Institute with international connections, Itemm works together with authorities of different countries to organise revitalisation projects for the musical instrument sector. The objective of such projects is to train local craftsmen who will then in a second step become the local trainers.
Several projects have been carried out in collaboration with ‘Culture & coopération’ and the French Ministry of Culture and Foreign Affairs. They are embedded in larger local development measures by making the cultural and especially musical sector more dynamic (musical practise support, music school construction, restoration of instruments, training for music teachers, training for musical instrument making professionals).
Different actors are involved in these missions and succeed each-other.
- in Kazakhstan: inventory and evaluation missions, technicians training
- in Montenegro: technicians training
- in Armenia: inventory and evaluation missions, technical assistance for Erevan conservatory, Technicians training
- in Tunisia: training for technicians, inventory and evaluation missions, musical instrument inventory of cultural institutes, technical assistance for the Higher Education Institute for Music and Technician Training
- in Brazil: technical assistance for Salvador de Bahia theatre, technicians training
- in Mozambique: technicians training
Itemm is also a partner of the belgian association Music Fund as well as the association Patrimoine sans frontières by taking part in their musical instrument collection. Itemm students and trainers contribute to the restoration of musical instruments which are delivered to young musicians and music schools in developing countries or worldwide conflict areas (Haïti, Mozambique, Palestina, etc.).
In Africa, Itemm has developed a partnership with the association Musique Evénements that supports musical promotion in West Africa and especially Togo. In this context, students and trainers from Itemm work together on the restoration of collected instruments. More information is available on the website.