EMC Newsletter 02/2014 European Music Council

Dear Reader,

Now that the European elections are over, the new leaders of the political groups of the European Parliament appointed, and Jean-Claude Juncker formally elected as new President of the European Commission, the new political direction of the European Union is finally taking shape. A new team of 28 Commissioners will be voted on in October 2014, and we wait with particular interest to see who the Commissioner for Education and Culture will be, and what his/her portfolio will include.
With the summer now well under way, we would like to take this quieter moment in the cultural sector's busy schedule to reflect on activities of the previous months, and bring your attention to the exciting events across Europe in the ones to come. As always, we also provide you with the recent cultural policy developments on the European and international levels. 
We wish you all a wonderful summer and hope you enjoy reading our newsletter.
Your EMC Team

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EMC News

4th European Forum on Music successfully concluded
The Yehudi Menuhin Forum Bern provided the perfect setting for the 4th European Forum on Music, from 19-22 June 2014, at which more than 100 representatives of the music sector from over 20 countries together explored the theme of Music and Politics: a shared responsibility. Participants were treated to an entertaining keynote from Croatian President, Ivo Josipovic, which referred to the long tradition of musicians who have gone into politics, and politicians who have been or wanted to be musicians, and informative keynotes from Enrique Baron Crespo, former President of the European Parliament and President of the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation,  and Christa Markwalder, Vice President of the Swiss National Council, who both emphasized the importance of music education.
The EMC thanks local hosts, the Yehudi Menuhin Forum Bern and the Swiss Music Council, as well as all the guest speakers and participants for making the 4th edition of the Forum a success!
Missed the Forum? Then visit the EMC website where you can find short summaries of the sessions, information on the speakers as well as their presentations.

Sounds in Europe #9 published
The latest edition of the EMC’s annual magazine focusing on ‘Music and E-Culture’ gives an insight into the diverse range of activities our members are engaged in with regards to this theme. The articles examine topics such as: the digital revolution and its impact on the music sector (e.g. music streaming and crowdfunding); EU policies concerning culture and music (e.g. the copyright debate); power of Social Media; and music and e-learning (case studies from across Europe).  
Read the magazine online, download it here, or order a printed copy.

EMC welcomes a new Board
We are pleased to announce the results of the EMC board elections that took place on the EMC Annual Meeting in Bern. The new board members for 2014-2016 are
  • Ian Smith, President - Creative Scotland
  • Stefano Kunz, Vice-President - Swiss Music Council
  • Kaie Tanner, Treasurer - Estonian Choral Association, Board member of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat
  • Nenad Bogdanovic - Cyprus Symphony Orchestra Foundation
  • Krzysztof Knittel - Polish Music Council, Composer
  • Willem van Moort - BplusC, Board member of the European Music School Union
  • Kostas Moschos - Institute for Research on Music & Acoustics, Treasurer of International Association of Music Information Centres

The Board member co-opted Catherine Al-Ghabra (UK), chair of the EMC Youth Committee.

Save the date
The 5th European Forum on Music, hosted by the Latvian Music Council, will take place on 11-14 June 2014 in Riga, Latvia.
More information will be available soon.

IMC News

IMC announces results of the 2014 International Rostrum of Composers
The 61st International Rostrum of Composers (IRC), organised by the International Music Council and Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle). took place at Yleisradio in Helsinki on 6-9 May 2014. The 2014 Rostrum gathered representatives from 27 national radio networks from four continents, who presented 50 works composed within the five years preceding the Rostrum. Pursuing its mission to promote contemporary music creation through broadcasting for more than sixty years, the annual Rostrum has this year again strengthened its role as one of the most important "rendez-vous" for professional exchange between radio producers. Its overall objective remains fostering the exchange of performances of contemporary music between broadcasting organisations. More information.

#culture2015goal: Join your colleagues in calling for urgent recognition of culture’s role in development
The International Music Council has partnered with other key international networks to launch a Declaration on the Inclusion of Culture in the Sustainable Development Goals and is calling on the international community to support the campaign: The future we want includes culture.  Together with the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA); Agenda 21 for culture – UCLG’s Committee on Culture, the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity (IFCCD), Culture Action Europe, Arterial Network and the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), IMC has launched a campaign calling on governments and policy makers defining the post-2015 UN Development Agenda to ensure that targets and indicators on culture be included as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. More information on how to get involved here.

Cultural Policy

Despite the Council of EU Ministers stating that: ‘Culture is a cross-cutting issue and a strategic approach to culture is therefore necessary’, the current structure of portfolios in the European Commission does not reflect this notion, and the impact which policies tailored for other sectors have on culture is not adequately taken into account in the implementation of policy in the EU and member states.In order to overcome the fragmentation of the decision-making process in the relevant fields for culture, the main European cultural networks, upon the initiative of Culture Action Europe, representing more than 80,000 organisations and millions of individuals across Europe, launched a call for the re-organisation of portfolios in the new Commission, and a stronger political mandate for the Commissioner for culture and education in charge of a wider portfolio including responsibilities related to the digital agenda and other relevant policy fields. Read the call here.

On 7 July 2014 the chair and vice-chairs of the European Parliament’s standing and sub committees were elected during their constituent meetings. The chairs receive mandates for a two and a half year period, and make up the bureau of their respective standing or sub committees.  The new chair of the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) is Ms Silvia Costa (S&D). The Vice-Chairs of the committee are Ms Andrea Bocskor (EPP), Mr Mircea Diaconu (ALDE), Ms Helga Trüpel (Greens/EFA) and Ms Michaela Šodjorová (EPP).  The full list of CULT members can be viewed here.

The Council of Europe's first Platform Exchange on Culture and Digitisation "Creating an enabling environment for digital culture and for empowering citizens"  took place in Baku, Azerbaijan, on 4-7 July 2014. Senior policy makers, cultural practioners, artists, researchers and representatives of international organisations discussed the impact of digitisation on culture, how cultural institutions are dealing with the digital-shift, the needs of the cultural sector in terms of access, creation and dissemination of cultural content, and stimulation of cultural participation.
The following areas of concern were identified for future work by the Council of Europe:
  • Create awareness of the impact of digitisation on society and culture and the need to overcome the digital/pre-digital divide, underlining the role of culture in achieving this;
  • Scale-up and implement media and information literacy (MIL) inside and outside schools and in life-long learning;
  • Adapt the mission, mandate, mind-set and governance of cultural institutions to be able to exploit the offline and online dynamics;
  • Protect and promote the rights to access, create and distribute cultural content across multiple platforms;
  • Enhance information and monitoring of cultural policies and their implementation related to digitisation.

More background information and conference documentation available here.

Sector News

On 2 July 2014, the City of Harstad, Norway signed a membership agreement with ICORN (the International Cities of Refuge Network) that opens up for a speedy resolution to establish Harstad as the first safe music haven or city of refuge for musicians. This comes as a result of ICORN’s general assembly in May deciding to broaden the scope of the ICORN network to also include cities hosting persecuted artists within other art forms, as visual arts and music, and also after the Norwegian Minister of Justice, Anders Anundsen (The Progress Party) stopped the establishment of a scheme for safe music havens in Norway through SafeMUSE. SafeMUSE, who have been working with the preparations together with Harstad and the Troms County Council, will have the role of network builder and contact towards the music environment both in Norway and internationally. More information 

Applications are now open for the EFFE Festival Label 2015-2016
EFFE - Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe - is a new international festival platform looking to connect festivals that are deeply committed to the arts and their communities. EFFE’s overall aims are to increase access to Europe’s diverse festivals by providing key information on Europe’s arts and cultural festivals, and to enrich the festival landscape by promoting festival trends in artistic excellence and innovation. EFFE has opened its application process to gather interested festivals for the EFFE Festival Label. Festivals can apply until 15 November 2014.

Member News

Albanian Music Council - The first Saze iso-polyphonic music festival took place on 25-27 May 2014 in honour of the master Usta Laver Bariu (1929-2014), and to upkeep the spirit of the Albanian iso-polyphonic music by saze, which is on the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list. Various saze groups from across Albania, as well as folk music bands from Northern Greece, participated in the event. Other activities were held such as presentation of CDs and books on iso-polyphonic music, exhibitions, documentary films etc. It is essential to promote this great intangible heritage of humanity and to introduce it to larger audience!

The European Workshop for Contemporary Music, a cooperation project between the International Festival “Warsaw Autumn” and the German Music Council, will take place for the first time in 2014 during the famous International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt, rehearsing a varied and ambitious programme: on the one hand Gérard Grisey’s “spectral classic” Partiels (1975) and on the other Raphaël Cendo’s Action Painting (2005). In addition, two commissioned works by Leopold Hurt (Germany) and Cezary Duchnowski (Poland) will be premiered in the closing concert on 16 August 2014 in the Lichtenbergschule. Furthermore there will be a second concert during the International Festival “Warsaw Autumn” on 23 September 2014 at 19:30 on the Polish Radio.

The European Chamber Music Teachers' Association is pleased to announce that its next Autumn Gathering will take place in Dublin, Ireland, on 5-7 December 2014. The meeting will be hosted by St Patrick's College and its Ensemble-in-Residence the Fidelio Trio, and will coincide with the Fidelio Trio's 2nd Winter Chamber Music Festival. In addition to concerts, the Gathering will feature talks on chamber music instruction and repertoire in Ireland, Members' news, and masterclasses. Details and inscription forms will be posted on the ECMTA website: www.ecmta.eu.

The programme of the major European choral festival, Europa Cantat 2015, that will take place in Pécs Hungary in summer 2015 is now available online.
You will discover the detailed atelier programme including all 4 to 8 day ateliers; a first schedule; first information on the offers for conductors, composers and managers and the discovery ateliers; practical information with the different options for flexible participation including participation fees 
You can also consult the official brochure: read online/download the pdf, or order one or many paper copies by contacting info@ecpecs2015.hu

This year’s chamber music tour through South-East Bavaria and Austria with highly talented young prize winners of its member competitions - Young Hearts for Music Tour –has been proclaimed a success! This year’s musicians were: Nathalie Matthys from Belgium (piano), prize winner of the Belfius Classics Competition 2012, Iris Renner from Austria (cello), prize winner of the Österreichische Musikwettbewerbe Prima la musica 2013 and Kaya Møller from Denmark (violin), prize winner of the Øresunds Solist Competition 2013 who presented works from their own countries, emphasizing the European nature of this project. They also presented themselves and their programmes on stage, involving the audience and offering their very personal access to the music they played.

Are you part of the next generation of artistic festival directors? Do you want to broaden your programming skills and be inspired by colleagues and experienced leaders in the field? Do you want to join a new network of future festival leaders worldwide? The Festival Academy’s 2015 Atelier for Young Festival Managers, the 7-day training programme initiated by the European Festivals Association (EFA), will take place 21-27 March 2015 in Beirut, Lebanon. Application deadline: 12 September 2014.

MiniFest: Gli Incontri al Borgo – Donne in Jazz 2014 will take place in Teatro Comunale, Fiuggi Città (FR), Italy on 30-31 August 2014, and will include Jazz concerts, exhibitions, al fresco art competition, workshops, wine tasting, handicrafts, conferences and videos from the Morning till Night. The concerts will feature Carolyn Striho Trio (Detroit), Jazzwoman Patrizia Scascitelli (New York), Eufemia Mascolo Quartett (Altamura), Singers Carla Poce and Sophie Hammond. For press inquiries contact office@donneinmusica.org or forum@donneinmusica.org

Live Music Now Scotland reaches its 30th anniversary this year, with celebrations running throughout 2014. The National Museum of Scotland hosts a free concert series during the Edinburgh Fringe, 2-24 August 2014 at 14:00, with a ceilidh and birthday cake on 24 August 2014. One of the highlights, If it wasn’t for their wellies (6 and 8 August) brings generations of Edinburgh families together to share memories and social heritage through a new composition by John Maxwell Geddes. The suite of songs is a co-commission between LMNS and 14-18 NOW, a UK-wide cultural programme to mark the WW1 centenary.

Miso Records, a label developed by Miso Music Portugal since 1988 and dedicated almost exclusively to Portuguese contemporary music, has recently released two new CD albums:  Portuguese Chamber Works of the XXI – a double CD album with performances by the Sond’Ar-te Electric Ensemble; Miguel Azguime, Music for Strings – with performances of Miguel Azguime’s music by the Matosinhos String Quartet. This new edition includes the composer’s various works for strings, written between 2006 and 2008.

LEO Sings 3/5 – Diversity of singing practices in Europe: Management of Collective vocal practices session will take place in Tours, France, the Voice Capital of Europe, on 18-22 October 2014. A unique professional meeting, it will be a place to exchange ideas and discover new pathways dealing with vocal practices: Repertories; Innovative performance forms (singing without a leader, performance design); Audience diversity; Presentation of projects mixing musical and social practices (singing in hospitals, prisons etc.). More than 200 people from various French and international institutions, associations and federations are expected to attend. To register and for more information contact: contact@pfi-culture.org

The Ad Libitum international festival (improvisation in music as an element of cultural education) organised by the Polish Music Council Foundation will take place in Warsaw on 17-19 October 2014, and host Spanish pianist Agusti Fernandez with Barry Guy, Ramon Lopez, Frances-Marie Uitti, Joel Ryan and Portuguese violinist Carlos Zingaro with Poles Michal Gorczynski, Krzysztof Knittel, Piotr Orzechowski. The festival, established in 2006, promotes artistic freedom, openness and creativity, presents the art of improvisation, experiments in its rich tradition and most recent achievements. The programme features two evening marathons, workshops, and the festival’s grand finale in the Polish Radio Concert Studio. 

Six final events ended all of Zebrock’s projects, bringing together more than 1600 artists, musicians, secondary school pupils, teenagers, professionals from the music field to enjoy the warm and joyful atmosphere.
Next year Zebrock will start by celebrating its Zebrock Stage (as part of Fête de l’Humanité)’s tenth anniversary on 12-14 September 2014. See you when we launch new projects in schools, on stage, and in recording studios. Stay tuned on Facebook and Twitter

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