EMC Newsletter 02/2015 European Music Council
Editorial

Dear Reader,

summer is upon us hopefully allowing you to catch your breath from what has been an intense year so far. On the part of the EMC, we can already look back at a long list of activities we have carried out up to now. Apart from our workshop on audience development in Warsaw in March and the European Forum on Music in Riga in June, we have implemented our Staff Exchange Programme, hosted a reception for EU representatives in Brussels, and carried on with all our communication activities. Before resuming their year's activities which among others includes hosting a workshop on new business and communication models, we would like to bring your attention to two of our recent publications: The 10th edition of our annual magazine Sounds in Europe, and a short video explaining what the EMC does and what we stand for.
 
In the sector news section of this newsletter, we have included items which we hope will be of interest to many of you including information on a newly published guide on funding opportunites available at European level and on two calls for tender that have recently been issued by the European Commission. Moreover, you will also find news from the International Music Council, developments at UNESCO and, of course, the latest news from our members.
 
We sincerely hope you will enjoy reading the newsletter!
Your EMC Team


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EMC News




Sounds in Europe #10 out now!
We are proud to announce that the 10th edition of our annual magazine Sounds in Europe with the title Music and Sustainable Impacts has now been published, and is available online. In this edition, we have put our focus on projects, ideas and undertakings that have had an impact on the European music sector. This includes an article on the impact of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, discussions on new funding models for music, or the contribution arts and culture have on the development of an integrative Europe. Of course, we have also included best practice projects by our members, updates on various EMC activities, an overview of important musical events in Europe and much more. Click here to read the online version of Sounds.
 


The EMC in simple terms
The work of a network such as the EMC can be quite abstract and the means to achieve its goal complicated. In order to create a better understanding of what the EMC is and does, we have commissioned a short film. The video is aimed for individuals who may be unfamiliar with the work of a network, and organisations wishing to learn more about the benefits and opportunities offered by the EMC. Watch the video here.


The EMC welcomes two new members
Two new members have recently joined the EMC network:
Live DMA - Linking Initiatives & Venues in Europe (Developing Musical Actions), a network of European live music venues. The association’s goal is to listen to and promote the interests of live popular music artists in the broadest sense of the word and to function as spokesperson for the European music venues and festivals for all artistic, cultural, social, political and economic issues.
The EMC is also proud to welcome the The National Music Center of Georgia which hosts the State Symphony Orchestra, State Choir as well as the State String Quartet and is dedicated to the promotion of national and international classical music throughout Georgia.



Save the date
The 6th European Forum on Music, hosted by the Polish Music Council, will take place on 19 - 22 May 2016 in Wroclaw, Poland at the National Forum on Music.

More information will be available soon.

IMC News



Results of the 62nd International Rostrum of Composers
Songr for Orchestra (2014) by Norwegian composer Jan Erik MIKALSEN (born 1979) and Cancro (2015) for symphony orchestra by young Slovenian composer Matej BONIN (born 1986) were the works selected by radio music producers participating in the 62nd International Rostrum of Composers (IRC) held in Tallinn, from 12 - 15 May 2015. The 2015 Rostrum gathered representatives from 28 national radio networks from four continents, which presented 55 works composed within the five years preceding the Rostrum. 14 of these works were by composers under the age of 30. Read more
 


Rostrum+ project launched in Tallinn!
After a successful kick off meeting, held in the framework of the 62nd International Rostrum of Composers, this new IMC-led cooperation project has reached its full operational stage. The ten partners discussed the implementation of the project and enjoyed the first set of activities. Among these: IRCListen, a dedicated sound corner located in the entrance lobby of the ERR Radio House which allowed the public to listen to the music presented at the IRC, and a session of IRCLab, where Estonia's vibrant contemporary music scene was presented. The next months will see a residence for the young composer selected at the 2015 Rostrum and a series of students' concerts around Europe. The Rostrum+ project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme. Read more
 


Last April The African Music Development Program (AMDP) organised the inaugural IMPACT Music Conference at HIFA 2015 in Zimbabwe centered on the convergence of music and technology in Africa. The Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) is one of Africa's largest international arts festivals and has been in operation since 1999. The IMPACT Music Conference ran over two days covering a wide variety of topics including music and tech, content creation online, digital distribution, with a handful of speakers with various profiles stretching from young and innovative entrepreneurs to influential African artist. AMDP received constructive and encouraging feedback on the IMPACT Music conferences inaugural edition, and it will return on 2016 for a second edition.
See you next year for another session full of fresh and energizing ideas to shape tomorrow’s Africa and may the spirits of creativity and networking go on. Watch the video here.

Sector News



Fund-Finder – Guide to funding opportunities for arts and culture in Europe, beyond Creative Europe
The Fund-Finder is a recently published online resource and a useful tool for anybody looking for funding opportunities for arts and culture. It provides a detailed and easy-to-read overview of public and private funding opportunities in Europe and beyond. It consists of two parts: on the one hand, it provides an insight into how the arts and culture can make use of EU funding programmes other than Creative Europe, the EU’s programme for culture and audiovisual. On the other hand, it lists funding opportunities and online information resources provided by public and private funders at national, regional and local levels, in Europe and internationally. It also provides additional links to further resources. The guide was commissioned by IETM, the International network for contemporary arts and created by On the Move, the cultural mobility information network. Read it here.


Fair Internet for Performers is a European campaign for the fair treatment of performers in the digital environment. The initiative advocates for performers to receive a fair share of the revenue derived from the online exploitation of their recorded performance. The proposal brought forward by a consortium consisting of FIM, AEPO-ARTIS, EURO-FIA and IAO is both simple and easy to implement. Existing contractual practices, whether individual or collective, between performers, producers and users would be left unchanged, albeit with the additional safety of a guaranteed remuneration for performers for on-demand use, subject to mandatory collective management. The petition has been signed by almost 10.000 supporters so far and has been backed by numerous popular performers (singers, musicians, actors…). Click here to learn more about the campaign and to sign the petition.

EU News



The Directorate General on Education and Culture has issued two calls for tender that might be interest to cultural organisation specialising in data collection and of research: The first is a call to carry out a study on audience development. The aim of the study is to provide successful approaches and methods in the area of audience development to be disseminated among European cultural organisations, which will also be used as a basis for selection criteria in future calls for proposals launched by the Creative Europe programme. The second call is for a pilot project on "Crowdfunding for the cultural and creative sectors: kick-starting the cultural economy", the aim of which is to identify, analyse and publicise the best practice in Europe's crowdfunding market in relation to the cultural and creative sectors.

UNESCO News



In the context of the EU-funded project Strengthening the System of Governance for Culture in Developing Countries, UNESCO established in 2001 an expert facility for the implementation of the 2005 Convention (diversity of cultural expressions). This facility is made up of experts chosen for the diversity of their expertise, experience and knowledge of the culture sector in developing countries. In February 2015, UNESCO launched a call for the renewal and expansion of the expert facility which resulted in the selection of 43 international experts for the 2015-2017 period. Over that period, the expert facility's main tasks will be: raising the awareness and visibility of the Convention, policy and measure-monitoring and providing support to Parties in their efforts to engage in country-level policy making. Read more
 


On 10 - 12 June, UNESCO headquarters in Paris hosted the biennial Conference of Parties to the 2005 Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions; IMC and other NGOs attended as observers. A platform for State parties to discuss the implementation of the Convention, this year’s meeting focused on the periodic reports by States, the digital issue and the fundraising strategy to feed the IFCD (International Fund for Cultural Diversity).
Only 61% of the implementation reports were submitted, causing the UNESCO Secretariat to encourage State parties to comply with their obligations. The reports should be seen as means to exchange good practices which would, not only enable interstate cooperation, but also result in a better implementation of the Convention.
Lengthy and intense debates took place on the digitization issue which seemed to be the chore topic of the Conference. What are the pros and cons of digitization? How can digitization help promote diversity in cultural expressions? What related subjects must also be taken into account (i.e intellectual property rights)? Many parties also recognised and stressed the need for greater collaboration with civil society which is somewhat encouraging.

Member News



The European Chamber Music Teachers Association will hold its next Autumn Gathering 30 October - 1 November at the Heino Eller Music School in Tartu, Estonia. The meeting will feature masterclasses with ECMTA members and student ensembles from participating conservatoires, lectures, thematic workgroups and student ensemble concerts. Participation is free for ECMTA members and their students. The H. Eller School has recently benefited from an ambitious new building and concert hall project, beautifully realized, which should provide members with interesting models for collaboration on a local, regional and national level. Programme details and inscription forms will be posted on the ECMTA website: www.ecmta.eu
The 10th Annual Spring Meeting will take place on 29 April - 1 May 2016 at the F. Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Poland.


singing europe - There are 37 milion choral singers in Europe
The final report of the pilot research project "singing europe" has been published. Based on two years of exploration of data sources, both quantitative and qualitative, and through innovative surveys, the report shows that 4,5% of the European population actively participate in collective singing activities. This represents 37 Million collective singers on the European continent, gathered in about 1 million choirs or ensembles. Collective singing thus proves to be a major cultural activity, providing singers with direct benefits in terms of social integration, health, and cultural development. With two thirds of the conductors being paid for their work, and all the associated services (premises, concerts, travels, instrumentalists, pedagogy, scores, etc.), collective singing is also creating local added value: most of the money invested by participants and funding authorities is valorised and used locally, or in the frame of European exchanges. In times where a significant part of the added value of the music market is extradited overseas, collective singing contributes positively to the economic development of the continent. The free report offers a rich insight on the demographic, economic, social and cultural dimension of collective singing in Europe.
Free download available at www.singingeurope.org


REMA is proud to announce the creation of the first European Award dedicated to Early Music! This Award has been established in order to recognise ensembles and institutions who have made an outstanding contribution to the study and popularisation of Early Music. The REMA Early Music Award will be given to the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis while the REMA Early Music Artist Award will be given to the The Hilliard Ensemble.
The Award ceremony will take place on 22 August 2015 in Antwerp, Belgium.


Register now for the European Jazz Conference 2015!
 
The European Jazz Conference 2015 will take place on 24 - 27 September 2015 in Budapest, Hungary and is organised by the Europe Jazz Network and the Budapest Music Center.
The Conference is the most important annual meeting of jazz professionals in Europe and is open to everyone upon payment of a participation fee. The Conference will give to participants the possibility to connect with hundreds between the main jazz promoters in Europe.
 
Deadline: 10 September 2015. Register here


MusXchange 2015-17: EFNYO's programme for fostering transnational mobility, strengthening of skills and audience building for pre-professional musicians in Europe. The European Federation of National Youth Orchestras (EFNYO) will hold a working group meeting for managers and bootcamp for musicians on audience building and outreach skills from 24 - 27 September 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland. The two events form part of EFNYO's Cooperation Project "MusXchange", which received co-funding under the EU Creative Europe programme and runs from April 2015 to March 2017. Meetings will be co-hosted by EFNYO's Scottish member, the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland, and Live Music Now, Scotland. 14 musicians from 11 EFNYO partner orchestras will be enabled to join introductory seminars and training sessions on outreach work for different kinds of audiences from trainers of Live Music Now. Around 20 EFNYO managers will receive additional coaching on funding and PR issues in a European context from trainers of Culture Republic and Arts & Business, Scotland.
Earlier in May 2015, EFNYO held its first General Assembly in Lisbon, Portugal, which was hosted by the Jovem Orquestra Portuguesa, and saw the participation of around 20 EFNYO members gathering in discussions with guests from important music and cultural institutions in Portugal.


On 11 July 2015 we closed the 50th edition of the International Choir Festival in Barcelona. For this very special occasion we premiered four works commissioned to four composers: Feliu Gasull, Bernat Vivancos, Albert Guinovart and Albert Carbonell, conducted by Elisenda Carrasco. In addition we had Salvador Brotons who conducted two of his works, and a spectacular performance conducted by Karmina Silec ended the concert. With choirs from Venezuela, Germany, Norway, Belgium, Turkey, Seville and Catalonia we have enjoyed this very special edition of the festival. In the frame of the festival we also organized a conducting course with Robert King with great success.


After nearly three years of work involving members and over 100 affiliated organisations in every part of the European Union, on the 5 November 2014, the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) and the Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica (FACDIM) co-organized a public symposium in Bruxelles entitled: “In Need Of Key Changes! Music For Tomorrow - Facing challenges for composers today”.  This offered a platform for a direct exchange of views with EU policy makers in the field of culture. The main themes were:
(i) the recognition of the role of composers in today’s society,
(ii) fair remuneration and fair contracts,
(iii) discrimination,
(iv) lack of equal opportunities and
(v) lack of equal opportunities and transparency in decision-making processes.
 
The result which now begins its political and administrative pathway is a joint ECSA-FACDIM Recommendation for a European Directive on the Status of composers, songwriters, authors and creators of every form of music and the current lack of recognition of their role in culture and society as well as the discrimination, coercion, lack of equal opportunities and transparency in decision-making processes to which they are subjected. It is essential that EU policy makers and EU Member States take appropriate measures to change the actual situation while being encouraged to critically review legislation and practices which practically restrict the freedom of artistic expression while protecting authors who are currently disadvantaged in contractual situations between the individual and the corporation. It is essential that this Recommendation becomes a European Directive to protect and promote the people without whom the Cultural and Creative Industries will never grow: the creators of music!


IFCM Asia Pacific World Choral Expo, Macau, China, 12-15 November 2015. International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM), Asia Pacific Choral Council and Macau Choral Art Association are collaborating together to debut the first ever World Choral Expo, in Macau S.A.R from the 12 - 15 November 2015! World-class conductors, composers and choirs will convene to share their experiences, techniques, and voices to the Asia Pacific Region. This event is co-sponsored by the Chinese Culture Association, the China Choral Association, and Canton Province Choral Association.
Contact: International Federation for Choral Music - Email: info@ifcm.net Website: www.ifcm.net or www.worldchoralexpo.com


IMZ ACADEMY 2015 - ALL ABOUT OPERA ONLINE
Join us for the "IMZ Academy 2015 - All About Opera Online" from 1 - 2 October 2015 at International Television Festival Golden Prague, Czech Republic. The IMZ Academy offers a series of highly practical workshops and seminars. This year's edition lead by IMZ Academy director Peter Maniura (Head of Digital Development, BBC Arts) with guest speakers David Chalmers (Principal Technologist, BBC Scotland) and Kriss Rusman (Freelance Director), is focussing on opera in the digital age, looking in particular at the challenge of online and social media. It will cover the key aspects of the visualisation and communication of the art form to the general public, ranging from performance capture - whether for television, cinema or online - to the contextualisation of performance and performers through factual content, archive and documentary material. The sessions will examine both the editorial and technological aspects of an efficient and cost-effective media strategy for opera organisations.
Please find further information here. For any questions and registration please contact: Astrid Hafner-Auinger
The IMZ thanks its partners International Television Festival Golden Prague and Czech Television.


Live DMA gathers 1300 popular & alternative music venues and festivals in Europe. Live DMA, with the Catalan and Spanish organisations ASACC and ACCES, organised the International Congress for Music Venues during Primavera, in Barcelona (Spain) on 28 May 2015. Report available on www.live-dma.eu
Live DMA, with the French organisation FEDELIMA, is organising POP MIND, two days of reflexion about music in Europe, in L’Autre Canal, Nancy (France) 29 - 30 September 2015. Programme and free registration on www.pop-mind.eu
More info? Contact audrey.guerre@live-dma.eu


A programme of free lunchtime concerts will run during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world. Live Music Now Scotland is staging daily performances, featuring some of the best contemporary talents from Scotland and further afield. Orkney fiddlers, Bulgarian mezzo sopranos, Irish pipers and Glaswegian flautists will all perform at the National Museum of Scotland, 2pm daily, 8-30 August. Find more info here!


LEO Sings! project initiated an exploration of language, geography, history and culture of European vocal music diversity, giving to singing community the opportunity for exchange at European level, to understand and benefit from each others' knowledge, skills,training programs and practices.
One-to-one networking has been enlarged to organisations and institutions (singing teachers, choirs, conductors, etc.) could extend to interdisciplinary contacts and vision. Community, media and policy are the challenges introducing possible outcomes proposed by the partners, to influence public policies and continue sharing innovative voice teaching methods and practices.
Read more about LEO Sings! assessments and prospects here!
Documentation about the partnership and the Film of the project!

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