Dear Reader,

Shortly before the end of the year, we are happy to provide you with a review on 2016 and a preview on 2017 from the European Music Council.


Those of you who read the EMC newsletter regularly will remember our reporting on the potential new EU funding programme for the music sector “Music Moves Europe” and on the case of the EUYO (European Union Youth Orchestra).

Both have been discussed at the last budget committee of the EU Parliament and while the EUYO was successful in securing funds, the pilot programme for the music industry was not (yet). The latter decision is very unfortunate as the intended programme will be an important completion of EU funding for the music sector – the chance to offer EU funding for the music sector in its entirety has been missed.


Since October 2016, the EMC is implementing an innovative leadership model called TopSharing with two Secretary Generals, Ruth Jakobi and Simone Dudt, directing the EMC together.


And for 2017, we would like to invite you to join the EMC events in Paris in March and in Pafos in June!


Enjoy reading the EMC Newsletter,

We wish you a wonderful and relaxing holiday season,

your EMC Team

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For our office in Bonn, Germany, we are looking for a Policy Advisor to advise the EMC on current policy issues concerning the European music sector, as well as to contribute to the smooth day-to-day running of the organisation. For a detailed job description please click here.



MEP Reception in Brussels

We very much enjoyed the reception hosted by Julie Ward in the European Parliament which featured a speech by Julie Ward as well as the following reply by Martine Reicherts and would like to thank both speakers as well as the musicians from SoulTMusiq.

You will find more pictures of the event on the EMC website, as well as on Facebook.



Workshop for National Music Councils and National/ Specialised Organisations, Paris, 3-4 March 2017

Continuing its very successful series of capacity building workshops, the EMC will offer a workshop specially targeting EMC members in the categories of "National Music Councils" and of "National and Specialised Organisations" in March 2017. The workshop will take place in Paris, hosted by Plate-forme Interregional and focus on the European Agenda for Music (EAM). The aim is to provide better understanding of the Agenda and the potential benefits for national music organisations. The content of the workshop will include:


  • Current state of development of the EAM and its impact on national level
  • Introduction
  • Presentation of results of EAM working groups
  • Panel discussion on contribution of French actors and relevance of EAM for the French Music Sector
  • Open discussion / break out groups on further steps and implementation of the EAM on National level

For further info, please contact the EMC office in Bonn.


7th European Forum on Music 8 - 11 June 2017

In 2017, the European Forum on Music will be organised in Pafos, Cyprus (European Capital of Culture). For the first time the European Music Council (EMC) and the International Association of Music Information Centres (IAMIC) combine their annual conferences and join forces with their partners in Cyprus for a unique event.

This collaboration will bring together more than 100 representatives of European music organisations representing different music genres and areas of music life, to exchange with each other, be inspired and plan future co-operations.

The European Forum on Music aims to highlight the relevance of music to topics within and beyond European boundaries, including global values and fundamental human rights. The programme will include keynote presentations by experts, panel discussions and opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, in order to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, new perspectives and the professional skills development of participants.

As in previous years, the European Forum on Music will be accompanied by an inspiring, rich and diverse musical programme.

Co-Organizers: European Music Council (EMC), International Association of Music Information Centres (IAMIC), Cyprus Symphony Orchestra Foundation, Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus.

STAMP - Shared Training Activities for Music Professionals

Why cooperation and networking between music organisations in East and West are beneficiary for all?

The project STAMP was officially launched in Bonn on 28 and 29 November 2016 with the first meeting of partners: The European Music Council, project coordinator, invited representatives of 9 music organisations to discuss the implementation of five main themes of STAMP. Despite a very divers partnership ranging from highly experienced European music organisations, representing the choral world (ECA-EC), life-event federations (Life-DMA!), youth music competitions (EMCY) and Chamber Music Teachers (ECMTA) to profiled academic institutes in Cyprus and Estonia (CCRSM, EMA) to very active local organisations in Eastern Europe (Latvian Music Council, Unison, Jeunesses Musicales Hungary) the benefits of collaborating became obvious for all partners: European organisations bring expertise in networking; the academic aspect allows everyone to step back from “daily business” and take a more theoretical perspective; local Eastern organisations bring knowledge of their respective situation and can help encourage colleagues in the region who did not yet have the chance to experience the direct benefits of international cooperation. Learn more



The STAMP partners:

Cyprus Centre for Research and Study of Music

European Choral Association – Europa Cantat

European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY)

Jeunesses Musicales Hungary

Live DMA

Estonian Academy for Music

European Chamber Music Teachers Association (ECMTA)

Unison – Croatian Music Alliance

Latvian Music Council

IMC News

African Music Development Programme

IMPACT Music Conference Grand Prize

Remember IMPACT Music Conference 2016? It took place in Abidjan few months ago (April) as part of the African Music Development Programme (AMDP) mission to provide a space to discuss, share and learn what opportunities and challenges currently exist in the digital and music overlap, and what are the new business models in one of the biggest emerging market in Africa: the music industry. Artists, record labels, journalists and creative minds came to discuss for two days the new reality of the sector, with a final session bringing together 8 young entrepreneurs from all over Africa to “pitch” their business idea. “YoyoTinz”, an internet platform from Ghana dedicated to Hip-Hop & Urban culture won the Grand Prize…


His founder & CEO Selorm Jay is now in Paris for a one month mentorship session at Creatis, the biggest creative incubator in France. A unique opportunity to work with fellow young entrepreneurs, learn from various experts, network and meet potential business partners. More Info



Dame Evelyn Glennie, Ramy Essam and Tabu Osusa nominated IMC Five Music Rights Champions

The Five Music Rights represent the core values of the International Music Council. They have been guiding, since their proclamation in 2001, the work of the IMC and of its network comprising some 1000 music organisations in 150 countries of the world. 15 years after the proclamation of the Five Music Rights, the IMC wishes to give new impetus to their promotion by appointing key figures, with the purpose of increasing the visibility of these core values and putting them ‘on the radar’ of musicians and music-lovers around the world as an expression of concerns they share with the IMC. Read more.



International Conference of NGOs

IMC will represent its members to the 2016 "International Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations" that will be held from 12 to 14 December 2016 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. The Conference will focus on the theme “The challenge of the digital revolution for NGOs” and will be organised around four subthemes: “The digital revolution and its impact on the diversity of cultural expressions”; “The challenge of access to digital information”; “Does e-learning address challenges of education systems worldwide?”; and, “Science and the digital revolution: which ethical implications?”. Read More



News from MARS

The project Music and Resilience Support (MARS) fully entered the phase of professional training of 15 students enrolled in the pilot course: up to now they have been attending 4 of 10 modules through the e-learning platform hosted by MARS website. The teaching team provided classes of Musical Resources and Techniques, Intervention Management, Elements of Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, and Psychopathology while a group of tutors is constantly monitoring the tuition activity supporting the students in their training. Three official multiplier events took place to promote MARS aims and results, and to disseminate them to a wider public (British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT) Conference, International Society for Music Education (ISME), International Seminar, Live Music Now meeting). Read More

EU News

Creative Hubs Network

The two-year project European Creative Hubs Network led by the British Council aims to further connect Europe’s already existing creative hubs and to support their collaboration. The Peer-to-Peer scheme started in September, that intends to increase mobility and thus the exchange of different creative hubs in Europe. The main goal is to create new synergies and to develop new business and work models. The next application deadline is 14 April 2017.



Music Moves Europe

From December 2015 to June 2016 the European Commission initiated various meetings of key players of the music sector, including the EMC, to develop a new funding scheme starting 2021. To identify the needs and challenges of the music sector a series of workshops were run in spring 2016. The conclusions were summarised in a report and presented to the wider public at MIDEM. Unfortunately the European Parliament did not support further preparatory action for this potential new funding scheme. The EMC strongly recommends to keep up the initiativeand to launch a pilot project also at a later stage



European Capitals of Culture for 2021 chosen

The three European Capitals of Culture for 2021 are confirmed. Beside Timisoara (Romania) and Elefsina (Greece), Novi Sad (Serbia) will hold the prestigious title as well. Read more



European Border Breaker Award (EBBA): Announcement of the Winners 2017

The award ceremony will take place on the opening of the Eurosonic Noorderslag 11 of January 2017 in Groningen, the Netherlands. The EBBA award goes annually to emerging Pop, Rock and Dance artists convincing with first international success. With this award the European Commission seeks to stimulate the cross-border circulation of popular music repertoire. Partners helping to identify Newcomers are the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the European Talent Exchange Program (ETEP).

The winners are:

Alan Walker, Norway - Dua Lipa, United Kingdom - Era Istrefi, Albania - Filous, Austria - HINDS, Spain - Jaakko Eino Kalevi, Finland - Jain, France - Namika, Germany - Natalie La Rose, Netherlands - Walking on Cars, Ireland


Additionally the awardees can win the public choice award. Vote here and win a trip to the award ceremony.


Culture: Urban Future

"Culture: Urban Future" is the first report of its kind, intended as a policy framework document to support governments in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda.


The report analyses the situation, trends, threats and existing opportunities in different regional contexts, and presents a global picture of urban heritage safeguarding, conservation and management, as well as the promotion of cultural and creative industries, as resources for sustainable urban development. The report is available in English here, and will be published in French and Spanish shortly.



New inscriptions to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

The Intergovernmental Committee for Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage met late November in Addis Ababa, bringing together representatives of 24 States Parties to the 2003 Convention. During the meeting, the Committee selected five programmes to be included on the Register of Best Safeguarding Practices, inscribed four elements on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding as well as 33 elements on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Cambodia will receive financial assistance for the urgent safeguarding of Chapei Dang Veng, a musical tradition which features a lute (a chapei) accompanied by the performer singing. There are only two surviving great masters of the chapei but they do not practice it actively because of their age. Read More



UNESCO Ambassador for Artistic Freedom and Creativity

Deeyah Khan, a Norway-born film maker and music producer was appointed UNESCO’s first Goodwill Ambassador for Artistic Freedom and Creativity on 21 November. Ms Khan has dedicated her life and work to promoting freedom of expression for artists and human rights through a variety of self-started initiatives and platforms. Deeyah Khan develops many of her projects through her music, arts and film production company Fuuse, the World Woman festival in Oslo, the award winning ‘sister-hood’ online magazine and series of live events to promote better representation of women and artists. Ms Khan will focus her advocacy work on issues of freedom of creation, mobility and economic and social rights of artists. She will also help to mobilize support for the International Fund for Cultural Diversity, established under UNESCO’s 2005 Convention on the Protection and the Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions to help sustain cultural and creative industries in developing countries. Read More.

Sector News

Beyond the obvious – Europe, quo vadis?

Culture Action Europe is holding its annual conference in Budapest, Hungary 26 - 28 January 2017 discussing multiple challenges of the European project, one being the seriously underrepresented Central and Eastern Europe in EU cultural networks. To get a deeper understanding of the cultural and historic viewpoints of the different European regions questions will be asked like: Are the East-West socio-cultural dynamics fundamentally different? What are the common threads? How meaningful is the North-South paradigm? And importantly, how do we move beyond the centre-periphery dichotomy? To explore further points that will be discussed and to register to the conference please click here.


Member News

European Musical Exchange Platform

To stimulate the dialogue between, the different European regions, the German Music Council created the project "European Musical Exchange Platform" in 2009.

Go here to publicise for free your own music profile and your events. The bilingual web portal informs about current musical activities and gives music lovers in Europe the opportunity to exchange and to network.

Profit from different options to present your work, inform yourself about current events and contact musicians from other European countries.

Just sign up here!



Six requirements by the German Music Council

The German Music Council has adressed the German Parliament, the Federal Government, the Federal Assembly and regional and municipal Councils stating six requirements necessary to improve the development of musical diversity. In the paper Fuck you 1Falt the politicians are called upon to meet the three principles of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, cultural heritage, current music and the music of other cultures.

“Missa Pro Terrae Humilibus” - For the outcast and forgotten

In 2013, Pope Frances underlined "the existance of the outcast living in “at the limit” conditions. Today the disinherited (poor, outcast, migrants and forgotten) of the earth are around one billion three hundred million. Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica commissioned and dedicated to Pope Frances the "Missa Pro Terrae Humilibus". Ten composers composed new music: Cecilia Fiorentino, Nelly Beatriz Gomez, Eva Lopszyc a Amanda Guerreňo and Irma Urteaga, Argentina. Bianca Maria Furgeri, Carla Rebora, Marina Romani, Teresa Procaccini, and Maria Luisa Balza from Italy.

The first performance took place in Saint Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City on the 9 May 2015. It is the first time in church history that a group of composers (in this case all women) has written a Mass inspired by the message of a living Pontiff.


Come and join us for the European Association for Music in School's conference - JOINT (AD)VENTURE MUSIC: Networking as a challenge for music educators - in Salzburg in April 2017. There are 3 ways you can be involved: (1) In the main conference, April 19-22; (2) As a member of the Student Forum, April 18-21/22, where student teachers come together to explore the conference theme and to share their experiences of music teacher training; (3) As a member of the Doctoral Student Forum, April 18-20, where students of any age, and at any stage in their studies, share and discuss their research.

Conference "Cross the Line" and ECA-EC General Assembly

The conference "Cross the line" and the General Assembly of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat took place in Utrecht (NL) in November.

The weekend started with the Membership Day asking members to discuss and brainstorm about 8 scenarios and it continued with the opening of the conference with the keynote speech "Cross the line and leave a trail" by Nicolas Mansfield. On Saturday the General Assembly started with a Turkish touch on the notes of "Utrecht Kasap Havasi", and devolved around different issues including the upcoming events: Europa Cantat junior and the EUROPA CANTAT XX Festival in Tallinn 2018. It was a fruitful occasion to collect members´ and participants´ feedbacks and outputs that will help us to structure the next conference and General Assembly that will take place in October 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia.

Photos >> here



"Sing Me In" Project

"Sing Me In" is a Strategic Partnership coordinated by the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat in cooperation with 10 other organisations from 9 other European countries with the support of the EU Erasmus Plus - Youth Programme.

The project aims at providing children and youth choir conductors and music teachers with pedagogical approaches and tools that allow collective singing activities to play a positive role in the integration process of young people.

More information here.


World Youth Choir - Recruitment starts for Session 2017

After the success of the EUROPA CANTAT XIX festival in 2015 the World Youth Choir session for 2017 will be held in Pécs, Hungary with a following tour in Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia and Hungary between 4 and 25 of July.

Auditions for the session will open by the end of November 2016 and shall last until 17 of February, 2017.

The selected singers for 2017 will have the chance to perform both classical and folk arrangements directed by conductors Zoltán Pad from Hungary and Ken Wakia from Kenya.

The organisers are looking for young (17-26 years old), talented, experienced singers from all over the world, interested in improving their skills of choral singing.

Please visit our website in order to find further details on your national recruiters and on how to prepare your audition.


The World Youth Choir needs You! Are you ready to join?


EMCY' s Conference INTER-NATIONAL net_works+ and 30th General Assembly in Vilnius, Lithuania

From 14 to 16 October the Conference INTER-NATIONAL net_works+ and EMCY´s 30sup>th General Assembly took place in Lithuania. The conference was opened by the foreword and wishes of the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and hosted by the Lithuanian Music Competitions. 25 youth music competitions and partners from 14 countries came together and discussed pressing questions as:

  • What does a young musician need for a successful communication of his/her passion for classical music?
  • How to ensure that classical music remains relevant and accessible also for young people?
  • Do we have a hierarchy in audiences? Are the music fans more worthy than the ones to reach out to?
  • The Conference was organised in the framework of the EU Erasmus+ programme and EMCY´s membership elected its new board for the period 2016-2020.



    Give Music a Future

    International cooperation for reaching underrepresented groups in Lithuania

    From 2 to 8 November 2016, the Balys Dvarionas Foundation, Public Institution Natų Knygynas together with EMCY and the Flying Gorillas, organised a six-day-seminar in Lithuania for two EMCY Prize Winners (Iris Maaß - Österreichische Jugendmusikwettbewerbe Prima la Musica and Stefan Iliev - Competition of the United Music and Dance Teachers of Macedonia) and a prize winner of Lithuanian Music Competitions (Justina Dvarionaite). The aim of the seminar was to teach the young musicians how to perform and communicate arts to children with disabilities and special needs as well as for young people at refugee camps.

    Reach out session in Instanbul

    From 2 to 5 December 2016, in Istanbul, together with EMCY, Flying Gorillas and the BT Music and Performing Arts School organised a workshop with young musicians and local workers. The EMCY Prize winners Martin Zayranov (International Competition Young Virtuosos) and Nikica Polegubić (Anna Amalia Competition for Young Guitarists, Weimar), together with Alim Kurtmemetov, Isil Cilli and Asli Ozgonul led the outreach sessions guided by the musical director of the Flying Gorillas, Nigel Warrack and Susana Garcia.


    The rehearsal session and concert tour of the European Union Youth Wind Orchestra (EUYWO) will take place from the 8 to 26 of July, 2017 in Luxembourg and The Netherlands under the direction of Jan Cober and in collaboration with the World Music Championship Kerkrade (WMC).

    70 young musicians from all over Europe are sought for the 2017 tour. Young highly-qualified musicians (music students, laureates of youth music competitions, professional musicians, etc.), that:

  • are 15 to 30 years old;
  • play a wind instrument, percussion or double bass/harp/piano;
  • live in an EU member state or other European country.
  • Find out more here.


    2017 will mark the 65th edition of the acclaimed European Music Festival for Young People in Belgium from 28 April until 2 May. Alternately organised for choirs and instrumental ensembles, each year, around 4000 youngsters are welcomed from all over the world. Famous composers and jury members praise this unique festival that inspires to solidarity in music and fraternisation.

    Through the European cooperation project “Youngsters United in Music” participants from the 8 EU candidate countries are contacted, encouraged and supported to participate.



    From 26 until 30 May 2017 for the first time in Russia, Kazan will host the 45th International Conference of ESTA. Registration for participants will be open from 1 November 2016 until 31 March 2017. The conference will provide training courses for teachers of stringed instruments (violin, viola, cello, double bass) - master classes, open lessons, presentations, concerts featuring ensembles of stringed instruments, and sightseeing tours for foreign and nonresident participants.


    You can download regulations of the 45th International ESTA Conference in Kazan and the application form here.



    New Post Graduate Certificate

    In partnership with Chichester University ESTA UK has launched a new Post Graduate Certificate in String Teaching course. More information here.

    The International Congress of Voice Teachers, hosted by the Swedish members of EVTA, will take place in Stockholm 2-6 August 2017. The theme is

    "The Future of Singing: tradition and science" and will feature keynote speakers, masterclasses, seminars and concerts as well as excursions and social events.

    EVTA is organising a programme for Young Professional Singers who will take part in demonstrations and a concert.


    The 11th World Symposium on Choral Music will be hosted in Barcelona from July 22 to July 29, 2017 bringing together composers, choirs, professionals, publishers and fans of choral music from all around the world into a space of cooperation, exchange and artistic excellence. Barcelona, a cosmopolitan city full of energy and vibrant life, is pleased to welcome the plurality of world choral life. You can find more information and register here.


    Cantabile Composition Competition 2017

    The 18th biannual composition competition will be organised in 2017 by non-profit organisation Cantabile. There is a call for piano works for children aged 8-13 (approximately 2-3 minutes), for young people aged 14-16 (approximately 3-4 minutes), and for young people aged 17-19 (approximately 4-5 minutes). The winning pieces will be performed during the next Cantabile piano competition and will be rewarded with 750 euro. More information about the modalities of submission: via +3289414252, via email, or on this website.



    ARTICULATE Research Days 2016

    The Antwerp School of Arts (Artesis Plantyn University College) has organised the first edition of an annual three-day research festival at the end of October 2016. Artistic researchers in music, dance, drama and visual arts have showcased their work in presentations, workshops, installations, expositions, guided tours, concerts, and performances. Location: arts campus deSingel. Free entrance.

    On 11 – 15 February 2017 the AVANT PREMIÈRE MUSIC + MEDIA MARKET BERLIN will be hosted by the IMZ at Hotel Scandic Potsdamer Platz, Berlin.

    Avant Première is the largest international coproduction trade fair for the cultural TV industry. Over 500 performing arts film productions are featured as an exclusive preview to 400 international experts such as major broadcasting stations, distribution and production companies for international transmission and coproduction.
    In an interactive exhibition Avant Première 2017 features a range of products, brands and open panels focussing on the creation of augmented realities and new audience approaches in the performing arts. Expand your professional network and create business opportunities! More information here.

    Live Music Now Scotland was delighted to receive funding from Paisley 2021 - a campaign for Paisley's bid for City of Culture 2021. We invited musicians from Paisley - flautist Yvonne Robertson, classical guitarist Ross Wilson, folk trio Granny Green and accordionist Grant McFarlane - to perform in Paisley care homes. Part of our ongoing ‘Composing with Care’ project, this time focusing on the Paisley Thread Mills, we visited older people’s venues to gather stories about the Mills which will be used to create new music by composer Savourna Stevenson.


    From 20 to 27 of May at O’culto da Ajuda the Festival Música Viva 2017 will celebrate its 23rd edition. The event was initiated to stimulate the creation of contemporary music, especially to encourage Portuguese composers, and to explore the relationship of music and technology.

    In order to encourage the creation and the diffusion of new electroacoustic works, Miso Music Portugal promotes the 18th International Electroacoustic Composition Competition in the course of the festival Música Viva. The deadline to submit works is 31 January 2017. The awarded piece will be announced during the Festival.



    Moviment Coral Català is preparing the VI edition of the INCLUSION AND CORAL SINGING CONFERENCE (ICSC) that will take place in Girona, Sapin, 26 March 2017 and has still an open call for presentations. More information here.

    Celebrate Early Music everywhere in Europe!

    Early Music spans more than a millenium of music from the Middle Ages to the end of the 18th century. Through concerts, events, and happenings taking place simultaneously across Europe and broadcast online, the 21 March 2017, also the anniversary of Johann Sebastian Bach, will be an important celebration and a focal point for the promotion of this historical musical heritage!

    You want to participate? All initiatives are welcome! 



    In 2017 Vlamo will submerge Ostend in the vibrant world of brass bands. The European Brass Band championship will descend in the Belgian queen of seaside towns as a result of the collaboration between Vlamo and EBBA (the European Brass Band Association).

    During the 40th European Brass Band Championship the top brass bands from over 20 European countries will compete. This exceptional gathering for enthusiasts of brass music is a unique opportunity to experience, celebrate and acknowledge the many facets of brass music. Come down to Ostend from 22 to 30 April and be dazzled by the intense and multidimensional sounds of a brass band.

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