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Survey: the role of civil society in the promotion and implementation of the 2005 Convention

BOP Consulting are working with UNESCO to gather information and data for the 2017 edition of the UNESCO Global Report on the role of civil society in the promotion and implementation of the 2005 Convention.

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Workshop on Policy Work on National level and European Agenda for Music

Continuing its very successful series of capacity building workshops, the European Music Council will offer a workshop specially targeting EMC members in the categories of "National Music Councils" and of "National and Specialised Organisations" in March 2017. The workshop will take place in Paris, in cooperation with Plate-Forme Intérregionale and focus on policy work at national level. An introduction to the European Agenda for Music (EAM) and discussions with the working group chairs will provide better understanding of the Agenda and the potential benefits for national music organisations.

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IMZ Customer Newsletter January 2017

imzYour monthly update on performing arts releases,
live streams, previews and specials - directly from the producers. Brought to you by the IMZ International Music + Media Centre, the international business network promoting performing arts through audiovisual media.

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MARS Updates

LogoMARS Trans

MARS project just entered its second year of activity. In the last six months most of the preparatory and structural steps of the projects were implemented, creating the basis for its public development:

• Publication on MARS Website of 3 Intellectual Outputs foreseen: the Needs Analysis, Specialisation Profile and Staff Training Guidelines, now accessible online;


• 2 Transnational Partner Meetings took place (London, 11-12 April and Montespertoli, 13-14 July 2016) to follow up and manage the project development and allow the work of the Evaluation Committee;


• Definition of the teaching body, development of the learning methodologies and pedagogical contents during the Staff Training Days mobility (London, 24-28 April 2016, Nordoff Robbins hosting);


• Creation of the structure of the Pilot Course, composed by 10 modules arranged and delivered by international equipes of teachers covering all MARS inherent subjects;


• Selection of the international students from applications, creation of tutoring groups and definition of the supervision process during the development of the course and internship;


• Launch of the Course with a mobility Pilot Seminar (Montespertoli, 5-15 July 2016, Prima Materia hosting), with the inclusion of two Palestinian students, refugees in Lebanon who cooperate with the partner NISCVT “Beit Atfal Assomoud”;

• Beginning of the Online Pilot Course in September based on the e-learning platform hosted on MARS website and use of distant-tuition techniques;


• Official conclusion of the first year of activity with interim reporting to the French National Erasmus Plus Agency and mid-term final budget covering eleven months from the beginning of the project under the EU grant.

Rostrum+: Thallein Ensemble at BOZAR

Thallein Ensemble

This concert is presented in the framework of Rostrum+: a cooperation project co-funded by the Creative Programme of the European Union and coordinated by the International Music Council that aims to rethink the ways in which contemporary music connects with audiences through radio network by exploring new strategies to develop audiences, promote new music, enhance the skills of radio professionals and inspire cooperation between musicians, higher music education institutions and broadcasting companies throughout Europe and beyond. The programme is the result of a one year creative process steered by Ulrich Hauschild, Director of BOZAR MUSIC, through an initial one-day workshop and continued monitoring throughout the academic year. This concert features pre-, in- between and after-concert talks between the audience, the musicians and a music specialists for a travel inside the music itself.

This concert features pre-, in- between and after-concert talks between the audience, the musicians and a music specialists for a travel inside the music itself.

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UNESCO’s Global Report on Culture for Sustainable Development

"Culture: Urban Future" is the first report of its kind, intended as a policy
framework document to support governments in the implementation of the
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda.

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Dame Evelyn Glennie, Ramy Essam and Tabu Osusa nominated IMC Five Music Rights Champions

Paris, 13 October 2016

The core values of the International Music Council are embodied in a set of Five Music Rights, which have been guiding, since their proclamation in 2001, the work of the IMC and of its network comprising 1000 music organisations in 150 countries of the world.

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MARS: Latest News

LogoMARS Trans

MARS – Music And Resilience Support project is now entering the second year of activity with the support of the Erasmus + Programme funded by the European Union.
During the past year the MARS partnership built the foundation for the development of the whole project, mainly represented by the four Intellectual Outputs that provide the essential theoretical and methodological resources for its implementation. A new phase has just begun involving the participation of 15 students in the first MARS Online Course. They will develop and improve their skills in psychosocial music interventions in conflict areas and disadvantaged social contexts.
At the same time the project is entering a period of intense public activity to disseminate its results and enlarge the network of professionals and organisations interested in MARS approach.

The Course


The new phase, dense and dynamic, started with a kick-off seminar which was held in Italy in July, hosted by Association Prima Materia. The group of students immediately showed a deep involvement in the course topics, in the project aims and rationale and a warm relationship was established with the MARS staff. During the next months the students will be engaged in 10 Modules covering different aspects of the training, from musical and choral techniques to fundamentals of psychology, sociology and anthropology and project planning.
MARS teachers and researchers will follow the students in their training programme, will tutor their studies and supervision their internship in a practical experience of psychosocial intervention based on music as a transformation tool.

Habitat III - New Urban Agenda

In October 2016, the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), to be held in Quito, will adopt the New Urban Agenda, a document which is expected to provide guidance on the development of urban policies around the world for the next 20 years. The process of discussion and consultation leading to Habitat III is now coming to an end, with a ‘zero draft’ of the New Urban
Agenda released on 6 May 2016 and a revised version published on 18 June 2016.

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