A “Picnic under the Stars” featuring musicians from Argentina, Australia and Tibet during the 5th IMC World Forum on Music held in Brisbane, 21-24 November 2013, offered the perfect setting for the ceremony of the IMC Five Music Rights Awards 2013.
The recipients of this 3rd Awards edition were once again projects or programmes which had been recognised as having supported one or more of the five IMC Five Music Rights, in an exemplary way.
When presenting the award to Susana Ferreres, representing the Orchestra of Indigenous Instruments and New Technology (Argentina), IMC Executive Vice-President Gary Ingle underlined the “comprehensiveness and thoroughness of the programme, the vision it represents, and the endurance with which it has been implemented (…) [which] stands out as an excellent model for other music councils and national music organisations. As there are indigenous and traditional instruments in every culture, it stands out as an inspiring example for others.” The Orchestra was nominated for the Award by the Argentine National Music Council, whose representative Juan Pablo Nicoletti also received the certificate.
For the project “Music and Resilience” for Palestinian refugees of Lebanon, Deborah Parker from project host Associazione Prima Materia (Italy) received the IMC Five Music Rights Award 2013 from the hands of Advisory Panel chair Einar Solbu, who reminded the audience that the project “aims to empower children and adolescents living under the most stressful and unworthy conditions in refugee camps. (...) Even if it has been in operation only a couple of years, [it has] already shown remarkable impact on the children and adolescence involved.” Sonja Greiner, Secretary General of the European Choral Association- Europa Cantat, received the certificate on behalf of nominating IMC member Moviment Coral Català.
IMC Vice-President Hisham Sharaf presented the third Award to the programme “Remix the Orchestra”, represented by Lee Martelli, Education Manager of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Mr. Sharaf declared that “This programme sets the stage for artistic collaboration between at-risk young people, professional hip-hop artists and orchestra musicians (…) it is an excellent model which should inspire symphonic orchestras all over the world to find ways to communicate and interact with young people and hence make themselves relevant for new generations.” The programme was nominated by IMC member SOUNZ, the Center for New Zealand Music, represented at the ceremony by its director Julie Sperring.
The Five Music Rights of the International Music Council as well as IMC's mission and objectives honour human and cultural rights as enunciated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in other relevant international covenants propagated by the United Nations, UNESCO and equivalent organisations. The IMC is an international NGO in official partnership with UNESCO.