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ECA Newsletter 02/2013


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ECSA Creators Conference


ECSA logoThe 2013 edition of ECSA's Creators Conference opened with a panel discussing freedom of speech and authors' rights. Entitled "Your Voice – Your Rights", the panelists Yekaterina Samutsevich (Pussy Riot), Alfons Karabuda (ECSA) and Ole Reitov (Freemuse) discussed key concerns of music writers, including freedom of expression and censorship in music.

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Echos de la vie musicale en Tunisie

Depuis la "Révolution Tunisienne" dont la première étincelle a éclaté le 17 décembre 2010 (pendant la première édition des Journées Musicales de Carthage) le paysage musical a changé d'aspect et d'acteurs. Plusieurs organisations professionnelles ont vu le jour, les syndicats des musiciens, des chanteurs, des compositeurs... sont à pied d'œuvre dans les grandes villes du pays. Tous se battent pour une meilleure organisation de la vie musicale, une meilleure protection des droits moraux et matériels des professionnels.


Choral Crossroads 2013

The Cultural Movement of Limassol "Epilogi" – Jeunesses Musicales Cyprus and the Association of Hungarian Choirs and Orchestras "KÓTA" announce the call for participant choirs for the 2nd Euro-Mediterranean Youth Choral Fair "Choral Crossroads 2013 – Singing the bridges".



30th anniversary celebration of the American Eagle Awards

(Montclair, NJ – January 7, 2013) Music legends Judy Collins, Paul Shaffer, and Theodore Bikel were honored with American Eagle Awards by the National Music Council at a symposium and luncheon event held at New York’s Hard Rock Café on Tuesday, November 27. The coveted American Eagle Award is presented annually to celebrate an individual’s long-term contribution to the nation’s musical culture and heritage. This year’s affair was the 30th anniversary celebration of the American Eagle awards.


Brussels Conversations 2012 on A Cultural Coalition for a Citizens’ Europe

efa logo smallThe European House for Culture together with the Marcel Hicter Association, the Access to Culture Platform, "A Soul for Europe" and the Festival of Philosophy bring the initiative A Cultural Coalition for a Citizens' Europe to Brussels; in collaboration with the European Festivals Association (EFA), ENCATC, EUNIC and Felix Meritis. The Académie Royale de Langue et de Littérature Françaises de Belgique will host the Brussels Conversations 2012 on the 16-17 November where participants will discuss the future of the European project and the citizens' role in making it a reality. Developing citizenship in Europe is one of the essential needs that should be addressed during the European Year of Citizens 2013, and the Cultural Coalition for a Citizens' Europe believes that culture is the key to increasing this spirit of citizenship.


Atelier for Young Festival Managers LJUBLJANA 2012 great success

efa logo smallThe fifth Atelier for Young Festival Managers (Ljubljana, Slovenia, 14-21 October 2012), initiated by the European Festivals Association (EFA) and hosted by the Ljubljana Festival, brought together 32 participants from 21 countries and seven renowned festival managers from all over the world. The Atelier LJUBLJANA 2012 was kicked off with an inspiring keynote speech by Australian festival director Robyn Archer and a greeting by Zoran Janković, Mayor of the City of Ljubljana; it was concluded with an exclusive lecture by festival icon Gerard Mortier and a welcome address by Dr. Danilo Türk, President of the Republic of Slovenia. Throughout the 7-day training programme, a diversity of working formats allowed for thought-provoking exchanges and establishing sustainable ties for the future.


‘Polifonia’ project has got off to a flying start!

 aecFollowing an initial Joint Working Group meeting at the Koninklijk Conservatorium last February, the five Polifonia working groups are now fully operational, engaged in site visits, meetings, and relevant studies. To learn more about the progress and activities of each group, click here.


Janne Schaffer supports the FIM campaign about “musical instruments on planes”!

Janne Schaffer is a Swedish guitar player. He played in 55 ABBA tracks, published 12 solo albums and took part in more than 5,000 sound recording sessions.

"As is the case with most professional guitar players, I constantly travel abroad.

There is actually no other way for a musician to develop an international reputation: you must be ready to move as soon as your phone rings, especially at the beginning of your career.

But there's a problem... You think you're well prepared because you've been practicing 12 hours a day 7 days a week and your public will love your playing. But you're not quite ready yet: you need to be authorised to fly with your instrument in the cabin and that is often a big challenge...

A musical instrument is not a piece of luggage. Not at all. I and my colleagues regard it as part of the musician's body that you can't allow to be transported in the cargo hold of a plane. It is absolutely vital to professional musicians that appropriate rules apply to all airline companies which ensure that they receive a fair treatment when travelling on planes with their instruments.

I strongly support the <a href="/" target="_blank">FIM campaign</a> and encourage all musicians to do the same. I also urge European Commissioner Siim Kallas to listen to our request. It is time for airlines to be fair to music performers!"

Janne Schaffer

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