[email protected] Africa - Promoting the public value of intercultural dialogue for social cohesion in urban Africa


March 2018 – Eight African, European and international partners join forces with the European Union to create new opportunities and mobilise stakeholders to promote intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity in urban and peri-urban areas in Africa as drivers for social inclusion and sustainable human development.
[email protected] Africa aims to 1) support projects to develop safe and neutral spaces for intercultural dialogue, 2) strengthen multi-stakeholders national and transnational cooperation, capacity building and networking opportunities, 3) promote citizenship and intercommunity relations.
The project takes up the challenge raised by the African Union and its vision for 2063 for “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the international arena.”
Two calls for applications will select and support approximately 50 innovative on-the-ground projects (grants up to 60,000€ for each project) presented by public and private cultural operators, local governments, networks and associations representing marginalised groups from 15 African countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
Further information will be released on the project website starting May 2018.
[email protected] Africa is co-funded by the European Union and implemented by Interarts; Arterial Network; Centre for Fine Arts – BOZAR; Culture et Développement; Regional Centre for the Living Arts in Africa – CERAV/Afrique; Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust; International Music Council - IMC; Committee on Culture of United Cities and Local Governments - UCLG, together with their associated partners Africa Centre for Cities of the University of Cape Town, the Economic Community of West African States - ECOWAS, and the Centre for Linguistic and Historical Studies through Oral Tradition - CELHTO.


Mars 2018 – Huit partenaires africains, européens et internationaux unissent leurs forces à celles de l’Union européenne pour créer de nouvelles opportunités et mobiliser les parties prenantes afin de promouvoir le dialogue interculturel et la diversité culturelle comme vecteurs d’inclusion sociale et de développement humain durable en Afrique urbaine et péri-urbaine.
[email protected] Africa a pour objectifs 1) soutenir des projets qui favorisent le développement d’espaces de dialogue interculturel sûrs et neutres, 2) renforcer la coopération multi-partenariale nationale et transnationale, le développement des compétences et les opportunités de mise en réseau, 3) promouvoir la citoyenneté et les relations intercommunautaires.
Le projet relève le défi soulevé par l’Union Africaine et sa vision pour 2063 pour « une Afrique intégrée, florissante et pacifique, dirigée par ses propres citoyens et représentant une force dynamique dans la scène internationale ».
Deux appels à candidatures sélectionneront et donneront support à environ 50 projets innovateurs sur le terrain (subventions de 60.000€ maximum) presentés par des opérateurs culturels privés et publiques, des autorités locales, des réseaux et associations représentant des groupes marginalisés de 15 pays d’Afrique: Bénin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Côte d’Ivoire, République Démocratique du Congo, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Nigéria, Rwanda, Sénégal, Tanzanie, Togo, Ouganda et Zimbabwe.
Plus d’information sera publiée sur le site web en mai 2018.
[email protected] Africa est co-financé par l’Union Européenne et est mis en oeuvre par Interarts; Arterial Network; Centre for Fine Arts – BOZAR; Culture et Développement; Regional Centre for the Living Arts in Africa – CERAV/Afrique; Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust; International Music Council - IMC; Committee on Culture of United Cities and Local Governments - UCLG, avec ses partenaires associés: Africa Centre for Cities of the University of Cape Town, l’Economic Community of West African States - ECOWAS, et le Centre for Linguistic and Historical Studies through Oral Tradition - CELHTO.

EMC Newsflash 1/2018

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Heard about the EYCH2018 but want more details about it?

Don't worry, we'll be focusing in this newsflash on how to get involved in the European Year for Cultural Heritage.

We hope you had a great start in the New Year!

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African Music Council Newsletter 2018

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IMC Executive Board elects Vice Presidents

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At its first meeting held at the IMC Secretariat in Paris, the IMC Executive Board decided to elect Sheila Woodward (USA) and Ye Xiaogang (China) as Vice-Presidents. They will assist IMC president Emily Achieng’ Akuno and IMC Executive Vice-President Alfons Karabuda in strengthening the IMC global network and improving its actions for the Five Music Rights.


EMC Newsflash 10/2017

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Dear members and friends,

With this newsflash we bring you the latest policy updates on the European Year for Cultural Heritage the European Commission and other items.
We send you our warmest season's greetings and wish you a good start into the New Year!

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European Agenda for Music – Have your say in the Open Online Consultation!



The aim in developing a European Agenda for Music (EAM) is to bring together the diverse voices of the European music sector to determine a common vision and strategy for the future. The European Music Council has worked intensely to consult and hear from as many voices as possible, across Europe and across the music sector - and continues to do so. In the European music sector, we have many different viewpoints and interests, but we share one common goal: a thriving music sector that continues to play an essential role in the European landscape.

We are contacting you now to seek your feedback on this draft. The final version of the EAM shall be released in spring 2018, after this consultation. We have created an online open consultation to give you the opportunity to comment on content and structure of the draft EAM. Please read the instructions on the first page of the survey carefully:

EAM Online Open Consultation

IMC announces new partnership with International Theatre Institute

In a bid to enlarge the scope of its actions and open new opportunities for its members, the International Music Council has initiated a partnership with the International Theatre Institute (ITI).


The International Theatre Institute ITI, the world’s largest performing arts organization founded in 1948 by theatre and dance experts and UNESCO, strives for a society in which the performing arts and their artists thrive and flourish. ITI advances UNESCO’s goals of mutual understanding and peace and advocates the protection and promotion of cultural expression, regardless of age, gender, creed, or ethnicity. It works to these ends internationally and nationally in the areas of performing arts education, international exchange and collaboration, and youth training.

The partnership is built around the core principles of the two organizations and will strengthen the impact of their advocacy and operations on both local and global arenas.

MARS: Intellectual outputs free to download

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The intellectual outputs of the MARS (Music and Resilience Support) project, are now freely avaiable online.

The Needs Analysis represents the obligatory first step in the development of a specialized training which aims to respond as closely as possible to the needs of the context it will serve. The design of the training course depends a clear concept of exactly what a community musician or music therapist needs to know and be able to do, in order to plan and implement psycho-social interventions within the target communities to the best possible effect.

The MARS specialization profile, developed on the basis of the Needs Analysis Report, provides information about the required skills of the the community musician/music therapist relative to the specific work context of deprived and marginalized communities. The work profile is described in terms of the emergent objectives, strategies and tactics of psychosocial music interventions aimed at protecting these communities against defined risk factors. Specific knowledge and skills supporting theoretical, methodological and practical competences are listed.

The MARS Staff Training Guidelines is a supporting document for the project partnership's teaching staff. The Guidelines promote the project ethos, aim to establish a unified pedagogic approach, and provide a platform for the MARS staff to assimilate current research and theory, together with contextual needs and resources in psychosocial music intervention.

These and other relevant documents are free to download.

Moreover, the website has become a platfom for sharing about psyco-social music intervention and related fields.

It hosts a matching service for both professional and organisations, a list of links and resources and the complete overview of the first MARS course with examples, videos, modules and assignments.

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EMC Newsletter 04/2017

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Dear reader,
with this newsletter, we are happy to provide latest updates on EU matters:

-EMC’s activities towards a European Agenda for Music

-Music Moves Europe

-Call for proposals under Creative Europe

-Advocacy Actions of other networks

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