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Workshop on Policy Work on National level and European Agenda for Music

Continuing its very successful series of capacity building workshops, the European Music Council will offer a workshop specially targeting EMC members in the categories of "National Music Councils" and of "National and Specialised Organisations" in March 2017. The workshop will take place in Paris, in cooperation with Plate-Forme Intérregionale and focus on policy work at national level. An introduction to the European Agenda for Music (EAM) and discussions with the working group chairs will provide better understanding of the Agenda and the potential benefits for national music organisations.

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MARS Updates

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MARS project just entered its second year of activity. In the last six months most of the preparatory and structural steps of the projects were implemented, creating the basis for its public development:

• Publication on MARS Website of 3 Intellectual Outputs foreseen: the Needs Analysis, Specialisation Profile and Staff Training Guidelines, now accessible online;

• 2 Transnational Partner Meetings took place (London, 11-12 April and Montespertoli, 13-14 July 2016) to follow up and manage the project development and allow the work of the Evaluation Committee;


Rostrum+: Thallein Ensemble at BOZAR

Thallein Ensemble

This concert is presented in the framework of Rostrum+: a cooperation project co-funded by the Creative Programme of the European Union and coordinated by the International Music Council that aims to rethink the ways in which contemporary music connects with audiences through radio network by exploring new strategies to develop audiences, promote new music, enhance the skills of radio professionals and inspire cooperation between musicians, higher music education institutions and broadcasting companies throughout Europe and beyond. The programme is the result of a one year creative process steered by Ulrich Hauschild, Director of BOZAR MUSIC, through an initial one-day workshop and continued monitoring throughout the academic year. This concert features pre-, in- between and after-concert talks between the audience, the musicians and a music specialists for a travel inside the music itself.

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This concert features pre-, in- between and after-concert talks between the audience, the musicians and a music specialists for a travel inside the music itself.

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UNESCO’s Global Report on Culture for Sustainable Development

"Culture: Urban Future" is the first report of its kind, intended as a policy
framework document to support governments in the implementation of the
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda.


Dame Evelyn Glennie, Ramy Essam and Tabu Osusa nominated IMC Five Music Rights Champions

Paris, 13 October 2016

The core values of the International Music Council are embodied in a set of Five Music Rights, which have been guiding, since their proclamation in 2001, the work of the IMC and of its network comprising 1000 music organisations in 150 countries of the world.


MARS: Latest News

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MARS – Music And Resilience Support project is now entering the second year of activity with the support of the Erasmus + Programme funded by the European Union.
During the past year the MARS partnership built the foundation for the development of the whole project, mainly represented by the four Intellectual Outputs that provide the essential theoretical and methodological resources for its implementation. A new phase has just begun involving the participation of 15 students in the first MARS Online Course. They will develop and improve their skills in psychosocial music interventions in conflict areas and disadvantaged social contexts.
At the same time the project is entering a period of intense public activity to disseminate its results and enlarge the network of professionals and organisations interested in MARS approach.

The Course

The new phase, dense and dynamic, started with a kick-off seminar which was held in Italy in July, hosted by Association Prima Materia. The group of students immediately showed a deep involvement in the course topics, in the project aims and rationale and a warm relationship was established with the MARS staff. During the next months the students will be engaged in 10 Modules covering different aspects of the training, from musical and choral techniques to fundamentals of psychology, sociology and anthropology and project planning.
MARS teachers and researchers will follow the students in their training programme, will tutor their studies and supervision their internship in a practical experience of psychosocial intervention based on music as a transformation tool.

Habitat III - New Urban Agenda

In October 2016, the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), to be held in Quito, will adopt the New Urban Agenda, a document which is expected to provide guidance on the development of urban policies around the world for the next 20 years. The process of discussion and consultation leading to Habitat III is now coming to an end, with a ‘zero draft’ of the New Urban
Agenda released on 6 May 2016 and a revised version published on 18 June 2016.


News from MARS

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The MARS - Music And Resilience Support- project is about to conclude its first year of activity relying on a solid internal structure and partnership.

Intellectual Outputs
The results of almost one year's work are represented by the completion of four of the five Intellectual Output productions, namely the Needs Analysis Report (O1), the Specialization Profile (O2) and the Staff Training Guidelines (O3). Only O1 has already been published while the others are ready for the publication. In addition MARS website (O4), is already representing the platform for most of the communications and activities, both administrative and public, of the project.
Besides, the Evaluation Committee approved the tool which will be used to assess the quality and management process of each production.

Mobilities and meetings
The first mobility took place in London in April with the presence of 15 future teachers of the MARS course during the Staff Training Days.
London was also the location for the second Transnational Partner Meeting.

The group of students of the MARS course was formed at the end of May after a process of selection of the 40 candidates who sent their applications, going far beyond any expectations.

The online preparation to the course is running and the group is ready for the imminent mobility and the beginning of the seminar in Italy in July.


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AMDP at #MTNBushfire Festival 2016

In the framework of the African Music Development Programme, the International Music Council in partnership with the MTN Bushfire (held from 27th to 29th of May) festival in Swaziland, offered two capacity building opportunities to young African professionals.


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