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Dear <<First Name>>,

Febraury 2021 is the perfect month!
Starting on a Monday and ending on a Sunday; that's 28 days in four full weeks!
Also there was palyndrome day on 12/02/2021!

Now that we got this out of the way, here come all the other news worth reading this month. Find out what's happening in the European choral sector and the world of singing!

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ECA-EC zoom café #1
1 February

Zoom cafés are back! To kick off the year in style and because we felt it was very much needed, we met in our first 2021 zoom café for a EUROPA CANTAT Festival Q&A.

We were joined by EC festival staff members Tadeja, Nika and Zala, and our very own Jean-Claude and Sonja represented the festival Music Commission and Steering Committee.

Together, they answered the questions of well over 70 participants and tried to give as clear an outlook on the festival set to be taking place in July as is possible at this present moment in time.

It was heart-warming and encouraging to see such a large number of people looking forward to the festival and keeping their hopes up, and to hear all those kind words of support!

All the questions and answers from this session have been collected on the EC festival website.

EPIC: Music and the Media and More

January was a month of seconds for the EPIC project, with the second webinar of the project, the second online round table for national youth choirs and the second project partners meeting.

We are very grateful to Inari Tilli from YLE for joining us to host an insightful webinar, entitled "Raise your Voice: Partnering with the Media for Singing". If you missed the live webinar, you can still catch it on YouTube!

The round table brought together managers of national youth choirs from across Europe and we look forward to (finally) being able to meet together in person at EUROPA CANTAT in July.

Finally, the project meeting brought the partners (ECA-EC, JSKD, Sing Ireland and JM International) together online to look forward and see how to bring you the best July you can remember! EuroChoir will be back after skipping a year (read below), and elements of the PULSE programme at EUROPA CANTAT will also be brought to you by the EPIC project.

The Benefits of Collective Singing

This spring, we will be carrying out an online campaign throughout Europe on the benefits of collective singing. This campaign is part of our cooperation project Upgrade - Connect - Reach out, supported by the Creative Europe programme.

We will be focusing on the physical, psychlogical, social and educational benefits that singing together has on the individual, and so many of us have the privilege to experience.

Stay tuned for more information on this campaign! We can't wait to kick it off and we're hoping you'll join us in promoting the issue and standing up for the good name of collective singing. We are sure that our joined voices will be able to spreade the message throughout Europe an beyond!

Training Leading Voices: Financial Support to Internationalise Your Event

ECA-EC is offering small grants as part of the Training Leading Voices project to support the internationalisation of events for conductors or vocal leaders. You can apply for up to 2.000 EUR to support you in the endeavour, for instance to invite internaitonal speakers or to facilitate translation or other technical requirements.

Visit the Training Leading Voices website and take a look under 'Bursaries' for more information.

Deadline: 31 March 2021.

Youth Involvement in the Choral World

Over the past year, the ECA-EC Youth Committee have been conducting three different surveys to map the choral sector with regards to youth involvement. They have been gathering success stories to inspire organisations to increase the opportunities for young people in their organisational structures.

If you haven't done so yet, please take a couple of minutes to answer the three surveys:
(1) Youth Involvement in Choral Organisations
(2) Young Decision Makers in the Choral Sector
(3) The Journey of Previous Youth Committee Members

Thank you!
The ECA-EC Youth Committee

EUROPA CANTAT: Young Event Management Programme

As registrations for choirs close on 15 February, there is already one deadline that has passed: Young cultural managers, festival organisers, all-round talents and EUROPA CANTAT enthusiasts from all over the world applied to be part of this year's edition of the Young Event Management Programme (YEMP).

YEMPers will work at the heart of the festival organisation, trusted with important jobs in the various departments of the festival; in the music office, production office, communications, etc. While being a significant addition to the work force of the festival staff and often helping out as much-needed translators, YEMPers will gain invaluable job experience behind the scenes of one of Europe's biggest choral festivals, learning from experienced professionals, and make a once-in-a-lifetime experience as part of an international and multicultural team.

As of
31 January, 51 young people between 19 and 30 years of age have sent in their applications. With applicants coming from 20 different countries, they will no doubt be an asset to the colourful EUROPA CANTAT family.

The organisers are currently having a look at the applications, and will choose the final group of YEMPers in the weeks to come.


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Upcoming Deadlines

NB: The deadlines mentioned below may be subject to change. We kindly ask you to always check with the organiser of the respective event.

15/2 > EUROPA CANTAT Festival 2021, Ljubljana (SI)
28/2 > Limerick Sings International Choral Festival, Limerick (IE)
31/3 > TLV grants for conductors' events
31/3 > Noël Minet Fund
12/4 > EuroChoir 2021
23/4 > International Choral Conducting Masterclass, Malmö (SE)

EuroChoir 2021: Registrations Open

Ireland & Slovenia | 11 - 24 July 2021

Activity of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat
Registrations for EuroChoir 2021 opened on 10 February, and Sing Ireland and ECA-EC are now eagerly awaiting your applications!

Taking place in both Ireland and the EUROPA CANTAT festival in Ljubljana, and led by conductors Yuval Weinberg and Bernie Sherlock, this is not a year to miss.

Deadline: 12 April 2021.
For information about the session and how to apply visit the EuroChoir website.

International Choral Conducting Masterclass

Malmö (SE) | 9 - 15 August 2021

Activity from the network, promoted by ECA-EC
Develop and increase your conducting skills together with other choral conductors during a masterclass week at Malmö Academy of Music! Work with an advanced repertoire during this week and conduct Palaestra Vocal Ensemble that serves as laboratory choir in this masterclass. The internationally well-known conductor Josep Vila i Casañas will be your teacher.
Teaching language will be English and the maximum number of students will be 8, so you can expect an intense course with quite much time to practice.

Deadline: 23 April 2021.
For more information visit their website

Find more Activities in our Event Calendar

  • A vast list of events for singers, choirs & singing groups, conductors & vocal leaders, creators, composers, etc. from all over Europe and beyond.
  • All events listed are international and usually open to participants from all over the world.
  • Add your own events to the list and share them with our network!
ECA-EC calendar of choral events



International Federation for Choral Music

IFCM February Newsletter

The latest from the world of choral music.
Read this month' IFCM eNews in English and many other languages!


International Choral Bulletin

The Official Voice for Choral Music Around the World

Official magazine of the International Federation for Choral Music, the International Choral Bulletin (ICB) is published quarterly in the four official languages of IFCM: English, French, German and Spanish. It is distributed in more than 80 countries on all five continents and is the official voice of choral music around the world.

ICB 2021/1 is out now. Read it online!

Find out more about the ICB, browse through previous editions and get involved by proposing an article or offer your services as a translator.

Musica International
New Year, New Scores!

Are you having a hard time finding the right songs for your next virtual choir project or are you looking for pieces on a specific topic? You'll find all of this and more on the Musica International Database!
Musica International is today a major resource for choirs and singing groups, conductors, vocal leaders and singers. The database is open to an international audience and available in French, German, English and Spanish.

Membership avantage: ECA-EC members have free access to the Musica International Database! Try it out today!
Musica International on Facebook
Musica International on Facebook


International Music Council
Young Accordionist Rachael Xu to support the IMC

Rachael Xu has announced her decision to donate the entire income of her forthcoming Summer Asian Tour to the International Music Council (IMC). The tour is set to start in July 2021 and will bring the musician across China, Japan, Korea and Singapore.
11-year old Rachael Xu was born in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. Influenced by her father Lin Xu, an accordion cirtuoso himself and former champion of the American Accordionists' Association Competition, Rachael started playing the accordion at the age of 7 and has soon demonstrated exceptional talent by passing the highest level (level 10) of the Provincial Music Proficiency Examination in the Accordion category, ranking her the youngers person ever to pass the exam on such level.
Watch Rachael's statement

Culture Action Europe
What's next for Creative Europe?

Culture Action Europe (CAE) has provided a handy update on the situation regarding the next cycle of Creative Europe, the only EU programme with dedicated culture funding. The EU has not yet confirmed a date for the first funding calls, but has indicated that they will not be released before the second half of April (at the earliest) with selection results published in autumn 2021.

While the legal text for the programme has already been agreed, we are still waiting for the formal agreement on the 20201 work programme, which will fill in details about the calls. CAE anticipates that they will be linked with the more strategic policy objectives for culture at the EU level, from the EU Green Deal to gender equality.

There is also good news for potential applicants: this cycle of Creative Europe is offering a higher co-financing rate than in the past for small cooperation projects. These will be offered at a rate of 80%, meaning that applicants will only need to contribute 20% of the overall project budget from other sources. Fair warning: this may also increase competition for the available budget.
Read the full update!

i-Portunus 2020-21
EU Mobility Scheme for Artists and Cultural Professionals

More than ever, i-Portununs' mobility is needed to answer the existing and new needs of the creative sectors by offering a demand-driven mobility scheme that allows direct application through a straightforward and flexible process. i-Portunus, the EU's valued mobility scheme for culture, is continuing to test different approaches to supporting short-term mobility of artists and cultural professionals.

> Who can apply?
Composers, musicians and singers, preferably in classical music, jazz, and traditional music genres.
> What can you apply for?
Short-term mobility in the context of international collaboration, a production-oriented residency or professional development activities.
More info, stories of previous participants, and application on the i-Portunus website
Deadline: 28 February 2021.



While we are hoping for a colourful EUROPA CANTAT festival in July, let's chase away the winter blues with some Slovene tunes.

This beautiful song was written by famous Slovene poet France Prešeren, and sung by Kvintet Vintgar. Did you know that Prešeren Day is a Slovene national holiday, celebrated on 8 February?
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