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International Music Council (IMC)
The International Music Council (IMC), found­ed in 1949 by UNESCO, is the world’s largest net­work of orga­ni­za­tions 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 1972 the ‘European region­al group of the IMC/​UNESCO was formed. It was renamed the European Music Council (EMC) in 1992 and the sec­re­tari­at was based in Aarau, Switzerland. Since 1 January 2000 the Secretariat has been locat­ed in Bonn, Germany and has been reg­is­tered under German law as a non-​profit organ­i­sa­tion since March 2003.

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