Below you will find the newsletter of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat January 2014. You will see that the we have some sad news again with Monique Lesenne having passed away recently. 
As usual we also remind you of deadlines for applications coming up and publish the guidelines for the European Award for Choral Composers 2014/15, and we inform you about VOICE, the EC festival in Pécs and our Youth Committee which has exciting news to share this month.  In addition you will find information from the European and International Music Council, Culture Action Europe and the International Federation for Choral Music IFCM, in which we are members.
We are also reminding you about deadlines of the EU funding programmes which may be relevent to you.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need further information.

With best regards 

Sonja Greiner
Secretary General
on behalf of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat

Traduction française >> ici
Deutsche Übersetzung >> hier

01 Deadlines approaching
02 Obituary - Monique Lesenne
03 Call for Compositions
04 News from the Youth Committee
05 VOICE - Singing Europe
06 News from Pécs
07 World Symposium in Seoul
08 EMC - Make Music! Be Heard!
09 Job Position in Paris at IMC
10 Culture Action Europe: EU Elections
11 EU Funding Programmes

Deadlines approaching

We would like to remind you that there are 3 deadlines coming up on January 31st 2014:
 - for "Europa Cantat junior", which will be in
   Bergen,Norway this year
   See a complete description >> here
 - for the "International Study Tour to the
   Estonian Song Celebration
   See a complete description >> here
 - and for the 10th international "Youth Chamber
    Choir Meeting Usedom"

    Deadline postponed from 31.12.13 to 31.1.14 
    Further information >> here
Don't miss the deadlines for these special events and sign up now!

Obituary - Monique Lesenne

It seems to be a sad period for our European choral family - today we received the news that Monique Lesenne passed away on January 16th at the age of 76. She had been ill and had been taking medication, but still her death was unexpected for her family and friends.

We have received a beautiful "In memoriam" text written by Koenraad De Meulder on behalf of the Board of Directors of Koor&Stem in English, Flemish, German and French.

Monique was the heart and soul of the Flemish Federation of Young Choirs. She attended all EUROPA CANTAT festivals since Namur 1967, often as staff member, several times working with Gilbert Martens in the Music Department, then as Board member of Europa Cantat (1997 - 2003), as advisor, and as representative of our member organisation. During the six years she served on the Board of Europa Cantat, she was a lively, interested Board member who questioned old habits and supported innovation and development. Most of all she was the best imaginable ambassador of our activities, personally addressing choirs and conductors in Flanders, convincing them that their participation in the EUROPA CANTAT festival or EUROPA CANTAT junior or an international singing week was just what they needed and wanted - at our last General Assembly Marleen Annemans gave this personal method as example in one of the inspirational sessions. 

Monique was such a lively, energetic person until the end of 2012, when her 75th birthday was celebrated with a wonderful surprise concert in Ghent, attended by the Executive Board of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat, that it is difficult to imagine she gradually lost her energy and spirits over the last months. "The Lion of Flanders" has gone to sleep forever, but we shall never forget her! 

Call for Compositions

The detailed regulations for the European Award for Composers are now available on our Website >> here. The deadline for applications has been postponed to May 31st 2014.
For the results of the previous edition and historical background please go to the page on the Award on our website >> here.

News from the Youth Committee

Exciting news: ECA-ECs Youth Committee has been accepted to send a group of 25 young choristers to the European Youth Event 2014 in Strasbourg, France. Together with approx. 5000 other young EU citizens this group will have the possibility to discuss important subjects such as youth unemployment, digital revolution, the future of the European Union, sustainability, European Values and others with EU decision makers and speakers as well as give a voice to the music- and choir world during this important event! Are you an EU citizen, between 18 and 30 years of age and interested in joining our group in this event? In this case please contact youthcommittee@eca-ec.org  as soon as possible. (There will be no registration fee, however our group needs to cover transport, accommodation and meals on its own.)

Furthermore the Youth Committee in cooperation with the EuroChoir workinggroup has selected six new young ambassadors to be involved in the preparation of next year’s EuroChoir Session 2014 in Saintes, France. Fabien Aubé (France), Dunja Huzjan (Serbia), Ruben Smits (Netherlands), Clemens Fleck (Austria), Lucia Bérešová (Slovakia/Spain) and Romane Armand (Belgium) all participated in last year’s session in Pécs Hungary and have now started supporting this year’s team in areas such as social media, advertisement and recruitment with great enthusiasm. 

VOICE - Singing Europe

Singing Europe Survey - first results - more data needed!

57% of the conductors are being paid for rehearsals amongst the choirs and vocal ensemble which answered the Singing Europe survey until now. But in Slovenia, the ratio is 69%!
 How can we be so affirmative about Slovenia? Because we have a very high answer rate from this (rather small)  country, with answers from choirs covering 0,8% of the total population of the country.
If we want the same quality for France, we would need 15000 answers, or 10000 for Spain! So help us get a higher answer rate from your own country, and we will all gain and share a better knowledge of the European choral landscape.

Want to learn more about choral life in Europe? Help us develop meaningful statistics and fact-sheets to better understand and help the choral community.

The survey is now available in 20 languages and requires about 10 minutes of your time: www.singingeurope.org.

News from Pécs

Gábor Móczár, President of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat (ECA-EC) and Heat of the EUROPA CANTAT XIX Pécs 2015 Orgainising Team paid a successful visit on December 18th 2013 to the President of the Republic of Croatia together with a delegation from the Croatian Cultural Association (Hrvatski Sabor Kulture, HSK).
The visit was a continuation of an already started cooperation between Hungary, Croatia and other South neighbour countries of Hungary (Serbia and Slovenia) for developing the regional artistic programme of the EUROPA CANTAT XIX Pécs 2015 festival. On behalf of Croatia, President prof. dr. sc. Ivo Josipovic - being a composer and music professor - accepted with great pleasure the invitation to contribute to the festival programme through a planned lecture and an possible performance of his music.

In January the Music Office of the Pécs Team had a personal meeting in Italy with the organizers of the Torino Festival to learn about the different processes of the preparations. The final music program will be decided in the end of March during the joint meeting of the Music Commission of ECA-EC and the Regional Artistic Committee. 

World Symposium in Seoul

IFCM World Symposium on Choral Music
Seoul, South Korea - August 6th to 13th 2014

Don't miss the 10th IFCM World Symposium on Choral Music in Seoul, South Korea this coming August. The programme of the symposium can be found on http://www.wscm10.org/. The registration conditions can also be found there under "registration", there will be an "Early Bird" fee until May 31st 2014. 
ECA-EC will also be represented at the Symposium, with a lecture called "Benefit from the Singing Community! The European Choral Assoiation - Europa Cantat presents its activities including the VOICE project and the EUROPA CANTAT festival in Pécs in 2015, and with material about the Pécs festival and other activities displayed at the central booth of the Expo.

EMC - Make Music! Be Heard!

The European Music Council is running an EU Youth in Action funded project for the involvement of young people in music organisations in Europe under the title "Make Music! Be Heard!", and the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat is one of the partners in the project. 

As a part of the project a Youth Day was held next to the EMC conference in Glasgow in April 2013 (ECA-EC was represented there, too) and at the Annual Meeting of EMC members a new EMC Youth Committee was elected which is now chaired by Cathy AlGhabra, member of the Youth Committee of ECA-EC. The other members are: Christopher Glasgow (Scottish Music Centre), Jamie Munn (Live Music Now), Jaroslava Lojdova (European Association for Music in Schools), Klara Novakova (Jeunesses Musicales International), Manon Fenard (Zebrock), Maiju Kopra (Finnish Music Council). 
Part of "Make Music! Be Heard!" is to offer 1-week-work placements in the offices of the participating organisations - and ECA- EC will offer such a work placement in its office in Bonn in April 2014. 

Further information can be found on http://www.emc-imc.org/youth/make-music-be-heard/

Job Position in Paris at IMC

For the implementation of the EU-funded project African Music Development Programme (AMDP), the International Music Council (IMC) is looking for a Project Manager on a part-time basis. The position is to be taken on March 15, 2014. AMDP is a 3-year cooperation project (from December 2013 until December 2016), coordinated by the International Music Council, with a total of 11 partners in 9 countries.

The application deadline is 15 February 2014. You will find the full job advertisement on www.imc-cim.org/images/stories/news/2008/job_avertisement_Project_Manager.pdf.

International Music Council - Conseil international de la Musique
Maison de l'UNESCO
1 rue Miollis
75732 Paris cedex 15
Tel. +33-1-45684850
Fax +33-1-45684866
Email: info@imc-cim.org
Web: www.imc-cim.org

Culture Action Europe: EU Elections

Culture Action Europe has sent us a call for aciton in connection with the European Union elections in 2014. They are asking us to:
1. Disseminate, translate and adapt Culture Action Europe’s Manifesto on the European Elections 
CultureActionEurope's manifesto  was sent to European political parties, European political groups and all MEPs this month. Please publish it on your websites and social media and help us to disseminate it to national political parties and ideally to candidates in your country.  We also encourage you to translate the manifesto in your language and share it with CultureActionEurope. In order to preserve the coherence of the manifesto, we kindly ask you to be as faithful to the original version of the text as possible and not modify the meaning of it. To facilitate translation, please find a Word version of the manifesto here.
2. Mapping candidates at national level
 In order to build a database of relevant MEP candidates, it is important that you provide CultureActionEurope with a list of candidates in your country that would be potentially interesting to follow or to contact, using this Excel form.
3. Organising events/meetings/debates at national level
 We strongly invite you to organise meetings or public debates with selected candidates at local level in order to provide space for discussion, present the demands to candidates and raise awareness around the European elections among audiences and constituencies. If you’re already planning to organise such an event, please contact ECa-EC and/or Culture Action Europe so that they can give visibility to your event and, if you wish, see whether a CAE board member could participate.
4. Make use of the (revised version of the) toolkit!
In addition, please do not hesitate to make use of and further disseminate the toolkit. Please use this revised version of the toolkit on the European elections, which includes the final and public version of the manifesto.
If you have any comments, suggestions or questions, please do not hesitate to contact the CultureActionEurope team on advocate@cultureactioneurope.org 

EU Funding Programmes

In our last newsletter we already informed you about the new EU programme for Culture - Creative Europe. Exceptionally there will be two deadlines for application for cooperation projects in 2014, the first one on March 5th 2014, the second in October 2014. Applications are handled centrally by the Executive Agency in Brussels, the former Cultural Contact Points and Media Desks (now Creative Europe Help Desks) can offer help and advice.
More information on http://ec.europa.eu/culture/creative-europe/calls/index_en.htm 

Erasmus + is the new programme for education, training, youth and sport. It combines different programmes from the 2007-2013 period, such as the Youth in Action Programme, the Erasmus Programme, the Life Long Learning Programme and several others. Applications are mostly handled by national agencies. 
More information on http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/index_en.htm 

European Regional  Development Fund (ERDF)
The European Regional Development Fund - ERDF is a continuation of the previous regional development programme and aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion in the European Union by correcting imbalances between its regions. 
More information on http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/thefunds/regional/index_en.cfm 

European Social Fund (ESF)
The European Social Fund - ESF is also a continuation of a programme which already existed over the last years. Its aim is to be Europe’s main instrument for supporting jobs, helping people get better jobs and ensuring fairer job opportunities for all EU citizens. 
More information on http://ec.europa.eu/esf/home.jsp 

Horizon 2020
Horizon 2020 is a Research and Innovation programme and the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness.
More information on http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en 

The European Choral Association is supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, by the German Ministry of Youth (BMFSFJ) and the City of Bonn
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