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Press Releases 2012

Safar - Traditionelle Afghanische Musik in Bonn

Auf Einladung des Europäischen Musikrats (European Music Council, EMC) führte im Rahmen des Projektes Safar (zu deutsch) die Reise am 9. und 10. Juli 2012 fünf Meister afghanischer traditioneller Musik und zwei ihrer jungen Schüler nach Bonn.

Die Situation von Musik in Afghanistan wurde in einem abwechslungsreichen Programm veranschaulicht. In einem Jugendworkshop stellten sich der 14-Jährige Rubab-Spieler Samim Ahmad und der 15-jährige Pianist Elham Said vor und präsentierten ihr musikalisches Können. Beide sind Schüler am Afghan National Institute of Music (ANIM) - eine in Kabul ansässige Musikschule mit 140 Schüler, die auch als allgemeinbildende Schule für Mädchen und Jungen fungiert. Das Motto der Schule weist in die Zukunft "Rebuilding Lives Through Music and Education".

Der Leiter des ANIM, Dr. Ahmad Sarmast, gewährte in seinem Vortrag am Montagabend im Schumannhaus einen Einblick, wie Musik unter den verschiedenen Systemen zum Spielball der Politik wurde und wie sie v.a. unter der Talibanherrschaft schwer in Mitleidenschaft gezogen wurde. "Auch wenn es derzeit für Musik keine Zensur in Afghanistan gibt", so Sarmast, "ist es schwierig traditionelle afghanische Musik in einem der 100 kommerziellen Radiosender zu hören". Mirwais Sidiqi (Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia) ergänzte "damit unsere traditionelle afghanische Musik über sechs Wochen lang in einem Radio gespielt wird, müssen wir hohe Geldsummen an die Sender zahlen". Daher setzt sich Sarmast dafür ein, dass kulturpolitische Richtlinien entwickelt werden, um die musikalische Vielfalt Afghanistans zu schützen und zu fördern. So hat Afghanistan die UNESCO Konvention zur kulturellen Vielfalt aus dem Jahr 2005 und die Konvention zum immateriellen Kulturerbe (2003) zwar ratifiziert, für eine Umsetzung in konkretes politisches Handeln brauche es jedoch "Zeit, Politik und Glück", so Christine Merkel, Leiterin der Abteilung Kultur der deutschen UNESCO Kommission. Frans de Ruiter, Präsident des Internationalen Musikrates (International Music Council, IMC) betonte, dass Initiativen, wie das ANIM, das im Jahr 2009 den IMC "Musical Rights Award" erhielt, in ihrer Arbeit die kulturpolitischen Notwendigkeiten reflektierten und dass Bildung und Kultur nicht getrennt sondern stets im Verbund behandelt werden sollten. Tiago de Oliveira Pinto (Leiter des Instituts "Transcultural Music Studies" der HfM Weimar) ergänzte, dass sich die Türen auf beiden Seiten öffnen müssten und immaterielles Kulturerbe als intelektueller Mehrwert, immer wieder aufs Neue betont werden müsse.

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10th May 2012 - Meeting of Ministers for Culture

Today, on 10th May 2012, the Ministers for Culture of all the EU Member states are meeting in Brussels to discuss, amongst other things, the EU’s new Creative Europe programme, which will come into effect in January 2014. The European Music Council, along with many other cultural actors, have already come together in support for the we are more: act for culture in Europe campaign – so far more than 26.000 individuals and organisations from across Europe have supported the campaign with their signatures. They encourage the EU Ministers for Culture to commit themselves to the increased culture budget as of 2014. Despite the financial crisis, the Ministers should stand firm and signal to their heads of governments, that the already relatively small cultural budget should not be included in the general budget cuts as it would not really relieve the deficits in the national budgets.

On 9th May 2012, Luca Bergamo, Secretary General of Culture Action Europe, the Europe-wide network in whose Board the EMC is representated, met the Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Danish Ministry of Culture, Jesper Hermansen, and handed over a poster with the more than 26.000 signatures, explaining the message of the campaign.

You can find the poster with the signatures and the we are more campaign slogan here.

Click here to view the campaign website, where you can still support the campaign with your signature.

View the most recent Press Release from Culture Action Europe here.

View the EMC's statement on the new Creative Europe programme here.

2nd European Forum on Music in Istanbul

2nd European Forum on Music held in cooperation by the European Music Council (EMC) and Borusan Arts and Culture opened by UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova claiming the importance of musical diversity for societies in a globalised world
 
The starting keynote speeches by Melih Fereli and Martin Greve challenged the title chosen by the EMC: the bridge being an overworked metaphor, especially in the Istanbul context where experience shows that bridges can also be built for the wrong purposes. “Mark the music” was the leitmotiv of Fereli’s speech, for him music education is a central element –to use the image again: education can build the bridge towards the future. Greve deplored the inequality to transcend boundaries between EU member states and Turkey, which led him to reflect on the endless discussions about identity (“imagined communities”, “patchwork identity”, etc.) and he concluded with the recommendation to accept the diversity in our lifes:
“let’s forget about all the identities in the end we are all human beings”.
 
The Forum provided a packed programme with panel discussions, workshops, project and paper presentations and wonderful concerts. Some recommendations that evolved:
The debate on artists’ mobility revealed the need for co-operation between the culture sector and the administration, international NGO’s in the culture field can play the role of an intermediary, when it comes to visa issues.

  • Music education should be seen as an ecological system that is permeable: no longer are audience and artist at opposite ends or live and recorded music juxtaposing – the lines between these poles are liquid and as such the self-understanding of the actor
  • The session ‘Bridging Generations in Employment’ highlighted the difficulties of starting out on a career in the cultural sector and the need to address these with innovative and proactive practices and attitudes such as those of the organsations New Deal of the Mind and Poppunt.
  • Public and private funding models can promote freedom of artistic expression as well as hinder it. Bart Van Looy, professor at the University Leuven for economy, introduced the importance of market failure as a pre-requisite for knowledge based societies, which includes risk-taking and experimentation.
  • The digital revolution affects the economic, social and legal framework but also the aesthetics and the use of music. The challenge for the music sector is the business models that have to adapt to the new environment – these new business models should be as diverse as the creation and usage of music. The wish was formulated that the EMC should engage more in the current authors’ rights debate and contract law for artists.


Highly inspiring and interesting project and paper presentations showed the variety of musical projects in Europe and beyond – preparing the ground for new collaborations.
The concerts in the frame of the Forum were musical highlights: the Borusan Quartet’s vital performance on the opening evening enthused the audience; the wonderful short performances by Erdem Simsec, Neva and Yelda Özgen and the Borusan Children Choir during the conference days made the programme a truly a musical one and the concert in the Süreyya Operasi gave an insight in the excellence of contemporary Turkish music life. The closing performance by Sumru Agiryürüyen and Göksel Baktagir took the audience on an outstanding journey of “Songs passing through Istanbul”.

Alongside the Forum, the EMC Annual Meeting took place including elections for the EMC Board 2012–2014. 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