Musical Futures (UK) Involved in European Songwriting Project

23rd February 2019

Future Songwriting is a European project led by Finnish copyright society Teosto. With the help of EU funding, the Future Songwriting project will introduce, pilot and validate INTO SCHOOL music education concept, developed in Finland, to Finnish, German and French schools.

The concept involves pupils composing, writing and producing their own songs with the help of digital tools with the aim of bringing creative music-making to the core of music education in schools and encouraging teachers and students to focus on creativity. It provides equal opportunities for everyone to create music, and to take part in creative processes, expressing themselves through music and the arts. It provides equal opportunities for everyone to create music, and to take part in creative processes, expressing themselves through music and the arts.

The project also gets to highlight copyright issues and authors’ rights to a number of communities and families within the EU, in a natural and positive way: children making their own creations offer a great example of creative ownership and cultural property.

“Modern music technology has opened up new possibilities in teaching as well as learning music and arts. For example, earlier musical background or mastering traditional instruments is not needed any more,” says Tuomas Hiedanniemi, Head of Pedagogy of INTO SCHOOL.

Our goal is to give an impulse for the long-term development of music education in schools and to support bringing up the next generation of music creators. For the last couple of years, we’ve been piloting Into School music education concept in Finnish schools with convincing results. However, the challenges of music education are similar also in other parts of Europe. We see this as a great opportunity to share our knowledge and experiences outside the borders of Finland and get valuable input from high-level partners with the help of European funding“, commented Risto Salminen, CEO of Teosto.

Fran Hannan, Managing Director of Musical Futures (UK) said, “We are delighted that Musical Futures is involved in this major EU funded project and we hope to be able to introduce some elements of the INTO SCHOOL music education concept piloted in the project to our own work with teachers and schools we work with both in the UK and across Europe.

Future Songwriting is a collaboration of Teosto (Finland), University of Arts Helsinki (Finland), Pompeu Fabra University (Spain), University of Cologne (Germany), Sacem (France), Artisjus (Hungary), Musical Futures (UK).

The Future Songwriting 2-year project (with a total budget of 840,000 EUR) is the first EU project coordinated by Teosto.

For more information on the project email fran.hannan@musicalfutures.org

Excellent workshops ‑ extremely accessible for all abilities and levels."

Claire Armour, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

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