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The European Music Council, a regional group of the International Music Council (IMC), is the umbrella organisation for musical life in Europe. It is a platform for National Music Councils and organisations involved in various fields of music from many European countries.

The International Music Council (IMC), founded in 1949 by UNESCO, is the world's largest network of organisations and institutions working in the field of music. The International Music Council promotes access to music for all and the value of music in the lives of all peoples. Through its members and their networks, IMC has direct access to over 1000 organisations in some 150 countries and to 200 million persons eager to develop and share knowledge and experience on diverse aspects of musical life.

In September 2019, Alfons Karabuda was elected President of the International Music Council.


ECSA is a member of the EMC (European Music Council) and IMC (International Music Council). In line with the IMC’s 5 Musical Rights, the EMC’s strategies and actions honour human and cultural rights such as:

the right for all children and adults: 

  • to express themselves musically in full freedom , 
  • to learn musical languages and skills;
  • to have access to musical involvement through participation, listening, creation and information;

the right for musical artists:

  •  to develop their artistry and communicate through all media, with appropriate facilities at their disposal;
  •  to obtain fair recognition and remuneration for their work.