ECM's European Forum on Music: FOCUSING ON ARTISTIC FREEDOM

June 20, 2018

From 7 to 10 June 2018 more than 100 representatives from over 20 European countries met at the 8th edition of the European Music Council’s (ECM) European Forum on Music in Oslo, Norway. Among them the new member SafeMUSE.

The theme of the conference was “Looking Back – Looking Forward. The Future of Europe’s Musical Roots”, and included a session on artistic freedom lead by Sara Whyatt, advisor of the Working Group Arts Rights Justice Europe and UNESCO Expert on freedom of artistic expression.

The panel-discussion focused on how to promote and protect music freedom today and what the current trends and challenges there are in doing so, further if there should there be limitations on this freedom (eg. recent UK banning of ‘Drill’ music and ‘ridiculing’ victims of terror in Spain), and not the least what kind of support is needed from musicians and music organizations to promote and protect music freedom – whether it is suppression in Europe, or supporting colleagues in trouble elsewhere.

The panel-discussion also touched upon the problems for artists “from The South” when not obtaining visas to get in security, and the increasingly difficult climate in Europe and the western world for artistic freedom. The panel included Dr. Srirak Plipat (Freemuse), Sina Winter (artist/ From the Vastland) and Jan Lothe Eriksen (SafeMUSE).

Broad artistic program

The artistic program of the conference featured a broad range of genres and performers, including the Norwegian Girls’ Choir and Swedish Sami singer Katarina Barruk plus Sarah-Jane Summers & Juhoni Silvola. In addition SafeMUSE was involved in presenting Sina Winter’s black metal band From the Vastland and Safe Have Harstad’s guest musician Hamid Sakhizada together with Marthe Valle, Håvard Lund and Håkon Mjåset Johansen. The latter in a cooperation with Culture Troms/ Troms County Council. All together a true celebration of musical diversity and high artistic quality.

5 Music Rights

For the EMC and its members the future will very much focus on the implementation and further development of the European Agenda for Music, reflecting the diverse topics and looking at how the

Agenda can be implemented practically also on a local level – some examples were discussed in the project presentations by EMC members.

The core objective of this European Agenda is that Access to music is a human right and that everyone, regardless of physical ability, gender, age, social, cultural or geographical origin, should be able to engage in music from childhood. And the number one formulated Music Right is “The right for all children and adults and the right for all musical artists to express themselves musically in all freedom.”

The idea for the European Agenda for Music emerged from discussions among EMC members in autumn 2012 about the future of music in Europe. Recognizing the need for action, the EMC reached out to music stakeholders across the continent. And the European Agenda for Music was developed out of a continent-wide consultation launched by the European Music Council (EMC). Reaching out to the entire music sector, it identifies the sector’s collective needs and sets out priorities for the future. A powerful confirmation of the European music sector’s desire to join together in the promotion of a common cause, the Agenda details which directions to pursue in order to ensure a music sector that remains strong, fair, innovative and diverse in a rapidly changing world.

MORE INFORMATION/ PRESS RELEASE and PHOTOES from EMC HERE

‘Historias’ nominated to Gullsekken 2021 award

About us Support us ‘Historias’ nominated to Gullsekken 2021 award Foto: Kristian Glomnes / Seanse Earlier this month, ‘Historias’ was selected as one of the nominees to the cultural award Gullsekken 2021 for the category Best Tour Production. Together with Piero Issa, Jon Tombre, Fahil Anweri, Even Børsum and Nicolai Lopez, Safemuse’s resident artist Carlos Catun (aka.

‘Historias’ nominated to Gullsekken 2021 award Foto: Kristian Glomnes / Seanse Earlier this month, ‘Historias’ was selected as one of the nominees to the cultural award Gullsekken 2021 for the category Best Tour Production. Together with Piero Issa, Jon Tombre, Fahil Anweri, Even Børsum and Nicolai Lopez, Safemuse’s resident artist Carlos Catun (a

‘Historias’ nominated to Gullsekken 2021 award Foto: Kristian Glomnes / Seanse Earlier this month, ‘Historias’ was selected as one of the nominees to the cultural award Gullsekken 2021 for the category Best Tour Production. Together with Piero Issa, Jon Tombre, Fahil Anweri, Even Børsum and Nicolai Lopez, Safemuse’s resident artist Carlos Catun (a...

Iranian composer Mehdi Rajabian risks rearrest after album release

About us Support us Iranian composer Mehdi Rajabian risks rearrest after album release Photo: Wikipedia Commons – No power can stop the freedom of music Iranian composer and musician Mehdi Rajabian spent ten months in his basement in Iran where he worked on his most recent musical project, the album ‘Coup of Gods’. For many

Iranian composer Mehdi Rajabian risks rearrest after album release Photo: Wikipedia Commons – No power can stop the freedom of music Iranian composer and musician Mehdi Rajabian spent ten months in his basement in Iran where he worked on his most recent musical project, the album ‘Coup of Gods’. For many

Iranian composer Mehdi Rajabian risks rearrest after album release Photo: Wikipedia Commons – No power can stop the freedom of music Iranian composer and musician Mehdi Rajabian spent ten months in his basement in Iran where he worked on his most recent musical project, the album ‘Coup of Gods’. For many ...

A Conversation with Maryam Sharifi

About us Support us THE SOLIDARITY CONFERENCE 2021: A conversation with Maryam Sharifi In a conversation with Safemuse’s Akari Izumi Kvamme, Maryam Sharifi shared her experiences and reflections as an Afghani woman and cultural activist. Photo: Ortenheim Photography. Earlier this month, the Norwegian Peoples Aid Solidarity Youth’s annual conference took place on the island of

THE SOLIDARITY CONFERENCE 2021: A conversation with Maryam Sharifi In a conversation with Safemuse’s Akari Izumi Kvamme, Maryam Sharifi shared her experiences and reflections as an Afghani woman and cultural activist. Photo: Ortenheim Photography. Earlier this month, the Norwegian Peoples Aid Solidarity Youth’s annual conference took place o

THE SOLIDARITY CONFERENCE 2021: A conversation with Maryam Sharifi In a conversation with Safemuse’s Akari Izumi Kvamme, Maryam Sharifi shared her experiences and reflections as an Afghani woman and cultural activist. Photo: Ortenheim Photography. Earlier this month, the Norwegian Peoples Aid Solidarity Youth’s annual conference took place o...

In solidarity with Afghanistan

About us Support us IN SOLIDARITY WITH AFGHANISTAN Demonstrators gathered outside the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Photo: Soraia Khawari AN APPEAL FROM THE SAFEMUSE CHAIR OF THE BOARD On Saturday 11th of September 2021, Safemuse attended a demonstration outside the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs following the political overturn and seizure of Kabul by

IN SOLIDARITY WITH AFGHANISTAN Demonstrators gathered outside the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Photo: Soraia Khawari AN APPEAL FROM THE SAFEMUSE CHAIR OF THE BOARD On Saturday 11th of September 2021, Safemuse attended a demonstration outside the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs following the political overturn and seizure of Kabul b

IN SOLIDARITY WITH AFGHANISTAN Demonstrators gathered outside the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Photo: Soraia Khawari AN APPEAL FROM THE SAFEMUSE CHAIR OF THE BOARD On Saturday 11th of September 2021, Safemuse attended a demonstration outside the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs following the political overturn and seizure of Kabul b...

Gladnyhet: En million kroner til residensordning i Oslo

About us Support us Oslo Kommunes budsjettforslag 2022: En million til Safemuse residensordning Residensartisten Mai Khoi skal spille på Cafeteatret i 2022. Foto: mai-khoi.com EN GLEDENS DAG I ettermiddag ble Oslo Kommunes budsjettforslag for 2022 endelig lagt frem, og gleden var stor da Safemuse mottok beskjeden om byrådets innstilling på en million kroner til etablering

Oslo Kommunes budsjettforslag 2022: En million til Safemuse residensordning Residensartisten Mai Khoi skal spille på Cafeteatret i 2022. Foto: mai-khoi.com EN GLEDENS DAG I ettermiddag ble Oslo Kommunes budsjettforslag for 2022 endelig lagt frem, og gleden var stor da Safemuse mottok beskjeden om byrådets innstilling på en million kroner til etabl

Oslo Kommunes budsjettforslag 2022: En million til Safemuse residensordning Residensartisten Mai Khoi skal spille på Cafeteatret i 2022. Foto: mai-khoi.com EN GLEDENS DAG I ettermiddag ble Oslo Kommunes budsjettforslag for 2022 endelig lagt frem, og gleden var stor da Safemuse mottok beskjeden om byrådets innstilling på en million kroner til etabl...

Announcement: New staff member in Safemuse

About us Support us NEW STAFF MEMBER AT SAFEMUSE Photo: Kristoffer Archetti Stølen MEET OUR NEW TEAM MEMBER We are glad to announce that Akari Izumi Kvamme is the newest member to the Safemuse team!   Akari holds a BA in political science from the University of British Columbia in Canada and a MSc in international

NEW STAFF MEMBER AT SAFEMUSE Photo: Kristoffer Archetti Stølen MEET OUR NEW TEAM MEMBER We are glad to announce that Akari Izumi Kvamme is the newest member to the Safemuse team!   Akari holds a BA in political science from the University of British Columbia in Canada and a MSc in international

NEW STAFF MEMBER AT SAFEMUSE Photo: Kristoffer Archetti Stølen MEET OUR NEW TEAM MEMBER We are glad to announce that Akari Izumi Kvamme is the newest member to the Safemuse team!   Akari holds a BA in political science from the University of British Columbia in Canada and a MSc in international ...

SAFE HAVENS & FREEDOM TALKS – MOVING ON

About us Support us SAFE HAVENS & FREEDOM TALKS – MOVING ON Photo Credit: Fredrik Elg Safe Havens & Freedom Talks is now established as a new Swedish NGO, with Safemuse as fiscal sponsor, or step stone for the build-up of the new organization. The now well-established international conference initiative Safe Havens is moving into

SAFE HAVENS & FREEDOM TALKS – MOVING ON Photo Credit: Fredrik Elg Safe Havens & Freedom Talks is now established as a new Swedish NGO, with Safemuse as fiscal sponsor, or step stone for the build-up of the new organization. The now well-established international conference initiative Safe Havens is moving into

SAFE HAVENS & FREEDOM TALKS – MOVING ON Photo Credit: Fredrik Elg Safe Havens & Freedom Talks is now established as a new Swedish NGO, with Safemuse as fiscal sponsor, or step stone for the build-up of the new organization. The now well-established international conference initiative Safe Havens is moving into ...

Safe Havens Global Stream 2020

About us Support us Safe Havens Global Stream 2020: A BROAD VARIETY OF ARTISTIC INTERVENTIONS Safe Havens is a once-a-year conference opportunity where arts and human rights activists share and use their experience. This year organized as a two-stage series of online seminars under the title Safe Havens Global Stream. Prioritising artists, smaller organisations and

Safe Havens Global Stream 2020: A BROAD VARIETY OF ARTISTIC INTERVENTIONS Safe Havens is a once-a-year conference opportunity where arts and human rights activists share and use their experience. This year organized as a two-stage series of online seminars under the title Safe Havens Global Stream. Prioritising artists, smaller organisations and

Safe Havens Global Stream 2020: A BROAD VARIETY OF ARTISTIC INTERVENTIONS Safe Havens is a once-a-year conference opportunity where arts and human rights activists share and use their experience. This year organized as a two-stage series of online seminars under the title Safe Havens Global Stream. Prioritising artists, smaller organisations and ...

Safemuse Artist Touring High Schools

About us Support us SAFEMUSE RESIDENCE ARTIST TOURING HIGH SCHOOLS  Nicolai López and Carlos “Gato” David Catun Quintana. Photo: Kristian Glomnes/SEANSE Safemuse residence artist, Guatemalan break dancer Gato (Carlos Catun), together with colleagues Nicolai López and Piero Issa, just finished their premiere DKS (Den kulturelle skolesekken) tour in Trøndelag, “BBoy for life”. The production, a combination

SAFEMUSE RESIDENCE ARTIST TOURING HIGH SCHOOLS  Nicolai López and Carlos “Gato” David Catun Quintana. Photo: Kristian Glomnes/SEANSE Safemuse residence artist, Guatemalan break dancer Gato (Carlos Catun), together with colleagues Nicolai López and Piero Issa, just finished their premiere DKS (Den kulturelle skolesekken) tour

SAFEMUSE RESIDENCE ARTIST TOURING HIGH SCHOOLS  Nicolai López and Carlos “Gato” David Catun Quintana. Photo: Kristian Glomnes/SEANSE Safemuse residence artist, Guatemalan break dancer Gato (Carlos Catun), together with colleagues Nicolai López and Piero Issa, just finished their premiere DKS (Den kulturelle skolesekken) tour ...

Safe Havens Global Stream November 11.-13. 2020

About us Support us Safe Havens Global Stream November 11.-13. 2020 Julie Ofelia Østrem Ossum and Mai Khoi will perform during the conference Safe Havens Global Stream Safe Havens Conference is starting up tomorrow: Safe Havens Global Stream – with more than 150 participants from all over the world! This year the annual Safe Havens

Safe Havens Global Stream November 11.-13. 2020 Julie Ofelia Østrem Ossum and Mai Khoi will perform during the conference Safe Havens Global Stream Safe Havens Conference is starting up tomorrow: Safe Havens Global Stream – with more than 150 participants from all over the world! This year the annual Safe Havens

Safe Havens Global Stream November 11.-13. 2020 Julie Ofelia Østrem Ossum and Mai Khoi will perform during the conference Safe Havens Global Stream Safe Havens Conference is starting up tomorrow: Safe Havens Global Stream – with more than 150 participants from all over the world! This year the annual Safe Havens ...