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EMCY Conference and 32nd General Assembly

On Sunday, 30th of October the 32nd General Assembly took place. In total 8 national and 10 international attended the assembly. 18 competitions were represented with proxies. The activities and financial reports from 2018 to 2021 as well as the activity plans and budget 2022-2024 were approved as well as the raise of the membership fee from 2023 on.

In addition, the statement “European Union of Music Competitions for Youth supports Ukraine” was adopted and can be found below and on www.emcy.org/emcy-statement/

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The EMCY beat! October issue

Dear EMCY readers,

The 32nd General Assembly of the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth, took place last weekend in Bonn, Germany.

With this occasion, Zeisig Trio, winners of the Jugend Musiziert and Giorgio Lazzari, winner of the International Robert Schumann Competition Düsseldorf for young pianists, performed a concert in the Beethovenhaus Bonn. The young musicians surprised the audience with their talent, playing pieces of Beethoven, Schumann and Mendelssohn.

We are grateful to our generous hosts, the “Deutscher Musikrat” and our Member Competition “Jugend Musiziert”.

Enjoy your reading!
The EMCY team

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The EMCY beat! September issue

Dear EMCY readers,

It’s almost time for the EMCY’s General Assembly 2022, where National and International Music Competitions for Youth from all over Europe will come together in Bonn from 29th to 30th of October. We are honoured to collaborate with one of the founding members of our network – Jugend Musiziert in hosting this event.

While we are looking forward to the physical meeting in Bonn, we are happy to announce the start of the 2022 Epoche_f International masterclass in Wolfenbüttel (Germany).

Enjoy your reading!
The EMCY team

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The EMCY beat! July issue

Dear EMCY readers,

We have some exciting news to share with you. Our family grew bigger with a new member from Lithuania, the International Stasys Vainiūnas Competition for Pianists and Chamber Ensembles.

The competition is held every 4 years in Vilnius and Kaunas, and it is dedicated to pianists and chamber ensembles of all nationalities under the age of 35. The next edition will take place in 2026, so we will come back to you with more information in 2025.

We wish you a very nice day!
The EMCY team

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The EMCY beat! June issue

Dear EMCY readers,

Together with the arrival of the summer, we at EMCY begin our long awaited project days. The extreme heat weaves didn’t stop our young and talented musicians from performing all around Europe.

The Young Hearts for Music Tour stars enjoyed the audience in the small cities of Austria and Germany and on the other side of Europe, the ”Railways Brass Quintet” started their journey by train from Lithuania to Luxembourg where they encountered the ”Railways Strings Quartet”.

We had challenges along the way, but the joy of playing music surrounded us for the entire journey.

The EMCY team

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The EMCY beat! May issue

Dear EMCY readers,

We are finally ready to meet again. After sad and difficult years for the world of music, getting together in numbers to go on stage and play together is possible again, with no restrictions. Children, amateur and professional musicians, orchestras and audiences from everywhere are enjoying the beauty of music and its benefits.

”Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.’ Kahlil Gibran

The EMCY team

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The EMCY beat! April issue

Dear EMCY readers,

We hope you had a peaceful Easter holiday this month.

Throughout Europe, solidarity concerts continue to help raise funds for the Ukrainians fleeing the war. Music has always been a connecting element across all languages and borders and it is invaluable, especially in difficult life situations. Social solidarity is required with the refugees who are seeking protection in all the European countries.

Our solidarity goes to those who stand up for peace and a just society

The EMCY team

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The EMCY beat! March issue
Dear EMCY readers,
After many years, the war is stumbling again in Europe. Brutal, inhuman, unnecessary, like all wars… But this attack on Ukraine is also a turning point. Were we naive to think that peace could be achieved?
Stand up, stand together, give each other support, raise your voice, encourage, give light and warmth. “If we had the word, if we had the language, we wouldn’t need the weapons.” (Ingeborg Bachmann)

Our thoughts are with all affected people.

The EMCY team

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The EMCY beat! February issue

Dear EMCY readers,

After a bumpy start of the year due to the extended corona lockdown, it looks like we’re finally moving in the right direction and can hopefully leave the worst of the pandemic behind us, but unfortunately, the world is challenged now with a new tragic crisis.
Like everyone, we are concerned about the situation in Ukraine. We strongly condemn the brutal aggression and acts of war that touch so many. We want to express our solidarity with the people of Ukraine, our members and prize-winners, partners and friends, musicians and artists.
Inter arma silent Musae. Our thoughts are with all the affected.

The EMCY team

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The EMCY beat! January issue

Dear EMCY readers,

2021 has been a very challenging year for the whole world. The COVID-19 pandemic has definitely disrupted education, to such an extent that we all needed to constantly adapt, to keep up with the digital revolution. New environmental disasters have stricken many parts of the planet, emphasizing the importance for governments to take serious actions into a green transition; social inclusion has proven to be a crucial aspect to guarantee a more stable, safe and just society for all.

Drawing the right insights from the world crisis is therefore key and we believe that EMCY projects can be a fundamental pillar in this process. For this reason at the beginning of the year we invite you to closely check out our work to help us grow stronger in 2022.

The EMCY team

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The EMCY beat! November issue
Dear EMCY readers,
Punctually at the end of the month, here is our summary of exciting projects and news. Perhaps you already heard about our partnership with the Jugend musiziert Niedersachsen Foundation and the Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie Frankfurt (IEMA), the Epoche_f masterclass.
Our projects are not finished yet and our luggage is ready for the next trip. Enjoy reading and discovering our work life.
The EMCY team
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The EMCY beat! October issue

Dear EMCY readers,

The leaves are falling, colors are changing and the autumn is showing more than ever. Also this month, the EMCY team brought together musicians and cultural leaders.

But we don’t want to SPOILER everything now, so we wish you a nice reading.

The EMCY team
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The EMCY beat! September issue

Dear EMCY readers,

We hope that you had time to relax last summer and had a nice and fresh start of the academic year.

The EMCY team with its president Paul Scholer had the opportunity to participate to an important training on Cultural Leadership, but we will talk about it later on in this Newsletter.

We wish you a nice reading.
The EMCY team

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The EMCY beat! August issue

Dear EMCY readers,

We hope that you enjoyed the past months as much as we did. We had a lot of work done, we managed to organize wonderful events and we met a lot of amazing people.

After this stressful but rewarding period it is time for our team to take a break and enjoy the summer holidays.

Therefore we want to announce you that our office in Munich will be closed until the 1st of September.

Before going away, we want to give you our latest news.
We wish you as well nice holidays and we will get back to you after 1st September.

The EMCY team

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The EMCY beat! July issue

Dear EMCY readers,

We are glad to share with you our latest news and the projects that are finally taking place. The EMCY family is always growing, each year promoting more and more prize winners from our member competitions.

Even though the summer is here, we will keep you always updated on competitions dates as well as the approaching deadlines.

Enjoy your reading.
The EMCY team

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The EMCY beat! June issue

Dear EMCY readers,

Good things are finally happening – the mood is up, and not just because of the rising serotonin and vaccine levels.

Thanks to falling incidences, outdoor and indoor cultural events are possible again.

The EMCY team

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The EMCY beat! May issue

Dear EMCY readers,

Sometimes we find it difficult not to lose hope in front of deserted concert halls, fears and anxious youth sitting at home. This pandemic demands a great deal of all of us. However, 2021 has started on a positive note with vaccines rolling out at an increased pace.

Therefore we decided not to cancel the perFORM masterclass and all the participants are expected on 18th of June in the beautiful city of Neuwied. Stay tuned for more info.

The EMCY team

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The EMCY beat! March issue

Dear EMCY readers,

SPRING IS FINALLY HERE

We have this immense feeling of a new start for 2021. EMCY, as you already might know, is a NGO that organizes various follow-up projects to promote young musicians all over Europe.

Our schedule is full with many interesting activities and we would like to have you also ON BOARD.

If you want to help us and be more involved in our projects and work-life, write us a short email at info@emcy.org, fill out the survey or check out our Support page.

The EMCY team

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The EMCY beat! January issue

Dear EMCY readers,

The year 2020 was a particular year for everyone and will go down in history leaving profound impacts in our cultural sector. Many have made tremendous efforts to “reinvent” themselves.

Without forgetting the ones who have suffered, we are trying to see a silver lining on the horizon that gives us hope. Hope to think about the future, relaunch projects, and most importantly, live music again!

We hope you can share our hope and we wish you all good health, courage and loads of positive energy.
The EMCY team

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The EMCY beat! Musical Storytelling issue

Dear EMCY readers,

We hope you all enjoyed this, out of the ordinary, summer of 2020 as much as we did. As all things, good or bad, come always to an end, with the start of September most of us have to go back to work or to school.

At the end of August, EMCY started an exciting project and one more time we caught a glimpse of the power of music. In order to set up a stage performance, a group of young people from different cultural backgrounds had to listen and find the “right tone” in talking to each other. Their passion for music and the arts in general, offered them a common ground and led to a ‘Musical Storytelling’.

Some of these memories will stay with us forever, but we are also happy to share some with all of you through this channel.

We wish you all the best and feel free to tell us your thoughts about the project,
The EMCY team

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The EMCY beat! June issue
Dear EMCY readers,
Fresh news from the beautiful Ohrid in North Macedonia!
After careful consideration the organisers of Ohrid Pearls competition have decided to set new dates for the competition: 27-30th August 2020. They also extended the application deadline until the 30th June 2020.
It is important to look at the future with a new positive attitude and to slowly restart creating what we love most. Almost like a New Year, often a time for new dreams and goals as well as renewed energy to get things done. This month’s newsletter is all about our latest news.We wish you all the best,
The EMCY team
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The EMCY beat! May issue

Dear EMCY readers,

This month we would like to support the initiative of two of our member competitions that decided to go online. International Competition of Musical Art “Kharkiv Assemblies” and Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists have put together digital competences and resilience and they figure out how to continue with their 2020 edition. We would love to share this positive message to all our readers to give each other the positive attitude we all need nowadays. We remain available to organise talks and to exchange ideas, feelings and support.

We wish you good health, much courage and loads of positive energy.

The EMCY team

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The EMCY beat! April issue

Dear EMCY family and friends,

We know that all of you are passing a difficult moment and we are solidly united in this. For now we need to keep a stiff upper lip. With big regret EMCY, together with our great host Juventudes Musicales de España, decided to postpone EMCY´s General Assembly 2020, planned for October 16th to 18th in Madrid. The current situation is unpredictable and it just doesn´t feel right to push forward preparations and to make, as well as ask for commitments. But one commitment that we can make and loudly ask for European solidarity!

Only together we are strong and able to go on.
We wish all of you good health and energy.

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EMCY 50 years contest

EMCY turns 50 years and we want to celebrate it with all of you!

We have just launched our #EMCY50years Birthday Contest and we can’t wait to see your pictures!

Are you a Prize Winner of a EMCY Member Competition?
Do you want to win an International experience with us?

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Impact of Corona virus

We are very sorry to inform you that due to the epidemiological situation in the world and the spreading of Coronavirus all around Europe some of the EMCY Member Competitions had to reschedule or cancel their editions.

Take care of yourself and your beloved and #stayhome

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The EMCY beat! March issue

THIS MONTH WE #actforculture!

It is once again time to defend culture within EU policy, and our all action is needed.

National governments and EU policymakers are currently taking decisions on the post 2020 EU budget that will influence the future of Culture in Europe. We are citizens and organisations who believe that culture is the foundation of European unity. It binds us together and underpins our sense of belonging to the European community. We believe that culture plays a crucial role in upholding common European values, nourishing mutual understanding among the peoples of Europe and fostering diverse and inclusive societies.

We decide to join #actforculture campaign from Culture Action Europe to call on the European Institutions and Member States to recognise the EU added value of cultural investment and translate it to sufficient support in the next EU budget.

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