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Marita Schaaser - International Music Council

It has been a great pleasure for me to have been given the opportunity to attend this work placement at the General Secretariat of the International Music Council in Paris, which was organised in the framework of the cooperation project "Make Music ! Be Heard !" led by the European Music Council along with the International Music Council and other partner organisations and funded by the European Union.

As a graduate of Musicology and ongoing student of Cultural and Social Anthropology at the University of Vienna I strongly identify professionally and personally with the mission of the programmes of the International Music Council, which involves promoting access to music for all, the value of music in the lives of all people, the developing and sharing of knowledge and experience in diverse aspects of musical life, and contributing to the development and strengthening of friendly working relations between musical cultures of the world on the basis of their absolute equality, mutual respect and appreciation.

During my work placement at the International Music Council I was given the extraordinary opportunity to accompany the Secretariat to the "Fifth Session of the General Assembly of the State Parties to the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage" at UNESCO Headquarters, which only takes place once every two years. In the framework of this General Assembly we also attended meetings of plenary and working groups of the "Intangible Cultural Heritage NGO Forum".

Some of the current projects of the International Music Council involved the commission of the recording of a composition by the young Argentinian laureate of the 2011 International Rostrum of Composers, Juan Pablo Nicoletti, in association with Radio France. I was able to follow the recording, to personally meet the composer, the conducter of the orchestra of Radio France and the person in charge of Radio France for the broadcast of the recording.

Furthermore we attended the final acitivity of the project "Zebrock au Bahut", led by the International Music Council member "Chroma/ Zebrock", a local association for the promotion of music education.

This work placement enabled me to acquire precious insight into the objectives, structures and operation of an international NGO as well as its official partnership with the UNESCO. Together with inspiring conversations with the lovely Secretariat members of the International Music Council, Silja and Davide, this placement was a very intense and special experience for me and strenghtened my enthusiasm about working with music performance programs, music organisations and music policy for which I'm highly thankful!

Marita with Silja Fischer and Davide Grosso from the International Music Council