The International Music Council (IMC), founded in 1949 by UNESCO, is the world's largest network of organizations, institutions and individuals working in the field of music. The International Music Council promotes musical diversity, access to culture for all and unites organizations in some 150 countries worldwide in building peace and understanding among peoples of all cultures and heritage.
The International Music Council advocates access to music and has proclaimed and works towards the advancement of the five music rights:
- The right for or all children and adults:
- to express themselves musically in all freedom
- to learn musical languages and skills
- to have access to musical involvement through participation, listening, creation, and information
The right for all musical artists:
- to develop their artistry and communicate through all media, with proper facilities at their disposal
- to obtain just recognition and remuneration for their work
By advocating these rights, the International Music Council contributes to the development and strengthening of friendly working relations between all the musical cultures of the world on the basis of their absolute equality, mutual respect and appreciation. Over the past sixty years, IMC has developed as a world expert organization, a forum for exchange and reflection and an observatory in the field of music. Mandated to promote all types of music, IMC is an organization habilitated to speak to governments, institutions and regions. It works through and for its members to internationally support the development and the promotion of diverse music and the role of musicians in the context of social, cultural and economic development. In the course of its existence, IMC has developed into a highly influential network. This is due in large part to its geographic extension and the variety of competence of its membership. Through its members, IMC has direct access to over 1000 organizations across the world, creating a network of knowledge and experience that touches on every aspect of music. In addition to working with its members and international partners on local, regional and international projects, IMC and its members participate in a number of UNESCO’s projects and initiatives in the fields of culture, education and youth.