EMC Newsletter 01/2016 European Music Council

Dear Reader,

we are happy to send to you today the first edition of the EMC newsletter for 2016.
This year has been extremely turbulent for the European project. While we always report on these challenges and its repercussions on the music sector, the UK's decision to leave the European Union is certainly one of the most disappointing developments to date for the EU, and we sinerely hope that the consequences of the UK's vote to leave the EU will not block political developments for the culture sector in the near future. The EMC's notion of Europe has always been based on UNESCO's regions of the world, therefore, the EMC will certainly continue to collaborate with diverse partners from the UK and beyond. We were relieved to learn that for now the EU-funded cultural projects and cooperations between the UK and the rest of Europe will be resumed.
But there are also other developments at EU level which we would like to bring to your attention today, such as the EU’s plans to develop a funding programme in support of the music sector and a report on the turmoil around the European Union Youth Orchestra. On top of that, you will also find a report on the most recent developments at UNESCO, and of course, news, reports and updates from our member organisations.
We sincerely hope you will enjoy reading our newsletter!
All the best
The EMC Team  

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EMC News

6th European Forum on Music held sucessfully in Wroclaw
Over 120 delegates from all over Europe and the world came together to discuss the topic of Musical Homelands: New Territories on May 19th to 22nd. On our website you will find the photos and documentation of the conference. Taking place in the impressive National Forum of Music which opened its doors only last year, and in cooperation with the Polish Music Council, the conference offered a perfect setting to discuss current developments at European level and their implications for the music sector. Find out more about the topics discussed in Wroclaw here.

The EMC membership elected a new board
At the Annual Meeting of Members, held in the frame of the 6th European Forum on Music in Wroclaw May 19th to 22nd, the EMC membership 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 BplusC
  • 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 (NO)
    European Choral Association – Europa Cantat, Ung I Kor
  • Kostas Moschos (GR)
    International Association of Music Information Centres (IAMIC), Greek Institute for Research on Music & Acoustics

    Sounds in Europe #11 published
    The 11th edition of the EMC’s magazine Sounds in Europe entitled Music and Migration has been published. With this edition of Sounds, the EMC has tried to respond to the current mass movement of people in Europe. The many different cultures meeting and mixing with each other has led the EMC to dedicate this year’s edition to topics revolving around musical and cultural identities, and their potential effect on intercultural dialogue. The EMC hopes this helps to further understand the value of a rich and diverse musical landscape, as well as the importance of projects working to promote it. This edition also aims at giving insights into the power of music when it comes to strengthening a multicultural society. Read Sounds in Europe #11 here.

    The EMC welcomes two new members
    Two new members have recently joined the EMC network: The European Voice Teacher’s Association (EVTA), an umbrella organisation serving teachers of singing across Europe. EVTA today represents approximately 4,300 individual members in 21 countries who teach singing in all current and traditional styles at all levels of singing including children and amateurs, students and high-level professionals. The EMC is also proud to welcome UNISON - Croatian Music Alliance, a newly founded organisation that fosters dialogue across the diverse stakeholders of Croatian music life.

  • Save the Date!
    The 7th European Forum on Music will take place in Paphos, Cyprus from June 9th to 11th, 2017 in partnership with the International Association of Music Information Centres (IAMIC) and the European Capital of Culture Paphos 2017.

    IMC News

    Rostrum+: The Results of the 63rd IRC are here
    Partendo, Lasciando le erbe tali quali sono (2015) for countertenor and ensemble by Swiss composer Oscar BIANCHI (born 1975) and Langedes ülespoole, taeva kaarjasse kaussi (falling up into the bowl of sky), by young Estonian composer Maria Kõrvits (born 1987) are the works selected by radio music producers participating in the 63rd International Rostrum of Composers (IRC) held in Wroclaw, from May 16th to 21st, 2016. Learn more

    African Music Development Programme (AMDP)
    Under the AMDP umbrella, the Festival des Musiques Urbaines d’Anoumabo (FEMUA) together with the Institut Français de Côte d’Ivoire hosted the IMPACT Music Conference on April 19th & 20th, 2015 where some of the leaders and doers in the music and technology industry discussed the complexities and opportunities that exist in this space. The emergence of new digital tools has shifted the way in which music is being created, consumed and distributed globally. The conference provided a space to discuss, share and learn what opportunities and challenges currently exist in the digital/ music overlap as well as provide insights into what future trends to expect. Learn more

    Music And Resilience Support (MARS)
    The MARS project is about to conclude its first year of activity relying on a solid internal structure and partnership. The results of almost one year's work are represented by the completion of four of the five Intellectual Output productions, namely the Needs Analysis Report (O1), the Specialisation Profile (O2) and the Staff Training Guidelines (O3). Learn more

    EU News

    The EU to develop a possible funding scheme for the music sector
    The Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Commission launched a consultation process with stakeholders of the European music sector in the fall 2015 to identify key issues and challenges. Under the title AB Music Working Groups, the commission hosted meetings focusing on the following topics: i) Music and Data, ii) Empowering creators and nurturing creation: education, training, and professionalization, iii) Cultural diversity: mobility of artists and circulation of European repertoire, iv) Innovation & Creativity: how to best support music start-ups in a fast evolving context? The EMC was invited to take part in these consultations, where it promoted the importance of cultural diversity and the values expressed in the five music rights. A report on the results of these working groups has been produced and can be accessed online. The European Commission also organised a conference at MIDEM (June 3rd to 6th) entitled Music Moves Europe to present the process and its outcomes. The EMC expects the Commission to soon present their proposals for a pilot project in support of the European music sector.

    European Union to core fund the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO)
    The EUYO announced that it will cease operations from September 1st as they were not succesful in securing European funding. The EUYO started the #saveEUYO campaign urging the European Union to find a way to core fund the orchestra. The campaign triggered countless reactions from music and cultural organisations and individuals from Europe and across the world. The EMC also issued a statement voicing its concern about the serious impact the changes in funding structures have had after the first 2,5 years under the operation of the Creative Europe programme. The statement was a reaction to the situation of the EUYO, but also addressed the abolishment of operational grants and the reduction of the number of European networks funded. The President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker then announced on June 1st that the European Union will return to core fund the EUYO. The solution that was found apparently consists of an amendment of the Creative Europe’s current work programme and of the later approval of a Parliament-backed pilot project. While the EMC and various European cultural networks welcomed the decision of the Commission to continue its support of the EUYO, the solution that was found also raised serious concern as it questions the impartiality of culture funding at EU level. Read a statement by Culture Action Europe voicing these concerns here.

    UNESCO News

    2003 Convention on the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage
    The 6th session of the General Assembly of the States Parties to the 2003 Convention took place from May 30th to June 1st, 2016 at UNESCO Headquarters. A few hundred participants and observers gathered for four days of intense debates. One of the highlights was the adoption of a new chapter of Operational Guidelines that reaffirms the significance of living heritage as a driver for sustainable development. The NGO ICH Forum will organise a symposium around this topic at the next Intergovernmental Committee session to be held in Addis Ababa, late November 2016. A second important revision to the Operational Guidelines increases the budget ceiling for international assistance requests that the Bureau is entitled to examine, from US$25,000 to US$100,000. A third revision of the Guidelines extends the so-called “referral option” to nominations to the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, proposals to the Register of Best Safeguarding Practices and requests for international assistance. The General Assembly accredited 24 NGOs, which means that the Committee can now consult a total of 164 NGOs on a wide range of issues. The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage will for the next two years be composed of: Armenia, Austria, Colombia, Cuba, Cyprus, Guatemala, Lebanon, Palestine, Philippines, Mauritius, Senegal, and Zambia.

    UNESCO Report Re|Shaping Cultural Policies presented at EU Parliament
    UNESCO's first Global Report on the implementation and impact of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and the Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions was launched at the European Parliament's Committee on Culture and Education in Brussels on 21st June, 2016. Re|Shaping Cultural Policies was presented to the Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education, Silvia Costa, Members of the European Parliament and other EU officials by UNESCO's Assistant Director General for Culture, Francesco Bandarin, and the Secretary of the 2005 Convention, Danielle Cliche. The Global Report, written with contributions from international experts, analyses global trends and challenges in four main areas of intervention covered by the Convention: sustainable systems of governance for culture; trade and flows of cultural goods and services, as well as mobility of artists and cultural professionals; culture in sustainable development frameworks; and human rights and fundamental freedoms. The Report also looks at contemporary challenges of artistic freedom. It calls for better and continued support for artists where freedom of expression is at stake, and for improved representation of women in creative industries. Public service media and digital technologies are recognised in the Report as important drivers of the diversity of cultural expressions. With its Europe 2020 Strategy, EU has been a frontrunner in promoting a digital single market to foster innovation, economic growth and progress. To address the massive changes in the cultural landscape, new draft operational guidelines on digital issues will also be presented and discussed by the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2005 Convention at its next session (December 12th to 15th, 2016).

    Sector News

    Decolonizing Music: The Music Forum of the Americas
    The Forum, organised by the Music Council of the Three Americas (COMTA), is intended to be a meeting place for music institutions and organisations, musicians and music educators from the vast region of the Americas. Decolonizing Music is proposed as a space for research, debate, multidisciplinary experiences as promoted by COMTA with the purpose of reuniting in a great network of networks, institutions and individuals that are focused in education and musical creation and performance, native luthiers and iconography, imagining the artist as an integral entity, not only from a cultural perspective but also of great social impact in the community. More Info

    European Alliance for Culture and the Arts
    The EMC joined forces with 30 other European cultural networks that issued an appeal urging policy makers to re-think the European approach and include culture and the arts in the long-term strategic goals of the European project. In public opinion, the European Union is often perceived as a political and economic entity, but the feeling that a common society has been created seems to be missing. The signatories of the appeal believe that culture and  the arts can fill this gap and that the Europe 2020 strategy as well as the Union’s foremost goals and emerging priorities are unattainable without culture and the arts.The appeal includes a series of request to the European institutions and can be signed both by individuals and organisations. European and International organisations are also invited to get in touch should they wish to learn more and join the alliance. Learn more

    Member News

    Rome, June 26th, with patronage from the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) of the European Parliament, Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica, hosted a tribute to Ricordando Helen Joanne "Jo" Cox (June 22nd, 1974 – June 16th, 2016)
    with music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Nai Barghouti (Palestine), Andreina Costantini and Roberta Vacca (Italy), Sonja Grossner (UK) and Alexander  Scriabin: texts by John Donne and Henry Scott-Holland. Among institutional representatives MEP Silvia Costa, Chair of the CULT Committee, Senators Valeria Fedeli, and Linda Lanzillotta, Vice Presidents of Italian Senato and Hon. Irene Tinagli, Member of the World Economic Forum.

    “Thanks to collaboration with Fondazione Donne in Musica, since 2011 I have programmed works by 34 women from 18 countries. Their music has had great success with a large audience but without the Foundation most would still be awaiting performance. When I receive scores, I read, evaluate, choose and complete programming from a wide and interesting range of new music. To my knowledge there is no other international organisation promoting composers, and above all women composers, in this way." Claudio Scimone, Musical Director, I Solisti Veneti, Italy
    Worldwide, women represent 39% of contemporary composers, yet their works account for less than 3% of music presented by mainstream orchestral and festival programming. In the last four years through systematic contacts with 1000 European orchestras (symphonic, chamber, string, youth) we have found performances for 86 new works by women from 30 countries. We can do more: please send programming information about your local orchestra with their email and we will contact them to offer scores. More information: forum@donneinmusica.org

    European Chamber Music Teachers Association elects new Board and Chairman 
    European Chamber Music Teachers Association is happy to announce that Marje Lohuaru (Estonia) was elected as Chairman of the Association at the ECMTA general meeting in Warsaw on May 1st, 2016. The members elected a new Board of 9 persons from 7 countries. In 2017, The European Chamber Music Teachers Association celebrates its 10th anniversary. The Autumn Gathering will take place in Tallinn, Estonia on December 9th to 11th and the next meeting on April 21st to 23rd, 2017 in Finland. More info: www.ecmta.eu

    EFNYO General Assembly on the development of its cooperation project MusXchange beyond 2017
    The European Federation of National Youth Orchestras (EFNYO) held its General Assembly from April 21st – 24th, 2016 in ParisMeetings were co-hosted by EFNYO’s French member, the Orchestre Français des Jeunes (OFJ). Thirty delegates coming from 15 different countries exchanged on a variety of aspects for developing EFNYO’s MusXchange programme beyond 2017. Presentations and round table discussions included guest speakers from the Association Française des Orchestres (AFO), the Philharmonie de Paris, and professional orchestras from France (Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre de Picardie, Orchestra Network for Europe).

    MusXchange Working Group Meeting for EFNYO Managers & Bootcamp for Musicians
    A MusXchange working group meeting for managers and bootcamp for musicians will take place between October 27th to 29th, 2016, in London. The meeting is organised under the guidance of experienced trainers of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in cooperation with Cause 4, a social enterprise for developing innovative and enterpreneurial programmes for charities, social and arts companies. The focus of the three day bootcamp for musicians will be on musical entrepreneurship. Managers' workshops will focus on mentoring, online coaching tools, and interdisciplinary projects.

    International ESTA Conference in Ljubljana
    The conference taking place from April 26th to 30th, 2016 with the motto Strings, European Heritage has been very successful and inspiring. About 200 ESTA members from 25 European countries visited this wonderful event in the beautiful Slovenian capital. String teachers met to learn from each other through lectures, workshops and concerts. Due to the intensive pedagogical Slovenian system, the technical and musical level was very high. Thomastik Infeld was the principal sponsor.
    On May 12th the new ESTA UK site went live! It was quite a journey swapping everything over from the old site but we are incredibly pleased with it and its functionality. We have had some very positive feedback and we really hope it will be a genuine asset to our members. Our next project is our summer school for string teachers to be held at Chichester University July 31st to August 5th. Open to members and non members alike.

    The FCEC proudly hosts the 2017 WSCM
    The 11th World Symposium on Choral Music will be in the city of Barcelona (Spain) from July 22nd to 29th, 2017. Under the theme The Colors of peace, an exciting and innovative programme is taking shape: 24 selected choirs from all over the world, 36 lecturers, 4 master classes, 14 commissioned compositions, 25 presentations, Choral Expo.... Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the current challenges of the choral world! Symposium attendees will enjoy a great Mediterranean city, full of history and culture! The registration includes: • Participation in the Symposium programme (36 conferences/Workshops, more than 25 presentations…) • Master Classes • Access to the Choral Expo • Access to all concerts • Open singing songbook • Programme book
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    To stimulate the dialogue between the different European regions, the German Music Council created the project European Musical Exchange Platform in 2009.
    Under www.music-connects.eu, you can publicise for free your own music profile and your events. The bilingual web portal informs about current musical activities and gives music lovers in Europe the opportunity to exchange and to network. Profit from different options to present your work, inform yourself about current events and contact musicians from other European countries. Just sign up here

    The International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (IAML) is holding its 65th congress in Rome July 3rd to 8th, 2016.
    The congress will take place at the Auditorium Parco della musica, one of the most relevant and active centers for music in the city. The congress is organized by the Italian branch of IAML and the Accademia Nazionale di S. Cecilia.

    International Concert Venues Congress held in Barcelona from June 1st to 5th in Primavera, Barcelona
    The Concert Venues Congress was an opportunity to discuss the relationships between concert venues and politics in the different European countries. We also revisited the popular idea of having Night Mayors and analysed the musical experience of cities such as Paris, Berlin and Glasgow. Workshops were held about more specific topics, such as the management of sustainable development projects in the venues, the support to amateur practices, or the relationships between venues’ bookers, booking agencies and promoters.
    On the last day, Live DMA has shared a panel with IMPALA (EU network for independent labels) about the upcoming EU Music Programme (N.B. see the EU News section above) with a member from the European Commission and European Parliament. Conclusions and recommendations are going to be published during the summer to follow-up the Congress talks.

    Dossiers. Portuguese Composers of the 20th and the 21st Centuries
    The series intends to promote the work of Portuguese contemporary composers, constituting an “introspection” in the work of every composer, being simultaneously an encouragement to explore and (re)discover their music, as well as their aesthetic and philosophic reflection. Each Dossier is built of a short biography, questionnaire/interview or musicological article, catalogue of works with two ordinations (by instrumentation and following the chronological order) and discography. Presently the following Dossiers are available: no. 1. Paulo Ferreira-Lopes, no. 2. Sara Carvalho, no. 3. António Ferreira, no. 4. António Chagas Rosa, no. 5. Bruno Gabirro, no. 6. Christopher Bochmann, no. 7. Patrícia Sucena de Almeida, no. 8. Miguel Azguime
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    Applications for creation residencies at the LEC are open throughout the year 
    Miso Music Portugal, pursuing its objectives of dissemination, promotion and the fostering of musical creation, created a residency programme for electroacoustic musical creation in 2005. This programme builds on the one hand in providing a studio for music creation and secondly the provision of a rehearsal space with a multi-channel diffusion system. Additionally, the works created within the residency will be presented at the Miso Music Portugal Concert Season or the Música Viva Festival with the Miso Music Portugal Loudspeaker Orchestra. Learn more

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