Discover below our previous cooperation projects.

ExTra! Exchange Traditions

Aim of the project

The aim of ExTra! was to stimulate the exchange between different music traditions present in today's multicultural Europe. The main focus was the integration of musical traditions of immigrants and cultural minorities in Europe with those already existing in the European countries.


  • Cultural dialogue between different musical traditions present in Europe today should be increased and enhanced. Cooperation between these traditions representing various cultures and minorities will be encouraged. Special attention was given to "cross fertilization" within different musical genres. Innovative compositions and unusual applications of old traditions with a special focus on the use of multimedia will be stimulated.
  • European cultural identity increased by actively involving the general public in the project. One region in Europe, considered highly active in the field of traditional music, could serve as a model for other regions where local and regional traditions are less well known. One aim was to transmit traditional music and to acknowledge the musical diversity in Europe.
  • Immigrants bring their own musical traditions to Europe; these should be identified, disseminated and protected in the same way as those autochthonous to Europe's national, regional and provincial communities.
  • The project "Extra! - Exchange traditions" intended to identify the music traditions that form a part of the day-to-day life of Eurpean citizens and of the minority cultures present. A research study included influences from traditions of other parts of the world. This research is a collection of essays underlining the unifying musical factor between peoples in Europe today which may be obtained through teaching, practise, promotion and exchange. A publication was published in Spring 2009.
  • The outcome of the project was to reach a high level of awareness and visibility in Europe and beyond using the international network of the European Music Council (Regional Group of the International Music Council) and through the networks of the project partners, making full use of new communication technologies.

The ExTra! cooperation partners were:

Have a look on the ExTra! Website:

The ExTra! project came to an end... its final activity took place in Athens, Greece.
More information here!


Safar - Music of Afghanistan


The EMC co-organised a journey through traditional Afghan music, where six Afghan masters of traditional Afghan music met three German jazz- and pop musicians to mix musical genres and transcend geographical, cultural and musical borders.

In this setting, three events took place in the City of Bonn: the journey started with a workshop for young people, followed by a discussion panel with cultural entrepreneurs and politicians in the Schumannhaus on the 9th of July 2012 and ended with a beautiful concert at the Deutsche Welle in Bonn at the 10th of July 2012.

"Safar - Afghanistan meets Germany" was a project organised by the Franz Liszt University (HfMW), the Afghan National Institute of Music (ANIM) as well as the European Music Council (EMC) and supported by the German Foreign Ministry (Auswärtiges Amt) and the City of Bonn.

More information on the Safar project here


Polifonia was a Thematic Network supported by the European Union. Polifonia dealt with music education and training and the Bologna Process; it was coordinated by AEC (Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen).
EMC representatives to the Polifonia working group were EMC Chairman Timo Klemettinen and former Board member Einar Solbu.


Fair Music Campaign

To empower musical artists to obtain just attribution of and remuneration for their work the IMC and EMC support the Fair Music campaign, which was launched by the Music Information Centre Austria (mica).
The EMC strongly supported this initiative. EMC Secretary General Ruth Jakobi was appointed jury member of the first fair music Award in 2008.


DoReMiFaSocrates, coordinated by AEC, aimed at collecting and presenting information about activities in the field of music in the framework of LIFELONG LEARNING PROGRAMME, the programme for education of the European Union.

Laboratory of European Cultural Cooperation

The Laboratory of European Cultural Cooperation coordinated by ECF (European Cultural Foundation)
LabforCulture aimed to provide access to opportunities for transnational cultural cooperation and stimulate intercultural dialogue across Europe and was replace by ECFlab. A multilingual web portal delivered a practical service to artists, cultural practitioners, researchers, journalists and policymakers.