European Music Council

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European Music Council
Formation 1972
Type European Umbrella Organisation
Headquarters Bonn, Germany, Germany
79 active members
Secretary General Policy and Communication/Secretary General Development and Finances
Simone Dudt, Ruth Jakobi

The European Music Council (EMC) is a regional group of the International Music Council (IMC) representing Europe. It was established in 1972 as the 'European regional group of the IMC' and was renamed the European Music Council in 1992. The IMC was founded by UNESCO in 1949, and is, today, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), which still retains formal relations with UNESCO.[1] Until 2000 the secretariat was based in Aarau, Switzerland, and is now in Bonn, Germany.

The EMC functions as a non-governmental advisory body on musical matters. The membership includes National Music Councils from 20 European countries (including countries outside the Europe such as Ukraine, Israel and Azerbaijan); 36 international and European organisations that specialise in specific areas of music; and seven national music organisations.


As of 2010, The European Music Council had 79 members based in 28 countries.

National Music Councils[edit]

National music councils represented are Albania, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium (Walloon community), Belgium (Flemish community), Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Monaco, Norway, Poland, Switzerland, and Ukraine.

International Music Organisations[edit]

The EMC has 16 members that carry out work on an international level (defined as an organisation that has members or carries out activities in a minimum of ten countries outside of Europe).[2]

European Music Organisations[edit]

There are 16 organisations in the 'European Music Organisations' category of the EMC (defined as operating in a minimum of 20% of Europe).

National and Specialised Organisations[edit]

There are 27 National and Specialised Organisations in the European Music Council's membership (defined as any legal constituted organisation, association, society, company, foundation, corporation or NGO working in the field of arts and culture, which does not fulfill the requirements of an international or regional musical organisation or National Music Council)

  • Aayra Foundation
  • Arthur Rubinstein International Music Society
  • Association Nationale Cultures et Traditions
  • Association pour le développement de la chanson, du rock et des musiques actuelles en Seine-Saint-Denis (CHROMA/Zebrock)
  • Borusan Center for Culture and Arts
  • Bulgarian Musicians and Dancers Union
  • Catalan Music Council
  • Cité de la musique
  • Continental Art Centre
  • European Society for Ethnomusicology (ESE)
  • Greek Music Information Centre
  • Institute for Music Theatre Research (IRTEM)
  • International Holland Music Sessions (IHMS)
  • Le Concert de Monsieur Saint-George
  • Le Parnasse
  • Melody for dialogue among civilisations
  • Moviment Coral Català
  • Music and Friends
  • Music Information Center Austria (MICA)
  • Opus Centrum
  • Scottish Music Centre
  • Spiritus Mundi
  • Verband der Gemeinschaften der Künstlerinnen und Künstförderer (GEDOK e.V.)

Board of the European Music Council[edit]

The Board of the European Music Council consists of eight members (seven elected, plus one from the Working Group Youth of the EMC), and they are elected every two years at the EMC's Annual Meeting.

The current board members, elected at the EMC's Annual Meeting in Vienna, April 2010 are:

  • Timo Klemettinen, Chairperson (President of the Finnish Music Council)
  • Christian Höppner, Vice Chair (Secretary General of the German Music Council)
  • Stef Coninx, Treasurer (Secretary of the International Association of Music Information Centres)
  • Helena Maffli-Nissinen (Swiss Music Council)
  • Kaie Tanner (Board member, Europa Cantat - European Federation of Young Choirs)
  • Erling Aksdal (Head of the Jazz Department, Faculty of Arts at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim)
  • Frank Stahmer (European Composers' Forum)
  • Claire Goddard - Co-opted member of the Board (Chairperson of the Working Group Youth)

Annual Meetings[edit]

The European Music Council hosts an annual meeting to discuss the work of the council. From 2010, the Annual Meeting was combined with a new European Forum on Music, based on the model set by the International Music Council's World Forum on Music.

Year Place Theme
2004 Den Haag, the Netherlands 'Improvisation in Music'
2005 Budapest, Hungary 'Many Musics in Europe'
2006 Malmö, Sweden 'Turning Points: Music, Youth Diversity'
2007 Barcelona, Spain 'Chances and Challenges: Music and the Future'
2008 Brno, Czech Republic 'Access to Music: New Perspectives in Distribution, Education and Politics'
2009 Athens, Greece 'ExTra Final Event: Immigration and Multiculturalism. The Musical Dimension'
2010 Vienna, Austria Music Diversity: Looking Back, Looking Forward'

Projects and other Events[edit]

European Forum for Music Education and Training (EFMET)[edit]

The European Forum for Music Education and Training (EFMET), was formed in 2003 with the aim of bringing organisations that deal with formal and non-formal music education together. It ways supported by the European Commission through its Culture programme. It aimed to improve the collaboration and communication between the facilitators on formal and non-formal music education, map current trends, and formulate recommendations for future use.

ExTra! Exchange Traditions[edit]

The aim of the ExTra! project was to stimulate the exchange of different musical traditions in Europe. Its main focus was on the integration of the musical traditions of immigrants and cultural minorities together with those already existing in Europe.

The European Music Council, as coordinator, usually collaborates with some of its member organisations, as well as other interested parties, for projects. In ExTra!, they were:

  • Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica, Italy
  • Cité de la musique
  • Association Nationale Cultures et Traditions (ANCT), France
  • International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation (IYMF), Belgium[3]
  • Music Information Centre Austria (mica)[4]
  • En Chordais, Greece

Music on Troubled Soils[edit]

Music on Troubled Soils was a conference held in Jerusalem in 2008 which discussed the role of music in troubled regions such as Israel, Cyprus and South Africa.

Speakers included: Marco Abbondanza, founder and director of 7 Sois 7 luas International Festival; Alenka Barber-Kersovan, lecturer at the Institute for Musicology of the University of Hamburg; Nenad Bogdanovic is a Serbian born Cypriot musician, organizer and youth-cultural worker; Veronika Cohen, Chairperson of the Department of Music Education at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance; Danny Felsteiner, director of the Silwan Music School in East Jerusalem; Marion Haak; Rahib Haddad, conductor; Laura Hassler, director of Musicians without Borders; Timo Klemettinen, Secretary General of the Finnish Music Council and Chairman of the EMC Board; Dubi Lenz, artistic director in Israel; Melisse Lewine-Boskovich, founder of the Arab-Jewish Adamai Ensemble; Myrna Lewis; Dochy Lichtensztajn, musicologist; Eva de Mayo, conductor and music teacher; Henrik Melius, founder of Spiritus Mundi; David Sanders, director of the National Music Council of the United States; Edwin Seroussi, Professor of Musicology and Director of the Jewish Music Research Center of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Maya Shavit, founder of the Efroni girls' choir; Hania Souda Sabbara, director of the Magnificat Institute; Wouter Turkenburg, the founder of the International Association of Schools of Jazz; Merlijn Twaalfhoven, composer; Frans Wolfkamp, managing director of Music in ME.


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