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International Jazz Day - On Global Outreach

Regarding the global outreach, it is such an inspiring and enlightening experience to connect with people all over the world - literally in every single country - especially with those who are in countries with political, financial or security challenges.


Coup d'envoi du Programme de développement de la musique en Afrique


Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, le 4 mars 2014. - Le Conseil international de la musique et ses partenaires de coopération dans sept pays africains et en Allemagne sont heureux d’annoncer le lancement officiel du Programme de développement de la musique en Afrique (PDMA), qui entreprendra, durant les trois ans à venir, d’aider à former un secteur de musique durable en Afrique, avec comme axe prioritaire, une augmentation des perspectives d’emploi pour les acteurs du secteur. Ce projet bénéficie d’une contribution financière de l’Union européenne et du concours du Groupe des Etats ACP.


New Way to promote Human Rights Around the World


034471 affiche ONG E 2Join IMC and disseminate the information! Upon the initiative of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee, in partnership with UNESCO, a thousand young people will gather in Paris on March 6, 2014 on the theme: "Education, Sport, Cultural Diversity: new attitudes to promote human rights in the world". Many artists will animate the celebration and IMC will also present a new video about the 5 Musical Rights! Join us and spread the news!

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Make Music! Be Heard! Placement Press Release


emc-logo-2010Young 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.



Claudio Abbado: 'one of the greatest musicians of the past 50 years'

IMC Member of Honour and former principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra Claudio Abbado, who has died at the age of 80, was one of the true giants of classical who was considered to be among the greatest of all conductors.

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Job vacancy at IMC

For the implementation of our EU-funded project African Music Development Programme (AMDP), we are looking for a Project Manager on a part-time basis. The position is to be taken on March 15, 2014; it is initially limited until December 15, 2015 and renewable for one year until December 15, 2016. AMDP is a 3-year cooperation project (from December 2013 until December 2016), coordinated by the International Music Council, with a total of 11 partners in 9 countries.

Please find the full job advertisement here.

The application deadline is 15 February 2014.

IMC Five Music Rights Awards 2013 presented at World Forum on Music


A “Picnic under the Stars” featuring musicians from Argentina, Australia and Tibet during the 5th IMC World Forum on Music held in Brisbane, 21-24 November 2013, offered the perfect setting for the ceremony of the IMC Five Music Rights Awards 2013.

The recipients of this 3rd Awards edition were once again projects or programmes which had been recognised as having supported one or more of the five IMC Five Music Rights, in an exemplary way.

orchestraWhen presenting the award to Susana Ferreres, representing the Orchestra of Indigenous Instruments and New Technology (Argentina), IMC Executive Vice-President Gary Ingle underlined the “comprehensiveness and thoroughness of the programme, the vision it represents, and the endurance with which it has been implemented (…) [which] stands out as an excellent model for other music councils and national music organisations. As there are indigenous and traditional instruments in every culture, it stands out as an inspiring example for others.” The Orchestra was nominated for the Award by the Argentine National Music Council, whose representative Juan Pablo Nicoletti also received the certificate.



resilienceFor the project “Music and Resilience” for Palestinian refugees of Lebanon, Deborah Parker from project host Associazione Prima Materia (Italy) received the IMC Five Music Rights Award 2013 from the hands of Advisory Panel chair Einar Solbu, who reminded the audience that the project “aims to empower children and adolescents living under the most stressful and unworthy conditions in refugee camps. (...) Even if it has been in operation only a couple of years, [it has] already shown remarkable impact on the children and adolescence involved.” Sonja Greiner, Secretary General of the European Choral Association- Europa Cantat, received the certificate on behalf of nominating IMC member Moviment Coral Català.




IMC Vice-President Hisham Sharaf presented the third Award to the programme “Remix the Orchestra”, represented by Lee Martelli, Education Manager of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Mr. Sharaf declared that “This programme sets the stage for artistic collaboration between at-risk young people, professional hip-hop artists and orchestra musicians (…) it is an excellent model which should inspire symphonic orchestras all over the world to find ways to communicate and interact with young people and hence make themselves relevant for new generations.” The programme was nominated by IMC member SOUNZ, the Center for New Zealand Music, represented at the ceremony by its director Julie Sperring.



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The Five Music Rights of the International Music Council as well as IMC's mission and objectives honour human and cultural rights as enunciated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in other relevant international covenants propagated by the United Nations, UNESCO and equivalent organisations. The IMC is an international NGO in official partnership with UNESCO. 


International Music Council sets the compass for its future

Paris, 9 December 2013. - The 35th General Assembly of the International Music Council, held in Brisbane (Australia), 24-25 November 2013, adopted a series of key decisions that will pave the way to building greater capacity of the organization and its members to work towards its vision to be the world's leading professional organization dedicated to promotion of the value of music in the lives of all people.


International Music Council elects Paul Dujardin as new President

Brisbane, 25 November 2013. – Mr. Paul Dujardin (Belgium) was today elected President of the International Music Council for a renewable mandate of two years. Mr. Dujardin replaces Mr. Frans de Ruiter from The Netherlands, who had served as president of the organisation since October 2009.


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