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 1 - Corona, solidarity and the digital cage
In our first episode, Simone Dudt (EMC) is joined by Silja Fischer (International Music Council) and Giambattista Tofoni fromEurope 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.
Episode 2 - Music Freedom Day
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.