"Family Music" EU project 2011 - 2013

Family Music A Program to enhance Classical Music Education along the European Mozart Ways

EU supports the Mozart Ways project "Family Music" in the frame of the Cultural Program 2007 2013

Family Music – A Program to enhance Classical Music Education along the European Mozart Waysis coordinated by the Association European Mozart Ways (EMW), and will be realized within the next two years together with Deutsche Mozart Gesellschaft (DMG, German Mozart Society) and Conservatorio di Musica “Giuseppe Nicolini” (GNC,Conservatory of Piacenza).

The project "Family Music" starts in June 2011 and will end in May 2013.

The total budget of the project is estimated at € 400.000. Support from the EU covers 50% of such costs as co-financing, the maximum eligible amount. Among 280 applicants, 103 projects were selected for funding.

The list of selected projects is available under: http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/culture/funding/2010/selection/documents/strand_1_2_1/01_vol1_selected_projects.pdf


►„Family Music“ – A European Project

Organizers of the project are the Deutsche Mozart Gesellschaft, the umbrella organisation of 13 regional Mozart Societies in Germany with headquarters in Augsburg and Conservatorio di Musica "Giuseppe Nicolini, a state music Conservatory in Piacenza (and Associated Member of the Association), whose mission is to teach and promote music at a professional level.

Classical music is one of the most important cultural gifts that Europe ever created and transmitted to the world. As cultural heritage it finds vivid expressions both in a rich concert scene and in home based musical practice. Both should be preserved and maintained in spite of social changes, since music can provide a crucial contribution to the creative development of young people and to their personalities.

Widespread music education and dissemination thus play a key role in aesthetic education; experience and knowledge of music and of its values can develop important social and behavioral skills, in amateurs as well as professional musicians. Music education is a key factor to maintaining the tradition of classical music, contributing to cultural progress in this essential genre of the performing arts.

The submitted project focuses on education in the field of classical music in general and on a specific tradition which no longer self-evident nowadays: that of classical music performed within the family and in private circles. Practising instruments and performing classical music in the closer sphere provides solid ground to motivate the younger players and to transmit instrumental abilities to the next generation.

The project aims to enhance classical music education also by presenting best practice examples from different countries, regarding performance and teaching on the private level.

It will directly involve large networks withmember cities and cultural and educational institutions from various parts of Europe.

►The European Mozart Ways (EMW)
The EMW have been established in the context of the Europe-wide celebrations of Mozart's 250th anniversary upon initiative of the federal province of Salzburg already since 2002. Its main objective is to connect the most important MozartCities, Regions, cultural, academic and touristic institutions inten European countries into an active network.

Cultural travellers of today should be lead along the footsteps of the most widely travelled composer of the 18th century and the first truly European artist. The revival of Mozart's travel routes by the European Mozart Ways leads travellers to a renewed discovery of the most meaningful music, art and architectural venues of our cultural heritage in Europe.

The association mainly develops and promotes cultural, academic and touristic projects. Another focus for the near future will be onyouth projects towards the more integrated insertion of classical music into general education.

In 2004 the European Mozart Ways were designated as "Major Cultural Route" within the cultural route program of the Council of Europe. While for instance the Pilgrims Way of St. James to Santiago de Compostela is rooted in a religious and spiritual background, the European Mozart Ways are the only Cultural Route which has as its center the life and work of a musician.

The association currently unites 47 members (cities, regions, tourism associations and cultural organizations) in 10 countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Slovakia and Switzerland.

Within their secondproject, supported by the EU, the EMW are coordinators for the overall project and connect the other member cities and organizations along the Mozart Ways in a joint program to promote training in the field of classical music. The main focus in the 1st year of the project will be on "Family Music" and in the second year on the overall intensification of music education.

►The Project  Partners
The Deutsche Mozartgesellschaft (DMG) is dedicated to preserving the musical heritage of Wolfgang Amadé Mozart, researching his life, family and times, while also promoting Mozart events in the whole of Germany and particular in Augsburg, Leopold Mozart's birth place. Activities of the DMG are the regular publication of the journal "Acta Mozartiana" and two main annual Mozart related events: "Deutsches Mozartfest" (German Mozart Festival) and "Mozart-Musizierwoche" (Week of Mozart Playing), a training program for amateur musicians concentrated over one week.  

In the EU project, DMG is responsible for preparing and realizing the music competition "Family Music", which will take place in 2012in Augsburg with the participation of European ensembles. Associated partner of the DMG for this part of the project is the cultural department of the City of Augsburg.  

In addition the DGM will disseminate the project results in Germany and support the content management of a music-educational platform on the portal www.mozartways.com with the perspective to promote best practice examples in collaboration between an extensive national Mozart network and the multi-national EMW.

The "Nicolini Conservatory" of Piacenza (GNC), in keeping with European guidelines, develops and implements mobility programmes for both faculty and students.This academy of advanced music studies participates in cooperation projects and networks in order to further students´progress, contribute to deducate European citizens, counteract xenophobia and racism, improve the preparation of teachers and promote incultural dialogue.

In co-operation with Compagnia Teatrale Corona, GNC will prepare an innovative stage play on Mozart's life and music aimed at family audiences in several European countries. GNC will provide their expertise in the field of classical music education to establish the e-platform for music education on www.mozartways.com and assist in disseminating the project results in Italy.

This work programme has been funded with support from the European Commission
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