Music Against Child Labour

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The global Music Against Child Labour Initiative was launched in 2013. It links the ILO and its International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) with musicians, conductors and musicians' organizations.

The Initiative's Manifesto calls on orchestras, choirs and musicians of all genres worldwide to dedicate one concert between October 2013 and December 2014 to the struggle against child labour. The first concert in the main series was performed in October 2013 during the III Global Conference on Child Labour in Brasilia.

Join the Music Initiative
• Sign up to the Manifesto and pledge to dedicate a concert to the struggle against child labour by completing and returning the Music Initiative Form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
• Put a link on your website:
• Tell your story: send press clippings, photos and video footage of the concert to: IPEC, International Labour Office, 4 Route des Morillons, CH-1211 Geneva 22, Switzerland or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Use the Campaign Resources
• Learn about child labour around the world
• Show the video of the launch of the appeal
• Play the songs about child labour or compose your own!
• Download and print the Red Card to Child Labour and ask the concert audience and musicians to show the Red Card at the opening or close of the concert

This Initiative is supported by the following founders: Claudio Abbado; José-Antonio Abreu; Alessio Allegrini, Founder, Musicians for Human Rights; Daniel Barenboim; Pilar Jurado; Benoît Machuel, General Secretary of the International Federation of Musicians; Diego Matheuz; Rodolfo Mederos; Eduardo Mendez, Executive Director of the Simon Bolivar Music Foundation "El Sistema"; Antonio Mosca, Director of the Suzuki Orchestra, Turin; Guy Ryder, Director General, ILO; and Blasko Smilevski, General Secretary of Jeunesses Musicales International.

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