The African Music Development Programme was launched in the beginning of 2014 by the International Music Council, and takes place in 9 African countries with the support of numerous actors, institutions and professionals of the music sector. This major initiative aims to support the music industry through a series of targeted actions, one of the top priorities being to increase job opportunities for actors of the sector. This project benefits from the financial contribution of the European Union and the assistance of the ACP Group of States.
This programme is led in close cooperation with numerous partners: the African and European Music Councils, the Technical University of Kenya (TUK), Makerere University in Uganda, Hildesheim University in Germany, music festivals such as Le Kolatier in Cameroon, Feux de Brazza, Sauti za Busara in Zanzibar, and the national sections of Music Crossroads in Malawi and Mozambique. Training activities will be offered to the festival teams, and the setting up of internships for young African culture professionals within said festivals will encourage a structuring impact on the sector.
Planned activities in the academic field comprise student and staff exchange among music departments of African universities and aim to improve the quality of professional training in music and music teaching. Academic research, distribution of works, the structuring of and networking within the sector are also part of this major programme that will reach its peak during the African Forum on Music in 2016 in Abidjan.
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