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Relaunch of the EFNYO website (December 2015)

The EFNYO website is undergoing a process of complete redesign and will be ready for relaunch in December 2015.

MusXchange final report 2012-14

The final report of the second cycle of MusXchange (May 1st, 2012 - April 30th, 2014) was fully approved by the Educational, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the EU. The programme included 126 musicians' exchanges within 27 orchestra projects organised by 8 co-organisers and 5 further partners. The musicians were nationals from 17 different countries in the EU. The outcomes of the project were evaulated on the basis of 27 managers' reports and 122 musicians' questionnaires.

The MusXchange video which was produced during the summer 2013, can be seen at www.youtube.com/user/efnyo

The MusXchange brochure with the outcomes of the MusXchange final report 2012-14 was published in December 2014. The brochure includes facts and figures, managers' and musicians' statements and gives a colourful account of the MusXchange projects organized by 13 project partners. If you are interested in receiving the brochure, please contact the EFNYO office at info@efnyo.org

Results of the AEC Polifonia programme 2012-14

EFNYO was represented by its president Renate Böck in the Polifonia Working Group "Education for Entrepreneurship". As EFNYO members show an increased interest in evolving programmes around entrepeneurial skills for musicians, this conference represented an ideal platform for the exchange of experience with conservatoire representatives and external experts in the field.
Moreover, four musicians from EFNYO orchestras were selected to participate in a bootcamp with trainers from Guildhall School London, the Cork Institute of Technology, and the Scottish Institute for Enterprise, in order to develop their own entrepeneurial "start-ups" and present them at the conference.

The AEC MEDIA Report on both events, conference & bootcamp, and further outcomes of the Working Group on "Education for Entrepreneurship" can be found at www.aec-music.eu/about-aec/news/the-musician-as-creative-entrepreneur-media-report#.VPm0OS5CgZk

New EFNYO board member (since Sept. 2014)

EFNYO welcomes Ms. Joan Gibson as the seventh member on the EFNYO board. Joan is the chief executive of the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland (NYOS) running a host of eleven youth ensembles and training initiatives, among which the NYOS Symphony Orchestra and NYOS Camerata.

EFNYO applications under the EU's “Creative Europe” programme (2014-20)

The EFNYO board decided to file a renewed application for a third MusXchange cycle by October 1st, 2014. The title of the new Cooperation Project is: "MusXchange 2015-17: EFNYO's programme for fostering transnational mobility, strengthening of skills and audience building for pre-professional musicians in Europe."
The Cooperation Project will involve EFNYO as coordinator, 11 full partners, and further 20 associated partners from 34 countries. The joint activities will happen within well-established, but also innovative formats, ranging from mobility projects in symphonic and chamber music projecs to training workshops for managers and incubator programmes for young musicians.
The results of the application will be published in March 2015.

New EFNYO board member (since Dec. 2013)

The EFNYO board is delighted to announce that Ms. Miranda van Drie, general manager of the NJO/ Dutch Orchestra and Ensemble Academy, has been elected board member at the EFNYO GA in Vienna.

EU funding news 2013

EFNYO has successfully applied for an operating grant 2013 within the framework of the three years partnership agreement with the European Commission. The 2013 budget of the federation could be raised by more than 20% over the eligible budget of 2012.

EFNYO has also started a second cycle of its successful MusXchange programme. The new programme runs from May 1, 2012 to April 30, 2014, and includes exchange projects for another 130 young musicians between 8 co-organisers and 4 associated partners from among EFNYO membership. The programme meets the demand for short-term mobility experiences for young musicians, offers orchestral practice in a different musical environment, increases their social, intercultural and language skills, and enables them to expand the network of personal contacts for their future in the music profession.

EFNYO participates in AEC Polifonia programme, 2012-14

EFNYO has been invited to join the third cycle of the successful Polifonia programme of the Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Academies des Musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC). The project takes place between October 2011 and September 2014. EFNYO is represented by Renate Böck in the Working Group on "Lifelong Learning: Education for Entrepreneurship".

The working group focuses on the research of models of best practice based on possible types of cooperation between Higher Music Education (HME) institutions and organisations in the music profession. The expected outcomes should include a handbook on entrepreneurship for HME institutions, and to organise a closing conference on "The Working Musician" bringing together AEC member organisations, employers' organisations, musicians unions, and professionals from the whole music sector in the EU.

Further working group members come from the Conservatoire de Paris (chair: Gretchen Amussen), the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, the Vienna Music University, PEARLE, the European Music Council (EMC), the European String Teachers Association (ESTA), the European Music Schools Union (EMU), and the International Federation of Musicians (IFM/FIM).