Music Webs - the EMC Podcast

Weaving connections and untangling cultural policy in Europe

The EMC podcast Music Webs will provide regular news on music and cultural policy in Europe. The EMC will regularly invite 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).

Episode 8 - The European Forum on Music 2023

December 2023

From 8 to 10 June 2023, over 150 representatives from more than 20 European countries gathered at the House of Music Hungary in Budapest for the 11th edition of the European Forum on Music (EFM). The topic of this years Forum was 'Sustain Music' and throughout the three days, cultural professionals came together to talk about creating a safe and welcoming musical ecosystem; one that promotes inclusivity, embraces diversity, and strives for social, economic, and environmental sustainability; an ecosystem that ultimately sustains music in all its forms and processes.

For many, the concept of sustainability automatically sparks conversations around climate change and the ecological transition. However, the EFM 2023 highlighted that the concepts of sustainability are broad, and the world of music is a big, diverse place.

During this episode, we hear from some of the participants in this years forum to learn more about their experience as well as what sustainability means to them.

Matt Brennan (University of Glasgow): 1.33 – 8.17

Matt Brennan, a Popular Music Reader at the University of Glasgow, introduced the 'Musical Doughnut' at the European Forum on Music—an innovative concept promoting a sustainable musical ecosystem. In this interview, he provides a brief overview of his keynote speech and shares his initial impressions of EFM 2023.

Sonja Greiner (European Choral Association): 8:37 – 17:30

Sonja Greiner is the Secretary General of the European Choral Association. Sonja took part in a panel discussion focusing on sustainability in the context of learning and participation in music which addressed the question of what sustainability means in different learning environments and music practices. Throughout the interview, Sonja gives a summary of this panel discussion in addition to outlining some of the best steps forward.

Aysha Hussain (Keychange): 17.56 – 27.53

Aysha Hussain initiated a session on sustaining gender equity by setting the tone and introducing the general context of 'music and gender' during this year’s European Forum on Music. During our conversation, Aysha talked us through the importance of an intersectional approach towards sustainability for inspiring change in the cultural sector. We also learn more about Keychange as a movement and hear her take on the benefits of gathering the sector in one place.

Alfons Karabuda (International Music Council): 28.25 – 32.44

The impact of technology as an instrument and enabler in the music sector was introduced by Alfons Karabuda. During his introductory speech, Alfons spoke about the importance of common understanding, collaboration and dialogue amongst music sector stakeholders. During our conversation, we talk a little about this and about the International Music Council’s Five Music Rights.

Yvan Boudillet (Utopia Music): 32.44 – 40.04

Yvan was a speaker on a panel featuring experts on AI and the intersection of music and technology. During our conversation, we talk about how we can begin to break down the stigma surrounding technology and eliminate the fear surrounding its involvement in the music making process and in the music sector broadly.

Benjamin Feyen (Cultural Creators Friendship Group): 40.22 – 47.29

Benjamin from the Cultural Creators Friendship Group took time to speak to the EFM participants about EU strategies and policies on music and how these can be applied on a local and European level. During our conversation, Benjamin talks about the importance of events like the European Forum on Music for learning more about the music sector in Europe and to understand the sector's diversity.

Marta Lozano Molano (Wazo Coop) 47.44

Marta gives us a summary of the panel discussion on "Sustaining music in local communities." We talk about placemaking as a means to inject music in local communities and how music can be used as a tool to solve problems at the local, national and global level.


Episode 7 - Getting to know the Scottish Music Sector with Live Music Now Scotland and the Scottish Music Centre

March 2023

In this episode, our host Miceál Mullen is joined by Laura Leslie (Scottish Music Centre) and Carol Main (Live Music Now Scotland) to find out more about the Scottish Music Sector. Throughout their conversation, Carol and Laura talk about their organisations' work and about some of the current challenges facing Scotland's music sector post Brexit and post COVID-19.

* Since this recording, the EMC is happy to confirm that the Scottish Government has abandoned proposals to cut almost £7m from Creative Scotland’s budget.

► Keep up with Live Music Now Scotland here.
► Keep up with the Scottish Music Centre here.

Episode 6 - Internationalisation and cultural exchange with IMZ International Music + Media Centre

February 2023

In this episode, our host Miceál Mullen is joined by Katharina Jeschke, Secretary General of the IMZ International Music and Media Centre, the international business network dedicated to the promotion of the performing arts through audiovisual media.

Throughout their conversation, Katharina talks about the intersection of music and media and explores the current challenges facing the creative and cultural industries, including the future of audience engagement in the digital age and how cultural industry professionals can learn from each other and from players from other industries who are, or have been facing similar challenges. Katharina also discusses the importance of collaboration and the benefits of an international organisation and how the IMZ tries to nurture this with their event Avant Première Music + Media Market (18-22 February, 2023, Berlin).

► Keep up with the latest from IMZ here.

Episode 5 - Exploring the Bulgarian music scene with the Bulgarian Music Association

December 2022

In this episode, our host Miceál Mullen is joined by Mila Georgieva from the Bulgarian Music Association (BMA), the largest representative music organisation in Bulgaria.

Throughout their conversation, Mila discusses how the Bulgarian music scene looks post COVID and how it is responding to current challenges that the wider European music sector is facing. We also hear more about the work of BMA, including their involvement in the MOST project and the impact of this project on the Balkan region. Mila explains how BMA is working towards creating an appropriate and efficient cultural environment that Bulgarian performing artists deserve.

► More about the presentation of BMA's study on "The economic contribution of the music industry for the period 2008 – 2020"

Episode 4 - Taking a look at the European Live Music Sector with Live DMA

November 2022

After a little break, we are back again with Music Webs, the EMC podcast. Today, our host Miceál Mullen (EMC) is joined by Audrey Guerre (Live DMA) to discuss the effects of COVID-19 pandemic alongside current challenges that the European live music sector is facing. We also learn more about the work of Live DMA and the importance of building and growing networks of like-minded organisations which strive for the benefit of live music towards the same common ultimate goals: promoting live music as art and culture, improving the conditions of venues, clubs and festivals, and empowering live music professionals.

Episode 3 - Gender-based violence in the music sector. A conversation on Orange Day 2021

November 2021

This latest edition of the EMC podcast was published on 25 November on the occasion of Orange Day - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

The podcast at hand is a conversation between two men interviewed by one woman, EMC Secretary General Ruth Jakobi. Both men, Merlijn Poolmann (The Netherlands), Night Mayor of Groningen and Moritz Eggert (Germany), composer and professor for composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich have been actively engaged in the protection of women’s safety in the music ecosystem. Both of them contribute to decrease the number of cases of gender based violence and both have created initiatives to make a change. At EMC we are convinced that this topic needs to be talked about, by people from the music field, by people who care about the safety of women. This podcast includes colloquial use of language and vocabulary, and it explicitly mentions examples of harassment in order to clearly condemn this misbehaviour. We believe that this topic needs to be debated at every level by everyone, and especially including men in the conversations.

EMC is involved in more actions with regards to gender equality and power relations:

► EMC is a member of Keychange.

► In the frame of the SHIFT project, the theme of Gender & Power Relations (with IETM as a theme coordinator) was also addressed. You can already find some publications here: 

► Also EMC members contribute to the debate with publications and activities:

Episode 2 - Music Freedom Day

March 2021

Music Freedom Day is on 3 March. On this occasion, and to honor the 5 Music Rights, we want to take a closer look at freedom of musical expression in Europe. To learn more about the situation in Hungary and Poland, Simone Dudt (EMC) is joined by music journalist and curator Monika Pasiecznik and journalist András Stumpf for the second episode of our podcast. They talk about importance of public spaces and support for musical diversity and expression, specifically public broadcasting and public funding and how those spaces have increasingly been limited over the last years for artists that do not follow the narratives of the government. They also highlight the specific challenges and barriers for independent artists that have been made even more difficult by the COVID-19 crisis.

Episode 1 - Corona, solidarity and the digital cage

July 2020

In our first episode, Simone Dudt (EMC) is joined by Silja Fischer (International Music Council) and Giambattista Tofoni from Europe Jazz Network. They talk about the effects of the Corona crisis for the jazz field and Italy in particular and expand to more general questions, such as solidarity in Europe and how to endure the crisis with live concerts still being rare and musicians as well as the “invisible” workers of the music sector struggling for survival. Their exchange on the wide range of help mechanism put in place by the different countries and the upcoming EU budget, shows that there is still a great need for political decision makers to invest money in music.


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