The Vienna-based IMZ International Music + Media Centre was founded under the aegis of UNESCO in 1961 to preserve the performing arts as a cultural asset.

As global business network for 150 member companies it connects the creators of the performing arts – the world’s renowned stages, dance companies, opera and concert houses – with the audiovisual branches – film and TV production, distribution, public and private broadcasting.

Providing resources: IMZ archive and database

The IMZ database, cultivated over 50 years, encompasses 25.000 entries and gives an instant overview over the history as well as today’s state-of-the-art music and dance films. Our film archive promotes IMZ Member’s productions, listed in our film catalogues for loan at international film festivals.


Promoting business: IMZ activities and services

As the lobbying group we aim to make a major contribution to our member’s business. Our diverse activities help to save time and costs on acquisition, pitching and networking: connecting producers with buyers and distributors, providing a synopsis of the latest cultural films available for international programme editors and broadcasters or bringing together producers with co-producers or funding institutions.
As the largest network of the music, dance and cultural film industry we provide customised services for members and non-members: curating film programmes for international music film festivals and events, services for individuals and companies looking for co-production partners, consulting for or clearance of film rights among others.

Young talent promotion

Our members are experts in their field or young talents who wish to learn and grow. We bring them together: striving for excellence in film production with experience and expertise.

IMZ services are designed for


  • programme buyers in search of high quality TV or DVD programmes on music and culture
  • producers looking for co-production partners
  • programme distributors wishing to present their latest programmes on music and dance to the programme buyers of international TV, digital platforms and radio stations as well as DVD labels
  • representatives of opera houses, festivals, concert houses, looking for contacts among the most prominent broadcasters, producers and record companies in the world
  • film curators looking for an overview of the latest trends in music and dance on film
  • aspiring talents who wish to learn from experts about film production, self-marketing and financing or seek contacts to the market buying industries
  • individuals in the audio, video, multi-media or online business
  • journalists who want to stay on top of evolving tastes and trends in the music world


Connecting Europe and the World

The Creative Europe programme provides support for European networks to help the cultural and creative sectors to operate transnationally and to strengthen their competiveness.
Seeing that the IMZ’s missions align in many regards, we are proud to act as an Ambassador for the Creative Europe programme and the notion of European and transnational connectivity + cultural exchange.
While our activities might be concentrated in but not restricted to Europe alone, the support of the EU allows the IMZ to intensify and expand its activities with a global impact. In order to foster a thriving present and future for the performing arts and audiovisual media as well as its diverse stakeholders, our activities are based on four main pillars:

  • Market Access + Network
    Connecting the industry with sustainable networks
  • Audience Development
    Engaging new audiences for the Performing Arts
  • Professionalisation
    Advancing a sustainable future for the sector
  • Innovation
    Staying on the pulse of current trends + developments

IMZ Trailer

The IMZ in 2 minutes! What is the IMZ International Music + Media Centre? And how can our services help to promote your business? Find out more with our trailer!

The IMZ in 2 minutes!
What is the IMZ International Music + Media Centre? And how can our services help to promote your business? Find out more with our trailer!


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