The project aims to structure the African music industry as a functioning and viable sector through the provision of cultural management courses, internship programmes and work placements for young music professionals in Cameroon, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique and the United Republic of Tanzania.
The International Music Council (IMC) is an international non-profit organization committed to making music accessible for all.
- Long-term and short-term internship programmes are established and the following participants empowered: 5 African music students, including 3 young women, from higher education institutions through long-term internships at music festival organizations and 30 music and/or cultural management students through short-term internships, as well as 250 students and academic staff, and over 5,000 people and their communities directly impacted by the activities of the project.
- Six young African professionals, including three women, are given employment opportunities in the music sector through the development of their professional skills.
- Organizing the internship programmes in partnership with various organizations across Africa that are experienced in the African music sector.
- Carrying out cultural management courses as well as strengthening the participants’ theoretical and practical knowledge of the African music market.
- Undertaking two-month work placement programmes to develop professional skills in the following areas of festival organization: artistic programming, stage management, sound engineering, lighting and design, press, marketing, fundraising, networking, logistics and talent management.
- Contributes to the development of the African music industry – by conducting capacity-building activities such as cultural management courses and work placements for young music professionals but also by incorporating the internship programmes in the universities’ curricula, IMC will ensure that a greater diversity of cultural goods and services can reach the marketplace.
- Strengthens professional capacities of both young men and young women participants equally and widens participation and collaboration in the music industry - students will be introduced to professional skills in the area of festival organization and given the necessary resources to participate and support the music industry in Africa.
- Promotes South-South cooperation within Africa - the participants of the various capacity-building activities will undertake their internships or work placements in festivals or institutes that take place in different African countries than their own. As a consequence, networks will be built and regional cooperation strengthened.