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Here is the May news from the choir world.
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Conference "Sing Outside the Box"
and ECA-EC General Assembly

16-18 November 2018 | Uçhisar, Cappadocia, Turkey

We invite you to the 2018 ECA-EC annual event “sing outside the box”, co-hosted by the Koro Kültürü Dernegi / Choral Culture Association.

Three days to interact, learn, sing and meet with your fellow choral enthusiasts, discover exciting music in unusual venues and develop your European choral network.

The event takes place in the beauitiful region of Cappadocia in central Turkey, and is accessible through two airports!

Quick overview of your week-end


Friday 16 Nov 2018

09:00 to 18:00 | Membership Day [members only]
An opportunity for ECA-EC members to talk about the future of the association, bring in new ideas and develop new models with peers and to present their own projects.

Evening | Opening of the Conference [open to all]
Keynote speech of Cem Mansur, and musical dinner in a beautiful Caravanserail!

Saturday 17 Nov. 2018

Morning | ECA-EC General Assembly [members only]
with Board elections
Afternoon | Conference [open to all]
Short plenary followed by parallel sessions and interactive (singing) workshops dealing with new approaches to collective singing, with a focus on relation to rehearsal and performance spaces. Some sessions presenting the Turkish tradition and innovation in choral music.
Ways to upgrade performances:
  • Maria van Nieuwkerken (NL) – Surprise your audience!
  • Dóra Halas (HU) – Involve your singers!
  • Greg Gilg (FR) – Sonic choir for non-singers
  • Youth Committee of ECA-EC – Atmosphere, singers outside the rehearsal

Innovation in Tradition:

  • Ömer Faruk Belviranli (TR) - Traditional singing techniques of Anatolia
  • Cemi’i Can Deliorman (TR) - Discover Turkish Tunes

Evening | Concert  [open to all]
Concert of the Turkish State Choir in the Gülay Museum

Sunday, 18 Nov 2018

Morning | Musical walk [open to all]
With a very special guide, discover the beautiful Pigeon Valley in music, and exchange with your new choral friends. Don't forget your walking shoes.

Learn More and Register!

The updated programme and the participation fees on

Deadline for applications: 30/09/2018

The detailed programme, the practical information for your stay, as well as the documents for the General Assembly will be sent out to registered delegates end of October and beginning of November 2018.
More information and registration
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The public conference is part of the cooperation project “sing outside the box” supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

Hiring a Trainee for project management

We are looking for a full-time trainee for project management in our office in Bonn, Germany, starting September 1st 2018.
One of the main tasks will be the preparation, organisation and documentation of the festival “Youth Choirs in Movement” which will take place in Bonn end of June 2019.
Very good level of German and English required.

>> Read the full job description

Deadline for applications: 31 May 2018
CV, motivation letter to be sent to

Wrap-up: Workshop on Digital Communication

Thanks again to all the participants of the first Capacity Building workshop organised in the frame of the Network Funding project “Upgrade – Connect – Reach out: Raising Awareness for Collective Singing in Europe”.

Participants came from 9 different countries and were representatives of the Ardent choir [Switzerland],Creative Europe Desk Kultur GermanyEuropean Theatre Convention [Germany], Feniarco - National Federation of regional choir associations [Italy], International Federation for Choral Music [IFCM], Koro Kültütü Dernegi [Turkey], Sulasol [Finland] and ZIMIHC [The Netherlands].

Thanks also to the speakers: Alan Kelly from AOIC - Association of Irish Choirs and Stefano Zucchiati from Europe Jazz Network.


(under the ECA-EC label)

Upcoming deadlines

Sept 2018:
30 Sept > Conference Sing Outside the Box and General Assembly in Turkey

EUROPA CANTAT XX Festival: day-to-day registrations

27 July - 5 August 2018 | Tallinn, Estonia

It´s still possible to register for:

Registrations opened on May 1st and will remain open during the Festival.



International Federation for Choral Music

IFCM May Newsletter

In English
In French - en français
In German - auf Deutsch
In Italian- in italiano
In Spanish - en español
12th World Symposium on Choral Music

Call for choirs and presenters

11-18 July 2020 | Auckland, New Zealand

The world’s premier choral event, held once every three years in a distinctive and exciting destination, it draws together the world’s leading choirs, conductors, composers and administrators for a superlative experience of concerts, seminars, masterclasses and workshops. Providing an unparalleled opportunity for musicians to meet and share ideas, it is also a public showcase for the best our art form has to offer.

In 2020 the Symposium sails to the Pacific paradise of New Zealand, the home to a multicultural blend of Maori, Europeans, Pacific Islanders, Asians and many others… and to the dynamic mix of music they enjoy and share.
Juan de Izeta, former Secretary General of the Basque Choir Association EAE and financial auditor of ECA-EC for some years, passed away. He had stayed in touch over the years and we shall miss him. Our condolences to his family and friends as well as to the Basque choral world.


The role of culture at EU level in future

The European Union has proposed a new Agenda for Culture for the coming years.
We welcome the fact that a number of issues raised by the Culture sector during the consultation procedure where included in the document, including an explicit mention of arts education and the plan to create a new artists' mobility scheme.

Future EU funding programme for Culture

The EU has published a first proposal for the Multiannual Financial Framework for the years 2021 - 2027, including the new funding programmes.
We welcome the fact that this includes the continuation of Creative Europe as self-standing programme and the fact that the budget shall be increased (1.8 billion EUR compared to 1.4 billion for the years 2021 - 2027). However, this would still not be suffivcient to cover the needs (also see mid-term evaluation of Creative Europe below), also because the new artists' mobility scheme shall be included under Creative Europe, and there are plans to add a new strand for Music (see pilot programme Music Moves Europe). Therefore we will have to continue advocating for a budget increase, based on our original demand to double the budget for Culture and allocate 1% of all other funding instruments to culture. 

You can help!
Please join Culture Action Europe's 1% for Culture campaign by signing their manifesto. If you live in an EU member state, you can also support our efforts by advocating at national level for an increase in the budget - using this template letter

CreativeEurope  2014-2021 mid-term evaluation

The programme, from which we are also receiving Network Funding as well as funding for the "Sing Outside the Box" programme in which we are partners, was evaluated over the last months, and we also contributed to the evaluation process in different ways. The evaluation showed that that the interest in the programme is very high in comparison to funds available, so that the success rate of applications accepted has declined. Also, the evaluation report recommends to do more for cultural diversity and competitiveness, strengthen the focus on audiences, embrace the digital revolution, and further support for linguistic diversity. In regards to supporting capacity-building needs of cultural organizations, there needs to be more attention to the ambitions of small cultural operators.

Good news for the British Culture Sector?

It seems that in the Brexit negotiations, the UK Government is planning to continue participating in the current EU programmes, including Creative Europe. This means that UK organisations can continue applying for funding under the current Creative Europe programme and successful applicants from the UK can receive the funding allocated until the end of their projects. However, the EU has included a UK specific clause in the event that the current negotiations will not be successful.

Results of latest round of cooperations projects funded by Creative Europe

Results have been publsiehd for the last call of Creative Europe for cooperatoin projects related to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. Read the results

REMINDER: Music Moves Europe Call

Training Schemes for Young Music Professionals
The first call for proposal of the Music Moves Europe Preparatory Action was published on 8 May. The aim is to identify and support 10 pilot training programmes for young music professionals. Lessons learnt from these projects should feed into an integrated strategy for music support for the next generation of EU funding programmes after 2020.

Deadline for applications is August 27th 2018


Wrap-up ECA-EC conference and General Assembly 2017
Join us in Cappadocia, Turkey in 2018!
Friends of Choral Music In Europe
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"Sing Outside the Box" and “Upgrade – Connect – Reach out: Raising Awareness for Collective Singing in Europe”  are co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union

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The European Choral Association is supported by the German Ministry of Youth (BMFSFJ) and the City of Bonn.
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