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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.


Video: Keynote Speech Frans de Ruiter

Keynote speech Frans de Ruiter, President IMC
EMU Conference 'Goals for the Development of Music Education /
The Seoul Agenda and Bonn Declaration' on 17 May 2012 in Riccione, Italy


IMC announces the results of the 2012 International Rostrum of Composers

logo irc Good Paris, May 29, 2012. The 59th International Rostrum of Composers (IRC) took place at the Radiohuset in Stockholm, May 22 - 25 2012, organised by the International Music Council and Swedish Radio.
The 2012 Rostrum gathered representatives from 27 national radio networks from four continents, which presented 50 works composed within the five years preceding the Rostrum. Finnish Radio Executive Producer Heikki Valsta chaired the sessions. After the listening sessions, the assembly of delegates selected and recommended the most important works in two categories: general and "young composers". These and other works will be presented in concerts and broadcast after the Rostrum by the participating and other interested radio stations.


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