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Music Webs. Weaving connections and untangling cultural policy in Europe

In the podcast Music Webs we talk about music and cultural policy in Europe. The European Music Council invites guests from the broad spectrum of the music sector, be it music educators, people from live music venues, choir singers/conductors, composers, performers, festival makers, instrument manufacturers, broadcasters, etc. The podcast music was exclusively composed by Moritz Eggert for the EMC, it is performed by Luise Enzian (baroque harp) and Moritz Eggert (piano). Find out more about the European Music Council: Find out more about the European Music Council:


Episode 8: The European Forum on Music 2023
From 8 to 10 June 2023, over 150 representatives from more than 20 European countries gathered at the House of Music Hungary in Budapest for the 11th edition of the European Forum on Music (EFM). The topic of this years Forum was 'Sustain Music' and throughout the three days, cultural professionals came together to talk about creating a safe and welcoming musical ecosystem; one that promotes inclusivity, embraces diversity, and strives for social, economic, and environmental sustainability; an ecosystem that ultimately sustains music in all its forms and processes.For many, the concept of sustainability automatically sparks conversations around climate change and the ecological transition. However, the EFM 2023 highlighted that the concepts of sustainability are broad, and the world of music is a big, diverse place. During this episode, we hear from some of the participants in this years forum to learn more about their experience as well as what sustainability means to them. Matt Brennan (University of Glasgow): 1.33 – 8.17 Sonja Greiner (European Choral Association): 8:37 – 17:30 Aysha Hussain (Keychange): 17.56 – 27.53 Alfons Karabuda (International Music Council): 28.25 – 32.44 Yvan Boudillet (Utopia Music): 32.44 – 40.04 Benjamin Feyen (Cultural Creators Friendship Group): 40.22 – 47.29 Marta Lozano Molano (Wazo Coop) 47.44
55:35 01.12.23
Episode 7: Getting to know the Scottish Music Sector with Live Music Now Scotland and the Scottish Music Centre
In this episode, our host Miceál Mullen is joined by Laura Leslie (Scottish Music Centre) and Carol Main (Live Music Now Scotland) to find out more about the Scottish Music Sector. Throughout their conversation, Carol and Laura talk about their organisations' work and about some of the current challenges facing Scotland's music sector post Brexit and post COVID-19. Since this recording, the EMC are happy to confirm that the Scottish Government has abandoned proposals to cut almost £7m from Creative Scotland’s budget. Keep up with Live Music Now Scotland here. Keep up with the Scottish Music Centre here.
60:31 30.03.23
EP 6: Internationalisation and cultural exchange with IMZ International Music and Media Centre
In this episode, our host Miceál Mullen is joined by Katharina Jeschke, Secretary General of the IMZ International Music and Media Centre, the international business network dedicated to the promotion of the performing arts through audiovisual media. Throughout their conversation, Katharina talks about the intersection of music and media and explores the current challenges facing the creative and cultural industries, including the future of audience engagement in the digital age and how cultural industry professionals can learn from each other and from players from other industries who are, or have been facing similar challenges. Katharina also discusses the importance of collaboration and the benefits of an international organisation and how the IMZ tries to nurture this with their event Avant Première Music + Media Market (18-22 February, 2023, Berlin). Keep up with the latest from IMZ here.
36:30 02.02.23
Episode 5: Exploring the Bulgarian music scene with the Bulgarian Music Association
In this episode, our host Miceál Mullen is joined by Mila Georgieva from the Bulgarian Music Association (BMA), the largest representative music organisation in Bulgaria. Throughout their conversation, Mila discusses how the Bulgarian music scene looks post COVID and how it is responding to current challenges that the wider European music sector is facing. We also hear more about the work of BMA, including their involvement in the MOST project and the impact of this project on the Balkan region. Mila explains how BMA is working towards creating an appropriate and efficient cultural environment that Bulgarian performing artists deserve.
37:06 15.12.22
Episode 4: Taking a look at the European Live Music Sector with Live DMA
After a little break, we are back again with Music Webs, the EMC podcast. Today, our host Miceál Mullen (EMC) is joined by Audrey Guerre (Live DMA) to discuss the effects of COVID-19 pandemic alongside current challenges that the European live music sector is facing. We also learn more about the work of Live DMA and the importance of building and growing networks of like-minded organisations which strive for the benefit of live music towards the same common ultimate goals: promoting live music as art and culture, improving the conditions of venues, clubs and festivals, and empowering live music professionals.
36:10 18.11.22
Episode 3: Gender-based violence in the music sector. A conversation on Orange Day
This latest edition of the EMC podcast was published on 25 November on the occasion of Orange Day - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The podcast at hand is a conversation between two men interviewed by one woman, EMC Secretary General Ruth Jakobi. Both men, Merlijn Poolmann (The Netherlands), Night Mayor of Groningen and Moritz Eggert (Germany), composer and professor for composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich have been actively engaged in the protection of women’s safety in the music ecosystem. Both of them contribute to decrease the number of cases of gender-based violence and both have created initiatives to make a change. At EMC we are convinced that this topic needs to be talked about, by people from the music field, by people who care about the safety of women. This podcast includes colloquial use of language and vocabulary, and it explicitly mentions examples of harassment in order to clearly condemn this misbehaviour. We believe that this topic needs to be debated at every level by everyone, and especially including men in the conversations. EMC is involved in more actions with regards to gender equality and power relations: EMC is a member of Keychange In the frame of the SHIFT project, the theme of Gender & Power Relations (with IETM as a theme coordinator) was also addressed. You can find the outputs here: Annotated Bibliography Newsletter on best practices Key findings on #MeToo in the cultural sector More to follow, please check here Also EMC members contribute to the debate with publications and activities: Best practices - Gender equality and diversity from the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) Live Style Europe #9 podcast from LiveDMA Manifesto on Gender Balance in Jazz and Creative Music from Europe Jazz Network (EJN) Play it loud from JM International (JMI) PRIHME from Association Européenne des Conservatoires (AEC)
56:19 07.12.21
Episode 2: Music Freedom Day 2021
Music Freedom Day is on 3 March. On this occasion, and to honor the 5 Music Rights, we want to take a closer look at freedom of musical expression in Europe. To learn more about the situation in Hungary and Poland, Simone Dudt (EMC) is joined by music journalist and curator Monika Pasiecznik and journalist András Stumpf for the second episode of our podcast. They talk about importance of public spaces and support for musical diversity and expression, specifically public broadcasting and public funding and how those spaces have increasingly been limited over the last years for artists that do not follow the narratives of the government. They also highlight the specific challenges and barriers for independent artists that have been made even more difficult by the COVID-19 crisis. On 3 March 2021, Freemuse and partners in 40 countries around the world will celebrate the 15th annual Music Freedom Day and stand united in solidarity with artists facing challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown, through local and online events.   This year, by focusing on the theme "Imagine a Pandemic Without Art", Music Freedom Day intends to raise awareness of the challenges faced by artists and performers during COVID-19, and to remind us not take art, and the space for artists for granted.
32:26 02.03.21
Episode 1: Corona, solidarity and the digital cage
In our first episode, Simone Dudt (EMC) is joined by Silja Fischer (IMC) and Giambattista Tofoni from Europe Jazz Network. They talk about: the effects of the Corona crisis for the jazz field and Italy in particular solidarity in Europe how to endure the crisis with live concerts still being rare musicians as well as the “invisible” workers of the music sector struggling for survival The podcast music was exclusively composed by Moritz Eggert for the EMC, it is performed by Luise Enzian (baroque harp) and Moritz Eggert (piano).
39:40 24.07.20