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EMC Online Workshop: Music & Sustainability

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After having cancelled the European Forum on Music 2020 (EFM) – due to the Covid-19 crisis – the EMC has decided to put a series of events online to discuss with musical artists, policy makers and environmental experts how music activities can contribute to the protection of our environment. While the Covid-19 crisis puts enormous pressure on the music sector at large, it is clearer than before that any way out needs to put attention to environmental aspects.

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IMC ResiliArt : 5 Music Rights - More than Ever!

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Paris 21 May 2020

The experience of music and music-making is a vital part of the everyday life of all people. It is a basic right for all people to express themselves and communicate through music.

In its holistic approach to music as an ecosystem, the International Music Council considers music as an art form, as a product and as a tool. We acknowledge the intrinsic value of music, enriching and inspiring those who engage in it. As an art form, music has contributed and continues to contribute immensely to the world’s legacy, building a rich heritage that preserves and celebrates the diversity of our cultural identities. Music can also serve as a tool that promotes individual development and brings change to many levels of society: it is a formidable unifier of people, a natural vehicle for social engagement and inclusion and a powerful agent for democratic values. Finally, music is involved in a variety of products that contribute to domestic and international trade, economic growth and job creation.


Freedom of artistic expressions and creativity: more than ever!

Paris, May 18, 2020

“All persons enjoy the right to freedom of artistic expressions and creativity, which includes the right to freely experience or contribute to artistic expressions and creations, through individual or joint practice, to have access to and enjoy the arts, and to disseminate their expressions and creations.”1

In 2018, IMC Music Rights Champion Ramy Essam, “the singer of the Tahrir Square” who has been living in exile in Northern Europe since 2014, released a new song and video called “Balaha”. IMC raised its voice when his lyricist Galal El-Behairy was arrested in Egypt and both faced charges that included being a member of a terrorist group, spreading false news, the abuse of social-media networks, blasphemy, contempt of religion and insulting the military. At that time, to preserve the safety of families, we had not publicised that other persons involved in the creation of the song and in its promotion had also been arrested, including Shady Habash, a young film director and photographer.


Asegurar que la cultura forma parte integral de la respuesta a la pandemia de Covid-19

Declaración de la campaña Culture2030Goal #Culture2030Goal #CultureCovid19


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El mundo se enfrenta hoy a la pandemia de COVID-19 y deberá abordar mañana la necesidad de reconstruir nuestras sociedades, en un proceso que debe incluir a la cultura en el centro de la respuesta. La cultura es fuente de inspiración, consuelo y esperanza en la vida de las personas. Para aprovechar este potencial, la campaña Culture2030Goal, en el contexto de su compromiso con la Agenda 2030 de las Naciones Unidas, hace un llamamiento a los organismos de las Naciones Unidas, a los gobiernos y a todas las demás partes interesadas para que actúen.


Pour que la culture réalise son potentiel dans la réponse à la pandémie de Covid-19

Déclaration de la campagne ObjectifCulture2030 (Culture2030Goal) #Culture2030Goal #CultureCovid19


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Alors que le monde est aujourd'hui confronté à la pandémie de COVID-19 et, demain, à la nécessité de reconstruire nos sociétés, la culture doit être au cœur de la réponse. La culture apporte l'inspiration, le réconfort et l'espoir dans la vie des gens. Pour maximiser ce potentiel, le mouvement Culture2030Goal, engagé dans l'agenda 2030 des Nations Unies, appelle les agences de l’ONU, les gouvernements et toutes les autres parties prenantes à agir.


Ensuring Culture Fulfills its Potential in Responding to the Covid-19 Pandemic

Statement by the Culture2030Goal campaign #Culture2030Goal #CultureCovid19


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With the world faced with the COVID-19 pandemic today and the need to rebuild our societies tomorrow, culture should be at the heart of the response. Culture brings inspiration, comfort and hope into people's lives. To harness this potential, the Culture 2030 Goal movement, in the context of its engagement in the United Nations 2030 Agenda, calls on UN agencies, governments and all other stakeholders to act.


COVID-19 Resource Centre

The list below is non-exhaustive and will be updated regurlarly. It contains measures from governments and other policy-makers and initiatives from the sector.

IMC is collecting data from the global music ecosystem with this survey.
Feel free to participate and share it with colleagues.

Worldwide - Africa - Americas - Arab World - Asia Oceania - Europe




Statement by Ernesto Ottone, UNESCO Assistant D.G. for Culture

UNESCO: ResiliArt: Artists and Creativity beyond Crisis

UNESCO: Meeting of Ministers of Culture


Initiatives from the sector

#Culture2030Goal: Ensuring Culture Fulfills its Potential in Responding to the Covid-19 Pandemic

On the Move - Resources: Arts, Culture and Cultural Mobility

Nhimbe Trust: CCI-Covid19

UCLG: The cultural mobilization of cities and local governments in the COVID-19 crisis


EMC: Coronavirus and the music sector

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The Coronavirus is spreading world-wide and the crisis is severely affecting public, cultural and social life. The European Music Council’s (EMC) thoughts are with all those who have suffered bereavement and sincerely hopes that anyone sadly affected by the virus gets well soon.

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SHIFT - Shared Initiatives for Training


The International Music Council is a partner of the Erasmus+ funded project SHIFT.

Climate change, gender equality and inclusion of minorities are key challenges for our rapidly changing world. Arts and culture have a recognised role in shaping societies and have the potential to significantly contribute to a better and more sustainable future for all as recognised in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The project SHIFT will provide training initiatives for cultural leaders, working together and creating paths to face such global challenges. Implementing changes where needed and passing on the gained knowledge to leaders and staff members, of cultural networks and the broader cultural sector are key targets of the project.

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