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Webinar series on social entrepreneurship, networking and cooperation for composers

EU Smart Composer invites you to participate in a series of Webinars to learn more about social entrepreneurship, networking and cooperation for composers.

Wednesday 8 June 14:00 – 15:30 CET

The first webinar in the EU SMART Composer series, hosted by RESEO (Belgium) and Wazo Coop (Spain), will examine the concept of composer entrepreneurs and their motivation. Participants will hear composer and activist Marta Lozano Molano share her experience of pioneering composer entrepreneurship in Spain, and will examine how the Social Economy Model of enterprise could revolutionise our industry to become both more profitable and more sustainable. (Language: English)

To participate in the webinar you can register here: https://cutt.ly/VJzwrNV

Cross-cutting issues: Gender, Inclusion and Climate Change

Wednesday 15th June 14:00 – 15:30 CET

The second webinar in the EU SMART Composer series, presented by MateraHub (Italy) and Coompanion (Sweden), will explore the relationship between entrepreneurship and cross-cutting issues such as inclusion and climate change. Guest speakers Dr. Michelle Phillips from the Royal Northern College of Music (UK) and composer and intendant Bernard Foccroulle (France) will share their experiences of how artist entrepreneurs can engage with these issues, giving participants insight into the opportunities and influences to be sought in a challenging industry. (Language: English)

To participate in the webinar you can register here: https://cutt.ly/VJzwrNV 

Networking for Composers

Wednesday 22 June 14:00 – 15:30 CET

The third webinar in the EU SMART Composer series, presented by Le LABA (France) and l’Abbaye aux Dames (France), will highlight networking and its value for contemporary classical composers. In examining cutting-edge theory alongside the practical experiences of composer entrepreneurs, participants will better understand how, where and – crucially – why to network for better opportunities. (Language: English)

To participate in the webinar you can register here: https://cutt.ly/VJzwrNV

About EU Smart Composer

Smart Composer is a two-year strategic partnership project funded by the Erasmus+ programme that brings together six European partners to explore music education and composition methodologies for educators as well as the branding, digital marketing and entrepreneurship skills that are necessary for young composers today.

Society has changed significantly over the past decade. Music students study harmony and creative techniques to compose new music during their studies at music institutions, while composers are expected to meet with orchestras and ensembles etc interested in commissioning a piece of music.

The Smart Composer project aims to help composers upskill in order to foster their employability and the sustainability of their projects.

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EUSMARTComposer Webinars for young composers

EU SMART Composer is an Erasmus+ programme to develop a methodology to support VET Music Educators in their teaching to music students who compose new music.

EU SMART Composer practical tool will facilitate VET Music Educator-Music Students knowledge transfer to improve their employability.

Smart Composer is a two-year strategic partnership project funded by the Erasmus+ programme that brings together six European partners to explore music education and composition methodologies for educators as well as the branding, digital marketing and entrepreneurship skills that are necessary for young composers today.

Society has changed significantly over the past decade. Music students study harmony and creative techniques to compose new music during their studies at music institutions, while composers are expected to meet with orchestras and ensembles etc interested in commissioning a piece of music.

The Smart Composer project aims to help composers upskill in order to foster their employability and the sustainability of their projects.

The Entrepreneurial Mindset

Wednesday 8 June 14:00 – 15:30 CET

The first webinar in the EU SMART Composer series, hosted by RESEO (Belgium) and Wazo Coop (Spain), will examine the concept of composer entrepreneurs and their motivation. Participants will hear composer and activist Marta Lozano Molano share her experience of pioneering composer entrepreneurship in Spain, and will examine how the Social Economy Model of enterprise could revolutionise our industry to become both more profitable and more sustainable. (Language: English)

Cross-cutting issues: Gender, Inclusion and Climate Change

Wednesday 15th June 14:00 – 15:30 CET

The second webinar in the EU SMART Composer series, presented by MateraHub (Italy) and Coompanion (Sweden), will explore the relationship between entrepreneurship and cross-cutting issues such as inclusion and climate change. Guest speakers Dr. Michelle Phillips from the Royal Northern College of Music (UK) and composer and intendant Bernard Foccroulle (France) will share their experiences of how artist entrepreneurs can engage with these issues, giving participants insight into the opportunities and influences to be sought in a challenging industry. (Language: English)

Networking for Composers

Wednesday 22 June 14:00 – 15:30 CET

The third webinar in the EU SMART Composer series, presented by Le LABA (France) and l’Abbaye aux Dames (France), will highlight networking and its value for contemporary classical composers. In examining cutting-edge theory alongside the practical experiences of composer entrepreneurs, participants will better understand how, where and – crucially – why to network for better opportunities. (Language: English)

Register here: https://cutt.ly/VJzwrNV

Meetings

EU SMART Composer – Train of Trainers (Saintes, France)

EU SMART COMPOSER Transnational Meeting

The transnational meeting of the EU SMART COMPOSER project took place on 30-31 March at the Abbaye Aux Dames in Saintes, France.

EU SMART COMPOSER is a biannual Erasmus + project that is developing a practical tool to facilitate knowledge transfer between music teachers and their students to improve their employability.

The international consortium behind EU SMART Composer consists of Coompanion Göteborg ek. för (Sweden), the coordinating entity, Consorzio Materahub Industrie Culturali e Creative (Italy), Abbaye aux Dames – Lacite musicale-Saintes (France), Le Laba (France), RESEO– European Network for Opera and Dance Education (Belgium) and Wazo Coop (Spain).

The activities, in an informal way, started on the afternoon of Tuesday 30th March with a meeting of all the people who were going to be present at the following two days of meetings. During the meeting, there was the opportunity to meet in person some participants who did not have the opportunity to visit Saintes at the previous meeting held in September, as well as to thoroughly plan the work plan.

Of course, we had the opportunity to meet again the wonderful building of the Abbaye aux Dames, a place where heritage and music can be breathed in every corner.

The morning of 30 March began with a general introduction to the evolution of the project and with the focus on the work of Train of Trainers that was to take place during the stay in Saintes.

Omar Shahryar from the RESEO organisation began to work on the content of the first Train of Trainers module, which consisted of an explanation of the project itself, as well as the welcome and the methodology that will be provided to the future Trainers.

The morning session continued to develop with different processes of co-creation of the content, a tone that would be maintained throughout the meeting.

On Wednesday afternoon, Abbaye aux Dames and Le Laba were in charge of developing the second module «Branding and Marketing», led by music branding expert Emily Gonneau and supported by Antoine Zenoni. It was an excellent opportunity to learn first-hand about the needs and challenges of future composers in the music industry and market, always from a social point of view.

The next day, the 31st of March, started with the presentation of module 2 «Empowerment and leadership» by Coompanion, led by Ebba Westerberg and Björn Granat. An interesting and interactive session, where the possibilities of empowerment and its importance in building a solid career for composers were investigated.

The last afternoon session was led by José Luis Díaz from Wazo Coop, Roberta Capozucca and Carlo Ferreti from Matera Hub. The corresponding module was «Cooperative Entrepreneurship», where in addition to developing the theme and talking about the benefits and resilience of the Social Economy, there was the opportunity to co-create a series of very useful tools for teachers and students.

We also had the online presence of Diana Ghinea from Coompanion, Marta Lozano Molano from Wazo Coop and Mikko Laamanen from Reseo.

Undoubtedly an intense but extremely productive meeting, the results of which will be put into practice next September in Matera (Italy).

Meetings

Transnational Meeting EU SMART COMPOSER – France

Transnational Meeting EU SMART COMPOSER – France

EU SMART COMPOSER is a biannual Erasmus + project that is developing a practical tool to facilitate the transfer of knowledge between music teachers and their students to improve their employability. This project stems from the Composer Boost program developed in Extremadura in recent years by Wazo Coop.

The international consortium promoting EU SMART Composer is formed by Coompanion Göteborg ek. för (Sweden), the coordinating entity, Consorzio Materahub Industrie Culturali e Creative (Italy), Abbaye aux Dames – Lacite musicale-Saintes (France), Le Laba (France), RESEO- European Network for Opera and Dance Education (Belgium) and Wazo Coop (Spain).

On September 15th and 16th, the transnational meeting of the European project EU SMART COMPOSER took place at the Abbaye Aux Dames in Saintes, France.

The activities began on the morning of Wednesday September 15 with a guided tour of the Abbaye aux Dames, where we had the opportunity to enjoy and learn about its impressive heritage, as well as to deepen the important musical activity of the building.

This was followed by Diana Ghine a from Coompanion, who shared with the rest of the consortium the progress of the EuSmartComposer project management, monitoring and reporting.

The morning was spent with a continuous debate on the project and the different points of view of the consortium and we were able to learn from RESEO the results of the previous desk research and the results of the surveys conducted by the different organizations that make up the consortium.

The afternoon began with Wazo Coop and RESEO leading the debate on the different approaches to the didactic method of the project and the sharing of the case studies carried out by each partner.

The end of the day was a very interesting opportunity for the different people who are part of the consortium to get to know each other better, sharing concerns and points of view about EuSmartComposer, as well as about different aspects related to our work.

The day of Thursday, September 16 began with an intense activity of co-design of the training packs, where we had the opportunity to focus on the needs in terms of branding, entrepreneurship, digital marketing and leadership. These activities were led by Wazo Coop and also involved an interesting debate on the different aspects discussed.

Then Marta Lozano Molano from Wazo Coop shared the project launched through a crowdfunding campaign «Música Social» as a success story, the publication of a method of musical composition and piano that facilitates education in values in young people according to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations Agenda 2030.

During the afternoon, several workshops of co-design and debate on the results (Intellectual Outputs) of EuSmartComposer took place, with the participation of all the organizations, to later share the results and expectations of the Transnational Meeting and say goodbye knowing a little more about the cities of Saintes and Bordeaux.

News

EU SMART Composer in Wazo magazine

The EU SMART Composer project is featured in the latest issue of Wazo Magazine. The magazine’s 32nd issue focuses on projects that promote sustainable development through music and the professionals who make it possible.
One article of the digital magazine is dedicated to EU SMART Composer and it talks about the project, the consortium and the goals it aims to achieve.

Wazo Magazine is the free collaborative magazine of Wazo Coop ISSN 2444-1201.

About Wazo Magazine:

It is a social publication that gives access to professionals from all over the world who contribute on a voluntary basis to its production by contributing articles, in Spanish and English, on Creative and Cultural Industries and on Social and Solidarity Economy.

Wazo Magazine is published quarterly in digital format to reduce the environmental impact and carbon footprint.

You can find out more at this link: https://www.wazogate.com/

News

Take part in the research of the Erasmus+ project EU SMART COMPOSER

Are you a Project Manager or Education Manager employed by music institutions, universities, conservatoires, festivals, orchestras, opera companies, ensembles or composer residencies who either a) work with adult student and/or professional composers, and/or b) develop training for student and/or professional composers of contemporary classical music?

If so please make your contribution to the research of EU SMART Composer and take the survey.

(Please note, those working with composers of jazz, pop, film/theatre/TV and game music are outside of the scope of this research, as are projects outside of Europe.)


What Is This Survey About

The survey comprises 24 questions that seek to identify:

  • Entrepreneurial skills that composers need to make them more employable for Project Managers/Education Managers;
  • Specific needs as seen by Project Managers/Education managers that will help composers develop an entrepreneurial spirit, a sense of initiative and active approach towards their cultural action, and an understanding of their business potential and economic viability.

All survey responses will be anonymous.

The outcomes of this study will be made available through the publication of a European Report by the EU Smart Composer Project. They will also be used to create a training and a handbook. Information about all of these outputs is available online at Eusmartcomposer.eu

TAKE THE SURVEY!

Research – EU SMART Composer eusmartcomposer.eu

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S.M.A.R.T.

S.M.A.R.T.
The Methodology
Based in the S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic with Timelines) Model to Define Career Goals and Tried-and-true goal-setting model for music education, EU SMART Composer methodology supports VET Music Educators in their teaching to music students who compose new music and it is designed to face the new labor market requirements.

EU SMART Composer methodology is graduated and adapted to the different backgrounds and contexts of Europe (big cities, rural areas, conservatories, schools…) of Music Students.

Events

Eu Smart Composer

EU SMART Composer practical tool will facilitate VET Music Educator-Music Students knowledge transfer to improve their employability.

Society has changed significantly over the past decade. Music students learn from their VET Music Educators harmony, creative techniques to compose new music etc during their studies at Music Institutions. Composers are expected to meet with orchestras, ensembles etc interested in commissioning a piece of music. Due to the new modes of exploitation and funding issues of commissioners, an update of the skills is needed in order to have a sustainability of composers projects and their employability. VET Music Educators are essential in the process of the training and subsequent introduction into employment of Music students. VET Music Educators have to be equipped with knowledge, technical competencies, hard and soft skills and practicals tools to meet the new challenges. They demand a methodology to support music students to improve their employability in this new labour market.

The objectives of EU SMART Composers are:(1) to develop a methodology to support VET Music Educators in their teaching to music students who compose new music; (2) to enable VET Music Educators to gain new skills in branding, entrepreneurship and digital marketing for composers that will enrich their professional life and continue their professional development; and (3) to create a practical tool to facilitate VET Music Educator-Music Students knowledge transfer to improve their employability.

The profile of the participants are:

VET Music Educators (teachers, trainers, mentors and leaders): Composition VET Music Educators, Music Performance VET Music Educators, Choral and Orchestra Conducting VET Music Educators, Music Theory VET Music Educators… Who develop their professional career in Musical Institutions (Orchestras, Conservatories, Universities, Schools…) and Independently (private tutors). On the activities of the training week proposed 20 VET Music Educators will be involved.
Music Institutions: Orchestras, Conservatories, Universities, Schools…
Music Students: New Music Compositions Students, Music Performance/Conducting students who compose new music.

EU SMART Composer is a methodology that supports VET Music Educators in their teaching to music students who compose new music and it is designed to face the new labor market requirements. This project will enable VET Music Educators to gain new skills in branding, entrepreneurship and digital marketing for composers that will enrich their professional life and continue their professional development. In relation to Music Institutions it is expected that they will implement innovative teaching programs including EU SMART Composer methodology and specific programs of Branding, Entrepreneurship and Digital Marketing for composers. About Music Students that will improve their employability and the implementation of their projects; acquisition of confidence, independence and self-reliance necessary for a life of changing professional expectations and demands in the participant countries in a local and national level; empowerment of female and male composers to implement their entrepreneurship ideas in the participant countries in a local and national level.

The project includes the following activities: Creation of Competence framework for VET Music Educators, development of EU SMART Composer (methodology and tools) and production of Handbook for EU SMART Composer, all of them focused in a) Branding (Find the composer’s voice; Composer’s distinctive values; Strategies to make the audience identify a composer and his/her music) b) Entrepreneurship (Feasibility and sustainability of projects, Business Models, Lean Canvas), c) Digital Marketing( Commercial strategy for contemporary music in digital media, Social Media as a distribution channel, Content development, measurement and analysis for social media). The activities also includes Learning Teaching Training: Training the trainers and EU SMART Composer EU Training for 20 VET Music Educators.

The methodology is based in the S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic with Timelines) Model to Define Career Goals and Tried-and-true goal-setting model for music education. EU SMART Composer methodology is graduated and adapted to the different backgrounds and contexts of Europe (big cities, rural areas, conservatories, schools…) of Music Students. Regarding to social innovation, the project fosters equitable practices for historically underrepresented composers as it is a graduated method to be adapted to students with different backgrounds (demographic, location, diversity, gender, LGBTQIA2s+).

Meetings

Kick off Meeting

EUSmartComposer kick-off meeting

The project to develop a methodology to support VET Music Educators in their teaching to music students who compose newmusic has started!!

Leader : Coompanion Göteborg ek. För. (Sweden)

Partners :

  • Belgium : RESEO – European Network for Opera and Dance Education
  • France : Le LABA (Bordeaux), Abbaye aux Dames – La Cité Musicale (Saintes)
  • Italia : Consorzio Materahub Industrie Culturali e Creative
  • Spain : Wazo Sociedad Cooperativa