European Music Council

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European Music Council
Formation 1972
Type European Umbrella Organisation
Headquarters Bonn, Germany
75 active members
Sec. Gen.
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 14 European countries (including countries outside the European Union such as Ukraine, Israel, and Azerbaijan); 15 European music organisations; 18 international music organisations and 27 national music organisations or organisations that specialise in specific areas of music.


As of 2017, The European Music Council has 75 members based in 31 countries.

National Music Councils[edit]

National music councils represented are Austria, Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Switzerland, and Ukraine.

International Music Organisations[edit]

The EMC has 19 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 15 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)

  • Aarya Foundation
  • All-Russian Federation of Arts
  • Association Nationale Cultures et Traditions
  • Borusan Center for Culture and Arts
  • Callias Foundation
  • CHROMA/Zebrock
  • Cyprus Symphony Orchestra Foundation
  • EMMA for Peace / Euro-Mediterranean Music Academy for Peace
  • European Society for Ethnomusicology
  • Federació Catalana d'Entitats Corals
  • Federation of Women Artists and patrons of the Arts (GEDOK e.V.)
  • Flemish Music Council
  • Hispania Música Foundation
  • Institute for Research on Music and Acoustics
  • Live DMA – European Network for Music Venues and Festivals
  • Live Music Now! Scotland
  • Miso Music Portugal
  • Moviment Coral Català
  • Music Austria
  • Music Council of the French Community of Belgium
  • Music of Armenia
  • National Centre of Expertise for Cultural Education & Amateur Arts (LKCA)
  • National Music Center of Georgia
  • Plate-forme interrégionale
  • Russian Music Union
  • Scottish Music Centre
  • Unison – Croatian Music Alliance

Board of the European Music Council[edit]

The Board of the European Music Council consists of seven members 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 Wroclaw, May 2016 are:

  • Ian Smith (UK), Chairperson, representing the Scottish Music Centre, former Head of Music at Creative Scotland
  • Stefano Kunz (CH), Vice Chair, Managing Director Swiss Music Council
  • Willem van Moort (NL), Treasurer, Director BplusC, Board member of the European Music School Union
  • Krzysztof Knittel (PL), President Polish Music Council, Composer, Professor at Fryderyk Chopin Music University
  • Gretchen Amussen (FR), Director of External Affairs and Communication at Paris Conservatoire (CNSMD)
  • Victoria Liedbergius (NO), Administrative Director of Ung i Kor, Board Member of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat
  • Michalis Karakatsanis (CYP), Administrator of the Cyprus Music Information Centre (CyMIC), Treasurer of the International Association of Music Information Centres (IAMIC)

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'
2011 Tallinn, Estonia 4th World Forum on Music: 'Music and Social Change' - in cooperation with the IMC
2012 Istanbul, Turkey 'Transcending Boundaries – Building Bridges'
2013 Glasgow, Scotland 'Re>>generating Europe through Music'
2014 Bern, Switzerland 'Music and Politics: a shared responsibility'
2015 Riga, Latvia 'Access to Music is digital?'
2016 Wrocław, Poland 'Musical Homelands: New Territories'
2017 Paphos, Cyprus 'Music and Cultural Diplomacy: Linking Continents – Bridging Cultures'

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.

European Agenda for Music[edit]

  • Vision

The European Agenda for Music contributes to a musically thriving Europe by setting out priorities for the music sector in Europe for the years to come.

  • Approach

The European Agenda for Music will have a horizontal approach as it aims to bring together the music industry and the civil society organisations for music. It will also take into account the specific advocacy papers the EMC formulated in 2010 and 2011, which are the “Manifesto for Youth and Music in Europe” and the “Bonn Declaration” that gives recommendation for the music education sector in Europe and for national and European legislation.

STAMP - Shared Training Activities for Music Professionals[edit]

STAMP responds to a need voiced by professionals in the music sector for greater professional training and the related process of lifelong learning and will aim at:

  • Developing exemplary tools for vocational training (workshop models, guidelines for mentors and trainers), made available in an online platform.
  • Improving employability and entrepreneurship within the music sector in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe.


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