Silja Fischer, IMC Secretary General, introduced a study on “The Protection and Promotion of Musical Diversity” that was carried out by the International Music Council (IMC) for the UNESCO in 2006. To assist in achieving a global perspective on a global issue, the IMC engaged consultants from representative regions on the five continents. The study clearly noticed the fears expressed by some that the UNESCO Convention for cultural diversity will be used to repress rather than protect and promote it.
The researchers conclude that “musical diversity is served if there is free cross-border flow of musics from other countries and cultures. There is a dilemma, however, that such freedom allows dominance by the music sold by the most powerful international traders, and so musical diversity is not necessarily served.”
You may download the Power Point presentation of Silja Fischer here.
Download the full report and appendices from the IMC website here.