European Music Council
December 19, 2018
Dear readers,
As 2018 is coming to an end, we are looking back at an eventful year for the European Agenda for Music but most importantly we want to look at what’s ahead for the EAM in 2019.
Save the Date:
EAM event 12-13 June 2019
Mark your calendars! The EMC will organise an event on the European Agenda for Music on 12-13 June 2019 in Warsaw, Poland. Learn more about activities inspired by the EAM, receive guidance on how to use the EAM for your causes and connect with other people from the music sector!
EAM in other languages
The EAM is not only relevant for EU matters but maybe even more so for policies and other activities on national and regional level. For this purpose, it is helpful to have translations of the EAM in different languages.
Next to the English original, the EAM is currently available in French, Polish and Dutch/Flemish. A big thank-you for the translations goes to EMC members Plate-forme Interrégionale and Chroma/Zebrock in France, the Polish Music Council as well as the Flemish Music Council and the National Centre of Expertise for Cultural Education and Amtateur Arts in the Netherlands.
Translations into Latvian and German are in the works or planned. If you are interested or able to provide further translations, please get in touch with us ( We may be able to provide financial support for printing costs of a bilingual edition (English + translation) and are currently checking possibilities to provide the EAM design for the translated works.

Spread the word!
Do you want to show your support of the European Agenda for Music? Do you want to share the EAM within your network? Get in touch with the European Music Council ( for your free order of the EAM brochure and/or postcards (one for each key theme). You can also download the "We support the European Agenda for Music" webbanner for your website, newsletter or social media accounts. We have also prepared a presentation explaining the basics of the EAM that you are welcome to use.
Tell us your EAM story!
Several organisations and individuals have taken the EAM to promote important causes or work on their strategy. Let us know ( how the EAM helped you or how you plan to use the EAM in the future!
Don't know where to start? Be inspired by these stories from the Finnish Music Council, the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat and the Latvian Music Council:
New strategy of the Finnish Music Council

The Finnish Music Council (FMC) is working on a new and updated national agenda for music. Working groups representing amateurs, music education, professionals and youth are working on the new strategy with the FMC Board. An event at the end of January 2019 will see the presentation of FMC’s new agenda, the European Agenda for Music and their relevance for the next parliamentary elections in April 2019.

European Choral Association - Europa Cantat

The European Choral Association – Europa Cantat used the European Agenda for Music as inspiration and input for the first ever “Singtank” that is working on the development of a sustainable vision for the sector of Collective Singing for the years beyond 2020. The Singtank looked at current trends (topics that seem to be important for the future development of our society), asking which of these trends could be relevant for the strategy, which trends will most probably influence the sector and how the sector may be able to influence those trends. The next step was to present the objectives, areas of action and means identified within the European Agenda for Music and identify the ones relevant for the sector of Collective Singing. The outcome of this meeting reflected many topics from the EAM. After further consultation with ECA-EC members, the final strategy will be published in late 2020/early 2021.

Music education in Latvia

The Latvian National Music Council has supported the Latvian National Culture Center's initiative to adjust the Cabinet of Ministers draft regulation on basic education, which included the reduction of  music lessons in schools. With the support of the Latvian National Culture Center, Latvian National Music Council and several Latvian music industry NGOs, a letter was sent to the Ministry of Education and Science, the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia the State Education Content Center with the proposal to cancel the negative decision of this music education process as put forward by the EAM.

→  As a result of the initiative, the decision to reduce the music lessons in schools was cancelled.

The music sector in action
The 9 key themes of the EAM list a number of priorities and suggested measures. Several of those items have been a topic for the music sector for quite some time. Here, we want to give you a few examples from European and national initiatives that are working on solutions for some of the identified challenges. They are not necessarily connected to the EAM, but nevertheless make important contributions to the aims of the EAM:
Gender balance
The EJN Manifesto on Gender Balance in Jazz and Creative Music underlines what EJN members now pledge to do. Examples include to “put in place policies and action plans to involve more women as artists, Artistic Directors and producers, staff and Board members and audience members in our work”. It is the result of a detailed consultation and discussion process that started with a working group of members at the Jazz conference in 2017 and continued throughout the year. The EJN Manifesto represents an important step, together with others such as the Keychange initiative run by the PRS Foundation, as part of an ongoing process by various sectors of the music industry to take some concrete steps to confront the issue of gender balance.
Towards a new Copyright Directive
The negotiations on the new Copyright Directive were one of the most discussed topics during this year. In September 2018 the European Parliament voted in favour of a proposal which has since been negotiated in the trilogue (between the Parliament, Council and Commission). A final agreement is expected in spring 2019. From the start,  the music and wider cultural sector have joined forces to ensure better and fair remuneration for creators. For example, the campaign #EuropeForCreators has brought together more than 70 organisations.
The EMC and the EAM
The publication and launch of the EAM was not the end but rather the beginning of a new chapter. In the first months after the launch, the EMC was focused on promoting the EAM and getting it more known in the music sector. At our very own European Forum on Music 2018, the EAM was discussed in three working groups focusing on education & access to music, the EAM at national level as well as the music observatory. The EAM was also presented at various events by others throughout Europe: Musikmesse Frankfurt (Germany), Classical:NEXT in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), WOMEX Gran Canaria (Spain) to name a few. EMC Secretary-General Ruth Jakobi is also part of the Advisory Board for a study to assess the feasibility of a European Music Observatory as well as funding needs of the music sector. This study is coordinated by KEA and Panteia and is part of the Music Moves Europe calls published earlier this year.
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