EMC Newsletter

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
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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https://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisschoenbohm/11585481524/ ) licensed
under CC BY-NC 2.0


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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
(Link: http://www.emc-imc.org/index.php?id=2209 ).

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 (Link:
https://www.facebook.com/Soultmusiq/ ).
You will find more pictures of the event on the EMC website
), as well as on Facebook (Link:

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 (Link:
http://www.pfi-culture.org/fr/ ) and focus on the European Agenda for
Music (EAM) (Link:
http://www.emc-imc.org/cultural-policy/european-agenda-for-music/ ). 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
levelIntroductionPresentation of results of EAM working groupsPanel
discussion on contribution of French actors and relevance of EAM for the
French Music SectorOpen discussion / break out groups on further steps and
implementation of the EAM on National level
For further info, please contact the EMC office (Link:
http://www.emc-imc.org/contact/ ) 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) (Link:
http://www.pafos2017.eu/?lang=en ). 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
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) (Link: http://www.iamic.net/
), Cyprus Symphony Orchestra Foundation (Link:
http://www.cyso.org.cy/ ), Ministry of Education and Culture of the
Republic of Cyprus (Link: http://www.moec.gov.cy/en/ ).


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 (Link:
http://www.emc-imc.org/projects/stamp/details-on-the-themes/ )

The STAMP partners:
Cyprus Centre for Research and Study of Music (Link:
http://www.ccrsm.org.cy/ )
European Choral Association – Europa Cantat (Link:
http://www.europeanchoralassociation.org )
European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (Link:
http://www.emcy.org ) (EMCY)
Jeunesses Musicales Hungary (Link: http://www.jmh.hu )
Live DMA (Link: http://www.live-dma.eu )
Estonian Academy for Music (Link:
http://wwww.ema.edu.ee/?lang=eng )
European Chamber Music Teachers Association (Link:
http://www.ecmta.eu ) (ECMTA)
Unison – Croatian Music Alliance (Link: http://www.unison.hr/
Latvian Music Council (Link:



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”
(Link: https://yoyotinz.com/ ), 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 (Link: http://www.residencecreatis.fr/ ),
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 (Link:
http://www.amdpmusic.net/?p=743 )

Dame Evelyn Glennie, Ramy Essam and Tabu Osusa nominated IMC Five Music
Rights Champions
The Five Music Rights (Link:
http://www.imc-cim.org/programme/music-rights-awards.html ) 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
http://www.imc-cim.org/programme/five-music-rights-champions.html ).

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 (Link:
http://www.ngo-unesco.net/en/?page_id=403 )

News from MARS
The project Music and Resilience Support (Link:
http://www.musicandresilience.net/moodle29/ ) (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 (Link:
http://www.imc-cim.org/news-imc/imc-news/3840-mars-updates.html )



Creative Hubs Network
The two-year project European Creative Hubs Network (Link:
http://creativehubs.eu/about-european-creative-hubs-network/ ) led by the
British Council (Link: https://www.britishcouncil.org/ ) 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
(Link: http://creativehubs.eu/activity/peer-to-peer-scheme/ )
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  (Link:
) and presented to the wider public at  MIDEM (Link:
). 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 (Link:
) (Greece), Novi Sad (Link:
) (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 (Link: https://www.eurosonic-noorderslag.nl/en/ )
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
(Link: https://www.ebu.ch/home ) (EBU) and the European Talent
Exchange Program (Link: https://www.etep.nl/ ) (ETEP).
The winners are:
Alan Walker (Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60ItHLz5WEA&list=RD1-xGerv5FOk&index=6 ),
Norway –  Dua Lipa (Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KT6Q86hygrw&index=9&list=RDA52cPqP3AbM ),
United Kingdom –  Era Istrefi (Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cedoBlUvBlI ), Albania –  Filous
(Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sb9fHU4d3Ds ), Austria
–  HINDS (Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x458o2pGx4o ),
Spain –  Jaakko Eino Kalevi (Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoTDrwdPZjk ), Finland –  Jain
(Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDXOzr0GoA4 ), France –
Namika (Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRnaogqpPOM ),
Germany –  Natalie La Rose (Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCKxfxvJ9YE ), Netherlands –  Walking on
Cars (Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQe326uf4Yw ),

Additionally the awardees can win the public choice award. Vote  here
(Link: https://www.europeanborderbreakersawards.eu/en/vote/ )
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
http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002459/245999e.pdf ), 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
(Link: http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/en/convention ).
During the meeting, the Committee selected five programmes to be included
on the Register of Best Safeguarding Practices, inscribed four elements
(Link: http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/en/lists ) on the
List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding as
well as 33 elements (Link:
http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/en/lists ) on the Representative List of
the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Cambodia will receive
financial assistance for the urgent safeguarding of Chapei Dang Veng
http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/en/USL/chapei-dang-veng-01165 ), 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 (Link:

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 (Link:



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
http://cultureactioneurope.org/milestone/beyond-the-obvious-2017/ ).



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 (Link:
http://www.emc-imc.org/www.music-connects.eu/en/home.html ) 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 (Link:

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 (Link:
) 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
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 (Link:
https://eas-music.org/2017-salzburg-at ), April 19-22; (2) As a member of
the Student Forum (Link: https://eas-music.org/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 (Link:
https://eas-music.org/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” (Link:
) and the General Assembly of the European Choral Association – Europa
Cantat (Link: http://www.europeanchoralassociation.org/home/ )
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” (Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pasDlEnPq70&feature=youtu.be ), and
devolved around different issues including the upcoming events: Europa
Cantat junior (Link: http://europacantatjunior.fr/en/ ) and
the EUROPA CANTAT XX Festival (Link: http://ectallinn2018.ee/
) 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 (Link:

“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 (Link:
https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/node_en ).
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 (Link:


World Youth Choir – Recruitment starts for Session 2017
After the success of the EUROPA CANTAT XIX festival in 2015
(Link: http://ecpecs2015.hu/en/ ) 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 (Link:
http://www.emc-imc.org/www.worldyouthchoir.org ) 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 (Link:
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 (Link:
http://www.emcy.org/news/1059-gmaf-reach-out-session-in-istanbul-.html )
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


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 (Link:
http://www.ugda.lu/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=152 ).


2017 will mark the 65th edition of the acclaimed European Music Festival
for Young People (Link: http://www.emj.be/index.php?lang=en )
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 (Link:
http://estastrings.org/ ). 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 (Link:
http://esta-tatarstan.ru/docs/ ).

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
(Link: http://www.emc-imc.org/www.estastringspgc.org.uk ).


The International Congress of Voice Teachers (Link:
https://icvt2017.com/ ), 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 (Link:
http://www.wscm11.cat/home ).


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 (Link: cantabile.pianowedstrijd@pandora.be ), or on this
website (Link: http://www.cantabilepianowedstrijd.be/ ).

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.


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. (Link: http://www.avantpremiere.at/ )


Live Music Now Scotland was delighted to receive funding from Paisley 2021
(Link: http://www.paisley2021.co.uk/ ) – 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 (Link:
http://paisleythreadmill.co.uk/ ), 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
In order to encourage the creation and the diffusion of new electroacoustic
works, Miso Music Portugal promotes the  18th International
Electroacoustic Composition Competition  (Link:
)  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


Moviment Coral Català (Link: http://mcc.cat/ca/ ) is preparing
will take place in Girona, Sapin, 26 March 2017 and has still an open call
for presentations. More information here (Link:
http://www.emc-imc.org/fileadmin/user_upload/ICSC.pdf ).


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? (Link: http://www.earlymusicday.eu/ )
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
(Link: http://www.vlamo.be/ ) and EBBA  (Link:
http://www.ebba.eu.com/ )(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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