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Youth International Cultural Management Program

In the framework of World Choral EXPO 2022, IFCM has created a program for young choral managers. YOUNG Youth International Management Program aims to give ten selected young individuals from all over the world an opportunity to learn and expand their knowledge and skills in the international cultural field by working closely with the WCE organising team. Building on the success of the YEMP program (Young Event Management Program) which the European Choral Association has organised for many years as part of Europa Cantat and the fact that IFCM currently has three employees who are former YEMPers, we want to provide an opportunity for young choral organisers from across the globe to gain experience on the spot as well as invest in the future of IFCM.

IFCM is happy to report 35 applications were received for this inaugural program. Representation from multiple countries reflected our international membership: Philippines (6); Russia (3); Estonia, German, Hungary, Latvia, Thailand (2); Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Iran, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Morocco, Portugal, Turkey, Slovenia, Serbia, Ukraine, USA (1).

​From the 35 applicants, the Selection Committee chose 10 that best fit the WCE program, those with motivation and the necessary skills in order to benefit from the YOUNG program. The committee also considered geographical and gender representation. Prior experiences were important, but the committee was also looking for young people willing to learn and share their knowledge.


Are you aged between 18 and 35?

Do you want to be a part of the organizing team of the World Choral EXPO 2022?

Then this is a call for you!

IFCM opens a call for YOUNG, Youth International Cultural Managers, to be a part of the World Choral EXPO 2022. You will have a chance to be a part of the team and get great experience in working closely with the organizing team of the World Choral EXPO 2022.


  • Selected young managers will not need to pay a participation fee, and food and accommodation (from August 26 until September 9) will be provided by IFCM. However, IFCM is unfortunately not able to cover the travel expenses.

  • Selected young managers will be able to attend concerts or rehearsals or some of The Singing Network EXchange sessions depending on their responsibilities in the organizing team and their schedule.

  • Selected young managers will have two free workshops designed especially to help them improve, exchange knowledge and grow in the cultural management world.  


  • 26 August 2022: ARRIVAL DATE

  • 27 August - 2 September: Workshops and Working in the Festival Team

  • 3-7 September: World Choral EXPO 2022

  • 9 September 2022: DEPARTURE DATE

Selected participants will be informed by the end of April 2022. To secure your place in YOUNG, we will ask you to provide a copy of your flight/train/bus ticket to Oeiras/Lisbon, Portugal as soon as it's booked.

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