European Music Council
May 24, 2019
6th World Forum on Music
Invitation to the 6th World Forum on Music
We are proud to invite you to the 6th World Forum on Music (WFM) dedicated to Give me Five! The Five Music Rights in Action, organised by the International Music Council (IMC) in cooperation with the European Music Council (EMC). The WFM will take place from Saturday, 28 September until Tuesday 1 October in La Bellevilloise in Paris, France.
→ For any enquiries, please contact wfm6[at]imc-imc[dot]org
Many distinguished speakers will be at the WFM to discuss the 5 Music Rights. To quote a few, Jan Lothe Eriksen (Norway), Ramy Essam (Egypt), Mary Luehrsen (USA) , Kathryn Marsh (Australia), Mai Khoi (Do Nguyen, Vietnam), Tabu Osusa (Kenya), Maria Claudia Parias (Colombia), Phloeun Prim (Cambodia), Ahmad Sarmast (Afghanistan)... click here for more information:
WFM Programme
You will find further details on the programme of the World Forum on Music from 28 September - 1 October 2019. From the opening cocktail to the various panels on the 5 Five Music Rights to the evening concerts and the networking opportunities. A special feature of this year's Forum will be the IMC Village: a place for networking with stands and showcases! Click here for further details:

The World Forum on Music will be dedicated to the 5 Music Rights:

The Right for all children and adults to express themselves musically in all freedom

This is something many of us - especially in Europe -  take for granted, but sadly, that is not the case throughout the world or even in Europe. In our session, we will be joined by distinguished guests who work with oppressed artists and musicians who have themselves experienced the threat of imprisonment just to create and perform great music. We will demonstrate that even in 2019 we have a lot to learn about both freedom of expression and freedom of movement. The language of music should be universal in its power to inspire and heal. Please join us to share in our experience and be inspired yourselves to reach out to your communities to ensure that music is indeed available to us all. 

The Right for all children and adults to learn musical languages and skills

This session explores “music education for all” from a social justice perspective.  We address a range of challenging social settings, including music for women in Afghanistan; music for prisoners in the USA; music for young refugee/immigrant children in Australia; music for survivors of a devastating earthquake in China; recruiting a broad range of ethnic student populations into opera performance education in South Africa; and the pursuit of diversity in school music programs world-wide.  

The Right for all children and adults to have access to musical involvement through participation, listening, creation, and information

Involvement in music is many things to many people. For some, it is simply listening to or experiencing music; for many it is participating in, and expressing, their own culture, playing musical instruments, singing in their own language or others, moving with and dancing to music. The creation of original music and the preserving and development of traditions of music and in many ways, to know music, to know about music and to have access to knowledge about music. There are many blocks to musical involvement and many ways to help people to be involved. To discover and investigate the IMC third right - the right to musical involvement - we have voices from Africa, America North and South, Asia and Europe, younger and older voices, male and female, performers, organisers and advocates. 

The Right for all musical artists to develop their artistry and communicate through all media, with proper facilities at their disposal

This Right focuses on opportunities for musical artists. This will be tackled from a variety of perspectives, that includes access to distribution channels, trends in professional training that cover entrepreneurship, distance learning as well as (digital) media skills.  

The Right for all musical artists to obtain just recognition and fair remuneration for their work

In order to have fair remuneration for all musical artists there has to be just recognition of their contribution to the musical ecosystem, but more than so, there needs to be consciousness about the value of music. It’s value for artists, for listeners and society as a whole.
Join us in an in-depth discussion on the prerequisites for a thriving and diverse musical landscape, and how it can affect your society when the creatives, globally, are said to obtain an even stronger role in the future.
Get an Impression!
If you would like to know more on what to expect at the World Forum on Music see the impressions from the World Forum on Music 2011.


Statutory Meetings, 27 & 28 September 2019

The IMC General Assembly and other regional group meetings as the EMC Annual Meeting will take place in the run-up to the World Forum on Friday 27 & Saturday 28 September 2019 in AGECA in Paris, France. All EMC members are IMC members as well and will receive separate invitations to the EMC Annual Meeting & IMC General Assembly. More information here!
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