AMARC Europe is part of the second phase of theSoundRoutesproject. The SoundRoutes initiative provides an opportunity for international musicians, who emigrated to Europe to perform within local communities and in collaboration with local artists. Several musical concepts were designed with the objective of supporting their integration into the social and professional environment of the host community. The Creative Europe programme of the European Commission approved the second phase of the Soundroutes project that will go on until the end of 2020.

The second phase of the SoundRoutes project will foresee the following actions:

  1. 38 sessions of local co-creation’s incubators of transcultural music in Berlin, Bologna, Sevilla and Gent.
  2. Mobility program for 70 musicians (50 refugees/migrant and 20 European) in Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium and Greece
  3. 30 Masteclasses for musicians and workshops for youngsters held by refugees and migrant musicians.
  4. A SoundRoutes booking agency
  5. A Soundroutes online platform and web-portal

The project is co-ordinated byBrauerei Wissmannstraße e.V. – Werkstatt der Kulturen(Berlin/GER) and collaborates withAssociazione Bologna in Musica(Bologna/ITA), Vzw De Vergunning (Gent/BEL), “Marmaduke S” (Sevilla/ESP) ,AMARC Europe(Brussels/BEL) andChios Music Festival(Chios/GRE).

For more information visitsoundroutes.eu

Grassroots Radio has been presented at the Ethnographies of Collaborative Economi(es) Conference, which took place in Edinburgh (UK) on October 25, 2019.Mariacristina Sciannamblo (AMARC Europe) discussed the paper titled “Co-designing collaborative care work through ethnography”, co-authored with Roberto Cibin (M-ITI), Petra Žišt (M-ITI), Chris Csíkszentmíhalyi (M-ITI), and Maurizio Teli (Aalborg University). The paper addresses a number of issues – such as the importance of language for community engagement, the relationship between digital and physical environments, and commonality – as they emerge from a conversation between two H2020 CAPS projects, Grassroots Radio and Commonfare.

The conference was hosted in the fascinating setting of the College of Art at the University of Edinburgh, and has welcomed European researchers from many disciplines who are currently conducting ethnographic studies of practices, cultures, socio-technical systems and lived experiences of collaborative economies.

The event has been supported by theCOST Action “From Sharing to Caring: Examining the Socio-Technical Aspects of the Collaborative Economy”(CA16121, 2017 – 2021), which is nurturing a network of actors (academic researchers, policy makers, practitioners) who are working to develop models of collaborative economy and platforms as well as to assess the social and technological implications of the collaborative economy through a practice-focused approach.

Conference proceedings are availableat this link.

INTELLIGENT(Méthodologies et des ressources spécifiques pour les formateurs radio) est adressée aux formateurs de radio dans les médias communautaires et des offres sélectionnées et des exercices de formation valides et méthodes, même à des groupes cibles spécifiques pour créer des formations radio. Il était de produire un outil de formation qui prévaudrait au fil du temps, et ne disparaissent à la fin du projet.INTELLIGENToutil en ligne rassemble l'expérience de formation des radios communautaires, mais aussi des activités adaptées à utiliser avec des personnes ayant des difficultés d'apprentissage, troubles de la vision, et les femmes migrantes.

From 17 to 18 October 2019 the team around theINTELLIGENTErasmus+ project held a coordination meeting in Aarau, Switzerland with participants from Hungary, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Ireland. The main goal was to plan the next steps for a pilot training in March 2020 and assess the results from the developed training and gain important feedback on the next steps of the development of the training modules.

The project is coordinated byRadio Corax (Halle/GER)and partners withNEAR FM (Dublin/IRE),Syndiquer le contenu(Basque/FRA),Radioschoolklipp+klang (Zürich/CH),COMMIT (Vienna/AUT),CMFE (Brussels/BEL)etAMARC Europe (Brussels/BEL).

On 7 and 8 October 2019 AMARC Europe hosted the last meeting of the Ethical Media for Active Citizenship (EMAC) project in its office in Brussels. The project will conclude on 31 October 2019, and currently partners are uploading the activities and the rest of the materials on the online training tool. All documents and resources will be available in German and Spanish, as well as English.

The project aims to develop a training course delivering media literacy tools while providing citizens and media activists with valuable competences to face very topical challenges presented to both, media producers and audiences (fake news/alternative facts, infomercials vs. information, freedom of speech and hate speech, diversity and pluralism in media, production values and content placement) and you can find more about it by visiting the website, and you can view some of the project outputs by visiting theTerminology and Guidelines,ActivitiesetCategoriespages.

The project is coordinated byNEAR FM (Ireland)and the partnership includesRadio Corax (Halle, Germany),Radio Wüste Welle (Tübingen, Germany),Commit (Austria),EMARTV (Andalucia, Spain)etAMARC Europe (Brussels, Belgium).

This project was funded by the Erasmus + programme through Léargas, the Irish National Agency.

AMARC joined the6th Conference of the Radio Research Sectionof the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), which was held in the lovely setting of the University of Siena (Italy), on September 19-21.

Several interesting keynote speeches and pieces of research have been presented, highlighting the variety and vivacity of the radio sector across and beyond Europe. The first keynote speech was held by David Fernandez Quijada, Manager of the Media Intelligence Service, the market research unit of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). He provided some interesting data about the situation of radio in Europe. In the EBU area, there are more than 12 thousand radio stations. Around the 90% of this group is composed by analogue FM stations, and the digital ones are, at the moment, just about 15 hundred (a significant majority of them are DAB+ stations). Most of the European stations are national, with only 120 international cases.

Passing to the radio consumption habits, Fernandez Quijada stated that in 2018, European citizens listened to the radio, on average, 2 hours and 22 minutes per day: these are 4 minutes less than the previous year and 14 minutes less than 5 years before (2013). People are still using this media, but the time spent on it has been decreasing. This trend is also more evident among the European youth: in 2018 they listened, on average, 1 hour and 26 minutes per day of radio: 5 minutes less than the previous year and 20 minutes less than 5 years ago. The European citizens reached weekly by radio are still a big group, the 84% (which corresponds to 420 million listeners), but also, in this case, there is a reduction (-1.7%) compared to 2013.

It is interesting to know that radio is considered the most trusted medium in the majority of the European countries, with the difference of Hungary, Serbia and Greece that put the Internet at the first place, while Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Turkey chose the television.

Additionally, AMARC Europepresented a papertogether with other partners in the context of the Grassroots Radio project. The paper, titled “Fostering Community Radio: the Grassroots Radio project”, discusses the activities and challenges of co-designing community radios in rural areas.