European Music Council
January 10, 2020
Dear readers,
As we are excited to open this new year & decade with all of you, we would like to start sharing with you all our latest news.
We wish you a successful year and look forward to meeting you soon.
New EMC publication out now
Snapshots on Music & Heritage in Europe
When in 2018, the EU celebrated the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH), the European Music Council played an active role in the debate as advocate for intangible cultural heritage. As a follow-up to the year, the EMC edited the publication “Snapshots on Music & Heritage in Europe” – a non-exhaustive overview of the wide range of musical expressions that exist including insights into the many activities of the European Music Council’s members.
Next EMC webinar on EU cultural policy

Register now!

Our next webinar will be on the current state-of-play of EU cultural policy, including the Creative Europe programme, the new EU Commission and the MFF (multi-annual financial framework).
→ The webinar will be held on 6 February 2020, 14:30 CET.
EAM translations
In 2019, the European Agenda for Music has been successfully translated in Polish, Dutch, French, Latvian, Hungarian and German (coming soon), thanks to our members the Polish Music Council, Flemish Music Council, Plate-Forme Interrégionale, Chroma/Zébrock, Latvian Music Council, Hungarian Music Council and Austrian Music Council. Please feel free to order some EAM Brochures in your mother tongue.
We are looking forward to having more translations in 2020 and to further working with the Agenda.
EMC as project coordinator and partner
SHIFT - Shared initiatives for training
In December 2019, the EMC together with 8 cultural networks as partners launched the Erasmus+ co-funded project SHIFT – Shared initiatives for training. The project will enable training for cultural leaders for 3 out of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): climate change, gender equality and inclusion of minorities.
Watch out for our next newsletter...!
MOST - The Complex Strategy to develop the Balkan World Music Scene
The EMC took part in December 2019  with 8 other partners to the Kick off meeting of MOST aiming to improve the world music market of the Balkans with audience development, professional training, export support, mobility of artists and professionals, event management, platform development, policy suggestions and pilot projects.
European Forum on Music 2020
The European Forum on Music will take place 4-7 June 2020 in Bonn, Germany, the EMC’s hometown. The forum entitled “Climate Action: Music as a Driver for Change”, will focus on the connection between music and ecological sustainability. Debates and exchanges will focus on music and climate protection, embracing World Environment Day and Pastoral Day on 5 June 2020. You are warmly invited to join us next year in Bonn.
- First Keynote announced is Bob Taylor -
→ Registration will open soon.
Cultural policy news

New Commission approved

In 2019, the European Parliament was newly elected, which resulted in a new EP Culture Committee as well as a new European Commission.
On Wednesday, 27 November 2019, the European Parliament (EP) approved the European Commission as presented by Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen. The vote took place one month later than anticipated after the European Parliament had rejected the three initial candidates from Romania, Hungary and France. Some of the titles of the Commissioners were revised after they were first presented in September.
The newly elected Commission took office on 1 December 2019.
Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027

Creative Europe negotiations

The new EU budget for the years 2021-2027 and its related funding programmes are currently negotiated in the so-called trilogue, which are informal meetings between the Council (Member States) and the European Parliament with the presence of the European Commission. The primary EU funding programme for culture is Creative Europe. For the future budget of Creative Europe, the Commission proposed a total of 1.85 billion Euro, (1.081 billion Euro for MEDIA, 609 million Euro for Culture, 160 million Euro cross-sectoral). The European Parliament proposed an increase of the Creative Europe budget to 2.8 billion Euro. Currently, the Council is discussing how much money should be allocated to the different EU funding programmes. The EMC has signed a Joint call for an increased budget for Creative Europe 2021-2027 prepared by our member ECSA, together with more than 90 other organisations, appealing to the Council to adopt the budget as suggested by the Parliament. Culture Action Europe has started a petition that stresses the crucial role of culture in society and the need to double the budget for culture.
Non-profit organisations in Creative Europe
Culture Action Europe has issued a statement stressing the importance of securing a sustainable future for the European non-profit cultural sector. Non-profit cultural organisations are vital for creating and fostering the non-economic value of culture and important stakeholders at EU level. Therefore, public support and access to EU funding programmes such as Creative Europe are crucial for the future of these organisations.
Funding opportunities
Music Moves Europe Call for tender: Study on Health and Well-being of music creators (Deadline: 3 February 2020, 13:00 CET)
Creative Europe Call for proposals: Strengthening cultural cooperation with and competiveness of cultural and creative industries in the Western Balkans (Deadline: 17 March 2020, 17:00 CET)
Voices of Culture Report
The EMC actively participated in the last Voices of Culture debate focusing on “Gender Balance in the Cultural and Creative sector”. During the brainstorming session in Prague in September, the group of experts discussed topics that formed the basis of the brainstorming report. The four chapters of the report deal with
• Equal access for women to the labour market and leadership positions
• Education and training: gender stereotypes, representation and role models
• An end to sexual violence
• Systemic discrimination demands systemic change
Where to meet us
16 - 19 January 2020, Anaheim (USA)
17 January 2020, Groningen
The state of artistic freedom in Europe
21 January 2020, Brussels
Creators Conference 2020
3 February 2020, Brussels
Webinar on EU cultural policy
6 February 2020, online
► EMC Reception (watch out for more info)
16 March 2020, Brussels
ESTA International Conference
16-20 April 2020, Porto
European Forum on Music
4 - 7 June 2020, Bonn
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