01/03/2012- MusIc Network Supporting Trans-national exchange and dissemination of music Resources at European Level
The MINSTREL project (MusIc Network Supporting Trans-national exchange and dissemination of music Resources at European Level) is granted to be co-financed by the European Union under the Culture 2007-2013 programme of the European Commission with the participation of 12 cultural organisations from 11 European countries: Greece (leader), Slovakia, Poland, Austria, Cyprus, Belgium, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Portugal, Croatia and Latvia under the support of “International Association of Music Information Centres (IAMIC) and the General Directorate of Contemporary Culture of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
MINSTREL is a project adapted to the needs of Music Information Centers. It has as aim to promote worldwide local music, information and professionals as well as to support music exchanges and the transnational mobility of musicians. MINSTREL has a duration of 3 years.
Music Culture and creativity is an importan aspect of the European Identity. In parallel the music industry employs over 600 000 people across the European Union and represents a global market of more than 40 billion euro. Music industry is an industry in mutation with new consumption methods to be anticipated, new economic models to discover, new activities and new professions to define. Thus we really need to join forces and undertake specific common activities targeting the richness of the European music sector, the increased mobility of cultural workers and the increased circulation of art works at European level, in the perspective of Eurpean integration.
In this frame MINSTREL comes to overcome the following existing problems:
a) a lot of music material while is collected and digitized at national level, is not easy accessible be the European citizens and professionals
b) rich music civilizations and live local music movements of several European countries are not well known to other countries and
c) while music is an international language, the musicians are active mainly only in their countries and have not the necessary opportunities to have recognition or a presence to other counties.
The proposed solution
Through MINSTREL project, organizations, experienced on the situation of the music sector on their countries, are building a productive cooperation network, that will implement a series of actions targeting the the transnational mobility of musicians (composers, performers, professionals), as well as the circulation and dissemination of European music. The overall objective of the project is the promotion of music diversity at European level in the frame of the related UNESCO convention.
In MINSTREL are participating 12 organization from 11 countries. Most partners are official local Music Information Centres, playing a very important role on the music life of each country.
The proposed activities either have concrete products to serve the objectives of the project or they are series of innovative transnational events that have the objective to explore and create concrete models that can serve in the future to third organizations as well fulfilling the goals of the project.
The project activities (apart from the administration) could be distinguished in three main tasks:
- Trans-national circulation of music works
- Trans-national mobility actions
- Intercultural Dialogue: Cooperation and Dissemination actions