We hope you are staying safe and sound throughout these hard times. Although composers and other music professionals are being heavily impacted by this crisis, communities around the world have turned to music, letting their creativity flourish and making us even more aware of the power of music.
Scroll through this newsletter for ECSA’s advocacy updates and inspiring new opportunities for our members.
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SUPPORT THE #saveEUculture INITIATIVE!
Please sign the petition here! ECSA fully supports the #saveEUculture initiative calling on the European Commission and Member States to support the cultural and creative sectors and particularly the creators impacted by COVID-19. The EU-wide campaign is coordinated by Members of the European Parliament Niklas Nienaß (Greens, Germany) and Salima Yenbou (Greens, France). It has been signed by 105 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), 312 associations and almost 8.000 individuals.
EUROPEAN MUSIC SECTOR CALLS FOR EU EMERGENCY SUPPORT
ECSA has signed a letter with many other organisations from the European music sector addressed to the European Commission and EU Member States to call for sustainable public support and structural EU policies to address the current crisis. Read the joint letter here.
SURVEY ON ARTISTS’ WORKING CONDITIONS: 68% OF RESPONDENTS CANNOT LIVE FROM THEIR ARTISTIC PROFESSION’S INCOME
In the context of a future study commissioned by the European Commission on the status and working conditions of artists and creative professionals, ECSA asked to its members to answer to a survey on their working conditions. The first results show that 68% of respondents cannot live from the income from their artistic profession and that 65% have experienced precarious circumstances in their work. ECSA Members can still answer to the survey until the end of May. Please contact the ECSA office if you wish to do so.
EP RESOLUTION ON COVID-19 IN SUPPORT OF THE CULTURAL AND CREATIVE SECTORS
On 17th April, the European Parliament adopted by an overwhelming majority a resolution on EU coordinated action to combat Covid-19 and its consequences. The EP underlined the severe impact of the Pandemic on cultural professionals and called for support to be provided, both at Union and national level, to the cultural and creative sectors. Read the adopted text here (paragraphs 33 and 43).
EUROPEAN FILM MUSIC DAY CANCELLED
Following the French President’s announcement on April 13 banning any festival from taking place until mid-July, and the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs’ cancellation of its 2020 edition (https://www.quinzaine-realisateurs.com/en/), this year’s European Film Music Day in Cannes will not take place. We are currently looking into possibilities of transforming the event and holding it at a later moment and will keep you informed!
REMINDER: ECCO CALL FOR WORKS
The new ECCO call for works is still open until 1 June 2020. We encourage all composers who are members of a composer association to respond the new ECCO call for works. See here for more information. If you have a piece corresponding to the call send it to your composer association!
1st MIECZYSŁAW KARŁOWICZ INTERNATIONAL COMPOSERS’ COMPETITION
ECSA is happy to share information on a new international composition competition. The contest should inspire the composition for the full philharmonic orchestra, with the duration between 9 and 12 minutes. Only new and original works, neither previously published nor performed or awarded in any other competitions can be submitted. Online submissions are open from 1st April until 31st August 2020. Please find all necessary information here.
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: YOUNG TALENT AWARD MEDIA MUSIC
Young musicians, composers, game musicians and sound designers up to 35 years are invited to write a birthday piece, which will be premiered by the renowned Kaiser Quartet for the 10-year anniversary of MediaSoundHamburg. Everything is allowed: with beats or without, with effects, with yourself as DJ, implemented as a classical piece or live sampling. Application deadline is 1st June 2020. Apply here!
SÃO PAULO CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS FESTIVAL
The São Paulo Contemporary Composers Festival invites composers to apply to this year’s event, which will happen from 2nd to 11th October. Opportunities include professional ensembles and orchestras to compose for, professional studio recordings, live broadcast of the concerts and lectures/masterclasses with our visiting guests. Participants can apply to have a work premiered with orchestra or chamber music. More information here.