SHIFT Final Event


The SHIFT Final Event was organised by the European Music Council (EMC), project coordinator.
The SHIFT project is close to our hearts and the partner consortium has worked very hard and we were very pleased to share the publications and results of this two-years cooperation project co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

Due to the critical sanitary situation related to COVID-19 in Brussels, the EMC Board took take the difficult decision of transforming the in-person event into an online event.

The SHIFT event took place ONLINE from 14:00-16:30 on 1 December 2021.
Technicals details will be sent to the participants.

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67th International Rostrum of Composers: Selection Announced

Belgrade (Serbia), October 15, 2021 – Lonesome Skyscraper (2019) for orchestra and electronics by Serbian composer Ivana Ognjanović (born 1971) and Are One (2021) for voice, chamber orchestra and electronics by young Latvian composer Krists Auznieks (born 1992), are the works selected by radio music producers participating in the 67th International Rostrum of Composers (IRC) held in Belgrade (Serbia), from October 12 to 15, 2021.

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MusicAIRE - New EU Support for the music ecosystem in Europe started

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Inova+ and the European Music Council (EMC) are proud to announce the launch of the new European project MusicAIRE. The consortium will develop grants to support the music ecosystem to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis in a green, digital and just and resilient way.

“We are particularly looking forward to entering into a close dialogue with the music sector for this project - because we want to know from people active in music which kind of support fits best with their needs. Therefore, we have developed a questionnaire that will be widely distributed. We are encouraging anyone who wants to get involved to complete the questionnaire so that we can find out more about their requirements.” Says Simone Dudt, Secretary General of the EMC.

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What does it mean to be a cultural leader in climate action? Get ready to SHIFT.


 What does it mean to be a cultural leader in climate action?

Through a series of thematic newsletters, SHIFT - Sharing Initiatives for Training (an Erasmus+ funded strategic partnership project, involving EMC and IMC, among the partners)wants to inspire the readers to a sustainable future in the arts and in the cultural sector. The July issue focuses  on the role of the cultural leadership in the context of climate action. Discover more here



Open letter: Claiming a front row seat - the place of music in society

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76 International, European and national music organisations are calling for better recognition of music in all policy areas.

After more than 15 months of lockdowns, and hardly any concerts, festivals, collective singing, band or orchestra practice, clubbing and music education in or out of schools, the music sector in Europe and the world is at risk of turning into a stigmatised sector where only very few forms will survive.

 Read the whole letter here.


EMC members bid farewell to long-standing EMC President Ian Smith

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EMC members bid farewell to long-standing EMC President Ian Smith

In the frame of the EMC Annual Meeting of members on 6 June 2021 the EMC members warmly thanked Ian Smith for his commitment for the European Music Council during the past 9 years on the Board of the EMC, of which he served 7 years as EMC President.

On behalf of the EMC members, former EMC President, Stef Coninx, paid tribute to Ian’s time at the EMC with an informative, emotional and very personal speech. For those who were not able to join, we have selected some highlights of Stef’s praise.

Read the full statement here

EMC: Recap of the European Forum on Music 2021

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"Music is at the centre of the well being of our spirit, of our body and mind. It's not only entertainment, it's more than that!"

Angélique Kidjo opened with such powerful words the 10th European Forum on Music, on June 2, 2021. The theme for this year's EFM was "Claiming a front row seat. The place of music in society", which was also reflected in Angélique Kidjo's words.

Her speech devoted particular attention to the effects of the pandemic on the cultural sector, from both an economic and social point of view, by focusing also on the health issues of adolescents and income of musicians. You can watch the full keynote here.

Angélique Kidjo's intense message echoed during the whole European Forum on Music, which took place for three days, bringing together issues such as the place of music in the society, the Sustainable Development Goals and the working conditions of artists.

Discover more on the European Forum on Music with this recap article written by the European Music Council!


SHIFT: Cultural Leadership Annotated Bibliography


The main goal of the collection of resources is to explore the concept of Cultural Leadership by adopting a community-oriented understanding. Going beyond the idea of the leader as the sole enactor of change, the project understands change as a transformational process that can be kickstarted by innovation entrepreneurs in touch with the organisational community.
The collection of resources focuses on different dimensions of this understanding of cultural leadership. Leaders have to root their efforts of change not only in normative ideas and ideal states, but also on the analysis of the current state of their organisation. The collection presents ideas of what cultural leaders are and could be, but also it introduces a series of methodological and analytical tools useful to understand their organisations.

This annotated bibliography is by no means exhaustive and is rather meant as a guide.

This publication has been created by Trans Europe Halles and the SHIFT partner networks as output for the cultural leadership strand of the SHIFT project (Shared Initiatives for Training).

No Culture No Future | #Culture2030goal Campaign launches its strategy document

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If you believe that there is no future without culture and that the cultural ecosystems should be integrated in both short-term recovery and long-term development strategies, support the #Culture2030goal campaign. With the launch today of its strategy document the group (where International Music Council is a member) takes this opportunity to extend invitation to interested stakeholders to join the campaign and support its actions.


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