European Music Council
June 08, 2020
Invitation to the EFM Online Series Part II
Online Workshop: Music & Sustainability
After having cancelled the European Forum on Music 2020 (EFM) – due to the Covid-19 crisis – the EMC has decided to put a series of events online to discuss with musical artists, policy makers and environmental experts how music activities can contribute to the protection of our environment. While the Covid-19 crisis puts enormous pressure on the music sector at large, it is clearer than before that any way out needs to put attention to environmental aspects.
The EFM Online series will ask how the music sector can act more eco-friendly, how music can help raise awareness for the need of climate action in general, and how the music sector can support activists in their efforts to put environmental issues high on the political agendas. A special thanks goes to NAMM - the National Association of Music Merchants for supporting the EFM Online Series. 
Following the online panel discussion last Friday we will organise an interactive workshop on 18 June 2020!
→ You missed the online panel discussion? Watch the recording soon here or rewatch the Facebook live here!
What to expect?

18 June 2020 - 14:00-17:00 CEST

The second part of our EFM Online Series will be a workshop organised in cooperation with GO Group and the Green Music Initiative. On 18 June 2020 from 14:00-17:00, we invite our members and all interested music stakeholders to discover and discuss on initiatives and ways of transforming the music sector towards a more environmentally sustainable one.
Discover the programme of the workshop:
► Introduction
► Keynotes
► Presentation in the plenary of the 5 topics: circular economy, energy, carbon footprint, digital shift & SDGs
► Separation in parallel sessions with experts
► Reporting & wrap up
Registration Now Open!
We would like to go beyond the usual speaker - audience format and organise workshops in small groups. This will allow for a more in-depth demonstration of the topics and provide more room for discussions and questions. Please note that the spots are therefore limited. However, we will provide a waiting list in case free spots are available last minute.
Discover the different topics
Fiona Pelham will highlight why Music as a driver for change – from United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to creative climate action then Wolfgang Bergmann will give us insights on The digital learning curve in pandemic times.
It is the most obvious approach. If we want to decrease the emissions and still want the same result, quality and comfort, the solution must be the treatment of the resources used. What do we use and where does it come from? Where does it go afterwards and what happens with it? Circular economy aims at eliminating waste and the continual use of resources. It applies to i.e. an event's or concert's procurement, food supply and resource management. We will help you to rethink a current system.
Do we really need more? Today we have an almost inexhaustible supply of energy and at the same time there is knowledge available how to be efficient and responsible with such a resource of big impact. While there are commitments for climate targets to be met, does the demand of audiences, artists productions and our own daily business support those? Let's find the most efficient solutions with the most suitable sources and the least emissions produced to meet those needs and power the music industry of the future. In this session we will talk about needs, plans and developments to change the industry‘s energy philosophy.
Do you know the environmental impact of your work? Can you name all the sources that add to your personal footprint or the footprint of your organisation? Knowledge is the key to improvement and in the process of setting aims it is necessary to know where you're starting from. There are ways to accurately measure impacts from activities such as venues and cultural buildings, outdoor events, offices, tours and productions. We will touch on how energy, water, waste, travel (i.e. audience, business, production, freight, fleet) contribute and what the challenges are.
With the implications due to the Corona crisis, many cultural actors are urged to move their formats into the digital world. We all know that no digital format can be a real substitute for the real experience. But in the wake of the Corona crisis, there are already some real success stories. Arte’s cooperation with the United We Stream initiative started by Berlin Club Commission, now has 48 more cities that have joined the idea. Since the project began in March it has received around 11 million views on the Arte channels. After already broadcasting from clubs in Germany, Austria and England, United We Stream is now being expanded to France and is becoming more and more a major European project. At the summertime ARTE launched a formate for classical music performed and presented by classical artist Daniel Hope from his living room in the middle of Berlin. He created a“rendez-vous“ for people al over the world listening to Hope@Home. What was the magic ingredient, that this daily stream reached so many people? What challenges did this project face, what are the visions beyond this summer of the pandemic for digital streams in a pan European context?
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by all UN member states in 2015, have been created as a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet. At its heart are the 17 Goals, which recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that reduce inequality, spur economic growth, improve health – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve nature. We will talk how music, arts and events can orientate themselves along this system and use it to our and the advantage of all people.
Discover the speakers
Fiona Pelham
Wolfgang Bergmann
Chiara Badiali
Jacob Bilabel
Chris Johnson
Holger Jan Schmidt
Ian Smith
Linnéa Elisabeth Svensson
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