Continuing its very successful series of capacity building workshops, the EMC offered a workshop specially targeting EMC members in the categories of "National Music Councils" and of "National and Specialised Organisations" in March 2017. The workshop took place in Paris, in cooperation with Plate-Forme Intérregionale and focus on policy work at national level. An introduction to the European Agenda for Music (EAM) and discussions with the working group chairs provided better understanding of the Agenda and the potential benefits for national music organisations. The content of the workshop included:
- Current state of development of the EAM and its impact on national level
- Questions and Answers to working group chairs
- Added value of the European Agenda for Music for national policy work
- Break out groups on concrete measures for policy work
Music and Cultural Diplomacy: Linking Continents – Bridging Cultures
11 - 12 June 2017 - General Assembly of the International Association of Music Information Centres (IAMIC) and the International Music Council (IMC)
Culture Diplomacy can be used as general term for external foreign cultural policies of many (European) countries and is often represented by national cultural institutes, such as Goethe Institute, British Council, Institut Français and others. Culture and music are soft powers that are used for dialogue when political exchange is stuck. They are means to engage peacefully in an international context.
In June 2016, the EU adopted a 'Strategy for international cultural relations'aiming at “encouraging cultural cooperation between the EU and its partner countries and promoting a global order based on peace, the rule of law, freedom of expression, mutual understanding and respect for fundamental values.”
Therefore, with this edition of the European Forum on Music, we looked at how civil society initiatives engage in this field of “music and cultural diplomacy” and how music can build bridges and be a tool for peace and social cohesion.
The European Music Council held an Open Dialogue Meeting on the European Agenda for Music, which took place on Friday, 27 October, from 9.30 - 13.30 at the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice. We thank our member, the Polish Music Council, who cooperated with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and offered the meeting space.
The aim of this meeting was to present and discuss the new draft of the EAM (after the targeted consultation) and to launch an open consultation. The open consultation to the dew draft was launched after this meeting.
The meeting was annexed to the WOMEX, the international music meeting and conference World Music Exposition which took place in Katowice in Poland from the 25-29 October 2017.