UN75/UNESCO ResiliArt Debate ‘Music and Film: Rebuilding Better Through Coronavirus and Beyond’ 21 July 2020


This special ResiliArt dialogue, organized by the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council (UNCMS), in partnership with UN75 and UNESCO, was moderated by Ernesto Ottone R, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Culture. The UN Secretary-General’s Advisor on UN75, Fabrizio Hochschild, and World Health Organization’s Art and Health Lead Christopher Bailey, offered opening statements.

The panel featured Sean Flahaven, Chief Theatricals Executive of Concord, the fifth largest music company in the world and a Tony and Grammy award-winning producer, including of the six-time Platinum hit musical HamiltonEmellie O’Brien, Founder & CEO of Earth Angel, a pioneering sustainability consultancy dedicated to greening film and television production; Joseph Bartning, Executive Director of the Salzburg Festival Society; and Rose H. Schwartz, partner at entertainment law firm Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo, P.C., representing U.S. and international film and television producers, authors, opera companies, record labels, and creative talent. 

This UN75/UNESCO ResiliArt panel discussion explored the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the music and film industries, what can be done to protect creators and artists who are disproportionately affected by it, and how the music and film industries can be part of solutions to the global challenges facing our world.

#UN75 is the United Nations’ largest outreach initiative to engage the global public and civil society to address the most urgent challenges of our time. The views, concerns and ideas expressed in UN75 Moderated Dialogues will be presented to world leaders of all 193 UN Member States and UN leadership at the official commemoration of the UN’s 75th Anniversary in September 2020. After September 2020, groups around the world will discuss how best to take forward the priorities and proposals generated from these Dialogues. To learn more about UN75, visit https://www.un.org/en/un75