Celebrating 77 years of JM International: The 77th JMI + AGA in Banyoles, Spain

  • about 18 days ago

Under the theme “Rhythms of Resilience”, the 77th JMI Global Conference and Annual General Assembly (AGA) took place in Banyoles & Girona (Spain) from the 12th-15th July, 2022.

The event focused on taking attendees on a journey of reflection, discovery and learning, looking at the measures within the international youth-music community to create more resilient and sustainable cultural offerings that enable children and youth to thrive, both personally and professionally.


This JMI Global was also a space to discover amazing young talented musicians from around the world. The musical lineup included: Joina (Spain), Hanke Brothers (Germany), Faith Mussa (Malawi), VIMMA (Finland), Trio Oro (Norway), Orthemis Orchestra (Spain). Whilst in Banyoles, delegates of the conference also had the opportunity to experience several superb up-and-coming artists from our hosts, JM Spain - Criatures, Alba Alsina Quintet and Cat Klezmer Trio, and JM Catalunya at the Fringe Festival in Torroella de Montgri.


The 77th summit included inspiring talks by Silja Fischer (International Music Council) and Jordi Pascual (Founding Coordinator of the Committee on Culture of the world organisation of United Cities and Local Governments) - "Culture and SDG's", Lee Higgins & Sarah-Jane Gibson (York St. John University) - "Sustainable Practices in Ethno", Felix Barros Ribalta (Evento Medido / Measurevent) - "How your impact can affect policy", Silvia Bueso (Lecturer, trainer and coach) - "The Art of Asking", Jeff Bacon (Family in Music) - "The future of working with young musicians online".


The JMI Global conference was followed by the JMI AGA, the annual coming together of the network’s political representatives in order to discuss the future, plan new collaborations and advance the organisation's 12+ international programs. On the back of some very challenging years and with several urgent global issues still in play, the network sought to develop strategies and partnerships to keep carrying out its goal of enabling young people to develop through music across all boundaries.


New JMI Board Elected

JMI is proud to announce the new board 2022-2023. They are:

President: Jessie Westenholz (France)

Vice President: Nenad Bogdanovic (Cyprus)

Treasurer: Joelle Khayat (Lebanon)

Alessandra Fernandez Alvez Da Costa (Brazil)

David Zsoldos (Hungary

Faisal Kiwewa (Uganda)

Julien Beurms (Belgium)

Melody Zambuko (Zimbabwe)

Peng Jipeng (China)

Blasko Smilevski (Macedonia // JMI Executive Director - Ex-Officio)


Welcoming our newest JMI Members

The JMI General Assembly unanimously accepts Asociación Cultural Ensamble Transatlántico (Chile) and Flotsam Sessions (UK) as new Associate Members of JMI.

  • Asociación Cultural Ensamble Transatlántico (Chile):

Asociación Cultural Ensamble Transatlántico is a non-profit organisation whose mission is to develop projects of socio-cultural impact, quality, and coherence. It promotes art and culture in its different manifestations through education, extension, teaching, and research, both in its organisational, promotional and heritage approaches.

  • Flotsam Sessions (UK):

Flotsam Sessions creates exciting musical spaces where people from diverse backgrounds and experiences come together to share, express, learn and perform music. With a base in roots music from all over the world, we aim to create cross-cultural dialogue that transcends borders and creates a human space for all.


New JMI Honorary President

The JMI General Assembly appoints Rob Van Waijen, former JMI Treasurer, as JMI Honorary President.


Next JMI Global + AGA The 78th JMI Global in 2023 will take place in Harare, Zimbabwe in October. We look forward to receiving all of our members and partners together with our hosts MC Zimbabwe.


JM International Global + AGA 2022: Day 1 - Livestream

JM International Global + AGA 2022: Day 2 - Livestream