IBERORQUESTAS: Iberorquestas Youth Program
Objectives: Disseminate among boys and girls, teens and young people orchestral practice as a valuable tool for artistic and human development, as well as for the social integration of the most underprivileged sectors of the population, and encourage the presence and awareness of Ibero-American cultural diversity in the sphere of music, encouraging the training of new audiences in the region and broadening job prospects for future music professionals.
Background: In the framework of the XVIII Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government, at the proposal of Venezuela, in 2008 an Ibero-American Program to encourage musical activity was created. In 2009 the Intergovernmental Council was set up. Venezuela initially presided the program and was in charge of technical unit, until Mexico took over in 2010 (the latter country being reelected for a second three-year term in 2013).
The lines of action are: Mobility, training, strengthening of the orchestral system, integration of gender and ethnic group, program synergy, visibility, call for projects.
And the activities: Concerts, festivals, workshops, contests.
The IBER programs were created to combine effects and cooperate in achieving a common goal at the regional level (Ibero-American), generally to strengthen sectorial public policies. They are based in the cooperation among countries, and have some shared objectives: encourage the development of inclusive and innovative projects; strengthen cultural and creative industries; promote collaboration between entreprises within the sector and their participation in joint projects, and foster the flow and exchange of cultural goods and services; promote training and capacity building; and set up synergies and facilitate mobility of artists and their works.
In this frame, each program has its own objectives and priorities, enumerated in the section 2 above.
Participating countries are: Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Spain, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Uruguay, Colombia, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The Intergovernmental Council Program meets twice a year, with Spain taking part in these meetings. Spain contributed 190,000€ to the program in 2015.
The Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB) is an international organization created in 1999 for fulfilling the objetives of the Ibero-American Conference.
Amongst its duties, SEGIB is in charge of the "Follow up on inititatives and evaluation of (...) Programs (...) under the Ibero-American Conference".
In SEGIB's Annual Reports are including the figures, the main activities and the achievements of each IBER program.