ICMP strongly supports the UN Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and its recognition of cultural diversity as a source of exchange, innovation, creativity and common heritage that is beneficial for present and future generations. In particular we support the Convention’s affirmation of the importance of IPR in sustaining those involved in cultural creativity.

Music publishers have a long tradition of promoting cultural diversity, for example by taking memorable melodies and recasting them in other languages and by investing in local and national repertoires. Publishers are particularly supportive of local culture and can transfer songs effectively to a larger cultural community through established commercial networks. ICMP calls on cultural institutions, international and national regulators to support cultural diversity through funding of the musical arts.