European Music Council
March 30, 2020
Dear readers,
While the coronavirus is still affecting our everyday life in Europe, we would like to give you fresh input with some different news and keep you busy, as we gathered some open calls for you. Enjoy reading our newsletter.
Your EMC Team
Physical rather than social distancing
As many others, the EMC staff, based in Germany, is currently operating from home, which, luckily is possible. We are very busy developing different online formats to bring people from the music sector together jointly with our colleagues from the International Music Council. Watch out for more updates on this very soon!
Greetings to all of you and stay safe!
Many actions and many calls!
A joint letter to the European Commission
Together with Culture Action Europe and other cultural networks the European Music Council has formulated a letter to the European Commission to advise on suitable measures to support the cultural sector in during the coronavirus crisis. The letter lists proposals regarding the ways to cope with the consequences of COVID-19 on Creative Europe and the European cultural and creative sectors.
EMC Reception in Brussels postponed
With regret, the EMC and Representation of Hessen to the EU have jointly taken the decision to cancel the panel discussion & reception "Music as a cornerstone for EU cultural policy" which was due to take place on Monday, 16 March 2020. This decision has been taken as a precautionary measure in order to limit the spread of the Corona Virus - COVID19. We plan to hold the event at a later date and we will inform you.
European Forum on Music cancelled
It is with deep regret that the EMC Board has decided to cancel the European Forum on Music 2020 which was scheduled to take place from 4 – 7 June 2020 in Bonn, Germany. The uncertainty created by the spread of the Coronavirus worldwide and the measures taken to contain it, do not make it possible for us to continue with the event as planned. We are sad and disappointed that we will therefore not have a European Forum on Music this year.
We will, however, find other formats to discuss climate change and the music sector.
Coronavirus and the music sector
The music sector has already been hit heavily and will continue to be massively affected by the measures taken to prevent any further spread of the virus. The important health and safety measure of official authorities lead to extensive cancellations of musical events, such as concerts, workshops, conferences, festivals, music and instrumental lessons, music production and much more.
To get a better picture on how the music sector is affected, we have developed a short questionnaire. Please fill in the survey and forward it to any person or organisation that should contribute. Your participation is very much appreciated.
European Parliament and COVID-19 impact on culture
On 26 March 2020, the European Parliament voted in favour of the Corona Response Investment Initiative. These measures are meant to channel €37 billion from available EU funds as soon as possible to citizens, regions and countries hit the hardest by the Coronavirus pandemic. The funds will be directed towards healthcare systems, SMEs, labour markets and other vulnerable parts of EU member states’ economies. The Council has to formally approve the Parliament's position. In a statement, Culture and Education Committee Chair Sabine Verheyen said: “It is imperative that businesses and individuals in the cultural and creative sector – whose livelihoods are under existential threat – get access to this financial support. My message to Member States is clear – this money must reach them immediately”.
Overview of reactions, measures and more
The spread of the Coronavirus worldwide has a massive impact on our lives. The music and wider cultural sector is heavily affected. At the EMC we are closely monitoring the developments and have put together information on our website to give you an overview of reactions from the music and cultural sector, policy measures on EU and national level as well as further initiatives. We are constantly updating the list, so make sure to come back and check for updates.
EMC as project partner
MOST - Bridge for Balkan music
The mission of MOST is to boost the music market of the Balkans by connecting and supporting actors of the world music scene. The project is funded by Creative Europe and was launched by Hangvetö with 8 project partners including the European Music Council.
MOST has four pillars of training and mentorship programmes and closes with a MOST Showcase event in 2023. Training programmes have several rounds during the 4-year timespan of MOST and feature side-programmes such as mentoring, showcase visits, creative workshops, job shadowing and fellowships. MOST will be present at major world music events such as Budapest Ritmo or WOMEX, at the Balkan Showcase organised by EXIT Festival in Novi Sad in 2021.
The following MOST calls are currently open:
Call for musicians
Selected artists from the Balkan will receive support through training courses, mentoring and greater visibility to build up publicity for world music from the Balkans. The benefits include participation at WOMEX 2020, financial support for a new artists portfolio, networking opportunities and more.
Deadline: 15 April 2020
Call for music managers
This training is meant for booking agents, artist managers, promoters, venue or festival curators, label managers, facilitators. The goal is to train a new group of skilled world music professionals in the Balkans and provide them with professional skills, network and international experience to work with artists from the region and represent them on the global market.
Deadline: 15 April 2020
Call for urban creatives
This two-phase programme aims to boost cooperation in cities between policy makers and urban creatives across the Balkan region. It supports creative urban initiatives by assisting selected projects, connecting the creative sector and urban communities and their implementation.
Deadline for proposals: 15 April 2020
More to come
Stay tuned! We will keep you updated on the news of this project!
Creative Europe calls: deadlines extended!
Music education and training
The general objective of this call – in the framework of the Prepartory Action “Music Moves Europe” – is to identify and support innovative approaches to foster of at least 8 innovative approaches to music education and learning through cooperation between the music and the education sector.
New deadline: 30 April 2020, 12:00 CET
Co-creation and co-production
The Preparatory Action “Music Moves Europe: Boosting European music diversity and talent” aims at paving the way towards the “sectorial support for music” as a new element for the next Creative Europe Programme post-2020.  The call is open for musicians and professionals, all music genres and to collaboration across musical sub-genres.

New deadline: 30 April 2020, 13:00 CET
Cooperation projects Western Balkans
The overall objective is to foster reconciliation and good neighbourly relations in the Western Balkans through cross-border cultural cooeration and creation. In addition, the aim is to increase cultural cooperation with EU member states and to strengthen the cultural and creative sector in the region.
New deadline: 28 April 2020, 17:00 CET
Cultural Heritage in Action
“Cultural Heritage in Action” is a peer-learning scheme for local authorities financed by Creative Europe.
Practices can be policies, projects, events or organisational structures developed by local and regional authorities. They can be implemented by the authorities themselves or by other local stakeholders.
New deadline: 27 April 2020, 17:00 CET
UK will not seek participation in Creative Europe
Following the publication of the UK Government’s EU negotiation mandate the UK will not be seeking to participate in the next Creative Europe programme due to start in January 2021. Beyond the loss of funding, the UK’s retreat from Creative Europe could be a blow to the international mobility, visibility and connections that UK artists and cultural practitioners established thanks to this funding scheme.


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