Dr. Ahmad Sarmast nominated IMC Five Music Rights Champion

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Founder and director of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, Dr. Ahmad Sarmast has been nominated IMC Five Music Rights Champion, rejoining in this role Arn Chorn-Pond, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Ramy Essam and Tabu Osusa.
The Five Music Rights represent the core values of the International Music Council. They have been guiding the work of the IMC and of its network comprising some 1000 music organisations in 150 countries of the world.


Global cultural networks propose culture goal for future development frameworks


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On 27 September 2022, the Culture2030Goal campaign (also known as #Culture2030Goal) which unites a group of global cultural networks, launched a zero-draft of a potential development goal focused on culture.
With no explicit focus on culture in the UN 2030 Agenda, opportunities to mobilise the cultural sector, to draw on its reach, insights and energy to accelerate development are being missed. Yet such mobilisation is all the more essential, given the long and difficult road left to travel to achieve the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.


The second MusicAIRE call for proposals is out!

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MusicAIRE launches its second call for proposals for the recovery of the music sector. It offers grants for music projects focusing on the green, digital or just and resilient recovery of the music sector. The music sector is one of the sectors hit the hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic and will be one of the last sectors to come out of it. The crisis has highlighted and accelerated many challenges which the sector had already been facing. At the same time, it has also highlighted the importance of music for individuals and society as a whole, it has demonstrated its power to unite and to connect people through music.

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IMC at Mondiacult 2022

The UNESCO World Conference on Cultural Policies and Sustainable Development – MONDIACULT 2022 will be convened by UNESCO forty years after the first Mondiacult World Conference on Cultural Policies held in Mexico City (Mexico) in 1982. It will be hosted from 28 to 30 September 2022 by the Government of Mexico in Mexico City.


Global Music Vault partners with Microsoft for project 'Silica'

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The Project Silica Proof of Concept 

Did you know that today's solution for storing music data is facing a multitude of challenges?

To date, tape technology has been the most commonly used storage medium, with little innovation over the years resulting in a huge fragmentation and fragility of storage facilities all around the world. As a founding partner of the Global Music Vault, the International Music Council (IMC) welcomes the partnership struck up by Elire Group - the inititator of the Vault - and Microsoft for the project 'Silica' which uses an innovative technology to make sure that music stored in the Vault will be preserved for centuries.


#CULTURE2030GOAL SURVEY: What Could a Culture Goal Look Like?

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An explicit goal in post-2030 frameworks is key to realising the potential of culture to accelerate development.
In the framework of IMC advocacy activities towards an explicit dedicated Goal on Culture in post-2030 global development frameworks, and towards Mondiacult, the UNESCO Global Conference on Cultural Policies (Mexico City, September 2022), the IMC and fellow members of the #culture2030campaign, have launched a survey aiming at gathering visions and inputs on what this Goal should look like.

The survey is available in English, Spanish and French. It is addressed to anyone interested in the essential role of culture in development. It will only take 4 to 6 minutes to answer it.
The deadline to answer is 21 June 2022.
See also the #culture2030goal Declaration towards Mondiacult 2022 here.


EMC Newsletter on Europe Day

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Dear readers,

It's Europe Day on 9 May! This is a good occasion to read up on updates from EU cultural policy and have a look at our "Music sector & Ukraine" info on the website. And don't miss: The EMC Fellowship call is out! Find out more below!

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IMC Statement on Ukraine

The IMC declares the strongest stand against the denial of fundamental rights, including the Five Music Rights, taking place in countries across the globe and most egregiously being committed by the Russian government and armed forces against the people of Ukraine in flagrant disregard of obligations under international law.

Acting on this stance, IMC has withdrawn from the designation of Moscow as the planned venue for the General Assembly and IMC Board Meetings in June of 2023.

A decision has also been made not to hold or participate in any meetings or events in Russia until an end to the war.

EMC Fellowship Programme

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The EMC Fellowship Programme offers emerging professionals working in the field of music an opportunity to internationalise their careers and to develop professionally.

For one year (with the possibility of extension for a second year), up to 10 young people are invited to take part in the EMC Lab 2022, get exclusive access to further EMC events (e.g. the European Forum on Music 2023) and are included in the EMC’s internal (membership) communication.

Apply now!

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