UNESCO and the European Music Council
”For the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) music simply is ‘a public affair’. As an intergovernmental organisation, composed of 195 member states, everything this UN agency does has a public incidence, in all its areas of competence: education, sciences, social sciences, communication and information and… culture.
In all these fields, UNESCO functions as a laboratory of ideas, standard setter, catalyst for international cooperation, clearing house and capacity-builder in its Member States. The purpose of this article will be best served by focusing on UNESCO’s standard-setting and capacity-building functions.”
So begins Silja Fischer’s article ‘UNESCO and Music’ in 2012/2013 Sounds in Europe (p 18), one of many thought-provoking contributions to that issue.
Silja Fischer is Secretary General of the International Music Council (IMC), which Dick Letts chaired for two consecutive two-year periods (2005-2009)
The IMC, founded in 1949 by UNESCO, is the world’s largest network of organisations, institutions and individuals working in the field of music. The European Music Council is a regional group of the IMC. It has members in 31 countries ranging from Russia, Azerbaijan, Israel and Turkey in the east, to the United Kingdom.
2012/2013 Sounds in Europe was the eighth annual volume. All are accessible on the website quoted above. Just scroll to the annual issue and click Download.
“The policy map shows legislative measures that have a positive impact on music activities in the different European countries.
This list is by no means exhaustive. If you have knowledge of other laws in a country that supports music, please let us know and write to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Quoted from the policy map in 2012/2013 Sounds in Europe, p 22. The legend, with a note on each policy measure included, as reproduced below, is on p 24.
Notes and quotes compiled by Editor. Placed on Knowledge Base 9 March 2014.
Hans founded his own consulting firm, Economic Strategies Pty Ltd, in 1984, following 25 years with larger organisations. He specialised from the outset in applied cultural economics — one of his first major projects was The Australian Music Industry for the Music Board of the Australia Council (published in 1987), which also marks his first connection with Richard Letts who was the Director of the Music Board in the mid-1980s. Hans first assisted the Music Council of Australia in 2000 and between 2006 and 2008 proposed and developed the Knowledge Base, returning in an active capacity as its editor in 2011. In November 2013 the Knowledge Base was transferred to The Music Trust, with MCA's full cooperation.
Between 2000 and 2010 Hans also authored or co-authored several major domestic and international climate change projects, using scenario planning techniques to develop alternative long-term futures. He has for several years been exploring the similarities between the economics of cultural and ecological change, and their continued lack of political clout which is to a large extent due to conventional GDP data being unable to measure the true value of our cultural and environmental capital. This was announced as a major scenario-planning project for The Music Trust in March 2014 (articles of particular relevance to the project are marked *, below).