EMC Newsletter 04/2013 European Music Council

Dear Reader,

the EMC's anniversary year is coming to an end and we now look back at an interesting and exciting 2013. One of the most prominent topics has certainly been the Creative Europe negotiations and their consequences for the music sector in Europe. The programme guides and calls have now finally been published and the beginning of 2014 promises to be busy for many cultural organisations throughout Europe.
Preparations are well on their way for the 2014 edition of the EMC's annual conference, the European Forum on Music. We are looking forward to putting together a highly interesting and inspiring programme to continue in the tradition of previous years.
As always, we also bring you the latest news on cultural policy at EU level, reporting on significant developments in the field of copyright, as well as our members news and events.
We wish you all a peaceful festive season and a good start to the new year. We hope you enjoy reading the newsletter,
Your EMC Team

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EMC News

4th European Forum on Music in Bern, Switzerland
The 4th edition of the EMC's annual conference, the European Forum on Music, will take place in Bern, Switzerland on 19 – 22 June 2013. The Forum will focus on "Music and Politics: a shared responsibility".
Music contributes significantly to the political and social development of a peaceful and integrative Europe. In times where faith in the European project amongst the continent’s citizens is wavering as a result of failing currencies, austerity measures and rising unemployment, music and culture can play a pivotal role in restoring trust and enthusiasm for Europe, and nurturing social cohesion throughout.
On the other hand political, institutions at local, national and European level must provide the necessary frameworks for the full potential of music for a diverse and cohesive Europe to be reached. The slogan ‘unity in diversity’ is claimed by both the European Union and Switzerland to identify themselves. But what does this diversity look like? What are its challenges? And how is this diversity reflected in society? Inspired by the host country, the Forum will ask: What can Europe learn from Switzerland the so-called ‘nation of will’, a confederation in which the different communities strive for a united Switzerland by respecting the diversity of its society.
Together with its local partners, the Swiss Music Council and the Yehudi Menuhin Forum Bern, the European Music Council looks forward to welcoming you in Bern at an inspiring Forum full of dialogue, opportunities for networking and exchange, and not forgetting of course, music!
Registration will start early 2014 at: www.emc-imc.org/efm

EMC Internal

Welcome to EMC volunteer
In September 2013, Alexej Hutter joined the EMC team as a volunteer in the social year in culture scheme (German: Freiwilliges Soziales Jahr in der Kultur). Alexej will support the EMC with its publications, the EMC Website, printed materials as well as in the preparations for the European Forum on Music in Bern 2014 where he will co-ordinate the project presentations by EMC members (call for project proposals will follow early 2014). We wish Alexej an inspiring and enjoyable year in the European musical environment of the EMC.

Welcome to new members
In 2013, the EMC welcomed four new members. The All-Russian Federation of Arts (RU), the Scottish Jazz Federation (UK), the European Chamber Music Teachers Association (FI) and the Euro-Mediterranean Music Academy - EMMA for Peace (IT). We look forward to collaborating with the new members in the future.

IMC News

5th IMC (International Music Council) World Forum on Music
From 21 – 24 November 2013, the IMC together with the Queensland Conservatorium organised the 5th IMC World Forum on Music in Brisbane, Australia. Some of the Forum's sessions were recorded and you can watch them here. In the frame of the Forum, the IMC also presented its Musical Rights Awards. The winners were 'Orchestra of Indigenous Instruments and New Technology' hosted by Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero, Argentina, 'Music and Resilience' for the Palestinian Refugees of Lebanon hosted by Associazione Prima Materia, Italy, and 'Remix the Orchestra' hosted by Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO), New Zealand. Find the IMC's press release here for more information on these projects.

The IMC sets the compass for its future
The IMC held its 35th General Assembly on 24 – 25 November 2013 in Brisbane, Australia in the frame of the 5th IMC World Forum on Music. The IMC adopted a fully revised version of its Statutes and Rules of Procedure that will help to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the organisation’s work and modus operandi. During the next two years, the IMC will set the focus on:
  • affirming culture as the 4th pillar of sustainable development,
  • promoting and protecting creativity and creators’ rights, and 
  • placing early childhood music education at the forefront of the music education agenda.
    Furthermore, the General Assembly elected Paul Dujardin (Belgium) as new President for a renewable 2-year term. Mr. Dujardin replaces Mr. Frans de Ruiter from The Netherlands who had served as president since October 2009 and who was elected, along with former IMC Treasurer Lars Grunth (Denmark), with a standing ovation to join the circle of Honorary Members of IMC.
    Mr. Dujardin will be joined on the IMC Board's Directorate by Jeremy Cox (UK) as executive Vice-President, Hisham Sharaf (Iraq/Jordan) and Maria del Carmen Gil (Puerto Rico) as Vice-Presidents; as well as Emily Akuno (Kenya) as treasurer. The Board is completed by Alfons Karabuda (Sweden), Hugues Gervais Ondaye (Congo), Valdemar Rodriguez (Venezuela), Ahti Vänttinen (Finland), Daphne Wassink (Netherlands) and Yu Long (China).

  • Cultural Policy

    Calls for proposals under Creative Europe published
    Following its adoption by the Council of the Europen Union and the European Parliament, the first calls for proposals of the long awaited Creative Europe programme which will come into force on 1 January 2014 were finally published on 11 December 2013. Creative Europe, which has a budget of €1.46 billion over the next seven years, replaces the MEDIA, MEDIA Mundus and Culture programmes, and the calls published under the Culture sub-programme support the following measures: European cooperation projects (deadline: 5 March 2014) European Platforms, European Networks and Literary Translations (deadline for all three: 19 March 2014). For more information about the calls click here.

    Erasmus+ programme guide published
    Erasmus+ is the new EU programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport. The seven year programme (2014-2020) will have a total budget of €14.7 billion. The programme guide has now been published and will be valid as of 1 January 2014. It will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad. In addition to providing grants for individuals, Erasmus+ will support transnational partnerships among education, training and youth institutions and organisations to foster cooperation and bridge the worlds of Education and work. It will also support national efforts to modernise Education, Training and Youth systems. Erasmus+ brings together seven existing EU programmes in the fields of education, Training and Youth.

    The European Parliament and Council strike a provisional deal that will help on-line music service providers to get licenses more easily
    On 4 November 2013, the EP and Council agreed upon a new directive on the collective management of copyright. Under the draft law, service providers will obtain licenses from a small number of authors' collective management organisations operating across EU borders instead of having to deal with separate organisations in each EU member state. In negotiations with EU ministers, MEPs were able to ensure that smaller and less popular repertoires will have access to the markets by requiring collective management organisations to issue licenses under the same conditions for all repertoires. Throughout the negotiations, Parliament's negotiators highlighted the importance of protecting authors’ rights and ensuring that they are paid promptly for the use of these rights. The agreed text provides for royalties to be distributed to artists as quickly as possible and no later than nine months from the end of the financial year in which the rights revenue is collected. MEPs also succeeded in ensuring that rightholders will have a say in the decisions on the management of their rights and the freedom to select the collective management organisation of their choice. In addition, they made sure that rightholders will be able to grant licenses for non-commercial uses. The draft directive also imposes more transparency and better governance on collective management organisations.
    The agreed text still needs to be adopted formally. The EP Legal Affairs Committee voted unanimously in favour of the deal on 26 November and the full EP is expected to vote in February 2014.

    Public consultation on Copyright
    The European Commission has launched a public consultation as part of its on-going efforts to review and modernise EU copyright rules. The consultation invites stakeholders to share their views on areas identified in the Communication on Content in the Digital Single Market, i.e. territoriality in the Single Market, harmonisation, limitations and exceptions to copyright in the digital age; fragmentation of the EU copyright market; and how to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of enforcement while underpinning its legitimacy in the wider context of copyright reform. The deadline for replies is 5 February 2014. Click here to take part in this consultation.

    Call under the Creative Europe programme.
    The European Commission is looking for an organisation/consortium to organise and implement the European Border Breakers' Awards (EBBA). The EBBA aim to recognize and reward the success of emerging talents in the rock, pop and dance music. Find out more here.

    Culture Action Europe (CAE) 2013 Conference 'It is not a crisis, it is a transition!'
    More than 200 participants took part in the conference held in Rome from 3-5 October 2013. The reports, photos and presentations are now available on the conference website.
    During the CAE Annual General Assembly new statutes were adopted that define the direction for CAE’s future organizational development. Furthermore, new members were elected to the Executive Committee: Angie Cotte (Roberto Cimetta Fund), Lillian Fellmann (Res Artis) and Julia Pagel (NEMO). Isabelle Battioni (ACCR), Simone Dudt (European Music Council and CAE Vice-Chair) and Henrik Zipsane (NCK - Nordic Centre of Heritage Learning and Creativity) were re-elected for a second mandate, whereas Clymene Christoforou (ISIS Arts and CAE Treasurer), Philippe Fanjas (Association Française des Orchestres), Mercedes Giovinazzo (Interarts and Chair of CAE’s Executive Committee), Katherine Heid (RESEO), Julek Jurowicz (SMartBE), Alex Meszmer (Visarte), Chris Torch (Intercult) and Emina Visnic (POGON – Zagreb Center for Independent Culture and Youth and CAE Vice-Chair) all continue their mandates from previous years.

    CAE toolkit on the European Elections 2014 available online
    CAE has published a toolkit that provides an introduction to the current political context and important messages to pass on to candidates for election to the European parliament as well as political parties and citizens in general. Its aim is to ensure that culture is included in the political agenda and to encourage the election of competent and dedicated representatives to the European Parliament. The toolkit also includes some background information on how the elections work in different Member States. Find the toolkit here.

    10 new projects supported by UNESCO's International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD)
    On 10 December, at its seventh session, the Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions approved 10 new projects for the total amount of over US$ 750,000 as part of IFCD's fourth funding cycle. Projects will be implemented in 12 countries mostly by non-governmental organisations, with three new countries (Haiti, Nigeria, Paraguay) joining the IFCD beneficiary group. Detailed profiles of these projects are available here.

    Sector News

    The founding of SafeMUSE - Safe Music Havens Initiative
    On 19 December, Norwegian Musicians’ Union (MFO) together with the Norwegian Society of Composers and Lyricists (NOPA) and the City of Harstad founded the SafeMUSE - Safe Music Havens Initiative as an independent association. SafeMUSE is a non-profit project with the aim of developing an independent international organisation of member cities and regions that offer safe havens for persecuted artists within the field of music.
    As a member association, SafeMUSE will be open to organisations offering persecuted musical artists a safe place to stay and work for an agreed period of time through an agreement with SafeMUSE, to guest musical artists taking part in such a programme, and to organisations and other professional legal bodies supporting these activities.

    Member News

    Albanian Music Council
    The creation of a database for the Albanian Iso–Poliphony represented an important step forward for the project after UNESCO proclaimed it “Masterpiece of oral and intangible heritage of humanity” in 2005. The database, both in English and Albanian, provides useful information on performers, groups, traditional instruments, lists of recordings, activities, and legal issues which are useful for any scholar and researcher interested in such matters. More Information

    AEC 60th anniversary and Annual Congress
    The Association Européenne des Conservatoires (AEC) had two reasons for celebration in 2013.  Founded in 1953, AEC is now 60 years old; meanwhile, its annual Congress for 2013 was the 40th held in the association’s history. In early November, over 320 delegates assembled in Palermo, Italy, for the Congress, which was hosted by the Conservatorio di Musica Vincenzo Bellini. For three days, there was intense discussion, renewing of contacts and wholehearted embracing of the magnificent Sicilian hospitality – as warm as the wonderful late-autumn Mediterranean sunshine!  Events took place in a range of historic buildings, climaxing with a closing ceremony in the famous Teatro Massimo.  AEC looks forward to continuing its leadership and support for European higher music education over many years and decades to come. More Information

    European Chamber Music Teachers’ Association
    ECMTA is proud to be accepted as a member of EMC. It's Autumn Gathering in Savonlinna, Finland last October brought together more than 60 teachers and 35 students from 10 countries for concerts, masterclasses, conferences, and discussion groups.

    The next ECMTA Meeting will be in Cremona, Italy, 25-27 April 2014, hosted by the Quartetto di Cremona with the collaboration and patronage of the Museo del Violino, Walter Stauffer Academy, Comune di Cremona, Teatro Ponchielli and Camera di Commercio di Cremona. Participation is free to ECMTA members. More information and registration

    Getting Inspired – European Choral Association – Europa Cantat meets in Pécs
    In November 2013 the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat organised the conference “Inspiring cooperation through VOICE” in Pécs, Hungary. Around 130 musicians and representatives of choral organisations from 22 European countries, Israel and Lebanon came together to get inspired, meet, talk and discuss future cooperation. The conference was a mixture of presentations of the VOICE project, examples of cooperation happening among VOICE partners and the different research projects planned in the frame of VOICE, as well as “inspirational sessions".  In the formal General Assembly the Board presented a strategy for the coming years under the title  'Benefit from the Singing Community!'. Pécs will also host the EUROPA CANTAT festival in 2015 (see www.ecpecs2015.hu).
    Read the full Press Release

    More on the conference

    Handing over archives of IDOCO to the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat
    In November 2013, after an intense cooperation process, the Presidents of the 'Internationale des Organisations culturelles ouvrières' (IDOCO) and the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat, Wolfgang Schröfel and Gábor Moczar, signed an agreement on the incorporation of the archives and the history of IDOCO into the archives of ECA-EC. The members of IDOCO have decided on the dissolution of the association for the end of 2013. With the agreement signed, the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat engages itself on preserving the history and memory of the international movement of workers’ choirs. Read the full Press Release

    European String Teachers Association (ESTA) Conference in Dresden
    ESTA Germany wants to host all of you at the forthcoming International ESTA-Conference in Dresden 8 - 13 April 2014. Dresden, which lies very close to the border of Poland and Czech Republic inspired the slogan:

    Grenzenlos Musik, Music without Limits, Musique sans limites
    25 years after the fall of the iron curtain ESTA Germany wants to present a musical and pedagogical programme referring to this slogan: open minded with a fresh, new view on music. There will be concerts of Youth orchestras and well-known soloists, workshops concerning dance-music or jazz and master classes, music from Tartastan and Albania, lectures about musicology and the latest research on brain function. You will have the opportunity to move your bodies by joining an Alexander technique workshop or a Feldenkrais session. The inspiring site of Dresden with the Frauenkirche, the Semperoper, the river Elbe and its bridges, the countryside with the town of porcelaine, Meißen and the Elbe sandstone mountains will do its best to host an interesting conference. More information

    3rd International Federation of Musicians International Orchestra Conference
    The 3rd IOC held in Oslo on 24-26 feb 2014 will consist of 9 panels followed by open debates, through which worldwide orchestra musicians will be able to share their experiences, concerns and visions on the varied challenges that confront symphony orchestras at the outset of the 21st century. The first part of the conference will host mixed panels made up of managers and musicians, as well as invited speakers. The themes selected for this 3rd edition are: Modern orchestra management – Health and welfare – The role of musicians’ trade unions

    Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in English, French, German and Spanish. The 3rd IOC is backed by MFO, LO and the Norske Opera & Ballet.
    More details

    Mic.pt Score Editions / Didactic Scores
    In december, in the framework of the digital edition of scores, the Portuguese Music Research & Information Centre, MIC.PT, released a new collection of Didactic Scores by Portuguese contemporary composers, intended for music teachers and students – an innovative contribution to musical education introducing young performers to the sonorities and vocabulary of the current musical dictionary.
    As part of the series of Didactic Scores, the MIC.PT began the online release of "Workbooks of Inventions" by Cândido Lima (a vast collection of 85 "Workbooks" for diverse instruments – each 'Workbook' is composed of 10 short pieces). In December 2013 the new MIC.PT catalogue of Didactic Scores also includes works by Clotilde Rosa, Christopher Bochmann, Ângela Lopes and Jorge Peixinho.
    Learn more

    How to become an amateur or professional singer in Europe?
    What are the models of vocal learning in Europe? How are the training paths organised? What are the bridges between childhood and adolescence? What (lack of) continuity is there between ages? What are the tools for helping young singers to become professional? These are some of the issues that will be addressed during this interactive session with workshops, discussions and round tables using innovative methods on 5-9 feb in Barcelona. Exchange, experimentation, documentation, promotion of various experiences of vocal cultures and training at all levels and styles will expand the practices by learning from one another and promoting a network of exchanges and innovative experiences. The programme has been elaborated with continuous exploration of the reality of vocal practices in schools, music schools, at university and at the professional level in different European countries. More information

    Leo sings ! Diversity of singing practices in Europe
    8 partners from 5 countries have joined together in the two-year cooperation project: LEO sings! More than an artistic practice, the voice is a social and cultural indicator that displays the development of societies. Getting to know each other, recognizing one another and collaborating at the European level for the first time, a hundred vocal music professionals will work and cooperate on the complementarities between singing as a soloist and collective vocal practices. They will focus particularly on: education and its tools, courses and training paths, repertoires, the employability of the singer and the mobility of artists and projects. More generally, they will consider the place of singing in society in order to study its universal values and its cultural features.

    More information

    2nd European Day of Early Music (EDEM)
    On 21 March 2014, REMA will coordinate the 2nd edition of the European Day of Early Music (EDEM) - a day to celebrate Early Music and bring awareness on the diversity of the European historical musical heritage through concerts and other events taking place all over Europe. A number of these events will be available to wider audiences through online live streamings. The 2014 European Day of Early Music takes place under the patronage of UNESCO and in cooperation with the European Broadcasting Union.  Other organisations are encouraged to take part in the celebration by organising an event related to early music on that day!
    More information

    Scottish Jazz Federation (SJF) - Networking & Research
    Cathie Rae, the director of the SJF, has almost completed an exciting networking and research trip to Australia, New Zealand and India. With funding from Creative Scotland, this is part of the SJF's current strategic plan to seek out Showcase and collaborative opportunities for the Scottish jazz sector as well as progressing a Women in Jazz programme with partners in Australia. Significant progress was made in Sydney with S.I.M.A, and Joanne Kee (S.I.M.A. / Australian Music Council) attending the only International Women's Jazz Festival in the world and talking to those who've experienced their Women in Jazz programme, with innovator and musician Sandy Evans, over the past 12 years. Cathie also attended the IMC World Forum on Music in Brisbane, made meaningful contact with Jazz Queensland and went on to New Zealand where she connected with the NZ Jazz Federation, Sounz NZ, Creative NZ and the NZ Festival. She was invited onto NZ Radio show with Kim Hill for St Andrew's day! She is about to complete her stay in India and promises to report on progress. More news

    World Youth Choir news december 2013
    One month left until the auditions 2013/2014 are closed! World Youth Choir is looking for young, talented singers' age 17 to 26 from around the world!
    Read press release.

    Conductors announced - Mr. Ko Matsushita, Japan, and Mr. Vlado Sunko, Croatia will conduct will conduct the World Youth Choir in Croatia in 2014.
    Read press release.

    Calling for World Youth Choir session hosts in 2015 and beyond - Why not host a project for peace, a youth musical showcase of the highest quality?
    Read press release.

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