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Statement on Authors’ and Performers’ Rights

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Art is a language that all people speak and that cuts across cultural, social, and economic barriers and enhances cultural appreciation and awareness. Art provides opportunities for self-expression, bringing the inner world into the outer world of concrete reality. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that everyone has the right "to enjoy the arts", as they constitute an important vehicle for individuals and communities to develop and express their humanity. The vitality of artistic creativity is also necessary for the development of vibrant cultures, for the protection and promotion of cultural diversity across the world and for the smooth functioning of democratic societies.


Un nouveau membre dans la Famille AMDP

Le African Music Development Programme (AMDP) est fier pour la rentrée 2015 d'étendre son réseau de partenaires sur le continent africain et de diversifier son action en s'inscrivant toujours plus dans l'actualité du secteur et en s'associant au dynamisme des festivals de musique qui comptent sur le continent!


AMDP : Students exchange

As part of the African Music Development Program, students from The Technical University of Kenya visited the Department of Performing Arts and Film at Makerere University in Uganda, for over a month from June 12th to July 16th. The 10 students participating in this exchange were selected through an application process.

The main objective of this experience was to engage in cultural and professional dialogues between students of common or related background, to reinforce their knowledge of each other's cultural and musical expressions and promote a spirit of networking. It was a time of observation as well, with students identifying differences or similarities in teaching methods, between their home and hosting universities.


Celebration of the 10th edition of the Pan African music festival in Brazzaville with the International Music Council

A delegation from the Executive Board of the International Music Council took part in the 10th edition of the Pan African music festival in Brazzaville (Republic of Congo) which took place from July 18th to 22nd 2015 on the theme "The dynamics of African music in the diversity of cultural expressions".


IMC Member of Honour - Obituary notice



Professor Tran Van Khê, age 94, widely renowned Vietnamese traditional music scholar and an IMC member of honor, sadly passed away on June 24th 2015 in Ho Chi Minh City.


AMDP Appel à candidatures

Un Assistant d'administration et un Assistant de production francophones pour un stage de 2 mois au Festival le Kolatier en 2015 (Yaoundé / Cameroun)

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Dans le cadre de l'African Music Development Program (AMDP), le Conseil International de la Musique en partenariat avec le festival le Kolatier a mis en place un système d'échanges pour aider à la professionnalisation des métiers de la musique et du son en Afrique. Il s'agit d'envoyer des jeunes professionnels de la musique dans des festivals Africain de part et d'autre du continent pour leur permettre d'étendre leur réseau et de développer leurs compétences.


Results of the 2015 International Rostrum of Composers


RostrumWave Songr for Orchestra (2014) by Norwegian composer Jan Erik MIKALSEN (born 1979) and Cancro (2015) for symphony orchestra by young Slovenian composer Matej BONIN (born 1986) are the works selected by radio music producers participating in the 62nd International Rostrum of Composers (IRC) held in Tallinn, from May 12 to 15, 2015. A flagship programme of the International Music Council, this year's IRC edition was for the first time in the history of the IRC co-organised by Estonian Public Broadcasting in the framework of a Creative Europe co-funded project named Rostrum+.


International Rostrum of Composers' Latest Commission on Streaming


Further to the selection of his work "Abismo al Abismo" in the under 30 category of the IRC in 2011, young Argentinean composer Juan Pablo Nicoletti was awarded a commission by IMC and Radio France. "Qhapaqkunap" was recorded in Paris in 2014 and it is now available for streaming. A polyphonic composition which is an homage to the very first choral work of South America and reconnects the ancestral story of the continent with the contemporary world.

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IMC project selected for funding from the International Fund for Cultural Diversity

2014-BANNER 1-anniversary-magenta-EN-RSZDParis, December 10, 2014 - A funding application for the project "Empowering African youth to harness the potential of the music sector as enabler and driver of development" submitted by the IMC to the UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity has been approved today by the 8th Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.


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