Led by 8 current music organisations in France, Belgium and England, the IC Music project (International Cooperation Trough Music) was validated by the INTERREG IVA 2 Seas programme on the 10 and 11 May 2011.
In January 2010, with a wealth of on-going cross-border experiences, the 4 partners in the 4x4 project (le Grand Mix (Fr), les 4 Ecluses (Fr), De Kreun (Be), 4AD (Be)) decided to pursue the adventure by expanding to England. Le Grand Mix identified the INTERREG IV A 2 seas programme which was immediately presented as the most suitable framework to establish this expanded operation. In March 2010, le Grand Mix suggested 2 new French organisations (la Cave aux Poètes and la Lune des Pirates) to join the project.
Thanks to the mobilisation of these six organisations, Superact! (Eng) joined the project and brought a second partner, the Phoenix concert hall (Eng). Two work meetings, bringing together the partners in Tourcoing in October, and in Taunton in November 2010, as well as a “skype” meeting, allowed the partners to build and consolidate the “IC Music” project in its current form. Three objectives for IC Music The main goal of the “IC Music” project is to construct a sustainable and long-lasting cross-border cooperation among professional “live” music actors from England, Belgium and France.
To achieve this, the partners are going to base their action on achieving three specific objectives: - Firstly, the project will work on facilitating the circulation of artists in the process of turning professional in the 2 seas territory; - Secondly, the partners will develop mutual comprehension of the working of different organisations, necessary for the construction of a durable cooperation, particularly through the organisation of seminars during professional meetings, the circulation of partner organisations’ teams and language learning; - Thirdly, the project will contribute to raising cultural awareness among distant audiences. Supported by the EAFRD funds, financing up to 50% of the expenses incurred, IC Music has given itself 3 years to achieve its objectives (2011-2014).For more information : http://www.interreg4a-2mers.eu/en