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UNITAR & Arts Education

A vibrant and relevant performing arts sector requires early preparation and education.  Performing artists (musicians, dancers, actors et al) need holistic training to focus their artistic vision and to build professional development capacities vital for their careers.

In fact, education is a vital pillar of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by all Member States in 2015 to provide a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.

The Global Foundation for the Performing Arts (GFPA) has formed a mutually beneficial partnership with the United Nations Institute for training and Research (UNITAR) to advance the international conversation regarding arts education.

Working with educators, mentors and policy-makers, the partnership provides an online global conference platform to share knowledge directly with authorities and stakeholders including UNESCO and the diplomatic community.

GFPA and UNITAR look forward to continuing the conversation by presenting further conferences.


“The Sustainable Development of Classical Music – Securing the Future of Performance”

A Digital Conference incorporating the Annual Meeting of the Global Music Education League, was held on 16 & 17 November 2020.

The debate brought together international directors of music conservatories, competitions and experts in the classical music sector committed to providing essential mentorship to secure and rethink the future of performance.

Sessions were dedicated to Professional Development for Musicians, International Music Competitions in the face of COVID-19 and Music Education.

The Sustainable Development of Classical Music Conference – Day 1 UNITAR GFPA 16 Nov 2020
The Sustainable Development of Classical Music Conference – Day 2 UNITAR GFPA 17 Nov 2020

Art, in all its diversity, is an essential component of a comprehensive education for the full development of the individual.

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