9th European Forum on Music Cancelled

Climate Action: Music as a Driver for Change

/'fɔːɹəm/ "A meeting or medium where ideas and views on a particular issue can be exchanged"

It is with deep regret that the EMC Board has decided to cancel the European Forum on Music 2020 which was scheduled to take place from 4 – 7 June 2020 in Bonn, Germany. The uncertainty created by the spread of the Coronavirus worldwide and the measures taken to contain it, do not make it possible for us to continue with the event as planned. We are sad and disappointed that we will therefore not have a European Forum on Music this year.

We were excited to welcome you to our home city of Bonn – Beethoven’s birthplace for his 250th anniversary – with a programme focused on “Climate Change: Music as a Driver for Change” to highlight how music activities can contribute to the protection of our environment. It is a topic of utmost importance and we are disappointed that we will not be able to address it in the framework of the EFM. We will, however, find other formats to discuss climate change and the music sector.

"Climate Action: Music as a Driver for Change”, focused on the connection between music and ecological sustainability. Representatives of European music organisations were gather to discuss with policy makers and environmental experts how music activities can contribute to the protection of our environment. Not only a more eco-friendly behaviour within the music world is at stake, but also how music can help raising the awareness for the need of climate action in general and how the music sector can support activists in their efforts to put the issues on the highest level of the political agendas. As part of the Pastoral Project (led by the Beethoven 2020 society) many artists were to perform Beethoven’s 6th Symphony live and stand up for nature, sustainability and environmental protection. The panels were to mostly take place at the Gustav-Stresemann-Institute in Bonn but also at other venues as the Kunstmuseum Bonn & the Beethoven-Haus Bonn.

→ Our members will be informed about the next steps concerning the Annual Meeting which was scheduled to take place on 7 June 2020 in Bonn in the framework of the EFM.