EMC Newsletter 01/2015 European Music Council

Dear Reader

Time seems to be flying at the beginning of each year. Spring is upon us and it is therefore high time for an update from the EMC on European music life in the form of the first newsletter for 2015.
We are very busy working on several projects at the moment. First of all, there is the upcoming 5th edition of the European Forum on Music. We are very pleased to share with you the names of a few confirmed speakers in this newsletter, and have a number of surprises up our sleeves. We will be revealing further speakers shortly via our social media channels, so make sure to have an eye on Facebook and Twitter in the coming days. We have included a short review of the Audience Development workshop which we held in cooperation with the Polish Music Council in Warsaw, and it is safe to say that it was a success. Find out also about the network session we will be holding in the frame of Classical:NEXT, and the efforts underway for strengthening our relationships with the European Commission and Parliament. So, rest assured that we are still working hard on making Europe a better place for musicians of all genres and professional levels!
Not wanting to just speak about our own activities, as ever our newsletter includes news from our umbrella organisation, the International Music Council, news from the European music sector in general, and of course, reports from our members, who you will see are all as busy as we are working on exciting and interesting projects!
We sincerely hope you will enjoy reading our newsletter!
The EMC Team

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EMC News

5th European Forum on Music - Access to Music is Digital?
Preparations for our 5th European Forum on Music which will take place on 11-14 June 2015 in Riga are in full swing. Together with our local hosts, the Latvian National Music Council, we are working hard putting together an exciting programme exploring the theme  "Access to Music is Digital?"
We are pleased to announce that the Minister of Culture of Latvia, Dace Melbarde, will hold a keynote speech for our delegates. Furthermore, Baiba Molnika, Secretary General a.i. of the Latvian National Commission for UNESCO will join us for a panel discussion on the role of music in the digital era.
Further sessions include:
- Audience Development, the Digital World and Europe (which will include a presentation of the newly launched Opera Europa Digital Platform)
- Encouraging musical inclusion and equality through digital technology
- The role of urban, rural and digital spaces in the accessibility of music
If you have not yet done so, click here to register for the conference. We look forward to welcoming you there!

EMC at Classical:NEXT
We are very pleased to report that the EMC will be hosting a network session at the upcoming Classical:NEXT event which will take place on 20-23 May 2015, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Our session The European Agenda for Music: Putting forward the priorities of the European music sector will take place on 22 May 2015. We will present the progress on the European Agenda for Music and explain how we will proceed with the project. Registration is still open for those interested in attending the congress.

Reception at BOZAR in Brussels
On 4 May 2015 the EMC Board and Team will host a small reception for members of the European Parliament CULT Committee, representatives of the EU Commission, of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency and colleagues from the European cultural sector.
During this reception we will introduce our work and that of our members, present our objectives and strategies and identify possible fields of cooperation.

EMC Share & Learn: Audience Development workshop
From 23-24 March 2015 we had the pleasure to give our Share & Learn: Audience Development workshop in Warsaw, Poland, in cooperation with the Polish Music Council, where we welcomed 30+ representatives of EMC members and EU representative Karel Bartak, Head of Culture Programme Unit, DG Education and Culture, European Commission.
The aim was to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experience and to create a framework in which participants could engage in discussions, learn from each other and from other areas of the music sector, mobilise the collective wisdom and create networking opportunities.
The presentations held in the frame of the event are available online. This event marked the beginning of the EMC's engagement with the topic of audience development, which we plan on exploring further still in our upcoming activities.

IMC News

Tallinn will be the world capital of music creation in May
The 62nd session of the International Rostrum of Composers will be hosted by the Estonian Public Broadcaster in Tallinn, Estonia, from 12-15 May 2015. Some 30 delegates representing national radio networks from all over the world will meet to exchange their contemporary classical music productions. The most outstanding works will afterwards be presented in concerts and be broadcasted by the participating radio stations and other affiliates of the EBU. Selected composers will also receive commissions offered by IMC in collaboration with Radio France and Swedish Radio. The Rostrum week will also include interviews, workshops, open mic exchanges as well as public IRCSound and IRCLab sessions.

A project application introduced by the IMC has been selected for co-funding by the Creative Europe Programme (small-scale cooperation projects). The Rostrum+ project will use the International Rostrum of Composers (IRC) as a platform to promote contemporary classical music and strengthen this sector in Europe and beyond. It will do so by exploring innovative strategies to develop audiences, promote new music, enhance the capacity and skills of radio professionals and inspire cooperation among musicians, higher music education institutions and broadcasting companies throughout Europe and across the globe. 10 partners from 9 countries will be involved in the project.

AMDP & Music Crossroads together on a training programme
After the IMPACT Music Conference held in Zimbabwe in April (visit AMDP’s facebook page), the African Music Development Programme will travel to Mozambique in May for two training units in Sound & Music management, hosted by the Music Crossroads Academy, a strong partner of the AMDP. Around 40 students and young music professionals will attend the 5-day intensive workshops run by two experienced trainers from Mozambique and Portugal. This will be the 1st session of a training programme which will be continued later this year. A similar training programme started in April in Malawi, in cooperation with the local Music Crossroads Academy.

Save the date : 36th IMC General Assembly
The next IMC General Assembly will take place in Rabat, Morocco, from 10-14 November 2015, in the framework of Visa for Music, a professional market for the music from Africa and the Middle East. Stay tuned for more information.

EU News

Results of EU 2020 Strategy consultation published
On the 2 March 2015, the European Commission  published the results of the public consultation on the EU2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The  public  consultation was  held  between  5  May  2014  and  31 October 2014,  with the aim to collect experience from stakeholders in order to draw lessons from the first years of implementation of the strategy and to feed into the review. Respondents criticised a lack of involvement of stakeholders at national level and highlighted the importance of the creation of incentives to act, and the strengthening of monitoring of the implementation process. The conclusions and reviewed strategy will be published towards the end of 2015.

European Border Breakers Awards (‘EBBA') awarded in January
The winners of the 2015 European Border Breakers Awards (the ‘EBBA'), were announced on 14 January 2015, highlighting the best new rock and pop musicians and bands in Europe who have achieved cross-border chart success, were honoured at the Eurosonic Noorderslag festival in the Dutch city of Groningen. The competition is organised under the European Union's Creative Europe Programme.
The ceremony also included the first EBBA Best Festival Act Award. This new category is decided upon by the majority of the 90 festivals within the European Talent Exchange Programme (ETEP) and given to the best performing band or artist at these festivals, which include famous names like Glastonbury, Exit or Sziget.

Sector News

Opera Europa Digital Platform is an online platform for the promotion and enjoyment of opera. The project is an important contribution to enhancing the accessibility of music on an European level through digital means. We are happy to announce that the platform will also be presented at the 5th European Forum on Music in Riga, Latvia. 
Opera Europa Digital Platform is a partnership between Opera Europa, representing 155 opera companies and festivals; the cultural broadcasting channel ARTE; and 15 selected theatres from across Europe. It is supported by the EC’s Creative Europe programme and by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The platform will offer a range of content from the most popular titles to the most innovative: a showcase complete opera each month from one of 15 partner theatres, tantalising highlights from productions throughout Europe, curated documentary material setting operas and opera houses within a wider cultural context, a rich archive bringing history to life for today’s audiences, a forum for developing technical capabilities.
Opera Europa Digital Platform will be launched in May 2015, timed to coincide with Opera Europa’s conference in Madrid from 6 - 9 May 2015 and with the European Opera Days 2015.

Member News

The Aarya Foundation launches Singing Cities, an exciting programme for cities - not to exclude towns and villages - that offer all their citizens regular opportunities to sing together. Singing Cities has been developed with partners in Berlin, Germany, Brussels, Belgium, Gateshead, United Kingdom, and Namsos, Norway, with support from the Culture Programme of the European Union. It has been two years of exhilarating work. More than 100 performances - in concert halls, schools, temples, hospitals, retail centres, museums, parks, prisons and railway stations. Workshops, scientific research and a symposium led to singing strategies and an electronic platform to facilitate engagement and collaboration.

EAS celebrates 25 years! From 25-28 March 2015, the 23rd EAS/5th ISME Regional Conference took place in Rostock, Germany. The succesful conference was special because of the 25th anniversary of EAS. Founded in 1990, EAS has developed into a lively and active network with members in more than 29 countries in Europe and abroad. During the conference a new board was elected. President: Gerhard Sammer (DE); Vice President: Thomas De Baets (BE); Past President: Adri de Vugt (NL); Anna Houman (SE), Natassa Economidou Stavrou (CY); Mary Stakelum (UK); Marina Gall (UK). Lina Van Dooren (SE), R?ta Girdzijauskien? (LT), Jone Girdijauskaite (LT) and Monika Oebelsberger (AT) are co-opted board members.
The aim of the 24th EAS Conference, "Looking for the unexpected. Creativity and innovation in music education" from 16-19 March 2016, in Vilnius, Lithuania, is to exchange ideas on the concept of creativity, to share our good practices in fostering creativity in a variety of musical contexts, and to generate thoughts for research and innovative projects. During the Conference participants will be treated to the musical ensembles that represent the best of what Lithuania has to offer. Come and look for the unexpected in Vilnius.

The 9th Annual Spring Meeting of the European Chamber Music Teachers Association was held on 10-13 April 2015 at the Jazep Vitols Latvian Academy of Music in Riga, Latvia. The meeting coincided with the Baltic States International Student Chamber Music Festival (founded in 1975). Partner institutions for the festival included the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, the Tchaikowsky Moscow State Conservatory, and European University of Cyprus. 31 professors attended from Italy, Portugal, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, and the United Kingdom. 14 Latvian student ensembles and ensembles from partner institutions played in masterclasses with 13 of the ECMTA delegates, and selected ensembles performed in three evening concerts. Delegates attended conferences on Latvian contemporary composers, chamber music pedagogy, a workshop on classical improvisation applied to interpretation and a rousing keynote address from Francesca Zini, International consultant to the Bordeaux International String Quartet Festival and Competition.
The next ECMTA meeting will be the Autumn Gathering in October at the Heino Eller School of Music in Tartu, Estonia. 

ECSA is partnering up with the Federation of European Film Directors (FERA), Soundtrack Cologne and the renowned Directors Fortnight for its next event in Cannes on Sunday, 17 May 2015. The event, entitled the European Film Music Day: A German Focus, will offer a platform for film directors and composers to meet and present their creative work to the audience and stakeholders. It will also be the opportunity to address key issues in light of the upcoming copyright review with invited MEPs.

The Festival Academy and Beiteddine Art Festival generate inspiration for world class festivals at the Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Beirut. The first Atelier in the Arab world took place in Beirut, Lebanon, on 21-27 March 2015 and was hosted by the Beiteddine Art Festival. The 7-day training brought together 36 young festival managers from 21 countries, seven renowned festival directors from all over the world and multiple guest speakers from the region. Participants broadened their programming skills, and joined a network of now 300 Atelier Alumni from 63 countries. The Atelier is run by The Festival Academy, an initiative of the European Festivals Association.

The European Orchestra Federation's 2nd Ordinary Assembly of Delegates will take place on 6 June 2015 and start at 12 noon. Further documents will be distributed soon. The nomination of the same delegate(s) who participated in the 10th European Orchestra Festival in Cremona is suggested, announcements to be sent by 20 May 2015.

The 43rd international ESTA conference will take place on 22-26 May  in the beautiful old city of Middelburg, The Netherlands, where churches, the concert hall and music school will be the venues for concerts and workshops. It will be a conference where people really can participate, using their instruments e.g. to learn playing baroque, to improvise, to groove, or to conduct and to play through ensemblemusic looking if it is suitable for their student-ensembles. Therefore ESTA calls it a "do-it-yourself-conference". 
The conference is also open to non ESTA-members, as long as they are interested in string/pedagogical-music. The high-quality concerts are open to all public. Two concerts will be in the city of Veere. The place will be reached by boat.
The baroque-orchestra is only open to students, who are all already invited (students from Russia, Kosovo, Croatia, Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands). But the concert they will give, again, is open to the public.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the International Choral Music Festival, on 6-12 July 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, FCEC will be joined by conductors Karmina Silec, Salvador Brotons, and Elisenda Carrasco; four works commissioned to four prestigious Catalan composers: Albert Guinovart, Albert Carbonell, Feliu Gasull and Bernat Vivancos will be released in the final concert, and to complete the programme, a Master Class with Robert King will be organised in the frame of the festival.  With choirs and singers from all over the world and concerts scheduled at the Palau de la Musica Catalana and the Auditori de Barcelona, the success is assured!

Live Music Now! Scotland, an organisation that promotes the work of exceptional young musicians, recently celebrated its 30th birthday. In recognition of these three decades’ achievements; Delphian Records released Luminate, a compilation album, as a snapshot of the charity’s activity. Some of Scotland’s shining young artists recorded new commissions by some of the country’s brightest composers – William Sweeney, Eddie McGuire, Alasdair Nicolson and John Maxwell Geddes. A broad canvas, flecked with intriguing and beautiful details, the album is out now. Visit Delphian’s website for more information and to order.

Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica commissioned the Mass after Pope Francis' invitation to remember the outcast of the world: "Missa Pro Terrae Humilibus (for the poor and outcast)" in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, Rome, on 9 May 2015, 17.00. Each part is by a different woman composer: five Argentinian and five Italian. Your friends or contacts in Rome are all welcome. Never before in music and church history has a mass by women composers been dedicated to the mission of a living pontiff.

The International Association of Schools of Jazz, the IASJ, brings together on 28 June – 3 July 2015, in Lisbon, Portugal, for the 25th time over one hundred jazz students, teachers and administrators from all over the world to perform, teach, lecture and network. The IASJ is the only world wide organization with members on all continents that promotes jazz and jazz education for over a quarter of a century.

IFCM gives its 11th World Symposium on Choral Music, in Barcelona, Spain, on 22-29 July 2017. Barcelona is a modern cosmopolitan European city that has every tourist attraction one can imagine. The venues of the symposium activities are now settled: l'Auditori, the Pau Casals Concert Hall, the Palau de la Música and the world famous Sagrada Familia. Master Classes, conferences, lectures, round tables, presentations, study tour, open singing, world exhibition, gala concerts, city concerts, WSCM11 Barcelona will be all that!
The IFCM Asia Pacific World Choral EXPO 2015 in Macau, China, on 12-15 November 2015, is a new and innovative event for all ages and skills levels of choristers, conductors and composers in the Asia Pacific region and beyond. This project is a collaboration between the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM), the Asia Pacific Choral Council (APCC), Macau Choral Art Association, the China Culture Association, the China Chorus Association (CCA), the Guangdong Choral Association, and administered by the Macau Choral Art Association. The event will run in four parallel parts: Masterclass Tracks - a Symposium style series of Masterclasses, Mentorships, Presentations and Consultancies for conductors, composers and singers, a Competition in two sections - Section A with specific repertoire requirements and Section B with free choice repertoire, numerous top level regional and international Invited Choirs giving Concerts and Presentations and a comprehensive Exhibition of wares from music retailers and publishers, choirs and choral organisations. If you are living in the Asia Pacific region and involved in choral music in any way, then this is your event so you need to get involved. Come and soak up all that is being offered in the beautiful city of Macau - only a short ferry ride from Hong Kong, so accessible to everyone in the region.

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