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World Networks

International networks can be divided between those that are open to governments (often exclusively) – Intergovernmental Organisations (IGOs) – and those that operate as Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs). Gradually a third group is emerging which brings together official agencies and public sector bodies (para-governmental organisations).

UNESCO is just one of the UN agencies that have an impact on world artistic life. Many other agencies have cultural responsibilities, such as:

The most important regular contacts are with those agencies with a direct bearing on artistic professionals’ working conditions and financial welfare – ILO, WIPO and UNCTAD.

The International Network for Cultural Policy (INCP) emerged in 1998 and is not part of the UN system. It describes itself as an ‘international forum where national ministers responsible for culture can explore and exchange views on new and emerging cultural policy issues and to develop strategies to promote cultural diversity’.

The International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies (IFACCA) is a highly impressive platform for sharing information on policy and subsidy. Its fortnightly e-bulletin combines institutional information with a very useful digest of news in English on the arts from throughout the world.

UNESCO has an involved relationship with NGOs as it originally helped start and paid for a handful of art form organisations. The group includes: -

To this need to be added the two main performing arts Trade Unions, which relate as closely to ILO as UNESCO – respectively the International Federations of Musicians and Actors (FIM and FIA

Away from this group there are a growing number that are taken seriously by UNESCO, without having the benefit of direct support.
Among them are: -

  • International Artists Managers Association (IAMA)
  • International Association of Music Information Centres (IAMIC)
  • International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI)
  • International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC)
  • International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM)
  • International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies (IFACCA)
  • International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM)
  • International Federation of Festival Organisations (IFFO)
  • International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR)
  • International Federation for Jeunesses Musicales
  • International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA)
  • International Network for Cultural Diversity (INCD)*
  • International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM)
  • International Society for Music Education (ISME)
  • International Society of the Performing Arts (ISPA)*
  • International Organisation of Scenographers, Technicians and Theatre Architects (OISTAT)
  • Foundation for Community Dance
  • Res Artis: International Network of Artists Residencies

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