The European Music Council is to hold a weekend event in Turin in October for young musicians aged 18 – 30 from across Europe.
The event is entitled 'Access!' The principle objective of Access! is to enhance the active participation, within the European music sector, of young people from all parts of society and to support their involvement in democratic processes, whilst at the same time, providing them with a setting to develop within their scope of interests. Supported by the Youth in Action programme, this six month project is based around a series of meetings and events, centred around the concept of non-formal learning, welcoming a total of 80 young people, aged 18-30 from across Europe. These events will support the drafting of the European Agenda for Youth and Music, a qualitative document outlining the current needs and future aspirations of young people active within all areas of musical life in Europe, and offering models of best practice. Initiated by the Working Group Youth (WGY) of the European Music Council (EMC) and with the support of the Europa Cantat Youth Committee (ECYC), the Agenda will serve to encourage politicians at all levels as well as the music sector (civil society), to involve young people in decision making processes. Furthermore, it will stimulate more young people into action. Access! is a project organised by young people for young people.
Participants of Access! will choose between being actively involved in the drafting of the Agenda in Bonn, Germany or engaging in an exchange of ideas with like-minded Europeans and music professionals at the European Youth Forum on Music in Turin, Italy. The project's final activity will see the young participants present the European Agenda for Youth and Music to important decision makers in Brussels and therefore supporting their participation in the mechanisms of representative democracy.
Our Live Music Now Scotland director, Carol Main, will be leading a session which will be illustrated by Live Music Now clarsach player, Jennifer Port. The session is entitled ' The role of the musician in the 21st century.'