Dear EMCY readers,
Fresh news from the beautiful Ohrid in North Macedonia!
After careful consideration the organisers of Ohrid Pearls competition have decided to set new dates for the competition: 27-30th August 2020. They also extended the application deadline until the 30th June 2020.
You have 5 more days to make your summer unforgettable participating to this incredible competition! (read the article here)

It is important to look at the future with a new positive attitude and to slowly restart creating what we love most. Almost like a New Year, often a time for new dreams and goals as well as renewed energy to get things done. This month’s newsletter is all about our latest news.

We wish you all the best,
The EMCY team
Concertino Praga announces the finalists! 
In the last week of April, an international jury selected remotely the finalists of this year’s International Radio Competition for Young Musicians ‘Concertino Praga’.
Two representatives from the Czech Republic, the 15-year-old violinist Daniel Matejča and a 13-year-old pianist Jan Schulmeister, and two representatives of the Russian interpretation school, the 14-year-old trumpet player Aleksandr Rublev and an equally old pianist Vsevolod Zavidov, will strive to win this year edition. They will perform for the audience and the jury at the public final concert of the competition in Rudolfinum on September 12, 2020, accompanied by the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of conductor Jiří Rožná. (continue reading)
What makes even more special the European Solidarity Corps' year: the seminars
Some words from our European volunteer Francesca about her experience in Germany. "There are so many important moments during the ESC year, without any doubts it is a challenging experience in many ways. For some of these moments we have to thank our colleagues, for others our flatmates or sometimes just ourselves. There are also two very inspirational experiences for which I am very glad to thank the program ‘European Solidarity Corps’ to arrange it for us, the European seminars." (continue reading)
Investing in Europe’s next generation
As the European economy is slowly restarting, it is far from business as usual. Cultural actors are gradually resuming their activities, but all have to implement strict safety rules which means they won’t be operating at full capacity for the foreseeable future and are therefore facing challenging economic decisions. 
And yet the recovery package announced by the Commission on 27 May does not reflect the reality of the cultural and creative sector, despite the encouraging messages by the Commission and the strong position taken by the European Parliament. EMCY, along with many cultural networks, strongly and actively supports the initiative. Let’s invest in culture to show the EU’s #NextGeneration that we really care about their future!
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Instrument disinfection – guidelines
Time for students to return school instruments? Are you wondering how to keep playing and rehearsal and yet following the actual hygiene measures? These guidelines are for you!
The NFHS, NAfME and the NAMM Foundation have created guidelines for handling musical instruments during the COVID-19 school shutdown period.
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Due to current circumstances some competitions may postpone their editions or they can undergo changes.
Keep following our channels for updates!
Coronavirus update here! 
#actforculture, sign, share and lobby your governments, if you believe that there is no real recovery and no future without culture!
We are supporting Culture Action Europe call and petition and together with all the cultural field we ask: 
  • Double the budget of Creative Europe to 2,6 billion euros, as the core programme for reinforcing European cultural cooperation. (#Double4Culture).
  • Make sure that the additional funds stemming from the Next Generation EU initiative, such as REACT-EU, reach cultural operators.
There will be no real recovery for Europe if culture is left behind. Help us to bring back culture by signing this petition and sharing it widely.
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