EMC Newsletter 03/2015 European Music Council

Dear Reader

Shortly before the winter break, we are happy to bring you the last EMC newsletter for 2015. In the EMC office we have been pretty busy preparing the upcoming activities for 2016: To kick off the new year, we will host the European Forum on Music Education in Leiden. The conference will shed light on how the world of music education relates to various other areas of the musical sector. This event will then be followed by the European Forum on Music which will take place in May in Wroclaw. We are proud that we will be able to welcome delegates to the 6th edition of what is increasingly becoming the meeting place for everybody working at the crossroads of music and Europe.
As always, our newsletter also brings updates from our umbrella organisation, the International Music Council and news from the sector which we hope are of interest to our readers. And, most importantly of all, we have included news from our member organisations.
We wish you all a peaceful festive season and a good start to the new year. We hope you enjoy reading our newsletter! 
The EMC Team


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EMC News

Register now for the European Forum on Music Education
The conference, taking place on 10 - 11 February 2016 in the Dutch city of Leiden, sets out to broaden the scope of the term music education and to explore what various stakeholders from areas such as the live music sector, new media or the recorded music industry contribute to it. If you have not done so, register by clicking here.
Music education is part of marketing strategies for the live music sector, a driver for social media or the games industry, an incentive for broadcasters and music editors, a political responsibility and sometimes simply refers to the teaching of instruments. When considering music education as the key to musically thriving societies, it becomes ever more obvious why various new collaboration models in the culture sector are becoming increasingly popular. The European Forum on Music Education brings together music professionals from a variety of areas to discuss and exchange on their perspectives and to start new co-operations. The speakers, panellists and presenters invited to contribute to the event reflect the broad notion of the term music education. These include representatives of concert venues, the media, broadcasters, audience engagement professionals as well as leading researchers in the field. The forum will be accompanied by a diverse musical programme showcasing a mix between local talent and some of the most promising young Dutch artists.
The European Forum on Music Education is organised in close co-operation with three major European education networks: the European Association of Conservatoires, the European Music School Union and the European Association for Music in Schools who have worked closely together with the EMC on the programme.

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

The Five Music Rights in Action: The International Music Council adopts roadmap leading up to IMC@70  
During the 36th General Assembly of the International Music Council (Rabat, Morocco, 11 to 13 November 2015) the membership adopted a series of key decisions that will pave the way to building greater capacity of the organisation and its members and to work towards its vision to be the world’s leading professional organisation dedicated to the promotion of the value of music in the lives of all people.
The International Music Council will focus its efforts on implementing “The Five Music Rights in Action” - a programme that consists of 10 strategic objectives to be realised under three major action lines: a) Mapping the Five Music Rights b) Operationalising the Five Music Rights and c) Promoting the Five Music Rights. A very special attention will be given in this context to the elaboration of a digital agenda for music.
The General Assembly re-elected Paul Dujardin (Belgium), CEO and Artistic Director of the Centre for Fine Arts (Bozar) in Brussels (Belgium), as President for a second 2-year term. Mr. Dujardin will be joined in the IMC Board's Directorate by Alfons Karabuda (Sweden) as executive vice-president, Husham Sharaf (Iraq/Jordan) and Maria del Carmen Gil (Cuba/Puerto Rico) as vice-presidents and Emily Achieng’ Akuno (Kenya) as treasurer.The Board is completed by Jesse Boere (Netherlands/UAE), Hugues Gervais Ondaye (Congo), Evis Sammoutis (Cyrpus/USA), Ahti Vänttinen (Finland), Daphne Wassink(Netherlands) and Yu Long (China).The General Assembly paid tribute to the outstanding work and dedication of former Treasurer Sonja Greiner (Germany) and elected her to join the circle of Honorary Members of IMC, chosen among the world's outstanding professionals, educators, performers and composers.

Rostrum+: Listen, Vote, Win!
Don’t miss the opportunity to discover a unique selection of recent creations by emerging composers from all over the world! In the framework of the Rostrum+ project and with the co-operation of the participating broadcasting companies from all over the world, IMC is glad to announce that from 10 to 25 December 2015, works that were presented during the 62nd International Rostrum of Composers will be available for free streaming. Listeners will also have the possibility to vote for their favorite work and get a chance to win a set of contemporary music CDs.

MARS Project Needs Analysis
The IMC has recently launched a new Erasmus+ project called Music and Resilience Support. MARS will offer specialized training and support for community musicians, music therapists, and health and education workers in psycho-social music theory, techniques and methodology, for use particularly in communities suffering from deprivation and stress. 
In order to achieve this, the project pursues the following objectives: development of an on-line support center for E-learning, reference and research, exchange of best practices, consultancy and supervision; definition of a MARS Specialization Profile for demand-supply matching between potential employers and specialists; formation of an international staff group trained in MARS philosophy, pedagogy and methodology; creation of a pilot frontal training seminar for practical formation; guidance of a student group through the first full training, including a period of fieldwork within the refugee community of Lebanon, with final assessment and certification; dissemination of project results, on-line resources and future training possibilities for continuation after project termination.
The Needs Analysis aims to collect information from individuals with particular expertise, and from organisations already working with marginalized communities. If you wish to participate please click here.

AMDP trainings and internships in Cameroun
In the framework of the African Music Development Programme, the International Music Council in partnership with “ LE KOLATIER “ organised October 5-8 in Yaoundé, Cameroon, a training session designed for young African music professionals. Topics covered by workshop leaders included marketing, communication, social media, sponsorship. Read more here.

EU News

Towards a modern, more European copyright framework
On 9 December 2015, the EU Commission published a Communication to the European Parliament and the Council entitled Towards a modern, more European copyright framework. In line with its Digital single Market Strategy, the communication outlines the Commission action plan to adapt EU copyright rules to the need of the digital environment. The Commission also adopted a legislative proposal on cross-border portability of contents services, aiming to ensure that online content services are more easily accessed by subscribers across EU borders. The communication was mostly well received by author's rights and creative industries stakeholders, as it addresses several burning issues of the digital age. For a detailed look at the content of the communication, please also see this statement brought forward by the Authors’ Group, a network of authors’ associations including EMC member ECSA.

Ukraine joins the Creative Europe programme
Ukraine has become the third neighbourhood country to join Creative Europe, the EU programme for support for the cultural and creative sectors. Ukraine follows Georgia and Moldova, who joined in early 2015. The agreement was signed in Kiev on 19 November by Tibor Navracsics, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, and Vyacheslav Kyrylenko, the Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Culture. Ukraine's joining of Creative Europe comes in the context of the development of an EU strategy for cultural diplomacy that will aim to enrich and deepen the EU's external relations.

Sector News

Creative.Partners - a free platform for arts & culture organisations to list themselves as looking for partners
Euclid, a UK-based consultancy and research agency focusing on helping people understand and access EU funding has recently launched creative.partners. The website provides a free platform for arts & culture organisations to list themselves as looking for partners, or to search for partners. The service is not limited to Europe, though it does allow listings to indicate if they are searching for partners for specific EU funding programmes, including Creative Europe, Erasmus+, Europe for Citizens, Horizon 2020, Life+ and Interreg A/B.
The website includes a map which provides an artform coded pin for every entry. Searching the database is quite straightforward and adding a listing is a simple 2-step process: organisation need to register first and they can then add one or more listings - with up to 5 images, a video clip and 2 attachments.

Member News

Doctoral Student Forum for Music Education held in Vilnius in March 2016
The EAS holds its sixth annual Doctoral Student Forum for Music Education in Vilnius from 15 to 17 March 2016. It is held around the EAS Conference and integrated within the main conference programme. The aims of the Forum are:
  • to give doctoral students, at any stage of their studies, an opportunity to present, share, and discuss their work in a supportive environment to give students opportunities to discuss methodological and theoretical issues related to research in music education
  • for students in the early stages of their studies to gain feedback on their ideas and plans
  • to enable students to join the EAS network which can provide valuable sources of support, knowledge and professional contacts
Please contact Dr Mary Stakelum, Bath Spa University for further details

EAS is pleased to announce the publication of the fourth volume of the EAS book series European Perspectives on Music Education entitled “Every learner counts: Democracy and Inclusion in Music Education”, by Helbling Publications. The book presents theoretical perspectives, research approaches and insights from practice in a range of settings from early childhood education to advanced musical training. Editors: Natassa Economidou Stavrou and Mary Stakelum. The book can be ordered online through the publisher’s website.

European Choral Association - Europa Cantat elects new Board and President
The European Choral Association - Europa Cantat is happy to announce that Gábor Móczár (Hungary) was re-elected as President of the association on 14 November 2015 in Helsinki, Finland. The members elected a Board of 13 persons from 12 European countries (see www.EuropeanChoralAssociation.org or www.eca-ec.org -> About Us -> Board). The General Assembly was preceded by a “Membership Day” and the programme of the weekend was completed by a conference under the title “Sharing the Benefits of Singing”. Read the full Press release in English,French/ or German

European Cooperation project "VOICE - Vision on Innovation for Choral Music in Europe" selected by European Commission as "Success Story"
"Success stories" are finalised projects that have distinguished themselves by their impact, contribution to policy-making, innovative results and/or creative approach and can be a source of inspiration for others. The choice of [the] project as a success story was made on the basis of a selection process according to rigorous criteria regarding the quality, relevance and results of [the] project.
Read more in the Press Release in English, French or German.

Fayha choir, nominated by ECA-EC, wins IMC Music Rights Award
Fayha choir, member of the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat (ECA-EC), is laureate of the 2015 IMC Music Rights Awards. The award was handed over in Rabat, Morocco, on 11 November 2015. The Fayha was nominated by ECA-EC because of the extensive social work the choir has been doing over the last years, especially in the field of singing with refugee children, but also setting up school choirs, bringing Muslim and Christian young people peacefully together in one choir, offering learning opportunities to young people in the region and last but not least, organizing the first International Lebanese Choir festival for the promotion of peace and understanding. Find the full Press Release here.

The Autumn Gathering of the ECMTA
This year's Autumn Gathering took place at the Heino Eller Music College in Tartu, Estonia on 30 October 30 to 1 November. Organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Research, Estonian Cultural Capital, the City of Tartu, as well as the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and University of Tartu, the event was attended by 20 delegates from the Netherlands, the UK, Poland, Finland, Lithuania, Italy, Latvia, and Estonia. Held in parallel with the annual FEsTaRi Student Chamber Music Festival, a collaboration between the music schools of Tartu, Riga and Espoo, the event featured up to 11 simultaneous masterclasses, and two student concerts each day. The next annual meeting of the ECMTA will take place at the F. Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, 29 April - 1 May 2016. For more details see: www.ecmta.eu

Conference for EMCY´s International Competitions & INTER-NATIONAL net_works+ meeting in Weimar, November 2015    
«This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.» Leonhard Bernstein 

With these words the President of the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY), Paul Scholer, called for a minute of silence to commemorate the victims of the Paris terror attacks at the opening of EMCY´s Conference for International Competitions & INTER-NATIONAL net_works+ meeting. The Conference brought together Europe´s finest talent scouts: directors of 17 youth music competitions from 14 European countries addressed pressing topics as audience development and sponsorship and created sustainable cooperation, thus enhancing the quality of support systems for young musicians. The Conference took place on 20–22 November 2015 and was hosted by the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar (DE), organisers of EMCY´s members International Franz Liszt Competition for Young Pianists and the International Louis Spohr Competition for Young Violinists. More information on the Conference will soon be made available at www.emcy.org.

Upcoming FCEC events in Barcelona! 
On 4-10 July 2016, the FCEC will host the 51th International Choir Festival: including around 400 participants, singers and choirs from all over the world, four workshops, invited conductors and many concerts in venues like Palau de la Musica, Sagrada Familia and Santa Maria del Pi. More information here: http://www.fcec.cat/ 

The 11th World Symposium on Choral Music with take place on on 22-29 July 2017. The Barcelona Symposium is well under way after the success of the call for performances (146 choir applications) and for lectures (165 applications), some including several proposals on different subjects. More information here: http://www.wscm11.cat/

"Natale in Musica 2015" 
From 16 December to Christmas Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica  presents  "Natale in Musica 2015"  with ten performances of re-composed Christmas carols by women composers P.Ciarlantini, E. Zoi. E.Sciandrone, A.Barbarossa, M.Romani, K, Marshall and L. Pettigrew for chamber ensemble "Senza Frontiere". info: forum@donneinmusica.org

Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica has sent out a call for scores for string orchestra with or without soloists for women composers and have received over 70 entries from 19 countries: chosen works will be passed on to 5 European orchestras for 2016 concerts. The reading commission is composed of women composers in Italy, Austria, France, England and Argentina. Results will be made known at end of year.

The European Musical Exchange Platform
To stimulate the dialogue between the different European regions, the German Music Council created the project „European Musical Exchange Platform“ in 2009. At www.music-connects.eu/en/home.html you can publish your own music profile and your events for free. 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 of presenting your work, inform yourself about current events and contact musicians from other European countries. Just sign up here.

Registration for Avant Première Music + Media Market Berlin now open!
Avant Première Music + Media Market Berlin, the largest trade fair for music and dance films and the cultural TV industry again welcomes international experts in music, filmmaking, broadcasting and distribution for business and networking. Main attractor are the Avant Première Screenings showing over 550 films by around 80 production companies, 60 public and private broadcasters and 20 distributors as an exclusive preview over the latest produced or TV programmes or those in the making: concert recordings, dance productions, artist’s portraits, documentaries among others, traded for international transmission. To register, click here.

Appeal to partners “Singing roadshow - European mobile vocal academy”
Singing Roadshow is toolbox experimentation joining singers, conductors, choirs, teachers, trainers... The innovation is mainly in the proposition to people/ensembles who don’t know/practice repertoires or proposed methods, building bridges in a territory (Schools, communities, city, region, etc.), mixing classical and pop/rock music, singers and instrumentalists. Each event is a kick off for future support concerning continuing education and qualification in the daily work of a choir, ensemble or group. The Roadshow can happen in parallel with concerts/venues like a usic school, university, festival, public square/place, etc. The event consist of a pre-performance by the choir formed for the occasion and concerts of professional groups. Singing Roadshow is a project imagined by 6 LEO Sings! partners Contact: contact@pfi-culture.org More information here.

The next European Day of Early Music will be held on 21 March 2016! 
This particular day is both the anniversary of the birth of Johann Sebastian Bach and the first day of spring.  A huge number and range of events (concerts, lectures, workshops...) will pay homage to a European musical heritage that dates back more than 1000 years! Many of them will be broadcast live on www.remaradio.eu
Join us on 21 March 2016 to celebrate Early Music!

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