European Music Council
November 25, 2021
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Gender-based violence in the music sector. A conversation on Orange Day
► Episode 3 - Gender-based violence in the music sector. A converstation on Orange Day 2021
25 November is Orange Day: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. At this occasion, EMC Secretary General Ruth Jakobi is joined by Merlijn Poolman from the Netherlands, Night Mayor of Groningen and former EMC fellow and Moritz Eggert from Germany, composer and professor for composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich, to talk about gender-based violence in the field of music ranging from higher music education to night life.
Despite the #MeToo movement, power relations and power abuse are still wide spread in the music sector. In this episode of the EMC podcast, outstanding personalities share their stories and talk about strategies that can hopefully bring about positive change. Key findings from a study led by IETM, International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts, in the frame of the SHIFT project underline the need for safe spaces to learn and to share experiences, the need for local action as well as international cooperation and the need for time to implement qualitative change.
The EMC podcast Music Webs offers news on music and cultural policy in Europe. The EMC invites conversational partners from the broad spectrum of the music sector, be it music educators, people from live music venues, choir singers/conductors, composers, performers, festival makers, instrument manufacturers, broadcasters, etc.
The podcast music was exclusively composed by Moritz Eggert for the EMC, it is performed by Luise Enzian (baroque harp) and Moritz Eggert (piano).
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SHIFT Project - Gender & Power Relations
The #MeToo movement, and other movements and campaigns, have increased the awareness and empowered employees around the globe to report sexual harassment and other inequalities in the workplace. They have also brought to the surface the vulnerability and a lack of effective protection mechanisms of anyone facing power abuse, regardless of age, class and gender. Under the leadership of IETM the SHIFT project wants to contribute to better understanding of the issue and provide practical recommendations. In the key findings you will find researched cases of sexual harassment and power abuse, that have been revealed and discussed in the European arts field in recent years, with a focus on the developments since the #MeToo period. The team of researchers also aims to propose solution-oriented strategies for creating equitable and safe work environments for culture professionals. Additionally an annotated bibliography was put togetherm, as there is a large number of resources on the issue.
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Women's rights activists have observed 25 November as a day against gender-based violence since 1981. On 7 February 2000, the UN General Assembly officially designated 25 November as the International day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and in doing so, inviting governments, international organizations as well as NGOs to join together and organise activities designed to raise public awareness of the issue every year on that date.
EMC support for gender equality in music
The European Music Council strongly supports an equal representation of musicians of all genders on stage and behind the scenes. Keychange is a movement fighting for such a sustainable music industry.
They support talented but underrepresented artists and encourage organisations to take a pledge for gender equality.
Keychange champions statistics, achievements, and a roster of talent, allies and leaders.
Supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, Keychange is a global network and movement working towards a total restructure of the music industry in reaching full gender equality.
Keychange consists of partners collaborating from 12 different countries, working proactively to make this change.
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