Building an association / federation / union of music professionals
Key words: advocacy, representative organisations, sector’s structuration, project management, networking
You and your peers face similar challenges at regional, national or European level? You want to come together and cooperate to find solutions to common problems?
The European Music Council (EMC) and Live DMA (European Network for Music Venues and Festivals), in cooperation with the Latvian Music Council, proposed a 5-day seminar in September 2017 to help young music professionals from Western and specially from Eastern Europe to develop their own cooperation project and network of music professionals.
How can you benefit?
You can benefit in two ways if:
- you want to start your own cooperation project
- you want to create your own workshop
This workshop will be worked out to bring you hands-on training in both! Read on to read the workshop summary to know what kind of models and methods you can expect. You don’t want to miss any updates on the publication of the models?
“Starting your Cooperation project” – Workshop
September 4-8, 2017
Our aim is to help structure the music sector in every European country. Over the long term, this will help improve conditions for music professionals from local to European level, develop a vibrant European music scene, and grow audiences both locally and internationally.
PROGRAMME AND CONTENTS
The programme involves two types of session:
INPUT SESSIONS were theory or practice presentations that provided all the information required to help the participants with their project development. They inspired and brought fresh perspectives. Speakers from all over Europe shared their stories, gave tips and gave the projects the final polish.
INTERACTIVE SESSIONS were work-in-progress periods dedicated to the project ideas, from the identification of challenges to shaping a methodology for the next steps. Participants shared their concerns and found solutions collectively with the rest of the participants under the supervision of experienced trainers.
Day 1 – INTRODUCTION
The first day was dedicated to getting to know each other and identifying the objectives and motivation of each participant. The group met in Riga for a visit of the Old Town and a tour in the Latvian Music Academy. The informal and “active” nature of the start of the workshop set the tone for the rest of the week fostering a friendly and open atmosphere among the participants. The participants and organisers took a group transfer to Cesis where the seminar was held in the Cesis Concert Hall. To introduce themselves and their project ideas, the participants created a poster wall and picked an animal picture, this is a method to easily connect between the participants and their project which they were working along further during the week.
Day 2 – EXPLORATION
The next day focused on the challenges of the participants with input how cooperation can be implemented. The day started off with a talk from Guna Zucika, manager of the popular Latvian band “Carnival Youth” in which she talked about the obstacles she faced in her career as a music professional from Eastern Europe and how she overcame them. Afterwards the participants discussed in smaller groups the obstacles they are facing themselves. Often it was not obvious for the participants to identify what is an obstacle for them or what his holding them back from going forward with their cooperation project. Talking and listening to the experts but especially their peers proved to be very valuable in getting a clearer picture. In the afternoon, Maia Sert from the cultural mobility information network “On the Move” provided a thorough overview of different models of networks or cooperation projects outlining the differences between networking, collaborating/coordinating and cooperating. Based on these 2 input sessions the participants worked in between independently in the interactive session. They formed groups of 3 or 4 and continued shaping their project ideas.
Day 3 – PROBLEM-SOLVING
On day 3 the participants received concrete training and methodologies on two of the most common challenges in the development of cooperation projects: data collection/mapping and funding. Three experts outlined the issues in their presentations and provided possible solutions and concrete examples of other projects. In interactive sessions in smaller groups with guidance of the experts the participants applied what they had heard on their project ideas.
Day 4 – ACTION PLAN
The Thursday was dedicated to putting the training of the previous days into action by adapting what the participants had gathered for their own project. The input sessions looked at tools and incentives in networks and other forms of cooperations as well as examples of how advocacy/policy work can be implemented on local level. The last interactive session of the day gave the participants the opportunity to individually work on their project idea. This assured a clear outcome and summary of their project idea to bring home to their peers.
Day 5 – WHAT’S NEXT?
The last day centred on evaluation and defining the next steps for the project ideas of the participants. The main objective for the final day of the seminar was to bring all the threads of the input sessions together in combination what the participants already implemented during the interactive sessions. The participants were challenged to do a short and precise presentation of their project idea only for the duration of a match burning down. Each presentation/project idea was discussed and evaluated by the peers and the organisers. This method was a very helpful and visible method to show how far the participants had come within their workshop from their first short presentation of their idea to the final day.
19 Participants from 12 countries
The 5-day workshop brought together 19 participants from 12 countries to help them develop their own cooperation project. The participants came to the seminar with a draft idea of their project and left with an action plan for future cooperation.
One result of the workshop – which was unexpected – was that the participants started working on project ideas with each other, that were developed during the workshop. Just shortly after the workshop, we know of two collaborations that are under way (Armenian/Austrian) and (Czech/Dutch).
The response and evaluation – using different methods which can be applied in any context, so stay tuned for the guidelines – of the seminar was very positive.
If you want to get in touch with us, please contact Audrey Guerre, Live DMA, at audrey.guerre[at]live-dma.eu