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SHIFT Newsletter November 2020: Cultural leadership


Cultural Leadership is the object of a growing chaos of perceptions and understandings. This special issue of Arts Management Quarterly offers a useful introduction to the topic. Its curators aim at exploring the concept by offering an international perspective, beyond western academic conceptualisations and into the experiences and circumstances of arts institutions and cultural professionals in different countries and arts sectors.

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Ramy Essam has been awarded Premio Grup Yorum Prize


IMC Music Rights Champion Ramy Essam has been awarded the first Premio Grup Yorum Prize by Premio Tenco in Italy.

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Gigger and International Music Council in global cooperation, starting in Sweden

Gigger starts in November its active work within the Swedish music scene in cooperation with the International Music Council (IMC), to support fair conditions in the Music Gigger sector.

IMC is the world's largest network of organizations and institutions working in the field of music, founded by UNESCO with an outreach of some 200 million individuals globally.

The overall aim of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by IMC with Gigger is to benefit the global music ecosystem and notably IMC member organisations gathering creative actors, individuals and groups.


SHIFT Newsletter September 2020: Inclusion


Human diversity comprises countless differences in terms of ethnicity, physical abilities, socio-economic status, age, gender, sexual orientation and much more. Our operations across the cultural and creative sectors are also diverse, as is each individual organisation’s range of operations. There is no one-size-fits-all for inclusion, whether in the cultural and creative sectors or anywhere else.

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Ten NGOs comdemn death sentence for Nigerian singer Yahaya Sharif-Aminu

The International Music Council and other NGOs* have written to Kano State Governor (Nigeria), to call for the dropping of charges against 22-year old singer Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, sentenced to death by hanging for blasphemy.


IMC contributes to a study on the effects of COVID-19 on the return to the rehearsal hall

Paris, August 10 2020

The International Music Council proudly announces its financial contribution to a study on the effects of COVID-19 on the return to the rehearsal hall. This donation was made possible thanks to the fundraising efforts of its member, the National Music Council of the United States.


EMC Summer News 2020

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Dear readers,

We still have fresh news from the European Council & the European Commission with the MME calls and we're glad to share our lastest publications: new podcast, the EAM in DE and our last Activity Report. Plenty to read & listen to for the summer! Your EMC Team

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"Culture: An Accelerator Under-Used?” – Side Event at UN High-Level Political Forum

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The International Music Council and its fellow members of the Culture2030Goal campaign are pleased to announce a virtual Side Event as part of the official programme of the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), on 13 July 2020, 12:00-13:30 NYC time. The speakers will tentatively include members of the Culture 2030 Goal campaign, UN agencies, Government representatives and parliamentarians.

This event comes in timely after the #CultureCovid19 Statement, launched with a webinar on 21 May 2020 and available in several languages on the #Culture2030Goal website, has been officially endorsed by H.E. Mr. Tijjani Muhammed-Bande, President of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.


#Culture2030goal coalition members welcome un general assembly president’s endorsement of statement on culture and Covid-19

1 July 2020

Culture has a vital role both in the immediate response to COVID-19, and in planning for longterm sustainable development. This fact is at the heart of the statement by IMC and its fellow members of the #Culture2030Goal Coalition on Culture and COVID-19 launched on 21 May.

With the endorsement of this statement by His Excellency Mr Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President of the 74th UN General Assembly, there is a clear recognition at the highest levels of the need to give culture a more central role in decision-making, now and into the Decade of Action.

The #Culture2030Goal statement, originally signed by eight members of the coalition, and now with well over 200 supporters, makes the connection between culture, the COVID-19 pandemic, and long-term development planning.

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