Cyprus Music Information Center (CyMIC) – MINSTREL Project
CyMIC was established in 2008 by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra Foundation, with the purpose to promote and encourage development, production and appreciation of the music created by Cypriot composers and musicians. CyMIC provides specialized information, publications and music scores about the whole range of Cyprus music. For the purposes of music education, a broad range of information sources are being developed. CyMIC also contributes to the broader cultural development and promotes the achievements of Cypriot music artists and acts on their behalf, as an additional dynamic voice in discourses on cultural policy at the national level. CyMIC is a full member of the International Association of Music Information Centres (IAMIC).
In order to encounter contemporary challenges with respect to the new economic models in the field of cultural industry, the Center, together with other European partners, joined forces in 2012 for the implementation of MINSTREL Project. Through the project, organizations of the music sector built a productive cooperation network and implemented a series of actions targeting the transnational mobility of musicians as well as the circulation and dissemination of European music. The overall objective of the project related to the promotion of music diversity at European level in the frame of the 2005 UNESCO Convention.
MINSTREL was a transnational project promoting cooperation between European partners, for the implementation of concrete activities related to the following aspects:
1. Trans-national circulation of music works
2. Trans-national mobility actions
3. Intercultural Dialogue: Cooperation and Dissemination actions
The expected results mainly relate to enhancing intercultural cooperation, promoting mobility of artists and improving distribution and circulation of cultural goods (music works).
In order to achieve the above results, the implementation of the project included:
i. the creation of a cooperation platform for European Music Organizations based on internet services and targeting the promotion and dissemination of the digital archives of the Music Organizations.
ii. the promotion of the mobility of musicians and the dissemination of their work (e.g. through the digital promotion of music ensembles, organization of transnational and mobility events - "Music exchanges").
iii. the collection and dissemination of local music industry and management information. This list is hosted in a digital database accessible worldwide.