Founded in 1957, the World Federation of International Music Competitions is dedicated to establishing a global network of internationally recognised organisations that through public competition discover the most promising young talents in the great tradition of classical music and further their careers by presenting them before distinguished juries, general audiences, the media, and the rest of the music community.

The headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland.

The WFIMC is a Member of the International Music Council (founded by UNESCO, Paris).
125 of the world's leading music competitions belong to the Federation. A number of important international music organisations are associate members of the WFIMC.



Since 1966, the World Federation of International Music Competitions is honoured to be a member of the:
International Music Council (founded by UNESCO)
The World Federation of International Music Competitions has conferred Associate Organisation status upon the following entities:

Alink-Argerich Foundation
Association Européenne des Conservatoires (AEC)
European Broadcasting Union (EBU)
European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY)
France Festivals
International Artist Managers' Association (IAMA)
International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA)
Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI)
Verbier Festival Academy
Young Classical Artists Trust
Young Concert Artists

WFIMC Associate Organisations are non-voting members, admitted by decision of the General Assembly, which contribute to the mission and objectives of the Federation. These organisations, which coordinate the activities of their own members, may take part in Federation activities, including General Assembly meetings, in an advisory capacity.


The WFIMC offers a partnership to music festivals who are committed to including Laureates of Federation competitions in their programming. 

In order to have the partnership, festivals must agree to pay artists a fee or honorarium for their performances in addition to all travel and accommodation costs. Festivals must also agree to publicize that the artists are Laureates of Federation Competitions.

Three music festivals - two German, in Hitzacker and Leipzig, respectively, and one French in Médoc - have been recognized as partners of the WFIMC.

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