EMC Newsletter 01/2014 European Music Council

Dear Reader,

2014 is an exciting year for Europe and its citizens. Not only have many of the EU’s new programmes, such as Creative Europe, come into force; it is also an election year.  This 8th Europe-wide election to the European Parliament, which will be held on 22-25 May 2014, will be the biggest to date, with voters from 28 European countries having the opportunity to influence the future political course of the European Union by electing the 751 Members of the European Parliament to represent them and their interests for the coming five years.  Find out how to vote in your country: http://www.elections2014.eu/en and support the Go Vote! campaign which you can read about in this newsletter.
With these important developments on the political scene in Europe taking central stage, the theme of this year’s European Forum on Music, Music and Politics: a shared responsibility, is more relevant than ever. Fittingly, Ivo Josipovic, composer and President of the Republic of Croatia, will hold a keynote speech at the Forum. Find out more on what’s in store at the 4th European Forum on Music in Bern this June.
As always, we want to keep you informed on the latest news from our network and beyond. We hope you enjoy reading our newsletter!
Your EMC Team

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EMC News

Update on the 4th European Forum on Music in Bern, Switzerland
The 4th edition of the EMC's annual conference, the European Forum on Music, will take place in Bern, Switzerland on 19 – 22 June 2014. This edition of the Forum will focus on the theme of Music and Politics: a shared responsibility, and we are very pleased to announce that Ivo Josipovic, President of the Republic of Croatia and composer has now been confirmed as a keynote speaker, joining Enrique Baron, former President of the European Parliament. Further quest speakers, including Belarusian musician Lavon Volski, NAMM senior executive Mary Luehrsen, Freemuse interim director Ole Reitov, as well as representatives from all political levels, will guarantee a fascinating debate. Don't miss out, register now! Deadline for registration: 20 May 2014.
The Forum hosts – the EMC, Swiss Music Council and Yehudi Menuhin Forum Bern – have prepared an exciting Forum programme and accompanying cultural programme showcasing the best of the Swiss musical landscape. View draft programme.

EMC welcomes a new member
The EMC warmly welcomes the National Centre of Expertise for Cultural Education and Amateur Arts (LKCA) from the Netherlands to its membership. The LKCA supports the important position of cultural education in schools and promotes a high-quality, universally accessible choice of options for recreational engagement with the arts.

Make Music! Be Heard! Placement Scheme
In the frame of the EMC Youth Committee's Make Music! Be Heard! project young people from across Europe are given the opportunity to undertake a week long work experience placement with one of the MM!BH! project partners. If you’re a student, young music professional, or simply a lover of all things music related aged 18-30, then this is the scheme for you! This is your chance to gain an insight into the reality of working in the music sector, with opportunities at the host organisations including PR and communication, music education, event management, office administration, cultural policy, project management etc. Successful placements have already been hosted with Jeunesses Musicales International (Belgium) and European Choral Association - Europa Cantat (Germany). For current opportunities and information on how to apply, visit the placement website.

IMC news

International Rostrum of Composers in Helsinki, May 6-9 2014
For its 61st session, this flagship project of the International Music Council will travel to Finland, upon the invitation of the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE). Contemporary music producers from some 30 national radio networks from four continents will present works composed within the five years preceding the Rostrum. The most distinctive works chosen by the delegates will then be broadcast or presented in concerts in the year following the Rostrum by the participating and other interested radio stations, thanks to the collaboration of the European Broadcasting Union.

In its 60-year history, the IRC has revealed many of the world’s most gifted composers such as Luciano Berio, Witold Lutoslawski, Thomas Adès and Louis Andriessen, whose careers were boosted after they were presented at the Rostrum.
In addition to being one of the most important projects in promoting contemporary music, the IRC has also become a unique forum for professional exchange among radio music producers.

African Music Development Programme launched
Piloted by the IMC with eight partners from 7 African countries and the EMC, this project will help strengthen the music sector in Africa along four major lines: professional training for festival organisers and musicians, student exchanges between and academic research at African and European universities; support for institutional capacity-building within music associations and wide-spread dissemination and publication activities. The programme was launched at a press conference held in February 2014 at the Sauti za Busara Festival for English-speaking Africa and in March 2014 at the MASA (African Performing Arts Market) for French-speaking Africa.

Cultural Policy

CAE's political Manifesto and 2014 election toolkit 
In January, Culture Action Europe issued its political manifesto for the European elections (22-25 May 2014), which presents its vision for the European project and a set of demands for the European Parliament. Having already been sent to European political parties, political groups in the EP and all MEPs, CAE is now looking for support to disseminate this document to national political parties and canditates. To assist these actions at national level, CAE has produced an advocacy toolkit, which as well as giving useful background information on the elections, provides key arguments, examples of actions according to the systems in place in different countries, a political calendar and useful links and contacts.
For an easy to digest and simple overview of the EU elections, see also Trans Europe Halles': An EU Elections Introduction and Graphic Toolkit
Get quick, reliable and easy to digest information about the EU elections: Trans Europe Halles: An EU Elections’ introduction and graphic toolkit

Go vote! Bring a friend.
A group of European cultural networks and organisation, which includes the European Music Council, has launched a campaign encouraging European citizens to take advantage of their right to vote and have their say on how the EU should be governed for the next five years at the upcoming European Elections which will be held on 22-25 May 2014. With this campaign the networks wish to defend democratic values and put an end to the increasing rates of abstention during European elections.  
Help disseminate the campaign in your country:Download the communication material to use online (e.g. for your website, newsletter, Facebook page, etc.) and the communication material to print, send or display here.

International Fund for Cultural Diversity: Fifth Call for Funding Request
UNESCO's IFCD has launched its fifth call for applications for proposals for projects which foster the emergence of a dynamic cultural sector, primarily through activities facilitating the introduction and/or elaboration of policies and strategies that have a direct effect on the creation, production, distribution of and access to the diversity of cultural expressions as well as the reinforcement of institutional infrastructures supporting viable local and regional cultural institutions.
NGOs and public instituitions from developing countries that are Parties to the 2005 UNESCO convention are eligible to apply. Deadline for applications: 15 May 2014 More Information

Sector News

Violations of Freedom of Expression for Musicians in 2013
Freemuse has published its annual statics of violations of freedom of expression for musicians in 2013, which includes cases from 33 countries. An overview can be viewed here. In total, 109 cases of attacks on musicians and violations of their rights were registered. The cases include 19 musicians being killed, 18 newly imprisoned, 4 imprisoned in previous years but still serving time, 7 abducted, 1 attacked, 7 threatened or persecuted, 4 prosecuted, 16 detained, as well as 33 cases of censorship. These cases are just the tip of the iceberg of the violations committed against musicians globally. More information

Member News

European Perspectives on Music Education 3
Subsequent to the 21st EAS Conference in Leuven, Belgium in February 2013, the European Association for Music for Schools publishes a third book in the series “European Perspectives on Music Education” (Helbling Verlag). This publication, edited by Thomas De Baets and Thade Buchborn, bears the title “The Reflective Music Teacher” and sheds light upon the significance of reflection in the music teacher profession. Chapters are written by authors from all over Europe: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Ireland, Finland, Germany, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. More information

22nd EAS Conference in Nicosia, Cyprus
The 2014 conference of the European Association for Music in Schools will take place in Nicosia, Cyprus, on 21 - 24 May. The theme of the conference is “Every Learner Counts – Democracy and Inclusion in Music Education in the 21st Century”. Invited keynote speakers are Lucy Green, Mary Koutselini, and Adam Ockelford. The conference programme includes papers, workshops, concerts, and last but not least, a beautiful island, sunny weather and fantastic food. Registration is now open! More information and registration

Europa Cantat Junior 7
EC junior is a festival with workshops, leisure programme (afternoon), Open Singing, atelier concerts and choirs’ own concerts for children’s and youth choirs for ages 8-18 and choral conductors. In 2014 the EC junior festival is coming to Scandinavia for the first time, and will take place on 30 July – 6 August 2014 in Bergen, Norway. The festival will be organised by Ung I Kor-Vest in cooperation with the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat. More information

Open letter from the National Union of Ukrainian Composers
In early March 2014 the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) received an open letter from the National Union of Ukrainian composers, representing contemporary classical music in Ukraine. The letter calls on composers associations and decision-makers around the world to be alert to the developments in Ukraine. ECSA issued a public statement on its website expressing solidarity with composers in Ukraine. More information

The Festival Academy calls for applications for the Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Poznan.
The Festival Academy, an initiative of the European Festivals Association (EFA), and the Malta Festival Poznan announce the next Atelier for Young Festival Managers to take place in Poznan, Poland on 20 -27 October 2014. The Atelier for Young Festival Managers is an intensive 7-day training programme that allows its participants to gain knowledge and skills in the field of artistic festival management. All relevant information and latest news can be found on facebook or at the official website. More information

Young Talents on Tour
EMCY Prize winners Kenji Tex (trumpet, Luxembourg), Marie Nokleby Hansen (trombone, Norway) and Maria Kustas (piano, Russia) performed four praised concerts during the Young Talents on Tour in Luxembourg and North Rhine Westphalia.The young musicians, who come from three different European countries, met for the first time in Luxembourg, practiced three days and then played together two concerts in Luxembourg, one in Iserlohn Germany and the last one in Cologne, Germany. They impressed the audience with pieces from E. Porrino, F. Liszt and L. Bernstein and created a personal atmosphere with the audience by presenting themselves shortly as well as the pieces they chose. More information

Sounds at the heart of the Mediterranean
EMMA for Peace (Euro-Mediterranean Music Academy for Peace) launched Sounds at the heart of the Mediterranean, a joint project by in collaboration with UNHCR Malta, Foundation for Shelter and Support to Migrants, Junior Chamber International, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and Malta Youth Orchestra in support of young refugees of the Mediterranean. Musicians from the Youth Orchestra percussion section and young migrants came together for a powerful musical experience. This collaborative project came to fruition following a number of workshops where improvisation, collective lyric-writing and musical composition were the building blocks culminating in a public performance on 1 February 2014 at Robert Samut Hall in Floriana, Malta.
View project video
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Summer Music Academy Sinaia 2014
Summer Music Academy Sinaia offers young musicians the extraordinary opportunity to participate in an international seminar of instrumental training of highest standards for violin, viola, guitar, cello, flute, between 16 - 30 July 2014. The programme is open to musicians of all nationalities, of all levels, aged between 10 and 30 years old. Deadline for registration: 15 June 2014. Sinaia invites you to live for a few days, in its everlasting present, and enjoy musical chords away from the city buzz. More information

Advocacy for Women Composers
Throughout 2013 Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Music contacted 1000 European Orchestras soliciting programming of music by women: many requested scores. Our open call brought in 140 scores from 30 countries in 15 days, passed to Foundation’s Reading Commission and distributed to orchestras. Italy’s “I Solisti Veneti”, conductor Claudio Scimone, received 10 works and programmed five first performances ( Silvie Filus, Annie Fontana, Anne Veismane, Emma Shifrin, Dorothee Eberhardt-Luz) in Padua on 8 March 2014. More information

5th International Conference EduPolicies 2014
Recognizing the increasing importance of the Greek educational policy particularly in the field of music education and in the context of European integration as well as the international position of Greece, the Greek Association of Primary Music Education Teachers (GAPMET) co-organises the 5th International Conference EduPolicies on the subject: "International and European trends in Education and their impact on the Greek Educational System"
The Conference will take place in Lampiri, Greece on 26 - 28 September 2014. EduPolicies 2014 welcomes research papers and announcements intended to deepen and expand understandings of present educational policy and practice at national and international level.
Submission of abstracts at edupolicies2014@gmail.com Deadline: 30 June 2014. More Information

The 10th IFCM World Symposium on Choral Music
The World Symposium on Choral Music is a project of the International Federation for Choral Music whose mission is "volunteers connecting our choral worlds". Only once every three years do the finest choirs, presenters and choral musicians from around the world gather in this unique event to share ideas, develop skills, discover repertoire and build friendships through the Art of choral singing. This year's event will take place on 6 -13 August 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. More information

YO!Fest 2014 in Strasbourg
YO!Fest will take place this year in Strasbourg, France on 9 – 10 May 2014 It is the annual youth festival organised by the European Youth Forum and JMI that combines politics, debates and workshops with live music and performance, creating the perfect mix for an enjoyable and meaningful experience. More information

JM Jazz World Orchestra 2014
27 June – 4 July 2014 in Kongsberg, Norway. Under the musical leadership of Erlend Skomsvoll, 16 young jazz musicians will form the 2014 orchestra which will perform at the Kongsberg Jazz Festival and other venues in Norway and Sweden. More information

Summer Solstice Concert
Works for clarinet and piano will be performed by Nuno Pinto (clarinet) and Elsa Sliva (piano) on 20 June 2014, with premiere performance of a new work by Miguel Azguime. The concert will be broadcast live on the Antena 2 (Portuguese National Radio) directly from the Miso Music Portugal. More information

Leo Sings 2/5 "Teaching teachers of rock, pop/jazz choir and concert aesthetics"
The second session of the European Leo Sings! project which will be held on 7 - 11 May in Aalborg, Denmark will focus on the new areas of vocal practice, exploring various methodologies (Intelligent choir, vocal jazz, performance design, ...), vocal and physical techniques and tools (Long distance learning, recording contemporary voice music, eartraining, ...) and various repertoires (beatbox, vocal percussions, arrangment). Observing a unique diploma course in this field in Europe, implemented by Royal Academy of Music, is one of the guidelines of the workshops and the collective discussions during this session. Registration is open until 30 April 2014. More information and registration

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