Report from JMI AGA


Since 1945, Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI) – the largest youth music NGO in the world – has brought together a network of national and associate member organizations from over 52 countries worldwide to engage in meetings, discussions, workshops, and trainings to strengthen the network. Known as the JMI AGA (Annual General Assembly), this year’s event was hosted in the Turkish capital of Ankara from the 3rd to the 7th of September where delegates enjoyed the warm hospitality offered by the JM Turkey Team (Sevda Cenap And Müzik Vakfı) and the JMI Head Office.

 “It is our passion to serve the needs and interests of young people through music that brings us together. With an unwavering conviction that through this powerful medium, we can make a difference in the lives of young people and the community at large” declared JMI Secretary General Dag Franzén, talking in front of the international delegates. Franzén went on to describe JMI’s role in the global village “Music as a universal language, as a way of expression, allows us to cross borders that politics is at times unable to do, thus acting as an invaluable bridge between cultures and civil societies hat is currently needed now more so than ever”.   

Above all, the JMI AGA is a platform to discuss the past, present and future of the network: to exchange ideas, take decisions and embark on actions that will impact on the running of the organization for the coming years. But it is also a networking opportunity for JMI members, to renew and strengthen personal bonds that have been forged over the years and to create new relationships with new members.

This year JMI has the distinct pleasure of welcoming eight new organizations from four different continents into the network. Miagi from South Africa becomes the JMI National Member Section of South Africa, replacing the previous JM South Africa, after they applied for Associate Member status rather than national. The seven new Associate Members are: Alaap from Pakistan, Cultural Connections Organization from Ghana, Festival Vancouver from Canada, The Orchestra Company from South Africa, La Banda Europa Organization from Scotland, Live Music in Schools  (LMS) from Denmark and Dunk from Finland.

The 63rd AGA has been one of many new beginnings; the network has unanimously elected Per Ekedahl of JM Sweden as their President for a three years mandate. The board elected by the AGA delegates is well balanced youth and experience,

1st Vice President: Angelika Möser (Austria)
2nd Vice President: Petra Mohorcic (Slovenia).
Treasurer: Pierre Vansteenkiste (Belgium)
Nenad Bogdanovic (Cyprus)
Gaëlle Deldime (Belgium)
Dubravka Dujmovic-Kuzan (Croatia)
Zorana Latkovic (Serbia) – under 30
Jaques Marquis (Canada)
Solveig Riiser (Norway) – under 30
Tobias Schröter (Germany) – under 30

This was also an AGA of farewells; Eric Andersen who has been JMI’s Treasurer for the last six years finished his term and will now be replaced by Pierre Vansteenkiste, him also being a banker of Belgian decent. We wish Eric all the best for the future and send him our deepest thanks for the invaluable services he has provided JMI with over the years.

Last but not least, the 63rd JMI AGA was to be the last general assembly for Dag Franzén as the organization’s Secretary General, as from October 2008 he will pass the torch on to his successor Blasko Smilevski. This will not be the end of Dag’s 27 general assembly record, for he will return next year at 64th JMI AGA in Slovenia as the Executive Director of Music Crossroads International, the program which he founded in 1995 and will continue to run outside the JMI Head Office from 2009.

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