The IMC World Forum on Music

The IMC World Forum on Music is an influential global platform for sharing knowledge about music and society in the 21st century, a platform that explores a variety of topics from different perspectives: cultural, political and economic. The topics go beyond the aesthetic aspects of music production and address the mechanisms that promote or inhibit the active participation of people in cultural experiences.

This year’s Forum will once again be an important opportunity for IMC members to meet and engage with colleagues from other areas to broaden their horizons and find inspiration for new projects, even partners for their implementation.

The Forum will revolve around the five themes of the Music Rights.

Give me Five: The Five Music Rights in Action –  where international experts, artists and inspirational speakers will share experiences and insights to highlight good practices and main challenges in the implementation of the Five Music Rights in the global music ecosystem.

A non-commercial initiative, the forum allows government officials, private sector leaders, operators, activists, academics and practitioners to engage in high-level interdisciplinary discussions and brainstorm together on guidelines for action.

On Sunday, 29 September, Allin Gray (IAYO Director) will be explaining with a bit more detail what the third right covers, & he will be introducing the inspirational Arn Chorn-Pond who is a musician, human rights activist, and survivor of the Khmer Rouge period and founder of Cambodian Living Arts which focuses on endangered performing art forms and rituals.  Young musicians joining this panel will be, Mariam Obange (backup vocalist on Tusker Project Fame, Nairobi) and Carl Jones from St Agnes Music Project, Crumlin, Dublin (now Scoil Úna Naofa). Carl is a young music rights advocate who recently visited music projects in Kenya.

In addition to members of IMC global network, the Forum will also be open to a broad audience of all those who work in music and those who are able to make decisions for better conditions in which music is celebrated – created, interpreted, disseminated, transmitted and learned, preserved, exchanged etc., all over the world.

For the 6th edition of the Forum in 2019, the members of the IMC wished this edition to be held in Paris in honor of the 70th anniversary of the organization.

This is a great opportunity for IMC members, non-members and students to hear from many amazing speakers from all around the world.

Date: Saturday, 28 September 2019 – Tuesday, 1 October 2019
Venue: La Bellevilloise, PARIS

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