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Access to Music is Digital?
5th European Forum on Music in Riga, Latvia

BONN/ RIGA - 20/05/2015. The European Music Council (EMC), in cooperation with the Latvian National Music Council, will be hosting the 5th edition of the its European Forum on Music on 11 - 14 June 2015 in Riga. Delegates from all over Europe will come to the Latvian capital to discuss the topic of Access to Music is Digital?.
Rather than just hearing about new technologies, markets or ways on how to improve an artist’s visibility through digital means, participants of the EMC’s 5th European Forum on Music will discuss the synergies between the digital world and ‘real life’. The Forum will look into how new technologies facilitate the work of cultural institutions, how improved access to culture helps raise people’s interest in music, and explore the interplay between the digital world and the one away from the keyboard.
Some of the highlights of this year's conference include:
  • A keynote speech by the Latvian Minister for Culture, Dace Melbarde that will continue the long held tradition of welcoming high-ranking public figures to EMC events.
  • A panel discussion with Andrzej Kosendiak, artistic director of the National Forum of Music in Wroclaw, and Inese Zagorska, artistic director of the Cesis Concert Hall on the role of concert venues in the digital age, exploring the dichotomy of improving local infrastructure and reaching out to global audiences.
  • The current topic of audience development via digital means will be looked at from a European perspective, with contributions from Luke O'Shaughnessy from the Opera Platform and Zane Grosa representing the Europeana Sounds project.
  • A discussion on the work of Resonaari, a music school for people with special needs, the director of which, Markku Kaikkonen, will present the school and talk about the work with Finnish punk band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät who represented Finland in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.
    The conference will once again take place in the vibrant surrounding of a European Capital of Culture, as Riga has been awarded the title in 2014 with activities still ongoing at the time of the forum. With Latvia also holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union until the end of June 2015, there is arguably no better place to organise this years’ gathering of the European music sector than in Riga. The venues chosen for this year are a highlight of their own. The first day of the conference will take place in the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music. The academy is the major higher learning music institution in Latvia and located in a beautiful historic builiding in the very heart of Riga. On Saturday in turn, a shuttle service will bring delegates to the Cesis Concert Hall, located in Cesis, 90 kilometers outside of Riga. The newly built concert hall is a stunning example of modern architecture, combining traditional Latvian building materials with contemporary design. The final event of the Forum will take place in the courtyard of Cesis castle, and with the late sunset at this time of year, the ambience promises to be unique. Learn more about the venues of this year's conference.
    The EMC, a regional group of the International Music Council (IMC), is the umbrella organisation for musical life in Europe. It is a platform for National Music Councils and organisations involved in various fields of music from many European countries.
    We would appreciate if you could promote this event. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us:
    Till Skoruppa
    Programme Manager
    +49 228 96699664
    European Music Council
    Haus der Kultur
    Weberstraße 59a
    53115 Bonn

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