International Music Associations Call For United Support On The Proposed UNESCO Convention On Cultural Diversity
Ahead of the 33rd session of the UNESCO General Conference to be held on 3-21 October in Paris, international music associations from across the globe call for unqualified support to adopt the proposed Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.
The grouping gathers music companies and trade associations from all the continents that are united to deliver an international strategy to deal with common commercial, political and cultural issues affecting all independents.
99% of music companies are medium, small or micro enterprises representing 20% market shares in the global music market. They represent the bulk of employment in music. These independent companies play a fundamental role in cultural and economic terms. They invest in original local culture, taking significant risks and developing new genres and talent. They guarantee innovation, freedom of expression, local cultural and economic empowerment, pluralistic market structures, cultural diversity and consumer choice.
The independents believe that national and international policies are needed to ensure a fair environment in the music market. These policies are being challenged, in particular in the framework of the ongoing trade negotiations within the World Trade Organisation.
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