EMC Newsletter 04/2014 European Music Council
Editorial

Dear Reader,

2014 has certainly been an engaging year. It saw the unveiling of a new EU Commission, the publishing of the first round of applications to the EU's new Creative Europe programme, a new board and a partially new EMC team. All this took time to either settle or get into motion. But, as the year slowly comes to an end and we start thinking about a first retrospective, we realise that many positive things have come out of this change. With a successful forum in Bern, Switzerland, a successful EU application and the continuation of all the other EMC activities, the EMC hasn't been inactive during this transition period. More than that, we have already started working on some of the activities that we will carry out in 2015. Next year will see the 5th edition of the European Forum on Music, a workshop on audience development, the implementation of a staff exchange placement programme, the continuation of the work on the European Agenda for Music and further activities that directly reflect the strategic plan of the EMC as decided upon during the last annual meeting in June.
 
As always in our newsletter, we also bring you the latest news from the International Music Council, from UNESCO, the European music sector at large and, of course, news from our members.
 
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



The 5th European Forum on Music - Access to Music is Digital?
The next edition of the EMC's annual conference, the European Forum on Music, will take place in Riga, Latvia on June 11 to 14, 2015 in cooperation with the Latvian Music Council.
The forum will not demonstrate new technologies, markets or ways on how to improve an artist’s visibility through digital means, but will discuss the synergies between the digital world and ‘real life’. Today, anyone with a smartphone and an internet connection anywhere in the world can experience a concert by a philharmonic orchestra in London, or view footage of a rock concert in Lisbon. At the same time, concert halls, festivals, arts centres and other institutions or events where people can get involved in musical activities in person, are still of the uttermost importance for thriving societies. The Forum will look into how new technologies facilitate the work of cultural institutions, how improved access to culture helps raise people’s interest in music, and explore the interplay between the digital world and the one away from the keyboard.
 
For more information on the forum and on how to register (starting early 2015), see www.emc-imc.org/efm

EMC work placement scheme

The EMC is offering a work placement scheme for its National Music Councils. The idea behind the scheme is that one National Music Council sends an interested Board or staff member to another National Music Council in a different country and/or hosts a staff or Board member from another Music Council. This newly launched scheme offers participants the chance to spend 5 to 10 days learning from each other, sharing experiences, and getting an insight into a foreign (working) culture. Learn more here.


New team member
Marita Schaaser joined the EMC team as 'Team Administrator' in November 2014. Having completed her studies in Musicology and Cultural and Social Anthropology, she is enthusiastic about and experienced in the fields of music and cultural performance, organisations and policy. With a particular interest in promoting music as part of cultural expressions, in the production, presentation, documentation/ heritage and communication music sectors, she will contribute to the smooth day-to-day running of the organisation, as well as assist with the implementation of the EMC work plan.

IMC News



Re-enchanting the World with the Post-2015 Development Agenda
On December 15 to 17, IMC will join the International Conference of NGOs at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. This event brings together representatives of the almost 400 NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO for a key moment to meet, discuss and adopt the main lines of collective cooperation for 2015/2016. A series of working sessions will be held under the theme Re-enchanting the World with the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Given its strong engagement in the global campaign "The Future We Wants Includes Culture", IMC has taken over an active role in the organisation of the session "Enhancing Cultural Heritage and Fostering the Diversity of Cultural Expression".

IMC in top positon for UNESCO funding

On December 10, IMC received the news that it will receive a grant of nearly 100,000 USD grant from the International Fund for Cultural Diversity, which is connected to the 2005 Convention. The project "Empowering African youth to harness the potential of the music sector" was allocated the highest number of points among the 7 recommended projects (out of 72 projects that had passed the technical evaluation; 172 proposals were submitted in total). The IFCD funds will help reinforce the activities of the African Music Development Programme, and initiate others with a view to ensuring the sustainability of the programme.

The African Music development programme is in full swing!
Started in January 2014, the programme which was initiated by the International Music Council will run a full scale programme in 2015 that includes a series of innovative activities lined up with partners. The year will start with the Sauti za Busara Festival in Zanzibar where AMDP is supporting two young African professionals participating in a two month work experience placement. Linda Gabriel, from Zimbabwe, and Marilia Pessane, from Mozambique will fly to Zanzibar in a few days to join the Music festival team. As part of AMDP, they will also attend two training sessions in Media & Stage Management, together with the festival staff and other professionals. Capacity building is a key element of AMDP, and two other training modules will be implemented in Malawi & Mozambique for the Music Crossroad Academies students. You can find all the necessary information (and more) on the brand new website, that will be active from January 2015 onwards! http://amdpmusic.net

Visit the programme facebook page for more up to date news on AMDP and music from the African continent.

EU News



Tibor Navracsics is the new Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport
The new European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker was approved on October 22 by the European Parliament with 423 votes in favour, 209 against and 67 abstentions. The new Commission started its five-year term on November 1. The Commissioner providing political leadership to the Education and Culture Directorate General (DG EAC) is Tibor Navracsics. As already reported on in our last newsletter, this appointment was accompagnied by criticism from the European Cultural sector. Mr Navracsis previously served as the Hungarian Minister of Administration and Justice between 2010 and 2014 and as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade from June to September 2014 under the controversial Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. At his hearing, the MEPs originally voted against Navracsics taking on the designated portfolio, however decided that he was a suitable candidate for the role of Commissioner. As many predicted, Citizenship was removed from his portfolio and Mr Navracsics' new portfolio is called 'Education, Culture, Youth and Sport'. Citizenship was moved to the portfolio of the Greek Commissioner Dimitris Avramapoulos, now Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship.

UNESCO News



2005 Convention on the Promotion and Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions
The Intergovernmental Committee for the promotion and protection of the diversity of cultural expressions met at UNESCO Headquarters, December 9 to 11. On the agenda, among others, were the findings of an evaluation on the effectiveness of the 2005 Convention, the examination of reports by State Parties on the implementation of the Convention, and a decision on the allocation of funds from the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (see IMC News). The Committee also addressed the impact of the Convention on international trade agreements as well as challenges posed by digitization. The scarcity of resources - human and financial - remains a hot topic. In this respect, good news came from Sweden as it announced that 2.5 million USD (from SIDA's 54 million USD overall donation to UNESCO) will be allocated towards the strengthening of national and global capacities for the promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions. A signal to be followed, or as the Swedish representative put it: who's next? Read more

Make your voice heard - Participate in the UNESCO Survey on the Status of the Artist

UNESCO is undertaking an important review of the implementation of the UNESCO 1980 Recommendation concerning the Status of the Artist. This is a timely and valuable exercise that will help provide up to date data regarding the status of the artist nationally, regionally and globally, and which will be reflected in a consolidated report to be presented to the UNESCO General Conference in 2015. A survey was sent to all UNESCO Member States as well as Non-Governmental Organisations and other civil society organisations. The International Music Council - as NGO official partner of UNESCO - has been invited by the UNESCO Secretariat to participate in the above-mentioned survey. We would therefore like to encourage all IMC member organisations to also contribute to this important exercise. All relevant information is available in English, French and Spanish. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2015. All contributions big or small do carry their weight. Do not miss this opportunity to make your voice heard. Read more

Sector News



The European Orchestra Laboratory (EO-LAB)

It is the strong belief of 3 European symphony orchestras, that the societal relevance and the contribution to quality of life of (symphonic) classical music can be brought back and enlarged by (re)involvement and (re)engagement of lost and new audiences. To reach this goal, rethinking and redesigning (part of) an orchestra’s activities is needed.  In order to do so, 3 European orchestras will cooperate in a ‘European Orchestra Laboratory’. Within a two year period 2014-2016, each orchestra will create experimental events to attract specified non-traditional audiences by a specific approach. Knowledge, experiences and results will be shared and exchanged. In this way, the EO-Lab significantly accelerates the learning and innovative capacity of each participating orchestra and the European symphonic sector as a whole. Partners in the EO-LAB are: The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra (based in Enschede), Odense Symfoniorkester and Tonkünstler Orchester Niederösterreich. Associate partner: BBC Philharmonic. This project is supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. More info: info@hetsymfonieorkest.nl (website under construction).


Member News



The Autumn Gathering of the European Chamber Music Teachers Association was hosted by St Patrick's College Drumcondra in Dublin, December 5 to 7.
The meeting was organised in conjunction with the Winter Festival of the Fidelio Trio, Ensemble-in-Residence at St Patrick's and for the Autumn Gathering. 21 professors from 10 countries participated in workshops, forums and masterclasses with student ensembles from St Patrick's College, the Royal Irish Academy of Music, the Dublin Institute of Technology, the Irish World Academy, Kazan State Conservatory and the H. Eller Music College (Tartu). A distinguished panel presented perspectives on Chamber Music Instruction and Performance in Ireland and composer Raymond Deane, discussed his Seachanges, a set-work of chamber music in the Leaving Certificate Music Examinations. Participating in the panel discussion: Miriam Roycroft (Head of Strings Royal Irish Academy of Music), Dr. Ferenc Szucs (Director of MA in String Performance Irish World Academy), University of Limerick, Dr. John O'Flynn (Head of Music Department, St. Patrick's College), Gregory Ellis (1st Violinist, Vanbrugh String Quartet, Ensemble-in-Residence Dublin Institute of Technology), Sharon Rolston (Chief Executive Music Network), John O'Kane (Executive Director of RTE Orchestras, Quartet and Choirs).


The Creators Conference 2015, organised by ECSA – European Composer and Songwriter Alliance – will take place February 24, 2015 at the Centre for fine arts – BOZAR in Brussels.
The Creators Conference is a high level European forum where creators, music business representatives and EU politicians will exchange views on freedom of expression, author’s rights, new economic models, international cooperation, fair remunerations and will compose the future of music creators together.
Register here.



Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica has commissioned "MISSA PRO TERRA HUMILIBUS", dedicated to H.H Pope Francis. The music has been written by 10 women composers: Bianca Maria Furgeri, Carla Rebora, Marina Romani, Teresa Procaccini, Maria Luisa Balza from Italy and Cecilia Fiorentino, Nelly Beatriz Gómez, Eva Lopszyc, Irma Urteaga and Amanda Guerreño from Argentina. The mass for mixed choir, organ and traditional instruments will accompany the mass on the High Altar of Saint Peter's on February 14, 2015 officiated by H.E. Rev. Cardinal Angelo Comastri.
 
Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica announces forthcoming annual concert season "Natale in Musica" (New music for Christmas) Lazio Region, Italy, week before Christmas in Churches and Basilicas and new works from: Laura Pettigrew and Kye Marshall, Canada, Marina Romani, Bianca Maria Furgeri, Erika Zoi, Roberta Silvestrini, Annie Fontana and Antonella Barbarossa (Italy). The music will be published in a special Anthology of the same name "Natale in Musica 2014" by Sillabe srl, Livorno.
 
Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica has a library with over 43 thousand scores by women composers from all over the world. In January 2014 we contacted 1012 European Orchestras, Choirs and Festivals, received requests and passed on scores: to date over 70 new works have been programmed. Contact FAC and let them know what you are looking for and you will be sent a PDF for perusal.
Information: forum@donneinmusica.org www.donneinmusica.org


March 21, 2015: Let's celebrate Early Music in Europe!
Early Music spans more than a millenium of music from the Middle Ages to the end of the 18th century. Through concerts, events, and happenings taking place simultaneously across Europe and broadcast online, the March 21, 2015 will be an important celebration and a focal point for the promotion of this historical musical heritage! Want to participate? All initiatives are welcome!
More information on: www.earlymusicday.eu
Join us on Twitter (@EarlyMusicDay) and Facebook!


Avant Première Music + Media Market Berlin
The international trade fair for performing arts films
February 10 to 13, 2015 / Hotel Scandic Potsdamer Platz Berlin
Network, trade and meet the stars! It is the annual co-production market and networking event for the international cultural film industry and performing arts films for TV. It is the place to expand your professional network and advance your business! Connect with over 400 experts from all over the world at once: Market players like the BBC, ARTE, ZDF or NHK, major cultural institutions like the Metropolitan Opera New York or Opéra national de Paris, 80 film production companies, 60 broadcasters, 20 distributors, funding institutions, music labels, media platforms, orchestras and many others. As a buyer, discover high quality films for TV slots.
Full programme here!
Register now!


WSCM 11, Barcelona, July 22 to 29
20th IFCM and FCEC signed the official agreement to host the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona 2017. The signature was formalised in the Esmuc, High School of Music of Catalonia, which will be the headquarter of many of the activities of the Symposium, together with Barcelona Auditorium, both located in modern buildings and very close to the historical center of the city. The preparations are already underway to make the Symposium in Barcelona be a great success!
50 International Choral Music Festival Barcelona
FCDC will celebrate the 50th edition of its festival July 6 to 12, 2015! To celebrate, a very special musical programme is being offered: 4 commissioned works to 4 of the best Catalan composers, will be prepared and conducted by Elisenda Carrasco, as a première, in the closing concert. 2 other great works: Salvador Brotons with his work "Cant per un vell poble" and Karmina Silec and "CHOREGIE: a progressive and innovative choral art form". The participation of choirs and singers from all over the world is expected!


Live Music Now Scotland is delighted to have been awarded Creative Scotland Youth Music Initiative funding to develop the pilot project, Traditional Tunes for Tiny People. The project exposes babies and infants to traditional songs and instrumental music from the very beginnings of their lives, encouraging and supporting parents and carers to sing to them at home, and has already proved a great success with babies, toddlers and their parents and carers.
The funding is enabling the project to grow, and involve more musicians and more pre-school groups, including young children with special educational needs, the length and breadth of the country.
Here's a short video about the TTTP project
More information on Live Music Now Scotland here and on Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo.


Scottish Music Centre is a membership organisation, (with 100 composer members / creative businesses), registered Charity and development / resource centre for musicians and infrastructure in Scotland. We're pleased to announce our mentoring project Music Plus+, has launched for the sixth consecutive year and is now accepting applications for support. Furthermore, our youth music touring project, Hit The Road launches January 2015 and we're calling for artists, based in Scotland aged 14-19 years old to register.
Visit http://musicplus.org.uk/#register and http://hittheroad.org.uk/#register


GEDOK Federation of Women Artists is involved in activities of Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica and in the European project "In need of key changes! Music for tomorrow! - Facing challenges for composers today". The Lazio Region / Italy invited Gudrun Mettig, GEDOK board member and music advisor, to participate as expert in the symposium on November 5, 2014 in Brussels together with representatives from the different European regions. It was a major event to present EU politicians with the endangered status of today's creators of music in society, to encourage EU decision makers to appreciate the value of the creative work of both composers and women composers and to empower their positions within European culture.

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