The European Choral Association – Europa Cantat (ECA-EC) has successfully applied for a €1m grant for its ‘Upgrade – Connect – Reach out: Raising Awareness for Collective Singing in Europe’ project.
ECA-EC was one of 28 networks awarded funding from a total of 64 eligible applications. The organisation had submitted its application under the EU Creative Europe strand ‘Support to European networks’ in November 2016.
According to ECA-EC, this funding will benefit the organisation’s 60 member associations across 29 countries and the several hundred member choirs and individual members of the Association as well as 2.5m people it reaches through its network and an estimated 37m singers in Europe. The aim is also to raise awareness of singing among non-singing Europeans and increase overall levels of participation.
Developed over two years in tight cooperation with the organisation’s membership, the project will run from September 2017 to August 2021. Over these four years, ECA-EC will focus on building ‘a resilient and sustainable model for the future of the network’. A more detailed action plan will be published later in 2017.
Upgrade – Connect – Reach out: Raising Awareness for Collective Singing in Europe
The action plan of the project is developed under three keywords:
- The project aims to develop and strengthen the ECA-EC network, offering capacity-building for conductors, composers, singers and staff to help them internationalise their careers. The association will develop new digital tools for conductors and managers.
- ECA-EC will aim to cooperate with other ‘players’ in the choral sector, increasing the involvement of music professionals, individuals, cooperating with specialist organisations and enlarging the geographical scope of the network.
- The organisation will foster inclusive activities (cross-generational, cross-genre, trans-cultural), implement cooperation strategies to reach far beyond the current network and further connect the amazing diversity of collective singing practices.
Finally, the association wishes to reach out beyond the sector, encouraging cross-sectorial cooperation including co-operation with other European networks, reaching
out to people who are not yet singing, collecting research on the benefits of collective singing and promoting these benefits.