European Music Council
April 16, 2018
European Forum on Music
We are proud to invite you to this year’s edition of our European Forum on Music dedicated to Looking Back - Looking Forward. The Future of Europe’s Musical Roots, which will take place from Thursday, 7 June until Sunday 10 June in Oslo, Norway. Our Annual Meeting will close our Forum on Sunday 10 June 2018.
The European Forum on Music will be hosted by the Norwegian Music Council and is part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.
We believe that cultural heritage, including musical heritage, is not only a legacy from the past. It can also help to shape the way forward and influence future developments. With this edition of the EFM, we would like to look at the importance of safeguarding musical heritage and the value of musical heritage for our future European society.
How can we better support the potential of musical heritage? What is needed today to make sure that we can still enjoy Europe’s musical roots in the future?
In a current crucial time for European cultural policy, with a new European Agenda for Culture and proposals for the future of EU funding programmes after 2020 coming out soon, we believe it is also important to reach out to the entire music sector and identify its collective needs and set out priorities for the future. These issues have been directly addressed by the European Agenda for Music launched on 21 March in Brussels by the European Music Council. The Agenda details which directions to pursue in order to ensure a music sector that remains strong, fair, innovative and diverse in a rapidly changing world. The European Forum on Music will offer the opportunity to discuss further action and to give examples on how to use this policy document on a national, European or international level.
The European and global context has led us to put responsible citizenship as democratic value at the heart of our discussions during the Forum. In that sense we will have a look at environmental sustainability and artistic freedom. We are glad to confirm the presence of Jan Lothe Eriksen from SafeMUSE and Srirak Plipat from Freemuse for our panel discussions. Sara Whyatt, Independant Human Rights Consultant, will moderate the session and provide hands-on training. We are also looking forward to welcome Peder Karlsson from the Royal Academy of Music and activist at End Ecocide Sweden, who will stress the importance of global warming awareness in our contemporary society and in the music sector.
At the European Forum on Music you will be able to meet key actors, participate in hands-on workshops and in open discussions. Make sure to not miss this important opportunity for knowledge building, networking and exchange!
Please do not hesitate to contact the EMC office in Bonn for any further enquiries. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you in Oslo.
With kind regards,
Your EMC Team
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If you would like to know more on what to expect at the European Forum on Music see our documentary from 2016.

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