European Music Council
January 15, 2020
The right for all musical artists...

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

The session on the Fourth Music Right opened the third day of the 6th World Forum on Music in Paris (Monday 30th September 2019). It was curated by Emily Akuno, outgoing President of the International Music Council and Jesse Boere outgoing Board Member of the International Music Council. 
Discover our fourth newsletter on the 6th World Forum on Music organised last September in Paris, France.
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“(…) it takes a nation to make music and bring it to life.” - H.E. Huda Alkhamis-Kanoo
A keynote speech from Her Excellency Huda Alkhamis-Kanoo,  the founder of the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation opened the session. The daughter of a pioneering Saudi businessman and a Syrian mother, Huda was born in Beirut, Lebanon. Raised at a crossroads of cultures, her education took her to the American College of Paris, where she read French Literature and Art History. Huda returned to the region and settled in Abu Dhabi where she became a philanthropist. She founded the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation (ADMAF) in 1996 and is also the Artistic Director of the Abu Dhabi Festival, which she established in 2004.
“It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a nation to make music and bring it to life”, says Kanoo in her keynote speech. “Developing music does not start with the individual. It starts with the society. The challenge in our part of the world, is for the arts in general, and music in particular, to evolve into a worthy, serious pursuit for the future of a child. Part of the challenge ADMAF has had to address was to help families and society at large to understand that working in the music industry is a respectful career, and that it is better to allow a child to follow their interest in music, than to force them into becoming an unwilling engineer, doctor, or lawyer.” 
Kanoo underlined the importance of joining forces to advocate for public funding and called on the responsibility of governments to ensure a prospering music life with proper facilities for all musical artists.
Distribution Channels
Following the inspirational keynote by Her Excellency, a panel discussion about access to distribution channels in the 21st century was led by Didier Zerath, an artist manager and president of the Alliance of Artists Managers. Joining him were Elise Phamgia, project coordinator for Liveurope, the first EU-supported platform bringing together 15 iconic live music venues on the continent, and Alfons Karabuda, president of the International Music Council, composer and also president of the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance. The panel talked about the disruptive innovation process with the inception of the internet since the year 2000. From traditional distribution of physical products through sophisticated active or passive platforms such as Deezer, Spotify, Apple Music or Sirius XM, to name a few, but also entry level digital distribution structure such as CD Baby or Tunecore, over 2000 digital distributors, aggregators and streaming services are promising the creative community an easy and cost-effective access to reach their targeted music customers and fans. But is the promise of equal distribution opportunities and easy access to the market holding its promises? Not really, but it is complicated.
Tia Korpe is the Founder & Director of Future Female Sounds, a non-profit and booking agency founded in 2017 with a mission to make DJ’ing accessible to girls globally. Together with Olfa Arfaoui, who leads the DJ Academy Tunisia, she talked about their Global DJ Programmes and its impact on communities around the world. Future Female Sounds strives to empower girls through sound and action, and do this by making it possible for girls who are interested in DJ'ing, to gain access to a space and a platform where they can learn the art of DJ'ing in a safe and supportive space and within a community of womxn.
Moderated by Jesse Boere, Associate Instructor of Music at NYU Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, this panel explored the ways in which professional training is changing in tertiary music education. Payam Susanni from the Yasar University in Turkey talked about the OMEGA Project, Opening More Employment Gates for Art and Music Students. Alex Ruthmann, Associate Professor of Music Education & Music Technology at NYU Steinhardt,  researched and designs new technologies and experiences for creative learning, music making, and entrepreneurial engagement and talked about his experience at the Music Experience Design Lab (New York City) and the Creative Experience Design Lab (Shanghai) and the different projects those labs engage in to enhance the experience in the (music) classroom.
Talking about new experiences, IRCAM is where it’s happening! Frederick Rousseau from the Institute for Music/Acoustic Research & Coordination (IRCAM) presented the latest in audio design and music application from the science labs. From the sound design and orchestral recording of the sound of an electric car to a tree transformed into a digital percussion instrument controller.
The IMC and EMC teams wish you a good start in the new year!

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