The IMC has received EU funding for a cooperation project on youth participation: Music Empowers Global Youth (MEGY). The central objective of the project is to enhance active youth participation in all aspects of the music sector worldwide, and through this to empower young people to take on a more active role in shaping their future as citizens of Europe and the world. The project activities and the resulting structures and network enable mobility of young people and youth workers and develop sustainable partnerships and networks between young people and youth and cultural organisations worldwide.
One of the main outcomes and at the same time the major pillar of Music Empowers Global Youth project is IMC Youth, which developped from the IMC youth advisory group loosely formed in 2009 to enhance active youth participation and mobility in the IMC and in the music sector worldwide. IMC Youth works in close cooperation with the Working Group Youth (WGY) of the European Music Council. Together with the young people gathered in the WGY and in IMC Youth, the MEGY project intends to build upon the successes of the EU funded project Access! project and to further promote the Manifesto for Youth and Music in Europe on an international level.
In order to achieve its aims, the MEGY project has gathered cooperation partners in different fields of expertise from all over the world.
The MEGY Project has been made possible with the support of the Youth programme of the European Union
Activities in 2012 and follow-up actions in 2013 have benefitted from the financial support of UNESCO.