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IMC highlights contemporary music during one week in Paris

Paris, June 5, 2009 -
 From 8-12 June, the International Music Council organises, in cooperation with Radio France, the 56th International Rostrum of Composers. The 2009 Rostrum will gather representatives from 29 national radio networks from four continents, which present 57 works composed within the five years preceding the Rostrum. Finnish Radio Executive Producer Heikki Valsta will chair the sessions. After the listening sessions, the assembly of delegates will select and recommend the most important works in two categories: general and "young composers". These and other works will be presented in concerts and broadcast after the Rostrum by the participating and other interested radio stations. The results will be announced on June 12 at 12:30.

One of the most important projects in promoting contemporary creation in music via radio broadcasting for over 50 years, the Rostrum has been fulfilling an additional mission since the launch of a new formula in 2003: to become a forum for professional exchange among radio music producers. Still, its central purpose, supported closely by the European Broadcasting Union, is to provide contemporary musical creations the largest possible number of broadcasts worldwide. For instance, the works presented at the 2008 Rostrum received over 400 broadcasts by the participating radio networks as well as by other broadcasting organizations; the 2008 selected works in the two categories were broadcast by as many as 30 radios.
Pursuing its aim to respond to delegates’ professional interests and needs, the Rostrum’s listening sessions will this year again be complemented by workshop sessions. These workshops will again be an exceptional opportunity for knowledge sharing and capacity building; the workshop leaders will spare no effort to stimulate the discussion and to encourage interaction among all participants.

To view the list of particpating radio stations, click here
For further information about the International Rostrum of Composers - click here

Reach out, Open Up, Take In

emc.jpgFrom 27 February to 1 March 2009 over 35 representatives of music organisations from North, Central and Southern Eastern Europe met in Pomáz (Hungary) to explore the possibilities of advocating for music and cooperation possibilities on a national and international level. The one and a half days at the Choral Castle in Pomáz were intense and very informative.


Access to musical diversity – 3rd IMC World Forum on Music

newslogo.jpgSAVE THE DATES!

The International Music Council (IMC) invites you to attend its 3rd IMC World Forum on Music and 33rd General Assembly to be held in Tunis, October 17-22, 2009 under the title “Access to musical diversity”. It will be organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Heritage Preservation of the Tunisian Republic.


IMC turns 60!

newslogo.jpg28 January 2009 - 60 years of commitment for the cause of music: The first Statutes of the IMC were approved on 28 January 1949 by a group of 10 persons, among them the first IMC President Roland Manuel. This was the birth of the International Music Council.


UNESCO survey on international mobility of artists

newslogo.jpg19 January 2009. - IMC Members have been asked to share their knowledge on legal instruments affecting the international mobility of artists, artworks, cultural goods and services for a research project initiated by UNESCO.


IMC and cultural diversity

newslogo.jpgThe International Music Council has been granted observer status at the second ordinary session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, to be held in Paris from December 8 to 12, 2008. On the agenda of this meeting, a set of draft operational guidelines relating to Articles 12, 13, 14 and 16 of the Convention. The debates will therefore deal with international cooperation, the use of the International Fund for Cultural Diversity, the integration of culture in sustainable development policies and preferential treatment for developing countries.


IMC President at WOMEX 2008

newslogo.jpgIMC President Richard Letts had a busy schedule during his visit to the 2008 WOMEX in Seville, October 29 - 31. During a panel organised by IMC member mica (music information center austria), he discussed together with EMC Acting Secretary General Simone Dudt and mica Project Leader Helge Hinteregger the topic "music creators in the age of digital visibility".


Music on Troubled Soils

emc.jpgThe three day conference taking place in the Jerusalem Music Centre provided a diverse overview on different music projects taking place on troubled soil. Projects from the Balkan area, Cyprus, Palestine, Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Mediterranean were presented. In the projects music served as interlocutor between peoples providing a means for dialogue as well as music served as a means to development aid to improve the social situation and functioning as a mind-opener. The conference was framed by inspiring concerts of the Mozaic choir (a cooperation between an Arab and Jewish choir) as well as by the Derech as-Salam Ensemble (with musicians from Israel and Palestine) playing songs in Arab and Hebrew.


IMC at Fair Music Award 2008

schett_schurich_fischer_wenger_rantasa_jovanovic_riegler_c_wolfgang_simlinger_s.jpgIMC Executive Officer Silja Fischer co-presented the Fair Music Award 2008 during a ceremony held at the Esterhazy castle in Eisenstadt, Austria, on September 3.

fair music is an initiative launched by music austria and stands for more fairness in the music business. The fair music Award 2008 went to the Austrian new music label col legno, repesented at the ceremony by executive director Stefanie Schurich and artistic director Andreas Schett.  Fair Music Certificates were presented to Klangforum Wien, JazzWerkStatt Wien and the London-based lable Honest Jon’s Records, who had been selected among the over 100 nominees.

For the Press release (in German), click here.

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