EMC Newsflash 10/2017 European Music Council

Dear members and friends,
With this newsflash we bring you the latest policy updates on the European Year for Cultural Heritage the European Commission and other items.
We send you our warmest season's greetings and wish you a good start into the New Year!

Your EMC-Team

Communication from the European Commission: “Strengthening European Identity through Education and Culture”
In preparation for the Gothenburg Social Summit on 17 November 2017, the European Commission issued a communication on “Strengthening European Identity through Education and Culture”. The statement outlines the Commission's belief that it is in the shared interest of all Member States to harness the full potential of education and culture as drivers for job creation, economic growth and social fairness as well as a means to experience European identity in all its diversity.
The EMC welcomes this initiative, however, we also have some critical remarks that we share with other European networks. Therefore, the EMC has signed statements by the Alliance for Culture and the Arts and Culture Action Europe on the Communication by the Commission.
The European Year of Cultural Heritage has started!
The European Year of Cultural Heritage was launched during the European Culture Forum in Milan on December 7, 2017 by Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics. The aim of the Year is to encourage more people to discover and explore Europe’s rich and diverse cultural heritage and to raise awareness of the social and economic importance of cultural heritage. Reaching out to the widest possible audience, in particular children and young people, local communities and people who are rarely in touch with culture, one of the main objectives of the year, is to promote a sense of ownership. Take a look at the official EYCH2018 website to find out more about events around Europe and near you. At the launch of the Year, a new Eurobarometer study was published which assesses the attitudes and opinions of Europeans about cultural heritage.
EMC’s main event, the European Forum on Music, will take place from 7 to 10 June 2018 in Oslo, Norway in cooperation with the Norwegian Music Council. The European Year of Cultural Heritage is a great occasion to put the focus on this important issue under the theme “Looking Back – Looking Forward: The future of Europe’s Musical Roots“ (working title). We will keep you updated with our newsletter and on Facebook and Twitter!
Find out more about the European Year of Cultural Heritage in the press release and fact sheet of the European Commission.
Be a part of the Year with the EYCH2018 label!
The European Music Council is a member of the EYCH Stakeholders’ Committee and therefore entitled to grant the EYCH2018 labels to our members (and to members of our members)! This means that you can use the official EYCH2018 logo to promote your activities. Are you planning a heritage project, initiative, festival, gathering, research, campaign at cross border/European level that takes place in 2018? Get in touch with us if you are interested to use the EYCH2018 label for your activities using this form and sending it to info@emc-imc.org (subject line: EYCH2018)!

At a glance

•    Apply for the next Structured Dialogue on Culture for social inclusion - partnering with other sectors: The call is open to representatives of the cultural and creative sectors from the 28 EU Member States with relevant expertise on the topic. Applications are open until 8 January 2018, 12:00 CET.

•    The second edition of the UNESCO Global Report on the Implementation of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression was launched on December 14, 2017 with opening remarks from the new UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.

•    On the same day, civil society presented its first Activity Reports to the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2005 Convention. IMC Secretary General Silja Fischer was part of the group of volunteers from 12 organisations, who prepared a comprehensive report on the basis of contributions from 70 organisations. The presentation of the Report to the Committee focused on three main issues: raising greater awareness of the convention, transnational mobility, responding to the growing pressures and challenges faced by the cultural sector.

•    The Culture and Education Committee adopted an “Opinion on the next MFF: preparing the Parliament’s position on the MFF post-2020” which outlines the suggestions regarding the future funding period. The CULT committee proposes to extend the duration of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) from currently seven to ten years to coincide with the ten-year programming of the political and strategic priorities of the EU.

•    Now published is an in-depth analysis requested by the Culture and Education Committee of the European Parliament on Cultural Work with refugees. Author of the study is Prof. Alison Phipps (University of Glasgow) and UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts.

•    The Cultural and Creative Sectors Guarantee Facility received additional 60 million Euros through the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) increasing it to 181 million Euros. It is part of the cross-sectoral strand in the Creative Europe Programme and aims to benefit micro, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the cultural and creative sectors, which often face difficulties securing loans. Read more


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