Key Areas

Workplan September 2015 - August 2016


The overall objective of the second year of the Creative Europe financing, the central one in the 3-years funding, is to consolidate the activities that have been launched during the first year, with the implementation of pilot projects that will be used as models, the continuation of the work by the working groups for specific activities and the enlargement of the online tools that have been created by the insertion of more data in them. The work carried out on the first year allowed us to give a more precise shape to the activities and to define clearly groups and stakeholders that are willing to bring the activities forward. With this knowledge, in the second year we will be able to concentrate the working groups, networking activities and roundtable discussions on the topics that are more relevant to cultural and creative professionals and at the same time to pilot a number of initiatives that will be used as a model by EJN members and other professionals and that will be the basis for the production of resources, research and tool-kits.
 
In addition, the second year aims at expanding the scope of EJN’s activities to areas and partners not involved in the first year, for example with the launch of the pilot project Melting Pot, a model for international collaborations among artists in different disciplines; the work on Jazz Education, with the establishment of a partnership with the AEC (Association Européenne des Conservatoires) and the creation of a database of original artistic projects developed by members.

This is in line with the global action plan that identifies the first year to focus on the inception of activities and on research, the second year to focus on consolidation and expansion of activities and the third year to focus on the wrap-up of activities and production of resources and tool-kits. 4 new activities will start on the second year:

Melting Pot. The activity is centred on the establishment of a multi-genre creative lab between different European countries. The lab will be used as a model and will be presented and discussed during a conference in Wroclaw during the European Capital of Culture programme in September 2016. The conference will allow professionals to share expertise on how to develop artistic projects based on international and multi-genre collaborations. The activity supports the general objective of providing cultural players with skills and competences to operate internationally and to increase their know-how on this field through peer-to-peer exchanges and contacts. It will continue the work carried out in this field by activities of year 1 such as YOLDA, music and migration.

Education beyond Institutions. The activity centres on a partnership with the AEC (Association Européenne des Conservatoires) and other networks and the sharing of information on how far their members and other jazz education organisations are preparing young jazz musicians for long term performing and composing careers. This activity opens the scope of EJN’s work to new important stakeholders of the music sector, and is in line with the overall objective of providing support to creative and cultural players for accessing professional opportunities.

The Artistic Projects Database on the EJN’s website will allow cultural players to access information on original artistic projects developed throughout Europe and beyond. This tool will reinforce the existing online tools and will support the sharing of information and of best practices among professionals.

The Intranet system will improve internal communications between members of the EJN network, by allowing specific threads of discussions centred around working areas, by creating an online space where all the network documents and internal resources are stored. Overall it will support the sharing of information between professional cultural players in Europe.

Ongoing activities include:
Activities concluded on the first year of the Creative Europe grant (September 2014 - August 2015) are:

Projects

25th Anniversary Magazine
EJN celebrated its 25th anniversary year in 2012 with the special title of Presidente Onorario given to the initiator and founder of EJN mr Filippo Bianchi who also was asked to be the Editor in chief of the publication of the Europe Jazz Network’s 25th anniversary magazine. The EJN 25th...
EJN Award
 EJN AWARD FOR ADVENTOROUS PROGRAMMING The EJN Award for Adventurous Programming is awarded annually to a European jazz promoter who exemplifies the values of EJN and has succeeded in turning vision and skill into forward-looking and fascinating musical programmes for their audience....
Europe Jazz Balance
EUROPE JAZZ BALANCE - NORM CRITICISM AWARENESS Starting from the Nordic experiences, a working group, composed of selected experts will be created to analyse the jazz scene from a norm-critical perspective, studying jazz sector being aware of the norms and exclusionary structures of gender...
European Jazz Conference
The 3rd European Jazz Conference took place 22 to 25 September 2016 in Wrocław, Poland, European Capital of Culture for 2016. The European Jazz Conference 2016 was co-organised by Europe Jazz Network (EJN), the National Forum of Music and Jazztopad Festival, took place in the framework...
Jazz Across Europe
JAZZ ACROSS EUROPE - AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT Festival organizers are asked to create holiday packages offering the audiences/tourists a complete range of activities, besides the festival and the music, giving them the possibility to combine their music passion with the opportunity to visit new places...
Jazz for Young People
JAZZ FOR YOUNG PEOPLE - ENGAGE THE CHILDREN  Establishment of a working group composed of international cultural/creative professionals, already engaged in doing special programs for children/youth, who will bring their expertise in producing concerts for kids, working on the idea of...
Shared Roots of European Jazz
THE SHARED ROOTS OF EUROPEAN JAZZ - the first comprenshive pubblication on the history of jazz in Europe The increased circulation of people and ideas within European jazz does not correspond to an awareness of a shared history. This is a missing key cultural and ideological frame of reference. A...
Strength in Numbers
EJN Research Project: Strength in Numbers A study of Europe Jazz Network The EJN research results were published in 2012 and they enable EJN to construct compelling evidence to demonstrate the value and impact of jazz activities across Europe - the first-ever time such a study has been undertaken...
Take the Green Train
TAKE THE GREEN TRAIN - ENVIORNMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY Organisation of a seminar and a workshop on artists’ mobility and sustainability, illustrated by a project with musicians touring in different countries, choosing the most ecological means of transport, the most efficient route, stopping for...
Yolda/En Route
Yolda/En Route - Music and Migration Organisation of 2 conferences on the theme of migration and music, inspired by the Istanbul-Ghent migration project, which puts together Turkish and Belgian musicians who, after a residency in Turkey, travels from Istanbul to Ghent along the ancient route of...