRC by the head of the Bureau of musical creation, René Bosc.

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