EMC Newsletter 02/2012 extended European Music Council

Dear Reader,

News concerning Europe is currently dominated by the euro and economic crisis, the question of solidarity and none the least about the future of the European Union. In the midst of these turbulences, the European Union is debating its future budget and the aligned policy programmes.

This newsletter will provide you with an up-date on the state of the EU discussions in the frame of the budget and programme negotiations related to culture. It will also look back on the EMC’s European Forum on Music in Istanbul that demonstrated in its diverse sessions how music has the power to overcome boundaries. The EMC was involved in the project Safar – Afghanistan meets Germany where traditional Afghan musicians and German musicians exchanged and travelled across Germany, furthermore we will inform you on the up-coming EMC acitivities in Limassol, Cyprus (capacity building workshop) and Budapest, Hungary (music education seminar). All these as well as the member´s news show that the European idea of solidarity and harmony amongst its people is still highly valued when people come together to make music and work jointly for music matters.

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EMC News

The European Music Council and the International Music Council will host a capacity building workshop for music organisations in the Mediterranean Empower Music - Music Empowers. The aim is to strengthen the infrastructure of the music life of the region by building knowledge, creating networking opportunities as well as raising the awareness of lobby work and how to effectively implement it. The workshop will take place from the 28th September to the 1st of October 2012 in the frame of the Euro Med Youth Music Expo which is co-organised by Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI), Epilogi, Arab Academy of Music, National Music Conservatory of Amman- King Hussein Foundation and JMI Turkey.
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From Seoul via Bonn to Budapest - Development Goals for European Music Education is a seminar on music education organised by the  European Music School Union (EMU), in partnership with the European Music Council (EMC) and with participation of the Association Européenne des Conservatoires (AEC). It will take place from the 18th to the 20th of October 2012 in the Palace of Arts in Budapest, Hungary.
The aim of the seminar is to join forces and enhance the dialogue between different levels and areas of music education in order to pursue the translation of the three goals of the Seoul Agenda and the Bonn Declaration: Access, Quality and Social Challenges, into strategies, recommendations and real actions.
Read more at: http://www.musicschoolunion.eu/index.php?id=budapest
The deadline for registration is 15 September 2012.

2nd European Forum on Music in Istanbul
There were many highlights of the 2nd European Forum on Music in Istanbul. For example the opening speech of  the UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, the welcome reception on the rooftoop of the Borusan Music House with a memorable panorama over the Bosphorus that followed, as well as the distinguished keynote speeches by Melih Fereli and Martin Greve to name just a few.

The conference programme was packed with highly inspiring and interesting panel discussions on visa and mobility questions, intercutural dialogue and music education in Turkey  and workshops on the Creative Europe Programme. Project and paper presentations offered a new networking platform where projects found a way to each other, alongside by wonderful concerts and dinners in the heart of Istanbul.

We would like once more to thank our partners from Borusan Arts and Culture for the extremely professional and wonderful cooperation that made this conference such a success.
Alongside the conference the new EMC Board of 2012-2014 was elected in the Annual Meeting. The new board consists of

  • Stef Coninx, Chairman (Belgium)
  • Christian Höppner, Vice-Chair (Germany)
  • Ian Smith Treasurer, (UK)
  • Erling Aksdal (Norway)
  • Claire Goddard (UK/Germany)
  • Helena Maffli-Nissinen (Switzerland/Finland)
  • Kaie Tanner (Estonia)
  • Katharine Lane (UK) as a co-opted Working Group Youth member

Safar - Afghanistan meets Germany
The project was initiated at the 4th IMC World Forum on Music in Tallinn 2011. The idea that Afghan masters of traditional music meet German pop and jazz musicians in  a musical and in a personal exchange that was put into practice in June and July of this year. The project was organised by the Institute of Transcultural Studies of the Franz Liszt University Weimar (HfM), the Afghan National Institue of Music (ANIM) as well as the European Music Council (EMC). The European Music Council was happy to be able to invite the project to Bonn, where in cooperation with local partners Bonner Schummanfest, German UNESCO Commission and the Broadcasting Station Deutsche Welle, a youth workshop, discussion round and concert took place.

We invite you to read the press articles and to listen to the results of this cooperation on German Radio mdr and WDR 3. Find also the trailer of the upcoming film documentary on the Safar Poject by the Bauhaus University of Weimar and a film documentary by arte on Music in Afghanistan  including  a feature on ANIM and Dr. Ahmad Sarmast.

View EMC Press Release here and find the latest pictures on facebook.

There have been changes in the Working Group Youth committee following the departure of longstanding committee members Claire Goddard and Karolien Dons. Katharine Lane and Maiju Kopra have been elected as Chair and Vice Chair and the committee has been joined by two new members, Jenny Grant from Northern Ireland (nominated by Europa Cantat) and Umit Urit from Turkey (nominated by Borusan Culture and Arts).
In 2012 the WGY is focussed on further dissemination of the Manifesto for Youth and Music in Europe following its successful development over the past 2 years.  This Manifesto acknowledges existing initiatives at European level relating to youth, music and culture and adheres to the Five Musical Rights advocated for by the International Music Council. Recently the Manifesto has been translated and published in Italian, French and German.  If you would like to request copies of the manifesto to share amongst your networks please contact the EMC office info@emc-imc.org. View the Manifesto in English here.
The other language versions will be available online soon.
The WGY is hoping to return to the European Parliament later this year to present the Manifesto.  In order to have a successful impact on the policy makers, the WGY needs your help to get as much endorsement and support for the Manifesto.  You can support the Manifesto now online at http://www.emc-imc.org/endorsement/ Please share this link amongst your networks and ask others to sign up and support the Manifesto.
If you would like to know about the work of the WGY and its upcoming visit to the parliament then get in touch with the committee at wgy@emc-imc.org

IMC News

2012 International Rostrum of Composers
This year’s session of the International Rostrum of Composers took place in Stockholm, organised by IMC and the Swedish Radio. The 2012 Rostrum gathered representatives from 27 national radio networks from four continents. After listening to the 50 works presented by participating radios, the assembly of delegates selected and recommended the most distinctive pieces in two categories: 'general' and 'young composers under 30'. The International Rostrum of Composers is one of the most important projects in promoting contemporary music, with its central purpose to provide contemporary musical creations the largest possible number of broadcasts worldwide. Find out about the Rostrum laureates here!

Music Empowers Global Youth
Over the past 10 month, the IMC has coordinated the Music Empowers Global Youth (MEGY) project . The project was launched in September 2011 and received funding through the EU´s ‘Youth in Action’ Programme. A recently published info letter informs about the most important results of the project.

Follow the IMC on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/International.Music.Council  

African Music Council
The President of the African Music Council (AMC), Lupwishi Mbuyamba has started producing regular letters on the situation and development of the African Music Council.

Among others the AMC is planning the following activities:
the statutory meetings of the General Assembly and of the Executive Committee
the new version of the African Music Rostrum(TMAF)
the preparation of the launching of the initial edition of the African Music Associations  Directory and of the AMC Directory
the preparation of a Journal

The latest letter is available here.

Cultural Policy

European Union – new budget/ new programmes as of 2014
The European Commission has proposed a financial framework for the years 2014-2020, the so-called multiannual financial framework (MFF). This proposed budget for the coming years provides an overview on what amounts should be spent on what policy areas. Now it is up to the EU member states and the European Parliament to negotiate the proposed budget. It is expected that a final agreement on the MFF will be reached by the end of 2012. In the current climate, however, an overall decrease of the global budget seems very likely. Linked to the budget discussions are negotiations on new EU programmes, such as “Creative Europe”, “Erasmus for All” and the Cohesion Policy funds.

Creative Europe
In November 2011, the European Commission published its proposal for the new programme for Culture and MEDIA under the heading of Creative Europe. The programme aimes to promote cultural diversity and enhance the competitiveness of the cultural and creative sectors The proposed budget for the programme is 1.8 billion Euro for the seven-year-period 2014-2020, it represents approx. 0,18 % of the total EU budget.

EMC Statement
In general, the EMC welcomes the proposed programme and the suggested budget, in its statement it emphasised the need to accept the proposed budget, to include cultural criteria as a basis for evaluation, to respect the specifics of the culture sector and the creative industries and to continue the support to European networks. Read the full statement here.

Culture Council
The ministers of culture from EU member states published their reaction to the Commission’s proposal in May 2012. Whereas there is a general agreement on the overall goals of the “Creative Europe” proposal, the Council emphasised the need to respect the dual nature of culture (artistic and economic), reiterated that “new audiences” should include children, young people as well as groups which do not usually enjoy access to culture for social, professional, health or other reasons. It stressed that the culture programme should particularly fund non-profit projects and included qualitative indicators to measure the impact of the programme. The Council did not debate on the allocated budget.

European Parliament
The European Parliament organised a public hearing in April 2012 on the Creative Europe programme proposal and is currently preparing its reaction to the proposal with Italian MEP Silvia Costa, the rapporteur for the Culture Committee of the Parliament. The report is expected on 8 October 2012.

The EMC welcomes the Culture Council’s reaction and calls upon the Parliament to continue to reflect cultural diversity, the specifics of the culture and creative sectors and the dual nature of culture in its reaction. A strong EU programme, which promotes artistic and cultural exchange in Europe, is at a time of the Euro-Crisis and increasing Euro-scepticism an important tool for the positive strengthening of the European integration process, European solidarity and the public perception of Europe. This gives reason to keep the suggested budget of 1,8 billion Euro and to prevent it from being included in any potential budget cuts.

Regional Policy and Structural Funds
The EU Regional Policy, of which the Structural Funds are a part, is the second biggest envelope in the overall EU budget and the biggest EU source of funding for culture. The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF) – jointly called Structural Funds – are particularly relevant for culture-based activities. The we are more campaign published a guide book especially for the field of the structural funds, available for download here. The campaign also provides you with an EU lobbying contacts pack with contact details of key decision-makers, available at campaign@wearemore.eu

The MEPs of the Culture Committee adopted a draft opinion on the European Cohesion Policy where they clearly demand that cultural projects should be included in the Structural Funds. Read the full texts here and here.

These draft opinions will now be debated in the Regional Development and Social Affairs committees of the European Parliament.

The time is now to get engaged and advocate for a strong EU programme for culture. To join the we are more campaign led by Culture Action Europe, contact the campaign office for concrete steps you may undertake or contact the EMC for further assistance. The campaign also provides a political calendar giving an overview of all the important dates during autumn 2012.

Cyprus EU Presidency
On 1 July, Cyprus took over the EU Presidency - not an easy task given the growing Euro crisis and Cyprus' own economic situation.

The objectives set for the presidency are ambitious: "It is necessary to further deepen European integration, strengthen social cohesion and ensure better quality of life for European citizens. Austerity measures are important in order to restore the confidence of the markets and ensure stability; but in parallel, it is imperative to take active measures in order to promote inclusive growth and job creation. The Union needs to be closer to its citizens and communicate a message of hope and solidarity to them, with social sensitivity. At the same time, the EU needs to enhance its international role, while being closer to its neighbours."
In the culture field the Cyprus Presidency's aims are:
to further promote the social dimension of culture,
the promotion of cultural governance,
the enhancement of cultural research and of evidence-based policy on culture.
The official website of the Cyprus Presidency is available at: http://www.cy2012.eu

The European Commission´s Culture in Motion conference on 15 - 17 October 2012 in Brussels aims to provide inspirational examples of audience development by cultural organisations and foster European exchange of practice on audience development strategies.
The conference on audience development will be preceded on 15 October by an exchange of good practices among past and future European Capitals of Culture, taking place at the same venue, and at which the Commission will also present its proposal for the future of the European Capitals of Culture beyond 2020.
The website of the conference is now available for registration at: http://www.cultureinmotion.eu/
Registration is open until 28 September 2012. 

UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005)
In 2011 and 2012 the first signatory parties to the Convention were asked to produce their Quadrennial Periodic Reports. The European Union published its report on the measures it undertook to implement the Convention. The report reflects the policies and regulatory actions the EU undertook in the fields of the Convention, the protection and the promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions. In the field of culture, the report refers to the European Agenda for Culture as the first EU policy framework for culture that was published in 2007 and which has a strong link to the Convention. The Cultural Programme and MEDIA programme being financial instruments to implement cultural diversity in the EU and beyond. As further policy actions the report mentions the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue (2008) and the Green Paper on "Unlocking the potential of cultural and creative industries" which reflects the role of Europe's cultural and creative industries for cultural diversity, but also their contribution as an economic sector.

The report also provides a good reading on the EU’s understanding of the term “mainstreaming culture” – as it demonstrates how the EU is taking culture into account in other policy areas such as education, competition, internal market, development, etc.

The EMC took part in the consultation process and is among the eligible civil society organisations.


International Jazz Day
The first International Jazz Day initiated by UNESCO and Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock, was celebrated at UNESCO headquarters in Paris on 27 April, and included a wide arrange of live performances, Master Classes, and discussions featuring Marcus Miller, Barbara Hendricks, Hugh Masekela, Dee Dee Bridgewater and many more. IMC and IMC Youth as well as the International Association of Schools of Jazz were represented during the entire event. A dedicated stand allowed IMC to promote its network and activities. IMC ensured the liaison with UNESCO about worldwide celebrations organised by IMC members and their affiliates. You may find a few examples of such activities here.

International Arts Education Week
The International Arts Education Week was celebrated for the first time at UNESCO on 23 May 2012. IMC was consulted for speakers and Simone Dudt (Secretary General of the European Music Council) and Emily Achieng' Akuno (Director of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Industries at Kenya Polytechnic University College) participated as panelists whereas some more IMC members could be found in the audience. Read more at: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/international-weeks/international-arts-education-week-2012/

IMC participated in the consultation process for UNESCO’s next medium-term strategy and its next programme and budget (2014-2017). IMC also advocated to the UNESCO Secretariat that NGO contributions in the consultation process be given a better follow-up by the concerned programme sectors.

Member News

The International Music and Media Centre (IMZ) presents the 49th ITF Golden Prague Premieres 2012 that will take place at the Žofín Palace in Prague from the 13th to the 17th October 2012. The whole festival is open to anyone interested in high-quality music, dance programmes and films on TV screens.
The IMZ invites you to the first two screening on Sunday, on the 14 October at 4 p.m. and 6p.m.

Film Festival At Wiener Rathausplatz is curently taking place in Vienna until the 2nd of September 2012. 250.000 visitors have already enjoyed a selection of music films curated by the IMZ, which consist of highlights from the fields of classical music, jazz, world music and pop on a giant screen at the musical hot spot in the heart of Vienna. Find the full programme here and on facebook.

The 18th edition of the Música Viva 2012 Festival aims to be a space of circulation where ideas and aesthetics meet and where its focus lays on the mutual relation of music and technology in new Portuguese creations. The festival will be taking place in Lisbon at two different venues.
The first venue will be the Belém Cultural Centre from the 18th to the 23rd of September 2012 and the second venue will be the Goethe Institut in Lisbon from the 6th to 10th October 2012. More information here.

The Centro Cultural de Cascais will present a concert of the  Sond’Ar-te Electric Ensemble which is devoted to the composer Miguel Azguime. The proposed programme includes the Portuguese première of the work “Conver(say)tions”. This concert was selected by the European Broadcasting Union for the Euroradio season 2012/13. The Sond’Ar-te will be conducted by Laurent Cuniot. More information: www.sondarte.com

The Common Routes of Euro-Mediterranean Music Platform (CREMM) is a platform that was created for musicians and organisations to support them in their activities to enhance new international creation projects, to contribute to the international and regional circulation of cultural products. By the end of 2012 the CREMM Platform will be re-launched as a CROWDFUNDING tool. The site will continue its mission to promote mutual understanding and cultural diversity worldwide.
The initiative aims to provide an alternative fund raising tool for professional musicians and organisations worldwide, who intend to start a project involving mobility of artists or any sort of cross-border production in music.
CREMM is preparing its festival for 2013 in Middle Eastern and European countires and is now looking for partners to extend its activities to Asia, South America and Africa. Read more and share: http://www.cremm.com/articles/90 

The International Council of Organizations of Folkore Festivals and Folk Arts (CIOFF®) is organising its flagship event World Folkloriada 2012 in Anseong, South Korea from the 1st to the 14th of October 2012. This event showcases nearly 2.000 dancers and musicians from over 40 countries. Alongside performances there will be traditional games presentations, handicrafts, exhibitions and traditional dishes tastings. Over 2 million visitors from around the globe are expected to attend Folkloriada for the rare chance to experience this unique virtual trip around the world. More information on the website www.cioff.org


Ad Libitum (AL) is an international festival of improvised music, dance, poetry and visual media founded in 2006 by Krzysztof Knittel, president of the Polish Music Council and organized by the Foundation of the Polish Music Council. It will take place in the Centre for Contemporary Art in Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, Poland on the 11th to the 16th of October 2012. The AL 2012 edition will concentrate on collaboration of visual artists with musicians. Anthony Braxton, Maja Radkje, Pierre Jodlowski, Mats Lindstrom, Paul Panhuysen, Ignaz Schick, Ivo Medek, Marek Choloniewski, Cezary Duchnowski, Scanner (Robin Rimbaud), Daito Manabe, Miroslaw Balka, Michal Brzezinski will all perform at the festival.

The 5th Mediterranean Choral Forum offers conductors, organisations, managers and choral experts from the Mediterranean countries and further afield a chance to meet, talk, discuss and develop new projects and ideas.  The Meeting of Choral Specialists from the Mediterranean Area will take place on the 12th - 14th of October 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. Register under www.mcc.cat

From 13 – 16 February 2013 the European Association for Music in Schools (EAS) and the International Society for Music Education (ISME) are organising the 21st EAS conference/ISME regional conference in Leuven, Belgium. The host of the event is the University of Science and Art is the Lemmensinstituut and the theme of the conference is The Reflective Music Teacher. The conference addresses music educators across a range of experiences, from classroom and community practitioners to student music teachers and researchers. There will be keynotes, presentations or research, good practices and projects, workshops and concerts. Call for papers and registration is open now. www.eas-music.org.

The 2nd European Meeting for WIMUST, took place from 5th July to 7th July in Fiuggi (Italy). “WIMUST – Women In Music Uniting Strategies for Talent” is supported by the Culture Programme of the European Commission and administrated by EACEA. The project, whose main objective is the encouragement of the adoption of the 2009 European Parliament resolution for equality of treatment and access in the performing arts for women musicians, composers and creators of music, is undertaken by the Italian Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica in collaboration with Women in/for/and Music organisations, Conservatories and Universities all over Europe. The Italian MEP Silvia Costa, who has recently been designated rapporteur for the programme “Creative Europe”, has expressed her commitment, underlining that “women composers and creators should be recognised and supported at all levels, as cultural industries lead the European economic development, influencing the GNP in each country”.

The SEPE (Supporting Employability & Personal Effectiveness) programme developed by superact!, offers courses in the ‘soft’ skills that employers are keen on, such as team work, good communication, time management, flexibility and presentation. These courses are delivered by trained artists aiming at underprivileged groups e.g. inmates, youngsters, immigrants, illiterates and resulting in CDs, staged plays, concerts or exhibitions. The focus is on informal learning, there is no writing, studying or exams. It is all about developing skills through the dynamics of the group processes, using the arts as a vehicle.
In this setting a Grundtvig course called  “Skills through the Arts” will take place in Rotterdam on 25th to 29th September 2012, teaching artists and teachers on the new possibilities of art education. How to use informal learning, how skills can be learned through the arts, how the arts can help to make changes in the system.  After completing the course, the participants will be certified to organise and deliver SEPE (Supporting Employability and Personal Effectiveness) courses as a SEPE trainer in their own counties.
More information accessible


67th JMI Annual General Assembly
This year's JMI AGA was successfully held from July 24th to 29th in Weikersheim, Germany. Some 60 delegates from over 50 countries came together to reflect on past achievements and plan for those to hopefully come.

The Endless Ethno Summer - Apply Now for Ethno Jordan & Tanzania
The European Ethno summer might have come to a close but the Ethno summer is just about to kick off with the first ever Ethnos in Jordan and Tanzania. Check out the website to see what happened in Sweden, Histria, Croatia, Estonia, Denmark and Flanders and to apply for the upcoming musical madness! 

Imagine Festival 2012 - International Final in Sibiu, Romania
After successful rounds of national Imagine Festivals in over 7 countries worldwide, this year's International Finals will be held in Sibiu, Romania from the 14th to 15th of September.

Fair Play Anti-Corruption Youth Voices - Submission Closed on July 24th Dr.Sley from Cameroon has won the public voting with 15666 votes for his song "Down by the River Side". Now, the international jury is evaluating the 74 video entries from all over the world to decide on the three winners who will travel to the Global Youth Anti-Corruption Forum in Brazil.

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