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Freedom of artistic expressions and creativity: more than ever!

Paris, May 18, 2020

“All persons enjoy the right to freedom of artistic expressions and creativity, which includes the right to freely experience or contribute to artistic expressions and creations, through individual or joint practice, to have access to and enjoy the arts, and to disseminate their expressions and creations.”1

In 2018, IMC Music Rights Champion Ramy Essam, “the singer of the Tahrir Square” who has been living in exile in Northern Europe since 2014, released a new song and video called “Balaha”. IMC raised its voice when his lyricist Galal El-Behairy was arrested in Egypt and both faced charges that included being a member of a terrorist group, spreading false news, the abuse of social-media networks, blasphemy, contempt of religion and insulting the military. At that time, to preserve the safety of families, we had not publicised that other persons involved in the creation of the song and in its promotion had also been arrested, including Shady Habash, a young film director and photographer.


Asegurar que la cultura forma parte integral de la respuesta a la pandemia de Covid-19

Declaración de la campaña Culture2030Goal #Culture2030Goal #CultureCovid19


English - Français

El mundo se enfrenta hoy a la pandemia de COVID-19 y deberá abordar mañana la necesidad de reconstruir nuestras sociedades, en un proceso que debe incluir a la cultura en el centro de la respuesta. La cultura es fuente de inspiración, consuelo y esperanza en la vida de las personas. Para aprovechar este potencial, la campaña Culture2030Goal, en el contexto de su compromiso con la Agenda 2030 de las Naciones Unidas, hace un llamamiento a los organismos de las Naciones Unidas, a los gobiernos y a todas las demás partes interesadas para que actúen.


Pour que la culture réalise son potentiel dans la réponse à la pandémie de Covid-19

Déclaration de la campagne ObjectifCulture2030 (Culture2030Goal) #Culture2030Goal #CultureCovid19


English - Espagnol

Alors que le monde est aujourd'hui confronté à la pandémie de COVID-19 et, demain, à la nécessité de reconstruire nos sociétés, la culture doit être au cœur de la réponse. La culture apporte l'inspiration, le réconfort et l'espoir dans la vie des gens. Pour maximiser ce potentiel, le mouvement Culture2030Goal, engagé dans l'agenda 2030 des Nations Unies, appelle les agences de l’ONU, les gouvernements et toutes les autres parties prenantes à agir.


Ensuring Culture Fulfills its Potential in Responding to the Covid-19 Pandemic

Statement by the Culture2030Goal campaign #Culture2030Goal #CultureCovid19


Français - Espagnol

With the world faced with the COVID-19 pandemic today and the need to rebuild our societies tomorrow, culture should be at the heart of the response. Culture brings inspiration, comfort and hope into people's lives. To harness this potential, the Culture 2030 Goal movement, in the context of its engagement in the United Nations 2030 Agenda, calls on UN agencies, governments and all other stakeholders to act.


COVID-19 Resource Centre

The list below is non-exhaustive and will be updated regurlarly. It contains measures from governments and other policy-makers and initiatives from the sector.

IMC is collecting data from the global music ecosystem with this survey.
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Worldwide - Africa - Americas - Arab World - Asia Oceania - Europe




Statement by Ernesto Ottone, UNESCO Assistant D.G. for Culture

UNESCO: ResiliArt: Artists and Creativity beyond Crisis

UNESCO: Meeting of Ministers of Culture


Initiatives from the sector

#Culture2030Goal: Ensuring Culture Fulfills its Potential in Responding to the Covid-19 Pandemic

On the Move - Resources: Arts, Culture and Cultural Mobility

Nhimbe Trust: CCI-Covid19

UCLG: The cultural mobilization of cities and local governments in the COVID-19 crisis


EMC: Coronavirus and the music sector

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The Coronavirus is spreading world-wide and the crisis is severely affecting public, cultural and social life. The European Music Council’s (EMC) thoughts are with all those who have suffered bereavement and sincerely hopes that anyone sadly affected by the virus gets well soon.

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SHIFT - Shared Initiatives for Training


The International Music Council is a partner of the Erasmus+ funded project SHIFT.

Climate change, gender equality and inclusion of minorities are key challenges for our rapidly changing world. Arts and culture have a recognised role in shaping societies and have the potential to significantly contribute to a better and more sustainable future for all as recognised in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The project SHIFT will provide training initiatives for cultural leaders, working together and creating paths to face such global challenges. Implementing changes where needed and passing on the gained knowledge to leaders and staff members, of cultural networks and the broader cultural sector are key targets of the project.

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[email protected] Africa Songwriting Contest



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.


6 World Forum on Music: a warm thank you to all artists, speakers, curators & participants!

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The World Forum on Music Team would like to thank you very much for your participation and contribution to the 6th World Forum on Music in Paris. It has gone by so fast and we sincerely hope that your attendance was useful, productive and thought provoking.

Many of you have been active on Instragram, so if you wish to have a short recap, the hashtag is #FiveMusicRights. You will find some pictures of the Forum on the Facebook page of the International Music Council here.

Thanks to all who could make this conference happen.

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