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Project Stage Europe Network

The Stage Europe Network foresees the collaboration of seven cultural organizations from seven different European countries: Estonia, France, Germany, Iceland, Norway, The Netherlands, and Poland. The principal aim of the network is to connect different organizations that work in the music or culture field, exchanging competences between expertise, developing long-term projects in which young European bands can be involved in. The main common goal is to promote the active participation of young people in music in an European context and give them an intercultural learning experience. Reflecting on the meaning and the worth of this experience can contribute to stimulate the knowledge in the music field and also help youngsters to develop an awareness of sharing values. Music is a powerful medium of intercultural communication that can offer to young musicians from different countries the chance to express their selves sharing their common passion.

Main goals

The network has been set by a preparatory meeting between all the network members. As a result of this meeting these main goals and conditions of future collaborations and exchanges has been fixed: All the partners of the network offers a stage for a band selected by the others.

Network of Partners

The network consist partners from Estonia, France, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Poland and The Netherlands. The network is still open for organizations from other European countries.

Aix’Qui? (France)

Aix’Qui? is a NGO established in 1989 in Aix-en-Provence. The mission of the organization is to stimulate the access to the arts promoting artistic expressions of young people. Aix’Qui? Provides technical and human support to young amateur bands also on a learning approach. The activities of Aix’Qui? are organizing workshops for young musicians, promoting bands, recording music and more. The organization also improves mobility of young bands in Europe by organizing meetings and exchanges, according to its educational goal to build connections between different generations and cultures.

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Hitt Husid Cultural Centre (Iceland)

HHCC is a cultural and information centre for young people, aged 16-25. It is run by the Sports and Youth Council of Reykjavik. One of the basic rules is not to organize leisure programs for young people. Hitt Husid Cultural Centre prefers instead to stimulate an active role in young people. The aim of the centre is to help young people to carry out their ideas and to offer them assistance in financing their projects.

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Musikszene Bremen (Germany)

Musikszene Bremen e.V. is a foundation of musicians in and around Bremen. The foundation provides rehearsal rooms, workshops, concerts and events and consulting for young people interested in Rock and Pop music. The main goal of the foundation is to care about music and subculture for young people and musicians, create networks and support young musicians across Europe.

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Noortebänd (Estonia)

NBNoortebänd is a competition that has been a starting point for young and uprising musicians up to 26 years old since 2001. The main goal of Noortebänd is to give young musicians opportunity to introduce their music to a larger audience, international judging panel and gain great stage experience. Competition prices such as recording session hours, invitations to perform at numerous well-known Estonian events are great opportunity for young bands entering into the local or even international music scene. To encourage more new and cool bands to present their music, Noortebänd team occasionally tours the country to offer demo-recording workshops. Noortebänd has been a milestone for many young bands – Animal Drama, Bedwetters, Sibyl Vane and Tenfold Rabbit, to name a few.

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Ostafjellske Kompetansesenter for rytmisk musikk (Norway)

Ostafjellske Kompetansesenter is one of several regional centers focusing on development of players within the rhythmical field with a focus on young artists and bands. The organization works close to festivals and genre-specific centre of competence ex. folk music. Key players in the organization are: Kongsberg Jazzfestival, Nottoden Bluefestival, Slottfjellfestivalen, Union Scene, Working Class Hero. One of the main goals of Ostafjellske Kompetansesenter is developing programs and support for young bands throughout the collaboration with Buskerud Musikkard, including workshops, seminars at Buskerud Univercity in the region where the center is based.

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Popunie (Netherlands)

Popunie is a foundation whose main objectives are to support, promote and stimulate the popmusic scene in Rotterdam. Since 1985 Popunie has organized and provided services to popmusicians, pop organizations, venues, local authorities and to all those who are interested in pop music.

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The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre (Poland)

The Baltic Sea Culture Centre intends to stimulate international cooperation, especially with the Baltic States, but also in an European and worldwide context. Promoting culture in the Pomenarian region of Poland, shaping the national and international cultural policy is another goal of the  organization. The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre takes part to several cultural and educational projects that involve international partners and it also organizes music, film, theatre events in Poland and abroad.

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