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MEGY Work-shadowing

workshadowing emcy2Students from Turkey, Brazil, Germany, and Sweden were offered the opportunity to acquire insight in the daily work of the Secretariats of international music organisations such as the International Music Council, the European Music Council and the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY) in Paris, Bonn and Munich.

workshadowing imc  workshadowing emcy 

MEGY capacity-building workshop for young music professionals

paris jan2012The aim of the workshop was to develop a structure for youth participation within the IMC and to offer capacity building in terms of international networking and communication to young professionals in music. Participants learned about the mechanisms of international cultural networks, about youth participation and they will get the opportunity to meet experienced professionals as well as other young people from all over the world.

paris jan2012 1Also, the future strategy, structure and activities of the Youth Advisory Group was discussed. Please find the programme of this event here.


MEGY at the World Forum on Music


World Forum on Music: youth led conference sessions
During the IMC World Forum on Music in September 2011 in Tallinn at least 50 participants under the age of 30 were present among over 300 cultural operators from all continents. The overall theme was “Music and Social Change”. the IMC Youth Advisory Group (YAG) was actively involved in shaping the Forum programme and organised the following interactive sessions:

Hip Hop as a Tool for social change  
Make some noise for the Manifesto and Youth in Europe!
Music on troubled grounds
Wade in the water: Singing for social change 

World Forum on Music: Youth delegate meetings

During the World Forum on Music there were two meetings organised specifically for youth delegates to get to know each other and work together on the future of the Youth Advisory Group of the IMC (YAG).
concertThe first was an informal get together on Sunday 25th September in Von Krahl Baar featuring a performance by the Estonian Vocal Group Chillin, the best vocal ensemble at the International Choir Festival Tallinn 2011.



Then on Monday 26th September there was a more formal meeting attended by around 25 youth delegates in the Estonian Academy for Music and Theatre. Participants shared their experiences of youth participation (or lack of it!) in their work and studies and shared ideas on the future aims and activities of the Youth Advisory Group (YAG).


At another impromptu meeting held later in the week an interim committee was elected with a chairperson, vice-chairperson and secretary to bring the YAG forward and prepare for the next meeting of the YAG in January 2012.

MEGY Culture and youth policy workshop

Cultural and Youth Policy Workshops UNESCO

From 4-7 December 2011, seven young people from Estonia, Germany, Sweden, Turkey and the UK participated in a workshop on cultural and youth policies, which was organised by the IMC, the European Music Council (EMC) and IMC’s Youth Advisory Group (YAG).

Participants of the workshop were offered the opportunity to attend two different sets of meetings at UNESCO as observers:
• a formal meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, including an exchange session between State Parties to the 2005 Convention and civil society
• International NGO Day at UNESCO

Introductions to UNESCO documents e.g. the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions as well as interviews and personal meetings with other NGO representatives and UNESCO staff members made the formal meetings a lively experience for the participants.

Programme of the workshop

intro merkel exhibit gimpel reception

MEGY at European Forum on Music

efm poster The MEGY project culminated at the 2nd European Forum on Music "Transcending Boundaries – Building Bridges" in Istanbul, Turkey, April 22-24 2012. More information about this event can be found here.

The Forum included a youth-led session entitled Bridging generations in employment: how to get young feet on the music working ladder?



Taking into account various aspects of the music sector, this session aimed at discovering successful approaches for young people taking their first steps in the professional world. This session is was targetted at:
• young music professionals facing their first  career steps
• music organisations dealing with young people
• music organisations wanting to rejuvenate their staff


MEGY in China: International Yehudi Menuhin Competition

Youth chamber orchestra at the Menuhin Competition in Beijing: promotion of dialogue between young Chinese and European musicians

menuhin2The 2012 edition of the International Yehudi Menuhin Competition competition was held in the Central Conservatory of China in Beijing (for information in Chinese please see the following link: from 6 to 15 April. As part of the MEGY project, a youth chamber orchestra was created bringing together pupils from the Menuhin School in the United Kingdom and pupils of the Middle School of the Central Conservatory in Beijing. The musicians (around twenty in total, aged roughly 12-18) spent five days rehearsing together. They performed at the Forbidden City Concert Hall and accompanied the junior finalists in their renditions of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.



menuhin masterclass
At the end of the first day, a special exchange session helped break the ice between the musicians and get them to reflect upon the cultural exchange that was taking place. This session was followed by many informal gatherings throughout the event.

Through rehearsing, performing and talking together, these young people used the common medium of music to foster intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding, and to ensure the future development of these ties.

menuhin logo banner Please find more information about the Menuhin Competition here

MEGY Project Partners

European Music Council (EMC)
European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY)
Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI) 
Estonian National Folklore Council / CIOFF® Estonia (ENFC) 
Estonian Choral Association / Eesti Kooriühing (ECA) 
Music Council of Australia (MCA) / Australian Youth Music Council (AYMC) 
Argentine Music Council (CAMU) 
China Conservatory of Music (CCM) 
Spiritus Mundi (SM) 
International Yehudi Menuhin Competition 
Borusan Kocabiyik Vakfi Kultur Sanat Iktisadi Isletmesi (Borusan Foundation)   

  emc-logo-2010European Music Council (EMC)
The European Music Council (EMC) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the development and promotion of all kinds of music in Europe. It is a network for representatives of both national music councils and European organisations involved in the fields of music education, creation, performance and heritage.
With its Working Group Youth (WGY), the EMC strongly supports youth participation in its decision making processes. The WGY is a network of young people aged 18-30 who are actively involved in all kinds of music throughout Europe. In 2010, the WGY launched the Youth in Action funded Access! European Agenda for Youth and Music project. This included a European Youth Forum on Music in Turin October 2010 and resulted in a policy document, the Manifesto for Youth and Music in Europe which is currently being widely disseminated.
The work of the EMC and IMC is very closely connected and therefore the WGY has been particularly involved in the YAG from the start. The WGY has very similar aims to the YAG but on a European level and the experience it has gained is invaluable in the development of the YAG. Moreover, this project follows on directly from the Access Project, disseminating and applying the Manifesto for Youth and Music in Europe on an international level.

  emcy 200 105European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY)
EMCY is a network of over 50 national and international music competitions for young people in 23 European countries. A particular priority of EMCY’s work is the promotion of the prize winners of its members after their competition success.
A current priority of EMCY is the expansion of its network beyond the European Union. As an increasingly large number of prize winners of international competitions now come from China in particular, EMCY is looking for ways to support these young musicians and further dialogue and understanding between them and young Europeans. It is supporting the Menuhin Competition in its current work in China and is building contacts with Chinese musical institutions and international organisations working in this region.

  jmi with sloganJeunesses Musicales International (JMI)
Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI) is the largest youth music NGO in the world, created in Brussels, Belgium in 1945 with the mission to "enable young people to develop through music across all boundaries". With a vast array of activities, JMI has established four priority activity fields: Young Musicians, Young Audiences, Youth Empowerment and Youth Orchestras & Ensembles.
JMI places empowerment, with its emphasis on social inclusion and cohesion, at its core. For over 60 years, JMI has been 'Making a Difference through Music', using the power of music to bridge across social, geographical, racial and economic divides and creating a platform for intercultural dialogue.

 cioff Estonian National Folklore Council / CIOFF® Estonia (ENFC)
ENFC was set up on an interdisciplinary basis and is a network of all institutions which are practically, organisationally and scientifically engaged in folk culture, folk art and the cultural heritage, and functions to safeguard, transmit and diffuse traditional culture. One of the main objectives of ENFC is to transmit cultural heritage to children and youth. ENFC is a member of CIOFF® (International Council of Organizations for Folklore Festivals and Folk Art), Estonian Non-formal Adult Education Association and NPO Fenno-Ugria and itself has 129 members. Youth are involved in the everyday work of ENCF (office worker, member of the board, youth commission – CIOFF® Youth Estonia) and its members (mostly folklore groups) involve youth as well.
CIOFF® Youth Estonia has also own regular activities:
• project Folklore days for elementary school children – taking place in every spring since 2009, teaching children about the traditional culture of Estonia to move a step closer to a time where children are active folklore users in their everyday lives and carry the knowledge on with them through the generations;
• lessons and study days of traditional culture in kindergartens, schools and organisations in Estonia (including minorities and children and youth with disabilities);
• seminar Traditional celebrations for youth – taking place in autumn since 2010, teaching leisure –time managers how to celebrate traditional events / holidays in schools;
• co-work with folklore festivals in Estonia – helping to organize children activities;
• participating in courses of the Training Centre of Estonian National Folklore Council.

  Estonian Choir AssociationEstonian Choral Association / Eesti Kooriühing (ECA)
Estonian Choral Association (ECA) was founded on 28 March 1982 as the umbrella organisation for all choirs and wind orchestras in Estonia. ECA is the successor in title of the Estonian Singers’ Union that was founded in 1921 and re-established in 1993. The goals of the ECA are to foster the choral and wind music tradition, to find and distribute repertoire, to establish contacts, to organise international choral festivals, concerts, educational programmes, seminars and other events for choirs, singers and conductors.
ECA pays great attention to involve young people into its activities, for instance through a special price to attend to any events, a youth committee, and special events for children and youth. Estonian Choral Association is a member of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat, and of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM).

  MCA-logo1Music Council of Australia (MCA) / Australian Youth Music Council (AYMC)
The Australian Youth Music Council (AYMC), formed in 2009, is committed to the development of young Australians in music across a diverse range of genres and fields. Working in tandem with the Music Council of Australia, AYMC members will form a common platform for any musical venture in which young people are active. The Council aims to enrich music education nationwide, and to support artists as well as organisers from every field in their pursuit of a career and in their enjoyment of music in all its forms.
The Council comprises 10 Councillors all aged under 30, and committed to the activities of youth in Australia, and supporting our international partners.
  CAMUArgentine Music Council (CAMU)
CAMU was founded in May 1968; it is member of the International Music Council (IMC) and of its regional group, the Music Council of the Three Americas (COMTA). CAMU is composed of various Argentinean entities which deploy their activities in different disciplines of the music life at national level: music education, music therapy, composers associations, contemporary music, concert and event management, youth and music, musicological research institutes, national universities, documentation centres, folk and traditional arts festivals, oral music traditions, electroacoustic music, publishing houses, musicians societies, conservatoires and higher music education institutes, popular music, diverse associations of musicians and singers, concert venues, cultural centres etc.
Among its principal objectives are to be found: Preserve and protect the cultural musical heritage of the country; disseminate and promote creators and performers as well as the entire musical activity in Argentina in all its forms and expressions; promote the development of research in the field of music education and musicology at all levels; disseminate and promote the work of young musicians of Argentina; invite collaborations and cooperation among diverse music institutions and organisations of the country; promote and disseminate the musical activity of the country outside its boundaries; promote the exchange between musicians of member countries of the IMC; and, basically, work towards a greater quality of life, as one of the essential functions of any musical activity. In concrete terms, CAMU implements projects in the field of social inclusion, monitors and disseminates music education programmes, develops distribution networks and promotes music creation through national competitions, whilst including in all its activities the youth sector of the society.

  China Conservatory   China Conservatory of Music (CCM)
The China Conservatory is the only higher education music institution in China that specializes in Chinese traditional music education and research, and which cultivates advanced specialized talents through engaging in traditional music theory, composition, performance, education as well as the promoting of the heritage and development of traditional music culture.
At present, the Conservatory has over 28 teachers under 30 years old and 1507 students, including 1192 undergraduates and 315 graduate students. Over 5000 students who have graduated from the China Conservatory since its establishment are outstanding singers, scholars and performers. They are making great contributions to the heritage, development and promotion of Chinese traditional music. The academy successfully hosted the 29th World Conference of the International Society for Music Education in 2010 and the excellent performances and abilities of the students from China Conservatory were widely appreciated in the conference.
Through participating in this project, the China Conservatory sincerely hopes to encourage youth participation in international exchange and cooperation, to broaden their international views, to improve their influence and competitiveness, and to strengthen cultural exchange and friendship between China and Europe.

  Spiritus Mundi  Spiritus Mundi (SM)
Spiritus Mundi works with culture to create new and unique meeting grounds between people with different social, cultural and geographical background. Spiritus Mundi uses music, imagery, text and other creative expressions to create dialogue, participation and understanding. Since the foundation of the organisation in August 2003 Spiritus Mundi has produced several projects and initiatives on the local, regional and international level. It’s objectives are to:
• create meeting grounds for intercultural dialogue for children/young people and adults
• increase the awareness and knowledge of different identities and cultures
• seek out new models for how to work practically with intercultural dialogue, models that can be duplicated and used in other cities/countries
• create long-term culture bridging processes in cooperation with teachers and students – locally, nationally and internationally
• tie culture, education and trade & industry closer together
• act as an advisor in issues regarding culture diplomacy

  menuhin logo banner croppedInternational Yehudi Menuhin Competition
The Menuhin Competition, founded in 1983 by Yehudi Menuhin, is one of the world’s leading violin competitions for young musicians under the age of 22. The competition attracts outstanding talent from all over the world and many prize winners have gone on to become internationally renowned performers. The competition is held in Spring every two years in different locations internationally. The next competition will take place in Beijing from 6-15 April 2012 and is held in collaboration with the Central Conservatory of Music.
The competition is particularly interested to cooperate in this project given its focus on China and the possibility to foster further cooperation possibilities to promote and support its prize winners. This partner is responsible for the realisation of the competition and accompanying festival and for this and the other project activities will work particularly closely with EMCY, IMC and CCM (as well as the host for the 2012 competition the Central Conservatory of Music).
The General Manager of the Menuhin Competition who is the main actor in the project from this organisation has considerable experience in the management of musical events for young people and in particular in the area of outreach and education programmes.

 Borusan Borusan Kocabiyik Vakfi Kultur Sanat Iktisadi Isletmesi (Borusan Foundation)
Borusan established a dynamic contemporary Arts and Culture Centre in Istanbul which has a special emphasis on music and provides the local community with a gallery, a music library, a concert hall, a philharmonic orchestra, and other ensembles including a children’s choir. The foundation strives to involve as many young people in its activities as possible and actively seeks international links to promote cultural exchange.
As one of the main organisers of the European Forum on Music in April 2012 the Borusan Foundation will ensure that this event is successfully prepared and implemented and that local young people are involved in this process. The foundation will also support the participation of young Turkish people in the other project activities, in particular the World Forum on Music in Tallinn and the Paris meetings in December and January.
The main actor in the project is specifically involved in the music programmes of the foundation, including those with and for young people.

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