Under the umbrella of the European Music Council, the European Forum on Music Education was organised in partnership with the European Association of Conservatoires (AEC), the European Association for Music in Schools (EAS) and the European Music School Union (EMU). Building on the success of the 2011 From Seoul to Bonn - Translating the Goals for the Development of Arts Education for Music in Europe seminar held jointly with the German UNESCO Commission, the forum invited stakeholders from all areas of the music sector to network, discuss synergies and joint strategies as well as exploit and develop new partnerships and collaborations.
The EMC offered a capacity building workshop on new business and communication models, offering a place for the international exchange of experiences and know-how of models relevant to the work of European music organisations and networks. Led by experts in the field, participants received a broad introduction to the topic, with the opportunity to explore approaches fitting the needs of their specific organisations and that of their members.
When applying for EU or government funding, music organisations (such as the EMC and its members) are often expected to present which innovative models they plan to apply in their work, yet many successful models, such as crowdsourcing/funding etc or user-generated content models which are widely celebrated, are simply not-applicable to the specific work conducted by cultural networks.
Musical Homelands: New Territories
Now in its sixth year, the 2016 edition of the EFM was the biggest to date, and where else to celebrate this together with the European music world than at the National Forum of Music, one of the most significant European cultural developments of recent years - home to 11 ensembles and multiple festivals. And this in middle of Wroclaw’s celebratory year as European Capital of Culture, during which hundreds of cultural projects and events, dozens of festivals and artistic ventures will fill the city with the spirit of a cultural happening – there was no better place for music enthusiasts to be in May 2016.
On 11 October the EMC held a musical reception at the European Parliament hosted by MEP Julie Ward. In her passionate speech Julie emphasised the importance of the direct exchange between persons for intercultural dialogue. Her Parliament report on the role of intercultural dialogue, cultural diversity and education in promoting EU fundamental values uses an integrated approach, not separating culture, education, youth and active citizenship into four different fields of action but building bridges and synergies between all those elements.