EMC Newsletter 02/2013 European Music Council

Dear reader,

summer is coming and music is in the air everywhere. At this pleasant time of the year, we are happy to present to you the second EMC newsletter for 2013.
We have included EMC and IMC news, such as the next IMC World Forum on Music in Brisbane and its online video project "1001 Voices". The EMC's 3rd European Forum on Music took place in Glasgow and we have uploaded most of the documentation, presentations, and photos onto our website. The theme of the forum was "Re>>generating Europe through Music" and Glasgow is a most striking example of how music and culture can support positive societal developments. The latest issue of the EMC magazine "Sounds in Europe"is now available focussing on "Music - A Public Affair?!" highlighting the societal aspects of music projects and its  correspondance in cultural policy at EU and national level.

This newsletter looks at cultural policy issues such as the EU-USA free trade agreement negotiations and the possibility of a "cultural exception" and budget cuts in the Creative Europe programme proposal. DG Home Affairs has launched an online consultation on visas with regards to artists and culture professionals and we would like to encourage all readers to participate in this consultation. Farida Shaheed has published her report to the UN on "the right to freedom of artistic expression and creativity", a very interesting read, outlining the diverse factors (religious, economic, political, etc.) that restrict artistic freedom.
Last but not least,you will find news from our member organisations such as upcoming events, calls, publications and recent developments.
We hope you enjoy reading the newsletter,
Your EMC-Team

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EMC news

3rd European Forum on Music in Glasgow, Scotland, 18 – 21 April 2013
In the frame of the 3rd European Forum on Music, over 120 music practitioners from across Europe came to Glasgow to discuss the role of music in the regeneration of cities. Thanks to the wide range of round tables, workshops, lectures and project presentations, the Forum illustrated how investing in music and culture can make a positive contribution to developments at local and above all at city level.
The keynote speeches were held by Pete Wishart, Member of Parliament, and Simon Frith, sociomusicologist from the University of Edinburgh. Furthermore, Ann Branch, Head of Unit 'Culture Programme and Actions', DG Education and Culture, European Commission, held a presentation on the latest developments on the EU’s future culture and media programme "Creative Europe".
You can find the presentations and short summaries of the various sessions and the speakers here.

Sounds in Europe #8 now published
The overall topic of this issue, “Music – A Public Affair?!” allowed the EMC to include a wide range of approaches. This resulted in a broad spectrum of topics covered in the articles from the EMC's member organisations which reflect the diversity of the areas of activity they are engaged in. An introductory note by Doris Pack (Chair of the Culture Committee of the EU Parliament) as well as an interview with representatives of the EU Commission give a political viewpoint on the topic “Music – A Public Affair?!”. Furthermore, the magazine attempts to provide a map that demonstrates how the different countries of Europe support music through legislative measures in addition to the general public funding for music. The map is not yet complete though, and we wish to continuously up-date it.

Read the magazine here or download it here.

EMC Youth Committee
The new EMC Youth Committee (formerly Working Group Youth) elections took place at the EMC's Annual Meeting on 21 April 2013. The members of the EMC Youth Committee are: Cathy Al-Ghabra (European Choral Association - Europa Cantat), Manon Fenard (CHROMA/Zebrock), Christopher Glasgow (Scottish Music Centre), Maiju Kopra (Finnish Music Council), Jaroslava Lojdová (European Association for Music in Schools), Jamie Munn (Live Music Now Scotland) and Klára Nováková (Jeunesses Musicales International).

Congratulations to all new members and a warm thank you to all outgoing members for their work and dedication over the last two years.

Make Music! Be Heard!
The new Youth Comittee will carry on the work on the Make Music! Be Heard! project, the dissemination of the Manifesto for Youth and Music in Europe and other activities aimed at enhancing youth participation in decision making processes within the EMC’s member organisations and throughout the European cultural sector. Following the successful Youth Day at the European Forum on Music in Glasgow, the next stage of the Make Music! Be Heard! project will give six young people the opportunity to complete a work placement within a European Music Council member organisation. More details will be available on the EMC website soon.

The cultural sector to be closer linked to the education and training sector
The EMC's Bonn Declaration on Music Education, which is an adaptation of the UNESCO Seoul Agenda, "Goals for the Development of Arts Education", was drafted by over 40 representatives of European music education umbrella organisations in May 2011. The three main goals of the Bonn Declaration are: Access, Quality and Social & Cultural Challenges and ends with recommendations to political decision makers. One reoccuring topic of the Bonn Declaration is the need for partnerships to ensure access, quality and to meet the social and cultural challenges.

It is therefore interesting to read the recent Communication from the European Commission on “Rethinking education: investing in skills for better economic and social outcomes”, which looks at methods in the education area to fight youth uneymployment and encourages partnerships between education, business and research.
As a reaction to this communication, Culture Action Europe together with the Access to Culture Platform and the European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning issued a joint position "Building synergies between education and culture"  that emphasises the crucial role of culture in broadening the access to lifelong learning, especially for the most disadvantaged groups.
You will find the Bonn Declaration in English and German here.
If you're interested in translating the Bonn Declaration in to your native language and disseminating it in your country, please contact the EMC office to coordinate the different language translations.

IMC news

The 5th IMC World Forum on Music
Co-organised by the International Music Council, the Music Council of Australia and Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, the Forum will take place November 21 to 24, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia. Over 1,000 music professionals and enthusiasts are expected upon South Bank. The programme includes plenary sessions, breakouts, performances, video installations, workshops, masterclasses, project presentations and more. There will be live performances of African, Asian, European and American music at the World Music café. Plant and prune music in the Sound Garden and the Conservatorium building will be transformed into a giant musical instrument. Find out more here.

1001 Voices for Musical Futures

In the frame of the 5th IMC World Forum on Music, the 1001 Voices project, provides an online platform for musicians and music specialists from around the globe to talk about their visions for the future of music. Growing over the twelve months leading up to the conference, it will populate a dedicated YouTube channel with perhaps the broadest overview of ideas on musical life. In these videos of no more than five minutes, interviewees are asked to summarise the key issues they identify as crucial to sustaining music and engaging communities as we approach 2020 and beyond. Everybody is invited to contribute to this project which will culminate in a video installation at the forum. The first recordings are now online here.

The 60th International Rostrum of Composers (IRC)
A flagship programme of the International Music Council, the IRC was held in Prague on 28 - 31 May 2013 together with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The aim of this competition is to promote contemporary music through broadcasting. In the general category, Not I (2010) for soprano (or mezzo-soprano), chamber ensemble and electronics by Polish composer Agata Zubel (born 1978) was selected by the delegates as most outstanding. In the “young composers” category, the work selected as most worthy for worldwide broadcasting was So Very Strange (2013), for electronics by young Icelandic composer Úlfur Hansson (born 1988).
Read the official press release here.

Cultural Policy

European Culture Forum 2013

Call for ideas
Here's an interesting opportunity to share your thoughts on European cultural matters: The European Culture Forum 2013 will introduce a new format called "What's your point?". In this session, speakers will be given 5 minutes for an inspirational expression of ideas concerning culture and Europe in front of the 1200 participants of the forum. The good news is, everyone can apply for a slot in this session. The forum will take place on 4 -6 November 2013 in Brussels. The deadline to apply is 20 June 2013. Click here for more informations on how to apply.

The @diversity European Idea Competition calls for ideas
This two-year pilot project is looking for new concepts for shaping the future of European’s cultural and creative sector. Deadline is 19 August 2013. The winning ideas will be invited to the “@diversity” Idea Award Ceremony in Brussels within the European Culture Forum in November and will get expert coaching to be developed into competitive business models before having the opportunity to pitch twice in front of international stakeholders.

Study on the impact of the EU prizes for culture
ECORYS, a European Research and Cosultancy Company has published a study for the DG Education and Culture on the impact on the four EU prizes for culture: the prize for Contemporary Architecture, the prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award, the prize for literature and the European Border Breakers Award (EBBA). With the EBBA – which is funded by the EU Culture Programme - the European Commission and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) wish to highlight the success of debuting European artists in selling albums and touring outside their home territory. The prize aims to stimulate the cross-border circulation of artists' works and to highlight Europe's great musical diversity. The study concludes that the EBBA constantly gained recognition over the past years and turned into an event with very good media coverage through the Eurosonic Noorderslag festivals. Read the study here.

Public Consultation for short-stay visas
DG Home Affairs launched an online public consultation on "Improving the procedures for obtaining short-stay ‘Schengen’ visas" in particular with regard to the mobility of artists and culture professionals. To this day, the response rate to the public consultation by either individual artists & culture professionals or by the culture sector has been rather slim. Therefore, contributions from cultural organisations to this questionnaire are highly welcome. The deadline for the closure of the online public consultation is 17 June 2013. The online questionnaire can be found here in 8 languages, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, and Turkish.

The EU-USA free trade agreement negotiations
On 23 May 2013, the European Parliament voted on its resolution on the EU-USA free trade agreement negotiations, giving the go ahead for talks between the two largest economies to commence. Significant for the music sector, the MEPs asked for the cultural and audiovisual services, including online ones, be excluded from the negotiating mandate, in order to protect the cultural and linguistic diversity of EU countries. This follows a letter signed by 15 Member States at the Culture and Education Council calling for the exclusion of culture and audiovisual services from the negotiations. The European Music Council strongly supports this initiative for unlike other sectors which are on the negotiating tables, culture, and therefore also music, is not simply a commodity, but a vector of identity, meanings and values, and therefore must be both safeguarded and endorsed. Europe’s priority must be to protect its own diverse cultural landscape, and guarantee a market for European repertoire, and not allow these to be subjugated by the trade ambitions of the US. The crucial date will be 14 June 2014, when the Foreign Trade Council will meet to decide on the EU’s negotiating mandate for the talks with the USA,and therefore also on whether the cultural exception will be taken into consideration.

Letter from the EP Culture and Education committee to CAE
On May 15, Culture Action Europe received an answer from Doris Pack, Chair of the EP Culture and Education committee, who also wrote on behalf of the EP President, Martin Schulz, to their letter in defense of the European budget for culture from 2014. In this letter, Mrs Pack underlines that the European Parliament constantly stressed the importance it attached to cultural funding and that the "financial framework which includes the proposed new 'Creative Europe' was, indeed, disappointing".

Read the letter here.

Cuts in the MFF affect Creative Europe budget proposal

The EU budget for the years 2014-2020 is currently being negotiated under the multiannual financial framework (MFF). The European Commission's (EC) initial budget proposal had to be cut, and consequently the EC presented an adjusted budget version to the European Parliament and the Council (member states) www.consilium.europa.eu/special-reports/mff/documents. The discussions among the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on the MFF are referred to as the Trilogue. The original budget for Creative Europe is now down to 1.29 billion Euro. The CAE statement calls on the decision makers in the Trilogue to give priority to policy objectives, programmes and project investments. You are invited to forward this statement to the representatives of the Trilogue such as:
  • European Parliament: committees on culture and budget and the European Parliament President Schulz
  • European Council: General Affairs Committee as well as your national ministry of culture and the EU Council's President Herman Van Rompuy
  • European Commission: DG Education and Culture and the EU Commission's President Jose Manuel Barroso
Read the statement here.

Report on the right to freedom of artistic expression and creativity
The Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Farida Shaheed, has published her annual report to the United Nations Human Rights Council, which is devoted to the issue of “The right to freedom of artistic expression and creativity”. In this highly interesting report, the Special Rapporteur adresses the multiple ways in which the right to freedom of artistic expression and creativity may be curtailed. The report adresses laws and regulations restricting artistic freedoms as well as economic and financial issues significantly impacting on such freedoms. The underlying motivations are most often political, religious, cultural or moral, or lie in economic interests, or are a combination of those.

Read the report here.

Member News

Recently, the Association Européenne de Conservatoires (AEC) has undergone two major exciting changes. First, in January 2013, its offices were relocated from Utrecht to Brussels. This will help AEC’s advocacy for European higher music education.
Secondly, the new AEC website was launched in early May. Combining the information from several previous websites, it is designed to be attractive and easy to use. AEC’s new homepage is a portal both for professionals working in higher music education and for students interested in giving their studies a European dimension. The address is http://www.aec-music.eu.

At the 7th International Competition for Young Choral Conductors in St. Petersburg, Russia, 3 - 7 April 2013 , conductor Donka Miteva from Bulgaria won the 1st prize as well as several special prizes. The 2nd prize of the competition was won by EunHye Cho from South Korea and the 3rd prize went to Anton Maximov from Russia. The special prize of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat, consisting of an assistant conductorship at the EUROPA CANTAT festival in Pécs, Hungary in 2015 was given to Yuval Weinberg from Israel.

European Choral Association - Europa Cantat published a small composition competition in connection with the festival Youth Choirs in Movement in Bonn which will take place in July 2013 under the theme “Singing and Movement” for children and young people. 14 compositions from 9 countries were submitted and in May 2013 “The Mock Turtle’s Song” by Chris Artley (UK/NZ) was chosen by the Jury. Find more here.

Several members of the ECPNM - European Conference of Promoters of New Music such as Gaudeamus Muziekweek are active members in the new Ulysses Network, in which 15 organisations across Europe co-operate in commissions, productions, exchanges of young European composers, supported by a major grant of the European Commission. Many composers are already benefiting from this network and get repeated performances of their new works at important new music festivals such as Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Darmstadt Summer Courses, Impuls, Aldeburgh Music, Manifeste, Time of Music etc. Check it out here. To subscribe to the newsletter of Ulysses Network: http://lists.ulysses-network.eu/wws/subscribe/newsletter

Atelier for Young Festival Managers Edinburgh 2014: one more month left to apply
seventh Atelier for Young Festival Managers, initiated by the European Festivals Association (EFA), will take place on 3 - 10 April 2014 in the festival city Edinburgh, UK, in collaboration with the Edinburgh International Festival. The new generation of artistic festival directors worldwide is invited to apply until 30 June 2013. 10 renowned festival directors will guide participants through the 7-day intense training programme. The Atelier is organised by The Festival Academy which was launched by EFA in April 2013.

The European Music School Union (EMU) in partnership with the Polish Association of Music Schools organised its 38th Meeting of the EMU General Assembly EMU 1973 - 2013: 40 years for Music Education / Conference: Talent and Creativity in Przemysl /Krasiczyn, Poland from 9 -12 May 2013. The Conference started with a video message by MEP Dr Kinga Gál and a Keynote on 'What is Talent" by MEP Hannu Takkula who initiated together with their fellow members of the European Parliament Mojca Kleva (SL) and Barbara Lochbihler (D), initiated the issue of a Written Declaration of the European Parliament, entitled "Support European Talent and Creativity!" (WD 34/2012). Read more here.

The Women in Music Uniting Strategies for Talent (WIMUST) project, under the guidance of the Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica, has launched a petition addressed to all European governments to assume the European Parliament Resolution, 10 March 2009.
In this petition, they invite EU Member States to:
  • Analyse and fight mechanisms producing inequalities or discrimination in the performing arts;
  • Remove obstacles to women accessing top positions in cultural institutions, universities and academies;
  • Confirm that equal work by men and women must be matched by identical pay.
  • Produce comparative analyses and statistics of the current situation in the arts to facilitate design and implementation of common policies so that progress is achieved.
Read more and sign the petition here.

International Association of Schools of Jazz
IASJ Jazz Meeting 2013
29 June - 5 July 2013 in Herning and Aarhus, Denmark

Future of Jazz Concerts:
4 July 2013; 5 July 2013 in the concert hall of the Royal Conservatory in Arhus.

Each nigh 3 bands formed by young professionals from over 30 countries world-wide present new compositions and arrangements.
Admission is free. See www.iasj.com for more information.

YAMA Award 2013: Call for Applications
The Young Audiences Music Award aims to identify and promote the most inspiring musical productions for young audiences around the world. Deadline for applications: 15 July 2013 .

Ethno World: Youth Folk Music
No less than 9 Ethno camps will take place this summer across Europe. Young musicians from around the world will be flocking to exchange the folk/trad music from their country, check out the official website for all dates!

Imagine Festival: The All-style International Showdown
1 - 4 August in Kristiansand, Norway
The best up and coming talent from 8 countries around the world who passed through the local, regional and national qualification rounds will meet up in Norway for a series of workshops and the international Imagine Final!

JM Jazz World Orchestra (JMJWO)
4 - 18 August 2013 in Belgium

After a rigorous selection, 18 of the best young jazz musicians coming from 15 countries will travel to Belgium to put up this year's JMJWO under the artistic direction of renowned jazz conductor/musician Frank Vaganee. They will be rehearsing, jamming and touring events such as the Gaume Jazz Festival and Brussels Summer Festival.

Live Music Now Scotland is delighted to have been invited by the Edinburgh International Festival to curate a series of concerts in celebration of Yehudi Menuhin, who was the first Honorary President of the Festival, and founder of Live Music Now. Musicians from Live Music Now branches in Denmark, Dresden, England, Munich, Netherlands, Salzburg, Scotland and Wales take part in the 12 concert series from 12 - 29 August. There will also be an 'In Conversation' with Live Music Now's founding Chairman, Ian Stoutzker. http://www.eif.co.uk/series/cafeconcerts

IC Music (International Cooperation through Music) is a European music project led by 8 music organisations which gives upcoming bands from France, Belgium and England the opportunity to work and perform in each of the countries with the aim of setting up long lasting and sustainable relationships. IC Music has just returned from The Great Escape Festival where four of the project's bands performed at a very successful Showcase event. To find out more about the project, visit www.icmusic.eu.

Alongside the General Assembly of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat (Pécs - Hungary - 8-10/11/2013), ECA EC will offer a first conference on the multiannual cooperation project "VOICE - Vision on Innovation for Choral Music in Europe", with a focus on the cooperation dimension. They will present the past and ongoing activities of the project, the data collection effort (SingingEurope.org) and look into future co-operation opportunities. More information, and a calendar of this coming summer's activities can be found on the website.

The German version of Lullabies of the World, an international collection of lullabies, which aims at promoting singing in families, has been launched with the title “Wiegenlieder aus aller Welt”. The English texts as well as the scores and sing-along music files will also be available soon on www.lullabiesoftheworld.org in the frame of VOICE – Vision on Innovation for Choral Music in Europe, with the support of the European Union Culture Programme.

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