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International Music Council Activity Report 2014-2015



International Music Council Activity Report 2014-2015



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IMC at a glance


Strategic Objectives 2014-15


Main Achievements 2014-15


Our Network


International Rostrum of Composers & Rostrum+


African Music Development Programme


Music And Resilience Support






Executive Board and Secretariat


IMC at a glance The International Music Council (IMC) is the world’s largest membership-based professional network dedicated to the promotion of the value of music in the lives of all peoples. IMC’s mission is to develop sustainable music sectors worldwide, to create awareness about the value of music, make music matter in all social fabric, and uphold basic music rights in all countries. IMC was founded in 1949 at the request of the Director-General of UNESCO as a nongovernmental advisory body to the agency on musical matters. It is based at UNESCO headquarters in Paris and functions today independently as an international NGO maintaining a formal partnership with UNESCO. In the course of its existence, IMC has developed into a highly influential network advocating for appropriate policies and practices aimed at strengthening the work of its members and partners worldwide. IMC’s network spans 150 countries on all continents, with national music councils and international, regional and national music organisations as well as specialised organisations in the field of arts and culture. IMC members of honour are chosen among the world’s outstanding professionals, educators, performers and composers. Through its members, IMC has access to over 1000 organisations and 200 million people eager to develop and share knowledge and experience on diverse aspects of musical life.


In addition to its large geographical scope, the IMC network also represents an unparalleled body of knowledge across the music sector, from music education to media, from life music to music publishing, from creation to research. IMC objectives are achieved through policymaking and advocacy, collaboration and information exchange, projects and research as well as targeted membership services. The empowerment of youth as beneficiaries and actors of IMC activities is given particular attention. IMC also pursues its institutional development with the aim of positioning itself as a strong and dynamic global network of organisations involved or interested in music and in the livelihood of professionals in the field of music.

IMC’s core values are embedded in its FIVE MUSIC RIGHTS which were proclaimed in 2001:

The right for all children and adults to express themselves musically in all freedom to learn musical languages and skills to have access to musical involvement through participation, listening, creation, and information

The right for all musical artists to develop their artistry and communicate through all media, with proper facilities at their disposal to obtain just recognition and fair remuneration for their work



Equality Respect


IMC’s mission and objectives honour human and cultural rights as enunciated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in other relevant international covenants propagated by the United Nations, UNESCO and equivalent organisations.

In devising its actions, IMC gives equal value and respect to all musical cultures of the world.

IMC’s international cooperation is based on mutual tolerance, respect and dialogue.

As a non-governmental, non-profit organisation, IMC is independent of any individual political ideology and supports the vibrancy of music and musical life in all its aspects – artistic, economic and societal – without prejudice or partiality.


Our Mission


Develop sustainable music sectors worldwide Create awareness about the value of music Be the voice for music Make music matter throughout the fabric of society Uphold basic music rights in all countries



n music rights

n capacity building

n visibility

To promote access to music for all.

To build the capacity of IMC and To amplify the authoritative voices its members to fulfil their respective of IMC and its membership. To ensure the provision of oppor- missions. tunities for all persons, and with To create opportunities for interspecial regard to children and To support and connect the work of national recognition of individuals youth, to exercise rights to learn its members. that serve music well and musicians musical languages and to listen to, of exceptional achievement. understand, perform, create and To mobilise and deploy adequate express themselves through music. resources for institutional capacity building and high impact To empower musical artists to initiatives that help secure musical develop their artistry and communi- rights for all. cate through all media, with proper facilities at their disposal. To enhance networking opportunities for IMC, its members and To empower musical artists to partners. obtain just recognition of and fair remuneration for their work.


3 external strategic objectives 2014-15

Affirming culture as the 4th pillar of sustainable development

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Promoting and protecting creativity and creators’ rights

Placing early childhood music education at the forefront of the music education agenda

Main Achievements 2014-15

Over 160 students and young professionals from the African music sector benefitted from a variety of training opportunities offered through the African Music Development Programme, i.e. workshops, training sessions, work placements, internships, study visits.

IMC is increasingly recognized by other cultural networks and policy-makers as an authoritative voice for music.

IMC reinforced its role and reputation as information provider and significantly increased its presence on social media.

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IMC increased its overall visibility through participation in conferences and networking events in the music sector and beyond as well as through an increased online presence.

Over 100 composers, including 27 under the age of 30, were promoted throughout Europe and beyond thanks to the International Rostrum of Composers.

IMC filed 6 grant applications out of which 4 were successful for a total amount of 574.122 EUR (including the grant share for partners and going beyond 2015).

New partners from among IMC members were secured with the aim of a greater promotion of contemporary music creation in the framework of the Rostrum+ project.



IMC became known to a large number of professionals in the African music sector as well as to funders in the field.

For the first time in IMC history, a young person under the age of 30 was co-opted to the IMC Executive Board

IMC is recognized by the community of NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO as well as by UNESCO itself as a reliable and committed partner.

IMC enjoys good working relationships with its Regional Music Councils; the Secretariats cooperate in a highly efficient manner.

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Our Network


Fédération internationale pour la musique chorale Euro-Mediterranean Music Academy for Peace Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa Conseil international des organisations de festivals de folklore et d'arts traditionnels Fédération mondiale des concours internationaux de musique Centre International de Recherche et de Documentation sur les Traditions et les Langues Africaines Association nationale cultures et traditions European Society for Ethnomusicology NAMM, International Music Products Association America International Artists Union & Arts Institute Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music Korean Music Information Centre Committee of Music, Opera & Ballet International Music and Media Centre Miso Music Portugal National Music Council of Zimbabwe Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica Scottish Music Centre European Choral Association - Europa Cantat National Centre for the Performing Arts Live Music Now European Conference of Promoters of New Music International Federation of Chopin Societies International Confederation of Accordionists European Early Music Network Annual Festival of Nigerian Choirs European Association of Conservatories, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen European Festivals Association Asia-Pacific Society for Ethnomusicology Consejo Paraguayo de la música International Association of Schools of Jazz European Association for Music in Schools Hungarian Music Council Consejo de la música de Guatemala European Music Schools Union Conseil Congolais de la musique Österreichischer Musikrat Comité Colombiano de la Música International Society for Music Education National Music Council of Azerbaijan US National Music Council All-Russian Federation of Arts Conseil Camerounais de la musique Palestine Music Committee National Music Council of Jordan Conseil Algérien de la musique National Music Council of the Philippines Borusan Culture and Arts European Union of Music Competitions for Youth IMC Israel Music Teachers National Association Association Chroma Pan African Society for Musical Arts Education CIDIM International Music Managers' Forum Deutscher Musikrat e.V Union européenne de radio-télévision Latvian Music Council Fil-Armonia National Music Centre Of Georgia Makerere University Music, Dance and Drama Department Musique pour Tous GEDOK Finnish Music Council Cyprus Symphony Orchestra Foundation Estonian Music Council Conseil suisse de la musique European String Teachers Association All-Ukrainian Music Union Chinese Musicians' Association Albanian Music Council Arab Academy of Music Moviment Coral Català Music Council of Ghana Union Bulgare des musiciens et danseurs National Music Council of Iraq Polish Music Council Conseil Beninois de la musique Czech Music Council Fédération internationale des musiciens Consejo Argentino de la Música Kenyan National Music Council National Music Council of Sudan European Orchestra Federation Consell Català de la Música Comité marocain de la musique Europe Jazz Network National Music Council of Somalia Music Managers' Forum (Australia) LTVAsociacion latinoamericana de Conservatorios y Escuelas de Musica Conseil Ivoirien de la Musique Uganda Musicians Union The Aarya Foundation Iran Music Committee Conservatoire national supérieur de musique European Chamber Music Teachers' Association EMAK Music Services Selam European Federation of National Youth Orchestras Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA International Association of Music Libraries European Composer and Songwriter Alliance Flemish Music Council Conseil National de Musique de la République démocratique du Congo Oman Centre for Traditional Music Consejo general de la música del Uruguay SOUNZ, Centre for New Zealand Music Landelijk Kennisinstituut Cultuureducatie en Amateurkunst Federatió Catalana de Entitats Corals Jeunesses Musicales International Music Information Centre Austria Association for Fostering of Academic Music "New Sound Conseil de la musique de la Communauté française de Belgique International Society for Contemporary Music Linking Initiatives and Venues in Europe (Developing Musical Actions) International Association of Music Information Centres Plate-forme interrégionale d'échange et de coopération pour le développement culturel Institute for Research on Music & Acoustics-Greek Music Documentation Centre Confédération internationale pour la musique électroacoustique 11

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People reached

Brings Together Audience Development Community music development

Music education

Policy Development Music and media


Copyright Manufacturing

Live Performances

Musical creation

Research and documentation

Freedom of Expression


Regional Councils

The Regional Councils are groups of the IMC, helping to develop a regional agenda and to carry out activities that respond to the needs, opportunities and aspirations of IMC members and partners within their region. Highlights of regional activities:

In the framework of the Traditional Music Festival « FEUX DE BRAZZA » (Brazzaville, Congo, August 2014): • 11th African Music Rostrum • Seminar “The African Music Instrument and its role in the world” • Exhibition about traditional music instruments and initiation of youath (to sanza and balafon) • Meeting of the Executive Committee and General Assembly of the AMC In the framework of the Pan-African Music Festival FESPAM (Brazzaville, Congo, July 2015): • Meeting of the Executive Committee of the AMC with a delegation of IMC and EMC • Audience with the President of the Republic of Congo, His Excellency Denis Sassou Nguesso

• 4th European Forum on Music – Music and Politics: a shared responsibility (Bern, Switzerland, June 2014) • Share and Learn: Audience Development Capacity building & exchange workshop (Warsaw, Poland, March 2015) • 5th European Forum on Music – Access to Music is Digital? (Riga, Latvia, June 2015) • EMC Youth Project: Make Music ! Be Heard • Staff Exchange Programme • Launch of consultation process for a European Agenda for Music • EMC statement Music for Europe, Europe for Music • Participation in Structured Dialogue with EU Commission

• Consolidation of administrative, operational and fiscal structure after incorporation in 2013 • Elaboration of a membership development strategy • Preparation for its first regional conference “Decolonising Music” (2016)


Arab Music Council

African Music Council

Music Council of Asia and Oceania

European Music Council

Music Council of the Three Americas

From 2013 to 2018, the Arab Academy of Music fulfills the role of the Regional Music Council for the Arab Region: • First Forum of the Arab Music Historians, Muscat (Oman) • 23rd General Assembly, Constantine (Algeria) • Music Research Journal and online Arab Music Magazine • First Youth Arab Music Camp, Morocco • The Awards of the Arab Academy of Music • Arab Music Day (28 March) • Celebrations, competitions and CD publications Currently, efforts are being deployed to establish a regional council in Asia-Oceania.



Project Highlights


International Rostrum of Composers & Rostrum+ Two editions of the International Rostrum of Composers (IRC) were successfully held: in 2014 in Helsinki (Finland) and 2015 in Tallinn (Estonia). This annual event brings together representatives of national broadcasting organisations for a four-day listening session of each other’s best productions in the field of contemporary music, in order to select the most important works in two categories: general and “young composers”. Works chosen at the Rostrum are aired through hundreds of broadcasts by participating radio channels and made available to others thanks to the collaboration of the European Broadcasting Union, which offers the works to its large membership via satellite. Co-commissions with Radio France: Two young composers selected at previous editions of the IRC delivered their composition in 2014/15:


Winners 2015

Winners 2014 General Category

General Category

Yannis Kyriakides

Jan Erik Mikalsen

Words and song without words

Songr for Orchestra



Under 30

Under 30

Andrzej Kwiecinski

Matej Bonin

Canzon De’ Baci



Úlfur Hansson (Iceland) selected in 2013, wrote the work “Arborescence”, which will be recorded in 2016.


Juan Pablo Nicoletti (Argentina) selected in 2011, wrote the work “QHAPAQKUNAP” which was recorded by musicians of the Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France and broadcast on France Musique in June 2015

The 2015 edition of the IRC set the stage for the launch of a new European cooperation project led by the IMC: Rostrum+. Rostrum+ is an EU co-funded project that aims to promote contemporary classical music and strengthen said sector in Europe and beyond. It does so by exploring innovative strategies to develop audiences, promote new music, enhance the capacity and skills of radio professionals and inspire cooperation between musicians, higher music education institutions and broadcasting companies throughout Europe and across the globe. In order to bring the Rostrum+ project to life, the International Music Council partners with public radios, cultural venues, higher music education institutions and the European Music Council, IMC’s regional group for Europe.

New works created amongst commisions to selected composers and students

Public Concerts

Students Involved

Broadcasts of selected and recommended works

Countries directly involved Online streaming of presented works

Works of new music presented


African Music Development Programme AMDP aims to build a sustainable music sector in Africa with a focus on increased employability. Its specific objectives are:

To increase professional capacity throughout the sector

To strengthen the infrastructure of the African music sector

To increase intercultural competences and exchange between European and African music professionals

To increase the awareness for the value of music for the socio-economic development of societies

To foster the network for music and musicians in Africa


more direct 100 and beneficiaries implemented 33 actions




countries involved



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Vocational Training

Academic Activities


Capacity Building/Networking

In order to achieve the objectives of the African Music Development Programme, IMC partners with organisations with an established knowledge and activity record in the African cultural and music sector to join forces and implement different activities. Following the principle of local ownership, activities take place under the responsibility of each partner in various African countries. The large number of countries involved guarantees a wide access to the proposed activities. The programme benefits from a financial contribution of the European Union and the assistance of the ACP Group of States, through the ACPCultures+ programme (until end of 2016). It has also received support from the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (UNESCO). Management and sound engineering workshops in Malawi and Mozambique

IMPACT Music conference in Zimbabwe

Experts in sound, stage management and media shared knowledge in Zanzibar and Zimbabwe

Academic exchanges between universities in Kenya, Uganda and Germany

Students and young professionals trained by festival teams across the African continent

Training for festival directors in Congo

Researchers from Africa attended international cultural policy conference in Germany

Workshop in Cameroon on communication, marketing and sponsoring of music events

African music professionals met colleagues at European Forum on Music in Latvia

With the support of

United Nations Educational, ScientiďŹ c and Cultural Organization

Diversity of Cultural Expressions


Music And Resilience Support The main objective of Music and Resilience Support (MARS) is to contribute to the development of new strategies for specialised training, with the aim of making a high level training course accessible to as many potential beneficiaries as possible throughout Europe and beyond. The project’s specific area of specialisation is psychosocial music intervention within under-resourced, deprived and marginalised communities, targeting primarily refugee populations and asylum seekers, whose numbers are increasing dramatically within Europe and worldwide MARS aims to equip community musicians, music therapists and other health and education workers with the knowledge, skills and competences to work in problematic multicultural contexts, between hosting and hosted communities, in order to plan and carry out well-matched interventions for the protection of children, adolescents and adults, by exploiting the well documented power of music to bridge cultural gaps and stimulate empowerment and resilience.


MARS started in September 2015. The obligatory first step in the development of a specialised training, which aims to respond as closely as possible to the needs of the context it will serve, was for MARS partners a thorough needs analysis. The design of the training course depended on a clear concept of exactly what a community musician or music therapist needs to know and be able to do, in order to plan and implement psycho-social interventions within the target communities to the best possible effect. In order to define this ‘MARS Specialisation Profile’, the needs analysis provides data collected from a survey inviting participation from a wide range of stakeholders in the promotion or reception of psycho-social support, both generally and with the specific use of music. Response was solicited both from individual professionals and representatives of organisations, with the objective of understanding not only the needs of potential MARS trainees with respect to their knowledge of this field of intervention, but also the opinions and expectations of organizations responsible for psychosocial projects. Feedback from the latter stakeholders also contributes important information for the structuring of an online matching service between potential employers and trained specialists, which is also one of the expected outcomes of the project. The implementation of MARS is to continue in 2016 with the definition of the specialisation profile of the future MARS worker, the staff training guidelines and the online training course which kicked-off with a pilot training in Italy in July 2016. A moodle was launched in February 2016 and features the intellectual outputs of the project as well as learning material. The training course (2016-17) will offer a blended learning environment, with practical workshops, online theoretical and methodological support, distance tutoring and supervision, and experiential field training, monitored and evaluated by continuous assessment.





IMC was part of a core group of 9 cultural networks, which, at the invitation of UNESCO, advocated the inclusion of culture in the post2015 Sustainable Development Goals, subsequently adopted in September 2015 by the UN General Assembly under the title “Agenda 2030”. As its name implies, Agenda 2030 defines global expenditure on development over the next 15 years. As negotiations went on, both UNESCO and the cultural networks feared that if culture remained unmentioned, it would be extremely difficult for countries to elaborate policies and provide funds for projects relying on culture’s role as a driver and enabler of sustainable development. ‘Culture’ had already been completely absent from the Millennium Development Goals (2000-2015) and the campaign’s goal was to prevent this from happening again. The campaign was launched officially on May 1 2014 with the publication of


a manifesto which was supported by thousands individuals and over 900 organisations. The campaign group sent policy submissions - including on cultural indicators of success - to the co-leaders of the Open Working Group of the UN General Assembly, to the UN Secretary General Ban Kimoon, to the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights Farida Shaheed, and to Member States’ missions to the UN. All signatories of the “The Future We Want Includes Culture” declaration were urged to forward the policy papers to countries’ representatives to the UN and to the people in charge of defining countries’ positions at Ministries of Foreign Affairs or for International Cooperation. IMC made presentations on behalf of campaign groups to the UNESCO Executive Board and at regional conferences in Europe, Africa and Asia. IMC was in charge of developing the communication toolkit for the campaign launch in May 2014 and has been managing the campaign website. Campaign news and documents were regularly included in the IMC MUSIC WORLD NEWS and shared on Facebook and Twitter.

Result: Some of the features of the Agenda 2030 can be seen as achievements. The Preamble refers to the need to respect cultural diversity, recognises that all cultures and civilisations can contribute to and enable sustainable development, and establishes a commitment to foster intercultural understanding, tolerance and mutual respect. Furthermore, some of the specific targets contained in the new SDGs explicitly or implicitly refer to culture (4.7, 8.3, 8.9, 12.b, 11.4, 16.4.,16.10) And yet, although important progress has been made, the new 2030 Agenda fails to fully recognise cultural aspects as a major component of sustainable development. “This advocacy campaign has allowed individuals, civil society organisations and international networks to join their voices at the global level to call for culture to be taken into account in all approaches to sustainable development - and this is, again, something to build upon.” (Jordi Baltà, Agenda 21 for Culture)

Co-submission with EMC of a joint response to the European Commission’s consultation on copyright reform in the EU

Ongoing: Support to members’ initiatives by signing petitions and disseminating declarations and information about campaigns. Sharing of information about initiatives and developments in the field of authors’ and performers’ rights on the IMC WEB platform.



Participation at Creators Conference





Promotion of creativity and creators’ rights

International Music Day: Statement on authors’ and performers’ rights Facebook reach: over 345,000 people

Result: IMC is increasingly recognised by other cultural networks and policy-makers as an authoritative voice for music and by its members as a strategic partner in lifting up their own advocacy work.


IMC Five Music Rights Presented at conferences in Africa, Europe and Asia Highlighted in talks with high-level representatives of governments Special video displayed at the NGO Day on Education, Sport and Cultural Diversity on March 6, 2014 at UNESCO Headquarters. Promotional flyer produced Result More and more people, within and beyond the IMC membership, know the IMC Five Music Rights and use them in their own advocacy work. Brisbane and beyond… As mandated by the IMC General Assembly, the Executive Board conducted consultations with the Regional Music Councils on the draft outcome text of the 5th IMC World Forum on Music in Brisbane, Australia, November 2013. In late June 2014, the final text of the Brisbane Declaration was disseminated across the world, as the contribution of both the Forum and the IMC constituency to a sustainable, vibrant and diverse musical life on the planet. The declaration incorporates seven key domains: community, education, institutions and public authorities, technology, the music industry, musicians’ rights and the media. These seven domains strongly align with IMC’s Five Music Rights. The Brisbane Declaration links these to an updated overview of the state of affairs – progress made and challenges remaining – of music in the 28 today. world

UNESCO IMC’s advocacy work in general continued to be targeted towards UNESCO with its 195 Member States. The IMC was regularly invited to participate in relevant UNESCO meetings and seized the opportunity to make presentations in front of representatives of Member States. UNESCO meetings continue to represent an important arena for showcasing IMC’s activities, and advocating for the Five Music Rights. Over the past two years, the most pressing issues addressed in this context have been the mainstreaming of culture in the development agenda, the free movement of artists, the value of the diversity of musical expressions (see above), the importance of taking into account the voice of civil society, the need to safeguard intangible cultural heritage, the importance of arts education, intercultural dialogue, youth empowerment and participation. For example, IMC has made its voice heard at the following UNESCO meetings: - Intergovernmental committee on the promotion and protection of the diversity of cultural expressions (Paris, December 2014) - Conference of State Parties to the

2005 Convention on the promotion and protection of the diversity of cultural expressions (Paris, June 2015) - Conference of State Parties to the 2003 Convention on the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage (December 2014) - International Conference of NGOs (Paris, December 2014) - Committee on Non-governmental partners of the UNESCO Executive Board (October 2014 and 2015) - UNESCO General Conference (November 2015) In order to strengthen the voice of NGOs at meetings related to the 2003 and 2005 UNESCO Convention, IMC and the other NGOs that participated as observers made joint presentations reflecting the shared concerns of the NGO community regarding the implementation of the conventions and of its operational guidelines. Result Our joint advocacy work led to the adoption in December 2015 of a decision by the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2005 Convention regarding measures to be taken to increase the role of civil society in the implementation of the Convention and its participation in the meetings of the governing bodies.


Music Rights Award 2015 Launched in 2009, the IMC Music Rights Awards are intended to offer strong recognition and reward to programmes and projects that give exemplary support to one or more of the musical rights. The awards represent a major opportunity to promote the Five Music Rights as well as IMC’s commitment to them. By presenting and describing these exemplary programmes and projects, IMC members and other organisations are encouraged to give active support to the Five Music Rights. Last but not least, the awards are meant to increase IMC’s value to its members.


The 2015 recipient of the Award were the SOCIAL PROJECTS of the Fayha Choir from Tripoli, Lebanon. The programme was nominated by the European Choral Federation – Europa Cantat, a long-time member of the IMC, and selected by a panel of specialists from IMC’s Regional Music Councils, IMC Youth and the IMC Board. The Fayha Choir is an a cappella choir, created in Lebanon by Maestro Barkev Taslakian in 2003 and bringing together 50 amateur singers from different social and religious backgrounds in a country known for its religious conflicts and political instability. Entering the choir does not require any basic knowledge of music. Participation is free and open to all, so are rehearsals which are open even to those who simply wish to listen. The diversity of its repertoire reflects the choir’s openness to human heritage and includes Arabic repertoire (Lebanese, Syrian, Egyptian, Palestinian, Iraqi, Bedouin,

Andalusian...) as well as French, English and Latin chants. The Social Projects of the Fayha Choir are dedicated to inclusiveness and go beyond music; they serve as an inspiration and as an example of peaceful coexistence among young people. With its actions in Palestinian and Syrian refugee camps, the choir offers a “safe haven”, as well as access to music and music education to those who are deprived of it in their countries. This IMC Five Music Rights Award is a symbolic and active recognition of the effort that is brought by each actor involved in the nominated programmes.

“The Fayha Choir is all that is good and honorable in music and music rights around the world.” (Jury chair Gary Ingle)


IMC and UNESCO: a longstanding partnership IMC was founded in 1949 at the request of UNESCO as an advisory body to the agency on musical matters

Until 1980s: IMC operations and activities were highly subsidized by UNESCO

Until mid-1990s: intense programme cooperation despite decrease of subsidies

1995: UNESCO adopts new Directives concerning its relations with non-governmental organizations

1996: project funding under a new Framework Agreement (FA) replaces subsidies

1996 - 2011 Implementation of projects in contribution to UNESCO’s culture programme

2011: revision of 1995 Directives and adoption of new partnership policy. Budget cuts lead to discontinuation of FA project grants

2012: IMC becomes an « NGO official partner of UNESCO (associate status) »

IMC contribution to UNESCO programmes Implementation of UNESCO Conventions: 1. intangible cultural heritage (2003) 2. diversity of cultural expressions (2005)


Focus areas: • UNESCO Creative Cities Network • Culture and development • Status of the Artist • International Arts Education Week • International Jazz Day • Youth empowerment (UNESCO Youth Forum)

Benefits of partnership for IMC Intellectual: • Influence UNESCO’s programme and priorities • Access to UNESCO programme specialists and other experts • Facilitation by NGO focal points in each programme sector • Advice of NGO Section on policy issues Moral support: • Patronage (upon request) • Use of UNESCO name and logo for  specific initiatives (upon request) • Visibility of IMC activities on Financial: • Contracts related to the execution of UNESCO’s programme • Contributions under the Participation Programme (once per biennium) Material: • Office space at UNESCO Headquarters at preferential rates • Meeting rooms at UNESCO Headquarters at preferential rates

Benefits of partnership for UNESCO • Accessing specialised skills, knowledge and innovation • Receiving technical advice and assistance • Joint advocacy • Joint project implementation • Synergies with other stakeholders in UNESCO’s fields of competence • Increase in outreach and visibility of UNESCO’s action

Participation in the collective cooperation mechanisms UNESCO-NGOs Further to the revitalisation of the UNESCO-NGOs community, IMC had decided in 2013 to take a more active role in the life of this community play. Days and Forums: • NGO Day on Education, Sport and Cultural Diversity (Paris, 6 March 2014) • NGO Forum on youth and heritage safeguarding (Sofia and Sozopol, Bulgaria, September 2014) • International Conference of NGOs official partners of UNESCO (Paris, December 2014) • 4th NGO Forum on the role of women in fighting poverty (Paris, June 2015) • 5th NGO Forum on the rapprochement of cultures (Beijing, July 2015) Working groups Evaluation of the 2011 Directives for the relationship between UNESCO and NGOs Result

The participation in the UNESCONGOs collective cooperation offers IMC yet another opportunity to represent music and the IMC membership in an international arena. It should be noted that for every event listed above, all IMC members were invited to participate. Unfortunately, the costs involved and visa barriers seem to have made it impossible for members to benefit from such an opportunity.


Executive Board and Secretariat President Paul Dujardin (Belgium)

Secretary General Silja Fischer

Vice-Presidents Jeremy Cox (United Kingdom/Belgium) María del Carmen Gil (Puerto Rico) Hisham Sharaf (Iraq/Jordan)

Project & Communication Assistant Coordinator Rostrum+ Davide Grosso

Treasurer Emily Achieng’ Akuno (Kenya) Executive Board members Jesse Boere (Netherlands/UAE) Alfons Karabuda (Sweden) Gervais Hugues Ondaye (Congo) Valdemar Rodriguez (Venezuela) Ahti Vänttinen (Finland) Daphne Wassink (Netherlands) Yu Long (China) 34

Coordinator AMDP Charles Houdart Coordinator MARS Dario Gentili Cultural Policy research assistant Shannon Jinadasa Interns Annalisa Bregoli, Diandra Jinadasa, Claire Bataillard, Anthony Koreki

Photo credits P.4 5th World Forum on Music by IMC P.8 Sauti za Busara by Peter Bennet P.32 5th World Forum on Music by IMC P.35 Five Music Rights Awards 2015 by IMC Graphic Design by Lika Chkhartishvili

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To express themselves musically in all freedom To learn musical languages and skills


To have access to musical involvement through participation, listening, creation, and information

To develop their artistry and communicate through all media, with proper facilities at their disposal


To obtain just recognition and fair remuneration for their work

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