Programme of the European Forum on Music

10th European Forum on Music
2 - 5 June 2021 Online

The European Forum on Music 2021 will offer a variety of sessions, including keynote speeches, panel discussions, interactive workshops and networking sessions for the music sector to exchange and to discuss the role and place of music in society. We would like to make sure that even though the music sector was hit hard, it will come out of the crisis stronger, more resilient and claiming its right place which will be reflected in political action.

Wednesday, 2 June

10:15

Welcome/ official start of the EFM 2021 with Ian Smith, EMC President

10:15-10:30

Keynote on "Claiming a front row seat - the place of music in society"

Keynote speaker:
Angélique Kidjo

10:30-12:00

What place for music in society?

Panel discussion including Q&A from the audience with video bites of music projects showing the importance of music for society.

Speakers:
Paulo Pires do Vale, Commissioner of the Portuguese National Plan for the Arts
Barbara Gessler,European Commission
Niklas Nienass, Member of the European Parliament
Tere Badia, Secretary General of Culture Action Europe
Moritz Eggert, Composer and President of the German Composers Union

Moderator: Audrey Guerre, Coordinator of Live DMA

12:00-13:00 

Networking area

12:00-15:30

Programme break for networking and exhibition

15:30-16:30

In Conversation - the working conditions of musical artists

Speakers:
Garry Neil, Cultural Policy Expert
Søs Nyengaard, Chairman of the Danish Musician's Union
Jean-François Guillardeau, Policy Officer at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition

Moderator: Benoît Machuel, General Secretary of International Federation of Musicians (FIM)

16:30-17:30

Covid-19 lounge with Simone Dudt and Ruth Jakobi - Part I

Open exchange on challenges, best practices and needsof music organisations in and after the crisis

Thursday, 3 June

10:00-11:30

Music and the SDGs

Introduction by Marina Ponti, Director UN SDG Action Campaign

Panel discussion including Q&A from the audience with video bites of music projects showing the importance of music for society.

Speakers:
Shain Shapiro, Executive Director Center for Music Ecosystems
Brydie Leigh-Bartleet, DirectorQueensland Conservatorium Research Centre
Jordi Pascual, Coordinator of UCLG Comittee on Culture and member of the 2030 culture goal campaign

Moderator: Silja Fischer, Secretary General of the International Music Council

11:30-12:30Grab a coffe and meet the speakers

12:00-15:30

Programme break for networking and exhibition
15:30-17:30

Weighing out values

Panel discussion and breakout groups for interactive debates, including video bites of music projects showing the importance of music for society.

Speakers:
Sonja Greiner, Secretary General European Choral Association
Marta Keil, CuratorPerforming Arts Institute Warsaw
Holger Jan Schmidt, Secretary General of Yourope

Moderator: Maria Hansen, Executive Director ELIA - globally connected network for higher arts education

Friday, 4 June

10:00-11:30   

Music - the new villain on the block: overcoming stigmata and getting back to enjoying music

Panel discussion and breakout groups for interactive debates, including video bites of music projects showing the importance of music for society.

Speakers:
Willem van Moort, Director of BplusC
David Zsoldos, Vice President of JM International (JMI)
Giambattista Tofoni, General Manager of Europe Jazz Network
Annette Ziegenmeyer, European Association for Music in Schools (EAS)
Pamela Schobeß, Chair of theClubcommission

Moderation: Victoria Liedbergius, Board member of the European Music Council (EMC) 

12:00-12:45

Info session on the EU Copyright Directive - Where are we now?

With:
Marc du Moulin, Secretary General of the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA)
 

 

12:45-15:30

Programme break for networking and exhibition

15:30-17:00

General introduction to EU funding

With:
Barbara Gessler, Head of Unit Creative Europe, European Commission

Parallel info sessions:
Creative Europe - Cooperation Projects, Sara Machado, Creative Europe Desk Portugal
Creative Europe - Networks, Lea Stöver, Creative Europe Desk Germany
Horizon Europe, Margarida Oliveira

17:00

Final closing of the conference

followed by music and networking

Saturday, 5 June

16:00-17:00

Covid-19 lounge with Simone Dudt and Ruth Jakobi - Part II

Open exchange on challenges, best practices and needsof music organisations in and after the crisis

Sunday, 6 June

09:30-12:30Annual Meeting of the European Music Council including breaks

 

 

Artistic Side Programme

To follow our usual conerence recipee of always having some live music interventions at the European Forum on Music, we selected some concerts and a movie to watch at your convenience! 

The Great Green Wall

Learn how music and the SDGs look like in practice in this movie, exclusively available for participants of the European Forum on Music. World famous artist Inna Modja takes us along on a musical and cultural journey through the Sahara region!

The Great Green Wall is an African-led movement with an epic ambition to grow an 8,000km natural wonder of the world across the entire width of Africa. A decade in and roughly 15% underway, the initiative is already bringing life back to Africa’s degraded landscapes at an unprecedented scale, providing food security, jobs and a reason to stay for the millions who live along its path. 

The Wall promises to be a compelling solution to the many urgent threats not only facing the African continent, but the global community as a whole – notably climate change, drought, famine, conflict and migration.
Watch the trailer

Beethoven's Pastorale

Join members of the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn and its music director, Dirk Kaftan, for a special "pandemic version" of Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, the "Pastoral." This new orchestration of the Pastoral was arranged according to social distancing guidelines aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 and produced by Deutsche Welle
This piece of music celebrating the love of nature is setting intentions to achieve the UN SDGs. The concert was recorded on 5 June 2020, the World Environment Day, on which our European Forum on Music also took place last year.

Wanubalé

Wanubalé is a collective of 9 musicians, who bring an unique mixture of styles and a matchless energy onto the stage. Influences of modern electronic music paired with influences of Jazz, Funk and Dub result in an explosive mixture.

Lord Of The Amazing Panther

This group is out of this world and ahead of its time. A symbol of valor and determination to represent a genre-free, but yet creative form of art – all manifested here in a fierce band premiere. Whether through the migration of Teklife and the footwork sound or the tireless efforts of forward-thinking improvisation and soloing, this sound takes on an universal appeal.

Fabiana Striffler

Fabiana is one of the most exciting violinists to emerge onto the jazz scene in years! Her playing is the perfect combination of soulfulness, surprise, a beautiful sound and great technique!