EMC Newsletter 01/2013 European Music Council

Dear Reader,

2013 – so many places to go, so many topics to discuss and work on. Currently the European Music Council (EMC) is working on organising its 3rd European Forum on Music which will take place in Glasgow, the Youth Committee of the EMC will be hosting a Youth Day in this setting, while the International Music Council (IMC) is preparing its next big conference, the 5th World Forum on Music in Brisbane Australia. We would also like to forward you the latest information on funding opportunities for third countries and Arab states, the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) has issued a call for collaboration grants as well. As we stated…2013 is going to be a busy year for the EMC and its members, as well as the decisive year for the EU Budget, developments of which you can read up on in this edition of the EMC Newsletter.

Enjoy the reading the newsletter,
Your EMC-Team

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EMC News

"Re>>generating Europe through Music" is the title of the 3rd European Forum on Music that is being organised by the EMC in cooperation with the Scottish Music Centre. The Forum will be hosted from 18th to 21st April 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK. Glasgow experienced a turning point within its history when it was awarded the title of European Capital of Culture in 1991, and has since then become a model example for regeneration through music and culture. The conference will tackle this topic in the context of the current situation in the music and culture sector of the European Union. Pete Wishart, Scottish MP and former keyboard player of the band Runrig has been confirmed as keynote speaker. The EMC is inviting the European music sector to debate on how it can contribute to face the challenges of the current financial, economic and social situation in Europe. Registration is open and you can book your accommodation here. Find more information, visit the Forum website.

We are pleased to announce that at its last meeting in February 2013, the EMC board decided to co-opt Nenad Bogdanovic, Executive Director of the Epilogi Cultural Movement of Limassol (Cyprus). Nenad is active in the culture sector as Manager and founder of Jeunesses Musicales Cyprus and coordinator of Euro-Arab Youth Music Centre.

The Youth Committee of the European Music Council  formerly known as Working Group Youth is organising a Youth Day in the frame of the 3rd European Forum on Music in Glasgow. On Thursday 18th April young people from across Europe will have the chance to come together and discuss issues on the topic of ‘Bridging the gap from Education and Training to Employment’. There will be a range of guest speakers delivering workshops and presentations on the key challenges facing young people in the sector today. The event is open to young people under the age of 30 working in all aspects of European music life from administration through to project management and performing. There is also a special youth rate for people wishing to stay on for the full Forum, during which the next Youth Committee elections will be held. For more information check out the Youth Day page.

The EMC has launched its new Youth in Action funded project Make Music! Be Heard!. The 12-month project will build upon the success of the 2010 Access! Project, in which young people from across Europe came together to create the Manifesto for Youth and Music in Europe. Make Music! Be Heard! will concentrate on the wide dissemination and implementation of this document whilst providing young people with a platform to develop their skills and engage in dialogue with decision makers at various levels.
Make Music! Be Heard! was instigated by the European Music Council Youth Committee (formerly Working Group Youth of the EMC), a group of volunteers aged 18-30 who in the last couple of years have helped to significantly raise the profile of youth within the EMC network. The Youth Committee and the EMC are very pleased to welcome the International Music Council, Jeunesses Musicales International, European Choral Association – Europa Cantat, Superact!, Creative Scotland, Flanders Music Centre, and Zebrock as partners in the project.

IMC News

The International Music Council (IMC) is organising its 5th IMC World Forum on Music that will take place on 21st to 24th November 2013 in Brisbane, Australia under the main topic "Sustaining Music – Engaging Communities". The 5th IMC World Forum on Music will be co-organised by the International Music Council, the Music Council of Australia and Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Griffith University. The outcomes of this World Forum will feed into The Brisbane Declaration, that will be approved by the IMC General Assembly after the World Forum and set out the some of the key priorities and actions for the musical world up to 2020. For more information visit the IMC website.

The International Music Council (IMC) announces its new fellowship programme  "The International Music Fellow". Candidates may be nominated by any individual, group of individuals, organisation, NGO, public authority or private company, which contribute € 1000 or more to the IMC in the name of their candidate. Deadline is the 15th August 2013. More information here.

Cultural Policy

Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014-2020
The heads of states of the national members (European Council) met on the 7th and 8th February 2013 to agree on a proposal for the future EU budget for the years 2014-2020. Information available indicates that although there is an increase of budget for Heading 3 (which includes culture, youth and citizenship) compared to the years 2007-2013, the European Commission's budget proposal has been slashed by 15%.

Now it is the turn of the European Parliament to vote on the new budget proposal, and Culture Action Europe via its we are more campaign, which the EMC actively supports, is calling us again to take action. Here you will find Culture Action Europe's reaction to the Council's agreement on the future EU budget. Make use of this statement, adapt it and circulate it - send it to your members, partners, decision makers and media, to support the push for a better-balanced EU budget for the coming years.
The EMC prepared a basic overview of the difference between the Commission and Council´s proposals based on figures provided to us by CAE. Find more information on the EMC Website.

On the Commissions´website you will find a detailed conclusion on the MFF as well.

This Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union marks the beginning of the Fifth Trio and during its six month term Ireland will be working closely with Lithuania and Greece who are next on the list to take over the role. The programme for the Fifth Trio will form the basis of Ireland’s own more detailed six-month programme. Ireland’s 7th EU Presidency coincides with the 40th anniversary of its membership of the European Union. Here are some of the issues that will be focussed on during Ireland’s Presidency. The Irish Presidency worked finalising agreement on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) that will determine the EU budget from 2014-2020.

2013 is the European Year of Citizens which means the focus is set on the rights every EU citizen has with all its benefits for individuals, the EU project and economy. Many people are not aware of their rights that are enshrined in the Treaty of the European Union therefore not fully benefiting from them. This European Year comes in a close political context: In the year of the 20th anniversary of EU citizenship, one year before the EU Parliament elections and during an economic downturn. The European Year of Citizens is accompanied by a number of events all over Europe.


Herbie Hancock and UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova announced together with the Republic of Turkey the second annual International Jazz Day. It will take place on 30th April in Istanbul, bringing together communities, schools and groups from across the world to celebrate jazz, learn about its roots and highlight its important role as a form of communication that transcends differences. Celebrations in Istanbul will kick off with a special early morning performance for high school students conducted by Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and others. John Beasley will be the event’s musical director. Libraries, schools, performing arts centres, artists and arts organisations of all disciplines throughout the world will be encouraged to celebrate the day through presentations, concerts, and other jazz-focused activities. Go to jazzday.com for more information.

Funding Opportunities

The deadline for cooperation projects with third countries has been extended.
The new submission deadline for the e-form is Wednesday 8 th May 2013 at 12:00 noon (Brussels time). More inforamtion on the European Commission website

The European Cultural Foundation (ECF) has opened its call for 2013 Collaboration Grants.If your project is eligible, you can submit your Collaboration Grants application online. The average Collaboration Grants award is €15,000 with maximum funding of €30,000. Read the New Collaboration Grants Guidelines 2013 and apply until 25th March 2013 at 17:00 (C.E.T.).

TANDEM – Cultural Managers Exchange: Turkey – European Union aims at establishing long-term partnerships between cultural organisations from Turkey and the EU countries. The call for applications for the second round of TANDEM–Cultural Managers Exchange between Turkey and the European Union Countries is open until 24th March 2013. TANDEM is an initiative of the European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam, Netherlands), MitOst (Berlin, Germany), Anadolu Kültür (Istanbul, Turkey), and supported by Stiftung Mercator (Essen, Germany).
The programme addresses cultural managers and project co-ordinators of independent cultural NGOs at the beginning of their career, but also experienced cultural professionals. Applicants should have a good command of English. More detailed information at www.culturalfoundation.eu and www.anadolukultur.org

The Arab Culture Fund (AFAC) has issued a new open call for proposals in the categories of Visual Arts, Performing Arts, and Literature. Applications are open to Arab individuals living in the Arab region or in diaspora and to local, regional and international institutions whose projects are related to contemporary Arab culture.
Applications must be submitted online by the 1st April 2013. The results will be announced on 15th June 2013. Applications for Visual Arts and Performing Arts can be submitted in either Arabic or in English, while Literature applications can be submitted only in Arabic. Please consult the Grant Guidelines, Evaluation Process, and FAQs before applying. The call for Cinema, Music and RTR will be open again on 15th April 2013 and closes on 1st September 2013.

The EMC is a member of

What is cultural citizenship? – This question reflects the content of the latest publication by the Access to Culture Platform and its working group on Audience Participation. This compilation of articles attempts to start answering frequent questions within the European cultural sector on the European citizenship. "The cultural component of citizenship - An inventory of challenges" was produced by the Access to Culture Plattform.

The Executive Committee of Culture Action Europe (CAE) is elected by and within the membership. ExCom members seek to advance Culture Action Europe’s main objective to strengthen the role of arts and culture in the sustainable development of Europe. They do so by giving the organisation its strategic, financial and conceptual directions in between Annual General Assemblies. Simone Dudt, Secretary General of the EMC, has been voted as vice-president by the CAE Executive Committee.
Current members of the CAE board:

Member news

As successor of Sante Fornasier whose mandate ended after a nine-year period on the Board, Gábor Móczár from Hungary is the new President of the The European Choral Association – Europa Cantat (ECA-EC).
The General Assembly which met in Toulouse, France on 17th November 2012, elected a Board of 13 persons from 12 European Countries. The President will be supported in his work by four further Executive Board members:

  • Carlo Pavese from Italy as 1st Vice-President
  • Jan Schumacher from Germany as 2nd Vice-President and Chair of the Music Commission
  • Anneliese Zeh from Austria, re-elected as 3rd Vice-President
  • Koenraad de Meulder from Belgium, as treasurer

European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) organised the 3rd edition of the Creators Conference, which took place on 19th and 20th February 2013 at the Theatre Vaudeville in Brussels. Creators, music business representatives and EU politicians debated on new technologies, freedom of speech and artistic expression, collective rights, management and authors' rights. The event was followed by concerts introducing new European repertoires. The opening session called 'Your voice - your rights' saw an interesting discussion on the link between author's rights, especially moral rights, and freedom of speech. Speakers included Ole Reitov from Freemuse and Yekaterina Samutsevich from Pussy Riot (via videoconferencing) who provided an interesting insight to the currenty situation in Russia. A follow-up of the conference is coming out soon. Visit the ECSA website.

The 5th volume in the EFA BOOKS series published by the European Festivals Association it is co-produced with the arts management and consulting agency CultureLink Singapore. In "Inside/Insight Festivals" nine festival directors share their insights into festival making in the past decades and invite for a journey of artistic and thought-provoking encounters around the globe. Following the launch in October 2012 in Ljubljana and in Shanghai, the book was presented on 11th December 2012 in Singapore. It is now available on the EFA eShop.

The next conference of the European Federation of National Youth Orchestras (EFNYO) takes place in Bucharest, Romania, between 16th and 19th May 2013. The main topics will be: Developing partnerships with youth orchestra initiatives in Eastern European countries, e.g. Romania, Bulgaria and Moldavia, and Challenges for orchestra musicians in the 21st century. The meeting is hosted by the Romanian Youth Orchestra.

JMI launches the call for entries for the 4th Young Audiences Music Award (YAMA). The award honors top young audiences music productions from all over the world. Deadline is 1st July 2013.
The Music Crossroads Academies project is launched. The project is aiming to contribute to the development of the music sector in Southern Africa by establishing three dedicated Music Academies in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe and providing affordable music education for talented young musicians, mostly from underprivileged backgrounds.

The Moviment Coral Català is organising the 4th Inclusion and Choral Singing Conference that will take place on 16th March 2013 in Barcelona. This conference deals with different issues of social importance and its relationship with choral singing. In this year's edition, the conference will be focused on learning difficulties (dyslexia, autism and others). Throughout the day, there will be lectures, discussions, workshops and concerts, where participants will develop and assert the value of choral singing as a tool for inclusion, cohesion and social change.

The 7th edition of Ad Libitum International Festival, organised by the Polish Music Council in October 2012 in Warsaw, focused on improvised music with such performers as Anthony Braxton, Maja Ratkje, Robin Rimbaud (aka Scanner), Miroslaw Balka, Pierre Jodlowski. There will be issued two CD records with Anthony Braxton Quartet and Polish group "Kwartludium".
The 8th edition of the Ad Libitum Festival will take place on 9th to 12th October 2013. The main performances of this festival will be Barry Guy and London Jazz Composers with Evan Parker, Trevor Watts, Maya Homburger, Paul Lytton and others.

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