A successful 4th International Orchestra Conference

IOC logo (EN)The 4th FIM International Orchestra Conference which took place in Montreal from 11 to 14 May 2017, drew about 300 participants

After Berlin (2008), Amsterdam (2011) and Oslo (2014), FIM’s International Orchestra Conference took place for the first time on North American soil, in Montreal, in cooperation with the Quebec Musicians’ Guild (GMMQ, local 406 of the AFM).

Within the scope of a specific partnership, all delegates were invited to attend the closing concert of Montreal’s International Musical Competition, with prizewinners from the 2017 edition and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra conducted by Claus Peter Flor.
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4th International Orchestra Conference (IOC)

Montreal Symphony Orchestra

For the first time since 2008, the International Orchestra Conference will be taking place in North America, (Montreal), at the invitation of GMMQ (local section 406 of AFM) and under the patronage of Quebec orchestra conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin. As in the previous three editions, the choice of speakers from the five continents will reflect the widest geographical diversity.

Since the first IOC edition, FIM has aimed at fostering dialogue and exchanges between musicians and directors, with a view to opening up relationships.
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Conclusions of the 3rd IOC

All orchestras around the world should support the global initiative “Music against child labour” by dedicating one of their concerts – including those already scheduled – until December 2014 to this campaign. They should also keep FIM and ILO-IPEC informed of their plans or decisions in this respect, so that this information can be used to encourage others to join in.

1. Future of symphony orchestras: new concepts, new working practices
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The Oslo call
February 26th, 2014

“Representatives from musicians’ unions in more than 30 countries, meeting in Oslo on February 26, 2014, express their deepest concern about the situation of symphony and opera orchestras around the world.

In Greece, The Netherlands, Germany, the United States, a number of orchestras have been closed down, sometimes overnight. In many other countries, they are being threatened with reductions in funding and budgetary cuts.

In the context of the global recession, it is self-evident that orchestras suffer as well as other sectors of the economy.
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3rd FIM International Orchestra Conference

The 3rd edition of FIM’s International Orchestra Conference (IOC) will be taking place in Oslo, Norway, from the 24 to 26 February 2014, with the backing of Norwegian musicians’ union MFO.

The first two editions (Berlin, 2008 – Amsterdam, 2011) each brought together over 200 participants from some 40 countries from all parts of the world. With the help of recognized specialists, they made it possible to address issues at the core of musicians’ professional lives, such as financing orchestras, health and occupational diseases, prevention of risks or working conditions.
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