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MusicAIRE – An Innovative Recovery for Europe

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Managed by the European Music Council and Inova+, MusicAIRE offers small grants for music organisations for projects focusing on the green, digital or just and resilient recovery of the music sector. The music sector is one of the sectors hit the hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic and will be one of the last sectors to come out of it. The crisis has highlighted and accelerated many challenges which the sector had already been facing. At the same time, it has also highlighted the importance of music for individuals and society as a whole, it has demonstrated its power to unite and to connect people through music.

Make sure to carefully read the call for proposals and FAQs before applying!

Deadline: 28 March 2022, 13:00 CET

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SHIFT: #MeToo in the Arts - From call-outs to structural change


Research-informed recommendations for network organisations on combating sexual harassment and power abuse in the European cultural sector

In light of developments since 2017, when the #MeToo movement rose to global prominence, the SHIFT – Shared Initiatives for Training partners (nine European cultural networks and platforms) made a common decision to focus on sexual harassment and power abuse in the European art world. Produced by IETM – International network for contemporary performing arts, On the Move – OTM, and FACE – Fresh Arts Coalition Europe, this publication is the culmination of the SHIFT project’s work on Gender and Power Relations.

Through research and main observations, this SHIFT publication starts by nuancing some preconceptions about the status quo of Gender and Power Relations in the arts while taking into consideration the diversity of contexts in Europe. Using a transnational, cross-border approach, the publication also puts forward recommendations and solution-oriented strategies for the arts sector in general – and European cultural networks in particular – for combating sexual harassment and power abuse, and creating equitable and safe professional environments for art workers. It further includes concise “stories of change”; case studies derived from interviews which instigated a structural process of change in a given context.

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SHIFT: Discover our Fact Sheets on Green Certification and Carbon Calculators


These fact sheets have been created by ELIA, a globally connected network for higher arts education, as output for the environmental sustainability strand of the SHIFT – Shared Initiatives for Training project, which focuses on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13: Climate Action.

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International Music Council elects new leadership

Paris, 8 December 2021

From 25 November to December 8 2021, members of the International Music Council gathered online for the organisation’s 39th General Assembly, elected a new leadership and adopted an ambitious work plan for the next two years.

Alfons Karabuda (Sweden), composer and President of ECSA (European Composer & Songwriter Alliance) and SKAP (Swedish Association of Composers, Songwriters and Lyricists), was re-elected President.


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



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