EMC Newsletter 03/2012 European Music Council

Dear Reader,

the Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace to the European Union at a time in which the European idea is challenged by a financial, economic and social crisis. In the coming days the EU heads of state will debate on the future EU budget for the years 2014-2020 – and together with the “we are more” campaign and its supporters we believe that arts and culture must have a place in the new programmes and must have their own budget.
This newsletter will give you information on current cultural policy debate at EU and UN level and how you can get involved (by writing letters!). We will look back at EMC events and we would like to invite you to participate in the upcoming European Forum on Music in April 2013 in Glasgow (UK) as well as in the IMC World Forum on Music which will take place in Brisbane (Australia) in November 2013.
We are especially happy that so many EMC members have forwarded us news on their activities, allowing you to be inspired by these diverse music activities that reflect a Europe based on cultural and social values.
The Nobel Prize for Peace sets high expectations for its awardee, or as stated by the Nobel Committee: “the EU's most important result: the successful struggle for peace and reconciliation and for democracy and human rights”. Music, arts and culture have played, and continue to play an important role in achieving these objectives, therefore my suggestion would be to: invest the prize-money in cultural cooperation among Europe.
Enjoy reading the EMC newsletter,
Simone Dudt
Secretary General

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EMC News

3rd European Forum on Music in Glasgow, Scotland, 18 – 21 April 2013
The EMC is currently preparing its 3rd European Forum on Music in cooperation with the Scottish Music Centre. The Forum will be hosted from 18 – 21 April 2013 in the UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow. Pete Wishart, Scottish MP and former keyboarder of the band Runrig has been confirmed as keynote speaker. The conference will take place in the Grand Central Hotel. More information will be available soon on the EMC website. Registration will open on 1 December 2012.


Euro-Med Youth Music Expo in Limassol, Cyprus
The first Euro-Med Youth Music Expo, opened by Androulla Vassiliou, EU Commissioner for Education and Culture, was held in Limassol, Cyprus from 28 September – 1 October 2012. The Expo presented a series of concerts, workshops, presentations and discussions and showcased 24 upcoming bands from 20 different European and Mediterranean countries with a total of 150 young musicians and over 80 representatives of music organisations. In this setting the European Music Council and the International Music Council hosted a capacity building workshop for music organisations in the Mediterranean Empower Music - Music Empowers aiming 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 Euro-Med Youth Music Expo was hosted by the Cultural Movement of Limassol Epilogi together with their partners Jeunesses Musicales International, the Arab Academy of Music (League of Arab States) and European Music Council. On this occasion the Euro-ArabYouth Music Center was officially launched.


From Seoul via Bonn to Budapest Development Goals for European Music Education: Access, Quality and Social Challenges Seminar, Budapest, 18 – 20 October 2012
Taking place in the Palace of Arts in Budapest, Hungary, this seminar on music education focused on the three goals of the UNESCO Seoul Agenda and the EMC´s Bonn Declaration: Access, Quality and Social Challenges, converting them into strategies, recommendations and real actions.
The first conference day was dedicated to art and music education, training, advocacy tools as well as the topic of quality and equality in music education. In this context two keynote speeches were given by IMC Secretary General Silja Fischer, on Arts Education and UNESCO and Laura Cassio (EU Commission) on (arts) education within EU policies. In the parallel and plenary sessions participants discussed the need to promote the Bonn Declaration, by distributing, discussing, using and endorsing it even more in the European music sector.  The Working Group Youth of the EMC monitored the whole meeting providing the final Wrap Up Session. The Seminar was 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).
Read more and find the presentations online at the EMU website.

Working Group Youth (WGY)
At the end of September, members of the Working Group Youth (WGY) took part in the Euro Med Youth Music Expo in Cyprus with the opportunity to present the Manifesto for Youth and Music in Europe to the youth delegates at the Expo. A full report can be found on the WGY blog.
In October, the whole WGY met in Budapest at the Palace of Arts to discuss future plans, particularly those for youth participation at the upcoming European Forum on Music in Glasgow – more information will be available soon.

Manifesto for Youth and Music in Europe now online in five languages
In 2012, the Working Group Youth (WGY) has continued to focus on the further dissemination of the Manifesto for Youth and Music in Europe. The Manifesto acknowledges existing initiatives at European level relating to youth, music and culture and adheres to the Five Musical Rights advocated by the International Music Council. The Manifesto has been translated and published in English, Italian, French, Spanish 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.

IMC News

5th IMC World Forum of Music (WFM)
The preparations for the 5th IMC World Forum of Music (WFM) and 35th General Assembly (GA) to take place 21 – 26 November 2013 in Brisbane (Australia) are in full swing, in close cooperation with local hosts, the Music Council of Australia and the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. The IMC Secretariat issued the first announcement to all IMC members last July.

The programme of the forum entitled Sustaining music, engaging communities promises to be very stimulating. The audience will not only look and listen but participate in an active way through creative performances and creating performances: what is the future of music on this planet? The IMC Board encourages a high attendance for the event: IMC members are strongly invited to bring more than the usual one or two representatives; think about your board, your leadership, your office staff, your members and their boards, leadership and office staff. The General Assembly will address – in addition to the usual agenda points such as reports, activity plans, budgets and elections – two very important proposals, further to the mandates given to the Board by the 2011 GA: a complete revision of the Statutes and Rules of Procedure and a revision of the membership fee structure.
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IMC´s Regional Music Councils
The Executive Committee of the Music Council of Asia-Oceania met in Jinan, China, in the framework of the 17th conference of the Asia-Pacific Society of Ethnomusicology, to discuss ways to build a strong regional music council. IMC President Frans de Ruiter and Secretary General Silja Fischer also attended the two meetings and addressed the audiences.

This year’s edition of the Kolatier music market held in Yaoundé, from 16 – 18 November 2012, hosted a meeting of the Executive Committee of the African Music Council. Also in the framework of the Kolatier, recently admitted new IMC member CERDOTOLA  staged a symposium on how the African music industry faces the demands of the international market. The IMC Secretary General  attended these events.

Cultural Policy

United Nations' Questionnaire on the Right to Artistic Freedom
The UN Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights, Farida Shaheed, has decided to dedicate her annual report to the Human Rights Council, due to be presented in June 2013, on the issue of “the right to artistic freedom”. On 6 December 2012 there will be a consultation in Geneva, please find the announcement here. The questionnaire is available for download. Deadline to hand in the questionnaire is 7 January 2013. The EMC is member of the Access to Culture Platform and its working group on “Arts, Human Rights and Social Justice”. Within this working group, it was discussed that civil society's contribution to this questionnaire will also be important even if not all questions can be answered. You are invited to complete the questionnaire and circulate it broadly in your networks.

The next session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, an organ of the 2005 Convention, will take place in Paris, from 10 – 14 December 2012. IMC will as usual participate as an observer.

International Fund for Cultural Diversity
Between September and December 2012, the Secretariat of the 2005 Convention is issuing e-updates on the implementation of the three-year pilot phase of the International Fund for Cultural Diversity. Each of the four e-updates showcases three stories of impact alongside views from UNESCO partners. This first two updates featured the results of cultural industry and cultural policy projects from Argentina, Benin, Cameroon, Guatemala, Lao PDR and Madagascar. UNESCO’s programme to provide assistance to countries in strengthening their cultural policies and industries has shown first results in nine developing countries. UNESCO technical assistance missions are funded by the European Union (EU). Since November 2011, recognised experts from a tailor-made Expert Facility in cultural governance and cultural industries have carried out technical assistance missions in 13 developing countries. Their high-level expertise assists these countries in ongoing efforts to strengthen human and institutional capacities to develop policies that support the emergence of dynamic cultural and creative industries. Read more.

Programme and Budget (20142020)
In September 2012, the UNESCO Director-General submitted her preliminary proposals for the next Medium-Term Strategy (20142020) as well as the next Programme and Budget (20142020). IMC had contributed in July to the consultation process on these important programme documents that involved Member States and NGOs official partners of UNESCO. Ms Bokova made some significant proposals for change which led to lively discussions at the Executive Board session last October. Despite controversy positions expressed during the debate, Member States eventually came up with a consensus position on the DG’s proposals. Ms Bokova is now invited to take into account this position paper when formulating her full-fledged proposals for submission to the next session of the Executive Board (March 2013). Read more.


EU signs new partnership with UNESCO on education, culture, science and human rights
The European Union and the UNESCO signed for a new partnership on 8 October 2012. Both UNESCO and the EU promote human rights and fundamental freedoms aiming stability and development. Being equally committed to quality education for all and the respect for cultural diversity, the partnership aims to strenghten stabilisation of democratic processes, using education and culture as key vectors for development. The focus is not only set on the preservation of cultural heritage and the promotion of cultural industries, but also on the governance of culture at national and local level through the grass-root implementation of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. There will be more information in 2013.


Upcoming Extraordinary Summit on EU's Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2014 to 2020
The European Commission has proposed a financial framework for the years 20142020, 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. A final agreement on the MFF is expected at the upcoming extraordinary summit of EU leaders on 22 – 23 November 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.

Letter to EU Heads of State and Governments on the occasion of the extraordinary EU summit 22 – 23 November 2012
In the forefront of the EU extroaordinary summit, the we are more campaign prepared an online letter with a statement calling on the national leaders to demonstrate political vision and courage during the extraordinary EU summit.
It states that "Culture, education and the arts, citizens' participation, equality and freedom for all, democracy and the rule of law, balanced regional development, environmental protection and social justice are the necessary foundations on which to build a sustainable Europe and to recover from the current crisis. They are investments in our common future and must be protected from financial cuts. This is no time for horizontal cuts. It is the moment to support a united Europe, furthering its citizens' diversity, well-being and engagement."
Please sign the letter to maximise the impact

European Parliament publishes Creative Europe recommendations
Italian MEP Silvia Costa recently presented a report on the European Commission’s plans for Creative Europe to the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education (CULT). The report welcomes the proposed budget of €1.8bn for Creative Europe, but notes that “the scope of the programme is wider than before with the inclusion of the cultural and creative industries, the increase of the number of beneficiaries and participating countries, and the number of actions to be implemented.”

Now that CULT has been presented with Silvia Costa's report, it is conducting its first reading, which is due to conclude with a vote on 18 December 2012. Negotiations are still ongoing regarding the budget for the EU's Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2014 to 2020 (see above), the final shape of which will of course impact upon all of the EU's programmes including Creative Europe.
The EMC supports the we are more campaign, which has recently published a reaction to Costa's report here.


"Promoting cultural and creative sectors for growth and jobs in the EU"
This is the strategy paper that the European Commission presented in September 2012 promoting the potential of the cultural and creative sector and aiming to strenghten the competitveness of creative enterprises by focusing on skills development. The plan is to facilitate access to credits, promote new business models, audience development, access to international markets  and enhancing cooperation with other sectors. A lot of plans for a very short time, however consulting statistics this plan seems not that naive and unrealistic to achieve, according to the WIPO Studies on Economic Contribution of the Copyright Industries, the contribution of EU countries like e.g. Bulgaria 4,53%, Hungary 7,42% and the Netherlands 5,90%, just to name a few, reveal that the culture and creative sector is one of the most important contributors to economic growth and employment. These sectors already contribute betweeen 3,3-4,5% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and up to 8,5 mio. jobs in the European Union. Read more.

Culture in Motion Conference - European Audiences: 2020 and beyond
The Culture in Motion Conference reflected the focus of the Creative Europe programme proposal which will come into effect in 2014, replacing the existing culture and MEDIA programmes.
The new focus on "audience development" becomes relevant at a time in which there has been a change of paradigm in the way that audiences engage with arts and culture. In previous times, it was the cultural institutions themselves who made the decisions with regards to what the public would see and hear. This has changed in part due to the digital shift.
"Audience development", therefore being a more interactive and practical approach, aims to empower, to engage, to diversify and to host the audience hoping to meet or exceed the audience´s expectations. Androulla Vassilliou stated during the conference, that it became a paramount priority for the European Commission to engage the public with European Culture within the Creative Europe Programme. View interviews and videos of the Conference here.

Reports and Studies
The European Parliament has commissioned two studies on the culture and media strand of the Creative Europe proposal.Find them here.
On the same website you will find the study on the use of Structural Funds for cultural projects carried out by KEA European Affairs. Furthermore, the European Commission asked the European Expert Network on Culture (EENC) to produce a critical analysis of how the unused potential of the cultural and creative sector might foster regional and local development in some Member States. You may find the report here.

Public Choice Award: The 10th European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA)
The winners of the 10th European Border Breakers Awards will receive their awards on the 9 January 2013 hosted by Jools Holland at the Eurosonic Noorderslag festival in Groningen in the Netherlands. One of the winners will also receive a 'Public Choice Award'. From 1 November – 21 December 2012 the public can vote for their favourite artist on www.ebba-awards.eu. In voting you have the chance to win a trip to the award ceremony.

Nabiha (Denmark), Ewert and The Two Dragons (Estonia), French Films (Finland), C2C (France), Emeli Sandé (Great Britain), Of Monsters and Men (Iceland), Dope D.O.D. (Netherlands), Amor Electro (Portugal), Juan Zelada (Spain), Niki and the Dove (Sweden) are the winners of the 2013 awards, having achieved success beyond their home country with their first international release.

Now in their tenth year, the awards are funded by the EU Culture Programme and organised by Eurosonic Noorderslag, in partnership with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Former winners of the 'EBBA Awards' include Adele, The Baseballs, The Dø, KT Tunstall, Tokio Hotel, The Ting Tings, Lykke Li, The Scripts, Milow, Katie Melua, Mumford and Sons, Selah Sue, Swedish House Mafia and Caro Emerald.

Member News

The Comitato Nazionale Italiano Musica (CIDIM) attended the Cremona Mondomusica fair on 28 – 30 September, where a huge range of CIDIM members activities were presented, for example two publications supported by CIDIM on significant Italian music artists with an innovative musicological perspective such as the Italian musician Nino Rota and "Verso un autoritratto" written by Angelo Foletto and published with Nardini Edizioni. Find more details on CIDIM´s website or by subscribing to the CIDIM monthly newsletter.

The European Association for Music in Schools (EAS) started a new publication series, "European Perspectives on Music Education", with the focus on different aspects related to the annual EAS-conferences or projects. The first book within this series, "New Media in the Classroom", edited by Marina Gall, Gerhard Sammer and Adri de Vugt, which presents teachers, students, researchers, and all those who are interested in music education gives an overview of the position and role of new media in music education in Europe. Contributions from Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, England, Finland, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and The Netherlands offer contemporary national perspectives on music teaching in schools.

The EAS conference, that will take place from 13 – 16 April 2013 in Leuven, Belgium, will focus on the constantly changing role of the music teacher in music teaching and learning processes and mainly on general music education, what will be discussed in the context of European diversity – on the reflective skills of music teachers and how to achieve high quality music education in classrooms and communities. Special attention is given to practitioners’ research and to the question of whether and when everyday reflection can be considered a form of research. The conference addresses music educators across a range of experiences, from classroom and community practitioners to student music teachers and researchers.


The European Federation of National Youth Orchestras (EFNYO) board and MusXchange meeting took place in Aix-en-Provence (France) from 7 – 8 September 2012. The implementation of the MusXchange programme 2012–14, designed the work programme and budget for 2013, forming part of the EFNYO application for an EU operating grant 2013. Pierre Jacques, director of the Orchestre des Jeunes de la Méditerranée, recommended to contact possible partner institutions in countries around the Mediterranean Sea to boost EFNYO membership in countries like Portugal, Croatia, Greece, Palestine, Egypt, and Albania. Representatives of these countries have been invited to join the EFNYO General Assembly (GA) in Apeldoorn.The spring GA in 2013 has been confirmed to take place between 16 – 19 May 2013, in Bucharest, and will be hosted by the National Youth Orchestra of Romania and general manager Marin Cazacu.



The European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY) meeting on non-classical categories in youth music competitions came to a successful finale on 14 October with the clear conclusion that EMCY must be in tune with the youth of the 21st century and open up to new disciplines and genres. A slogan of the weekend was "Music is Music" and under this motto EMCY will work to further establish and promote its Quality Standards as the European reference for music competitions. This is part of the wider campaign to develop quality music education across Europe. A working group will now be established to develop a strategy for EMCY to best drive change and to integrate the new categories in the right way.

The 47th International Choral Music Festival was held from 17 July 2012 in Barcelona with more than 450 singers from the participating choirs from Poland, Mexico, Austria, Portugal, Argentina, Germany and South Africa and Catalan choirs. Workshops on dance, rhythm and music composition were offered throughout 2012, for example African Music conducted by Matlakala Bopape, music full of expression, movement, dance and rhythm. Or Mozart's Requiem, conducted by Matthias Hanke and a Suite with 15 Catalan folk songs arranged by Kirby Shaw and conducted by Oscar Boada.

WIMUST is a programme created to change the musical landscape for thousands of European women who compose and create all forms of music. The Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica, based in Italy, took the initiative inviting EU orchestras (symphonic, chamber, youth) and jazz festivals to participate in the programme. On 12 October the WIMUST programme was presented in Cyprus and is now plannning public presentations in England and Denmark. End of October the Fondazione Adkins Chiti will be circulating a petition to all EU Culture Ministers asking them to assume the European Parliament resolution (2008/2182(INI)) from March 2009 . www.donneinmusica.org.

Starting in Herning and continuing in Aarhus the 23rd International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ) Jazz Meeting takes place from 29 June – 5 July 2013, where over 100 jazz musician in all stages of their musical career are expected to participate. The final concerts of the bands formed by the participants, will perform on 4 – 5 July 2013 in the Royal Conservatory of Aarhus. All members of the IASJ are invited to participate and visitors are welcome. Find more information on www.iasj.com

The World Choral Day 2012 "All around the World" will take place on 9 December 2012. Thousands of singers across the globe involved in the World Choral Day concerts, festivals, sing-alongs, choral seminars, Days of Friendship and other events will join in. Theme 2012: Solidarity. Contact: International Federation for Choral Music, Francesco Leonardi, Fax: +1-512-551 0105, Email: project.manager@worldchoralday.org - Website: www.ifcm.net
Call for proposals to host the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music
Applications should be sent before 31 December 2012. The World Symposium on Choral Music is a triennial peak global event in the international choral calendar which draws together the world's leading musicians, choirs, conductors, composers, clinicians and arts administrators for a superlative experience of concerts, workshops, seminars, presentations and networking opportunities. Guideline to download on http://www.ifcm.net/index.php?m=49?
Please send the applications to IFCM, c/o Nadine Robin, PO Box 42318, Austin TX 78704. Email: office@ifcm.net

The International Music and Media Centre (IMZ) will open the call for submissions for "Dance Screen", a IMZ organised, moving festival with changing international partners on 10 December 2012. The next edition of the festival will take place in San Francisco in from 12 – 15 September 2013 in cooperation with San Francisco Dance Film Festival. Providing opportunities for partnerships between the dance and filmmaking communities as well as offering and encouraging promotional, educational and engaging opportunities for both the general public and professional participants of the festival.


The Young Audiences Music Awards (YAMA) Ceremony in Belgium is honoring the best musical productions for young audiences. The 2012 YAMA Awards Ceremony was held on the 3 November in conjunction with the Big Bang Festival at the BOZAR in Brussels, Belgium.
The city of Sibiu in Romania acquired more than 85 young musicians from 7 European countries for 3 days of workshops, masterclasses and concerts at the Imagine Festival, which had an attendance of over 10.000 people in 2 days.

Youssra El Hawary (Egypt), S3 (D.R. Congo) and SIMPONI (Indonesia), the 3 winning bands of the Fair Play 2012 music video competition performed live on the 1 November 2012 in Brasilia at the 15th International Anti-Corruption Conference and participated in the 3rd GYAC Voices Against Corruption Forum.

Fair Play receives European Youth Award: 12 projects coming from 8 European Countries have been selected by the EYA GRAND JURY 2012 as the best ones using ICTs to take action on the UN MDGs! Fair Play is honored to have received a distinction at the "Create Your Culture" category and qualified for the grand prize.

The 2012 Música Viva Festival with it's title "Giving Voice!" was held in two different venues and timelines from 18 – 23 September 2012 at Belém Arts Centre and from 1 – 10 October at the Goethe-Institut, both in Lisbon. The programme, in it's essence, was about new Portuguese creation, with the focus on the relations of music with technology. There is a detailed programme on Miso Music's website.
"Compose With Sounds" is a free, downloadable software, that introduces electroacoustic music making to wide audiences. This software uses sounds instead of notes for making music. Miso Music will provide workshops and a concert in February and March 2013. More information about the software can be found here.

The 5th edition of the Mediterranean Choral Forum took place in Girona from 12 – 14 October and was organised by the Catalan Choral Movement (Catalan Choral Umbrella Organization) and the Mediterranean Office for Choral Singing (Regional Centre of ECA-EC).Two topics were discussed: Strategies and methods for the quantitative and qualitative study of choral practice in the Mediterranean countries and Drafting a Handbook of Diplomacy and code of good practice for the organization of choral activities in the Mediterranean area.

The upcoming Mediterranean Voices Conference (5th IFCM Multicultural and Ethnic Choral Conference) will take place in Girona (Catalonia) in 2013. Girona will host musicians, musicologists, composers, conductors and choral singers from different countries in the northern and southern Mediterranean area. During four days, there will be concerts, documentaries screenings, panels, workshops and exhibitions of current topics related to vocal and choral traditions in the Mediterranean area.
The programme will be announced in January 2013 at the Moviment Coral Català website and the deadline for registration will be 30 April 2013. Further information can be found here.

The Foundation of the Polish Music Council organised the 7th edition of its festival Ad Libitum. This time focusing on the collaboration of audio and video artists: Anthony Braxton, Miroslaw Balka, Scanner (Robin Rimbaud), Maja Radkje, Pierre Jodlowski, Cezary Duchnowski, Anna Zaradny, Paul Panhuysen, Ivo Medek, Gabriela Vermelho, Dan Dlouhy, Ignaz Schick, Marek Choloniewski, Alexey Kruglov, Yuri Yaremchuk, Krzysztof Knittel, Milosh Luczynski and others. Ad Libitum took place between the 10 and 16 of October 2012 in the Centre for Contemporary Art in Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, Poland.

In September 2012 Superact welcomed partners from France and Belgium to the South of England for a week of community music training led by Superact artists. The training began with the musicians working with a group of prisoners at Verne Prison in Dorset. They then moved onto working with dementia patients and children with special needs in Somerset. The training helped the artists to create music for positive effect with those in vulnerable circumstances and was well received by all. See www.icmusic.eu for further details.

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