Press Release: 6th European Forum on Music European Music Council

6th European Forum on Music
Musical Homelands: New Territories
May 19 – 21, National Forum of Music, Wrocław, Poland

  • Over 120 delegates from all over Europe and the world made the 6th edition of the European Forum on Music a success.
  • Discussions and presentations revolving around Musical Homelands: New Territories shed light on how music and culture can relate to the current humanitarian crisis in Europe.
  • A new Board for the EMC has been elected at the EMC’s Annual Meeting of members.

    The 6th edition of the European Forum on Music (EFM) came to a close last week in Wrocław. Over 120 delegates from all over Europe and the world came together to discuss the topic of Musical Homelands: New Territories.

    Taking place in the impressive National Forum of Music which opened its doors only last year, the conference offered a perfect setting to discuss current developments at European level and their implications for the music sector: A panel discussion bringing together the Secretary General of the Polish National Commission for UNESCO as well as human rights activists and experts shed light on freedom of artistic expression in Europe today: from identifying diverse methods of repression to providing insights into the situation in various European countries today. On the second day of the forum, further moments of intense discussions were fuelled by a panel on musical projects involving refugees. This included looking at various funding strategies for such types of projects and sharing best practices from various cultural organisations, universities or private initiatives.

    The EFM also offered the members of the European Music Council diverse platforms to work on various joint projects and exchange on common issues. At the Annual Meeting of members, on the last day, discussions revolved around European funding for culture and its effect on the work of cultural networks and especially the European Union Youth Orchestra, leading to the EMC issuing a statement immediately after the conference. During the AM, the EMC membership also elected a new Board which will serve a two year term (from 2016 to 2018):

    • Ian Smith (UK), Chair
      Scottish Music Centre, Creative Scotland
    • Stefano Kunz (CH), Vice Chair
      Swiss Music Council
    • Willem van Moort (NL), Treasurer
      European Music Schools Union and Director of Bplus C, Leiden, The Netherlands
    • Gretchen Amussen (FR/US)
      European Association of Conservatoires, Conservatoire de Paris (CNSMD)
    • Krzysztof Knittel (PL)
      Polish Music Council, Composer, Professor at Fryderyk Chopin Music University
    • Victoria Liedbergius
      European Choral Association – Europa Cantat, Ung I Kor (Norway)
    • Kostas Moschos
      International Assoication of Music Information Centres (IAMIC), Greek Institute for Research on Music & Acoustics

    On our website, you can find the photos and documentation of the conference which will be continuously updated over the course of the coming days and weeks. If you have any further questions or requests, please feel free to contact us:

    Till Skoruppa
    Programme Manager
    +49 228 96699664

    European Music Council
    Haus der Kultur
    Weberstraße 59a
    53115 Bonn

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