WHAT IS MUSMA?
Born in 2010, MusMA is a cooperation project that supports and promotes the artistic creativity of young and innovative composers in the field of classical music. Sustained by a network of European Festivals, the project enjoys the patronage of EFA. Not only do the artistic creations conceived within the framework of the project first come to life during the various festivals, but they also enjoy the promotion of the festival’s partners: the national radios and the European Broadcasting Union.
MUSMA, Music Masters on Air, brings together some important European festivals to commission and produce new music in a network of exchanges and promotion of original works, thus tracing the paths of European creativity and rewarding the artistic vision of young people in contemporary classical music. One of our main ambitions is to move people to more deeply discover the diverse sounds of new and innovative classical music. Young, creative artists and composers have new ideas, new visions and new means to invigorate the genre, and should hence be given the chance to bring their creations to the European citizens, a public outstretching the national boundaries.
To imagine an audience of over a million and a half can procure a certain blank page-anxiety for a rookie composer. With the complicity of many radio networks, Europe becomes the endless theater of MusMA, offering a great young talent the occasion of an extraordinary debut! Composers of the new generation, masters of the new era, take a flight to present their work abroad. European Festivals join forces to develop a platform to welcome this new, unknown contemporary music…
Major European festivals, with the support of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the European Festival Association (EFA) pitch these contemporary composers beyond the borders, straight into the air!
MUSMA IS A PROJECT OF:
… IN PARTNERSHIP WITH AND COMMUNICATED BY THEIR RADIO STATIONS:
… AND SUPPORTED BY EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS
MUSMA … SOME FIGURES
MusMA is a simple and cost-effective strategy, that has allowed the music created in the frame of the project to cross new frontiers and reach each step of the way (the creation, the practice, the concerts, the broadcasting, the diffusion on the EBU platform) an increasing amount of people and radio-listeners in Europe!
FROM IT’s CREATION IN 2010 till TODAY…
MusMA has collaborated with
16 DIFFERENT NATIONALITIES
55 COMPOSITIONS OF CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL MUSIC
12 EUROPEAN COUNTRIES
organizing as of the end of 2017
43 MusMA CONCERTS
that were broadcasted all over Europe, reaching
THOUSANDS OF CONCERTGOERS
MILLIONS OF RADIOLISTENERS!
Furthermore, thanks to the collaboration with EBU (European Broadcasting Union), the audio of MUSMA concerts have been ordered
12 DIFFERENT RADIOS
leading to an
EXTRA AMOUNT OF 3’8 MILLION potential listeners.
(Data available by EBU as of June 2015/Since more concerts haven been forwarded to EBU and ordered by their members!)
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Each year, one of the participating festivals chooses a theme for the MusMA year.
Moreover each festival chooses a young (less than 35 years of age) composer to create a new work with the chosen theme in mind. Two are the requests:
- The piece should be of about 10 minutes
- The work should be written for a given ensemble (piano solo, wind quintet, chamber choir…) which is common to all festivals
Composers and musicians meet at a General Atelier, to rehearse and discuss the new works. This is an incredible opportunity for the composers: to make new and important contacts, to discuss thoroughly their ideas on music composition and to confront their work with whom is supposed to perform and to programme it.
After the Atelier, each festival takes it on him to organize a MusMA concert: a performance of the new music by the MusMA ensemble, who will travel all festivals.
In each country, the designated radio records and broadcasts the various MusMA concert. Each record is then forwarded to the EBU European Broadcasting Union who offers the records to its members for further broadcasting.
MusMA thus implemented a simple and cost-effective strategy that has allowed the music created in its frame to reach each step of the way (the creation, the practice, the concerts, the broadcasting, the diffusion on the EBU platform) an increasing amount of people and radio-listeners in Europe.
5 composers are reflecting on the theme Love is(n’t) in the Air
Their new compositions are written for flute, viola, harp and soprano, and will be performed, in all participating festivals, by the brilliant Ex Novo Ensemle and Soprano Valentina Coladonato.
The Atelier was held during the 2017 Mittelfest in Cividale del Friuli, Italy.
MusMA VIII concerts will be in:
- March 26th Brussels, Belgium – KLARA FESTIVAL
- June 27th Filipstad, Sweden – SAXÅ KAMMARMUSIK FESTIVAL
- September 10th Wroclaw, Poland – NFM National Forum of Music
- October 2nd, Mons, Belgium – FESTIVAL DE WALLONIE