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Gender and culture in development and international cooperation

womenOn the occasion of the International African Women’s Day (31 July) and following the declarations by the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean which promotes gender equality and the improvement of social and working conditions of women in Latin America as essential conditions for sustainable regional development, IMC and its partners publish the Call for Action to “Strengthen the synergies between gender and culture in development and international cooperation”. The document is the result of the debates held in the framework of the European Development Days 2018.

In October 2018, the partners will officially launch the activities linked to the Call for Action, taking into account, among others, the resolutions of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (New York, July 2018).

If you wish to join our Call for Action, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

All the European Music Council freshest news!

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Dear readers

In this newsletter you will find the latest information on the Copyright Directive, the European Year of Cultural Heritage and the European Forum on Music. We hope you will enjoy reading this newsletter,
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Arn Chorn-Pond nominated IMC Five Music Rights Champion

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Musician, human rights activist, and survivor of the Khmer Rouge period, Arn Chorn-Pond has been nominated IMC Five Music Rights Champion rejoining in this role Dame Evelyn Glennie, Ramy Essam and Tabu Osusa nominated in 2016.
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.

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Arn Chorn-Pond was born into a family of artists, but in 1975 was sent to a children’s labor camp. Under the instruction of a Master Artist, he survived by playing propaganda music. He escaped, spending time at a refugee camp in Thailand, before aid worker Peter Pond adopted him in 1980. He was educated in the US, and started up several community projects in his new country. In the 1990s, Arn returned to Cambodia to find his former teacher and to rebuild the artistic legacy of his family. After seeing the desperate conditions faced by Cambodia’s remaining Masters, Arn was moved to help. In 1998, along with a group of dedicated people from the US, he created the Cambodian Masters Performers Program, which grew into Cambodian Living Arts (CLA).


Press Release: Culture at Work Africa

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Culture at Work Africa, co-funded by the European Union, has launched its First Call for Proposals on 25 June 2018 to support innovative on-the-ground projects aiming at developing safe and neutral spaces for intercultural dialogue and to promote active citizenship and intercommunity relations.

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25 June 2018 – This First Call for Proposals is open to organizations legally registered in one of the following African countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Applications may be submitted in one of these two lots:

· Lot 1: Projects aimed at enhancing public or private cultural spaces as “safe places” for intercultural dialogue by stakeholders active in the public sphere (e.g. organisations active in the social, educational or environmental fields, youth and cultural centres, schools, universities, libraries, local authorities, etc.).

· Lot 2: Projects aimed at strengthening institutional and professional capacities in intercultural mediation of cultural organisations and operators for social cohesion.

The indicative amount available for the 2 lots is 1,000,000.00 EURO. Any grant awarded under this call will fall between a minimum of 20,000.00 EURO and a maximum of 60,000.00 EURO. During the implementation of the selected projects, Culture at Work Africa will carry out a wide range of activities to support the grant beneficiaries, develop their professional skills and networking capacities.

The deadline for submissions is 21 September 2018, at 12:00 (GMT)

To know more about Culture at Work Africa and this First Call for Proposals, click on this link to access the relevant documents.

Culture at Work Africa – Promoting the Public Value of Culture for Social Cohesion and Urban Development in 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 African Centre for Cities and the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics at 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.

Further information:

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Culture at Work Africa, cofinancé par l’Union Européenne, a lancé son premier Appel à Propositions le 25 Juin 2018, pour soutenir des projets novateurs visant à développer des espaces sûrs et neutres pour le dialogue interculturel et à promouvoir la citoyenneté active et les relations intercommunautaires.

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25 Juin 2018 – Le Premier Appel à Propositions est ouvert aux organisations qui sont juridiquement enregistrée dans un des pays Africains suivants : Bénin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Côte d'Ivoire, République démocratique du Congo, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sénégal, Tanzanie, Togo, Ouganda et Zimbabwe.

Les applications doivent être soumises dans l’un des deux lots suivants:

Lot 1 : projets qui visent à renforcer les espaces culturels publiques et privés en tant qu’endroits « sûrs » pour le dialogue interculturel, mis en place par des parties prenantes actives dans l’espace public (ex. organisations actives dans les domaines social, éducatif or environnemental, centres de jeunes, centres culturels, écoles, universités, librairies, autorités locales, etc.).
Lot 2 : projets qui visent à renforcer les capacités institutionnelles et professionnelles en médiation interculturelle des organisations culturelles et des opérateurs pour la cohésion sociale.

Le montant indicatif disponible pour les 2 lots est 1,000,000.00 Euros. Pour toute subvention demandée dans le cadre de cet appel à propositions, le montant doit être compris entre un minimum de 20,000.00 Euros et un maximum de 60,000.00 Euros.
Pendant la mise en œuvre des projets sélectionnés, Culture at Work Africa organisera une vaste gamme d'activités pour supporter les bénéficiaires de subventions et pour développer leurs compétences professionnelles et de réseau.

Délai pour la soumission: vendredi 21 septembre 2018 à 12 :00 (GMT)

Pour en savoir plus sur Culture at Work Africa et sur ce Premier Appel à propositions, cliquez sur ce lien pour avoir accès aux documents pertinents.

Culture at Work Africa - Promotion de la valeur publique du dialogue interculturel pour la cohésion sociale en Afrique urbaine est co-financé par l’Union européenne et mis en œuvre par Interarts; Arterial Network; Palais des Beaux-Arts – BOZAR; Culture et Développement; Centre régional pour les Arts Vivants en Afrique en Afrique – CERAV/Afrique; Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust; International Music Council - IMC; Commission Culture de Cités et Gouvernements Locaux Unis - CGLU, en association avec African Centre for Cities and the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics at the University of Cape Town; Communauté Economique des Etats de l’Afrique de l’Ouest - CEDEAO, et Centre for Linguistic and Historical Studies through Oral Tradition - CELHTO.

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EMC: Press release on the European Forum on Music

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What comes to your mind when you think about Norwegian music? Blonde singers, loud music in dark vaults or folklore singing and dancing? All of that and many more could be listened to at the European Forum on Music in Oslo.

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African Music Council Newsletter

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Many initiatives in Music nowadays, in the Continent and abroad, proudly display the title and qualify themselves of being pan African structures. Among them the African Music Council is not the last. What about?

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Read all the European Music Council freshest news!

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Dear readers,

With this newsletter, we proudly present you our new website. You will also find the latest information on the European Agenda for Music, the European Forum on Music, and on relevant EU policy and funding issues.

We hope you will enjoy reading this newsletter,

Your EMC team

IMC statement in favour of freedom of artistic expressions and creativity

Paris, 26 April 2018

“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

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 in February 2018. We were informed that the author of the song’s lyrics, Galal El-Behairy was arrested, beaten and tortured 2. Charges against him include being a member of a terrorist group, spreading false news, the abuse of social-media networks, blasphemy, contempt of religion and insulting the military. An arrest warrant in the same case has been issued against Ramy Essam in absentia.


Successful launch of the European Agenda for Music


More than 100 music sector stakeholders and representatives from the European Parliament and European Commission gathered in Brussels on March 21st to celebrate the launch of the European Agenda for Music (EAM). The European Agenda for Music was developed out of a continent-wide consultation launched by the European Music Council (EMC). Reaching out to the entire music sector, it identifies the sector’s collective needs and sets out priorities for the future. A powerful confirmation of the European music sector’s desire to join together in the promotion of a common cause, the Agenda details which directions to pursue in order to ensure a music sector that remains strong, fair, innovative and diverse in a rapidly changing world.

Michel Magnier, Director for Culture and Creativity in the Directorate-General for Education and Culture in the European Commission, described the Agenda as “rich and comprehensive” and highlighted the importance of the EMC’s and other music stakeholders’ contribution to, and advocacy for the European music sector. Mr. Magnier upheld the European Agenda for Music as a valuable and timely contribution to current discussions at the European Commission on a dedicated funding strand for music.

Helga Trüpel, Vice-Chair of the Culture and Education Committee in the European Parliament, spoke of the importance of supporting culture at a European level, affirming that “music in particular has the capacity to touch and move people. That’s why the European Agenda for Music is so important.”

Both Helga Trüpel and Michel Magnier emphasized that the Agenda comes at a crucial time for European cultural policy, with a new European Agenda for Culture and proposals for the future of EU funding programmes after 2020 coming out soon.

EMC President Ian Smith and EMC Secretary-General Ruth Jakobi spoke of the history and challenges of the European Agenda for Music. Stef Coninx from the Flanders Arts Institute and Chair of the EAM Steering Group turned the spotlight onto how the Agenda can be used by all members of the European music sector to institute change in their regional or national communities.

Past and present came together in two inspiring performances by cellist Benjamin Glorieux, who played with technological “assistance” to honour the European Day of Early Music and the 333rd anniversary of the birth of Johann Sebastian Bach.

German version of the Press Release here
French version of the Press Release here


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