The Festival

Two days of music, conversations, worshops and more...
20 - 21 June 2020
12:00 pm

Traditionally Fête de la Musique / World Music Day is about bringing music out onto the streets - making it accessible to the public. This year, however, with global lockdowns and social distancing, music in the streets is an impossibility.

It’s in times like this that JMI believes the world music more than ever. As a matter of fact, bringing young people together with music to overcome times of difficulty is at the core of our organisation. It’s why we were founded 75 years ago.

That's why we're bringing you the
JMI World Music Day Pop-up Festival


We’re inviting our members, musicians, and friends in the youth music and cultural sector to:

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About JMI

Making a difference through music.

JMI is a global NGO that provides opportunities for young people and children to develop through music across all boundaries. Open to all styles of music, we work for and with the youth, harnessing the power of music to bridge social, geographical and cultural divides, creating an international platform for intercultural dialogue and acceptance.



Celebrate World Music Day with performances by young musicians from across the globe.


Network with other change makers in the 
JMI network, music and culture NGOs as well as cultural organisers, music practitioners and educators.


Experts and thought leaders discuss and share ideas and learnings  around best practices and key challenges.


Curated workshops and training sessions with practitioners and specialists from  the cultural sector, music NGOs and social media.


Join the movement as we start to address some of the key challenges facing youth music today.



Connect and share with thought leaders from the following organisations




Youth Music and Education: Tackling the impact of COVID-19 on music education globally; delving into the potential benefits and challenges that musical training online offers.

In the midst of the global crisis, music education faces many challenges, not least of which are massive funding cuts to the cultural sector. In this climate, the future of music education in schools is uncertain, as more and more we see music programs struck from school curricula. Through this session, we hope to identify a list of some of the key benefits and challenges of online music education.



Inclusion, Diversity, Equality and Accessibility:
How can music connect us in the time of global crisis?

In respect of June being Pride Month and 20 June being World Refugee Day, not to mention the current human rights protests that are sweeping through America and the world’s social media - it is only fitting that we dedicate a discussion to Inclusion, Diversity, Equality and Accessibility (IDEA) on this day. 

Through this discussion, we hope to uncover some of the ways in which youth music, the arts, and culture can bring people together across all boundaries in a spirit of acceptance and understanding so that we can move forward from a present defined by crisis towards a more inclusive, diverse and equal future with greater access to basic human rights for all.


"There's no recovery without culture"- Culture Action Europe
Funding youth music and cultural activities for a more sustainable future.

Recent research and surveys conducted by JMI and our peers have shown the devastating financial effect of COVID-19 on musicians and the cultural sector across the globe. Multiple cultural sector organisations have published impassioned calls for greater government intervention, but is this all that can be done?

In this session we uncover the issues and opportunities around cultural funding, while looking to current best practice to explore further possible solutions to the funding crisis.


Navigating the new “Live”: How does online music co-exist with existing live music practice in the 'new normal'.

The global crisis has shaken the foundation of what we stand for: bringing quality live music to young audiences and empowering young people through music across all boundaries. With human interaction and social cohesion at our sector's core, how can we continue our work in times of social distancing and digital substitution of live programs? Conversely, what benefits have we found in online solutions that we can take forward into the future. We answer these questions by looking at best practice from across the globe.



Workshops, sharing sessions, training and more...

Join us in the sessions space for further presentations and discussions around the key issues affecting our sector, as well as online skills training, funding and grant writing best practice sharing, LGBTQIA+ discussions, tune learning sessions, and much more. Full schedule to be published shortly.



Register now for the event.
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