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NOTE! Apply for travel support at Export Music Sweden

MUSICIANS AND ARTISTS SEE HERE !: Now you can go as planned Womex apply for travel support from ExMS. There is a limited number of travel grants of SEK 4000 or SEK 5000 per person that is invoiced to ExMS after the festival and conference.

PS! Inform Terese at MCV if you are going to Womex so we know who is going there - see you there!

Read more about travel support here

Seminar on music distribution

Export Music Sweden and Skap invites to a 30 minute masterclass on music distribution 29/9! The event is free and open to everyone. Take the opportunity to ask questions about distributors and aggregators! Go to the facebook event here

Live Music From Sweden - Premiere on October 22

Live Music From Sweden (LMFS) is a Vimeo channel and a website where we will continuously present high-quality mini-concerts. This is done in close collaboration between Musikcentrum, Export Music Sweden, Musik i Syd and Kulturutveckling VGR.

October 22, the channel opens up for national and international bookers, organizers and visitors, where we highlight Sweden's current artists and music groups.

Musicians and artists - keep sending us concert videos. Apply with your concert film here. We are currently processing applications with concert films!

 

 

The application is closed - Musikcentrum Väst is looking for a project manager

As we write in the ad below, the preparation of applications has taken place on an ongoing basis due to the fact that we have needed to appoint a substitute as soon as possible. We have now reached the end of the appointment. The application is thus closed. 

Musikcentrum Väst (MCV) is a non-profit member organization and artist agency for professional freelance musicians. We are part of the national organization Musikcentrum Riks.

MCV's mission is to strengthen and promote freely active musicians in Sweden. We do this by providing and creating job opportunities, supporting and developing the skills of musicians and working in cultural policy for better conditions in the industry. All in close collaboration with other organizations and actors in the music industry.

Today, MCV's office consists of four people. It is a stated endeavor at MCV that the composition of employees, elected representatives and other contractors should reflect society.

As our current communicator will take a year off to begin an education, we are now looking for a project manager with communication responsibility for a 1-year temporary position, which may be developed into a permanent position.

The communication service currently includes responsibility for:

  • Communication strategic planning and follow-up
  • Our website mcv.se - editorial and graphic
  • Our social channels - Facebook and Instagram
  • Member communication and external communication - mainly via newsletter and an info-email address
  • To make and order printed matter
  • Participation in trade fairs and expos

Since the position from the autumn will also include responsibility for projects, we are now looking for a person who also has a clear project manager competence in the basics.

In addition to the communication work, the service will also include:

  • Design, planning, implementation and follow-up of MCV's current project initiatives. MCV's projects always focus on concert production and / or mediation, but also often contain skills-enhancing elements.

We are looking for you who have:

  • A burning interest in live music and musicians' conditions - preferably with a parallel musicianship or musician background
  • Relevant experience and education
  • Large network of contacts relevant to the assignment

We further believe that you are:

  • A good communicator, and you express yourself freely both orally and in writing
  • Flexible and self-propelled
  • Developers rather than managers
  • Social and enjoys building and developing networks

Because the workplace is small, it depends on everyone being helped with the day-to-day tasks. Therefore, in addition to the above, we are curious about which skills you can contribute to MCV.

Terms of employment
A 1-year temporary position (fixed-term employment), which may be developed into a permanent position.

Extent: 80 %
Flexibility: Unregulated working hours
Access: Rather
Workplace: MCV has an office at Musikens hus, Djurgårdsgatan 13, Gothenburg
Apply: The application is closed. 

 

 

The music for the 400th anniversary party!

Gothenburg turns 400 years old and of course we need music for the party! Let Musikcentrum Väst help! Right now, the city is full of these nice posters. Each QR code has a cruel song. Or just click on the links below and make your own celebration music! 🎧

Smoke Rings Sisters with Gentlemen & Gangsters - Our own Gothenburg
Fresh effervescent gladswing connects the current 20s with the past.

Christina Kjellsson - You are as you are, Gothenburg
Nice social realism in a swinging pop show that Gothenburg deserves to be celebrated even though the city is as it is - or just because?

Axel Sondén & Flyttfåglarna - With everything you mean
Fine-tuned tribute song in troubadour tradition in the right dialect.

M-Rock & Wefunky Band - The city we love
Thorough gait for funky feet.

West of Eden - Glenntown
Tones to attract Irish and everyone else to celebrate the football city of Gothenburg.

Find more music here!

NOW NEW PUBLIC ROOFS APPLY!

FINALLY a small step forward! From 1 June, new public ceilings apply for public gatherings and public events. This means that the public ceiling is raised - but on the condition that the Public Health Agency's rules are followed.

What applies now?
Indoor standing: still 8 people Indoor seating: 50 people and finally Outdoor seating: 500 people.

The Swedish Public Health Agency also gives the county administrative boards (ie regionally) the opportunity to lower the public ceilings. Therefore, it is important to also keep track of what applies in different regions, but today no regions have announced anything else.

At this link You can read about what the government's planning to lift the restrictions in the future looks like.

Below you as a musician can check out the rules that apply to organizers.

We say BIG THANKS FOR THE LOAN! to Swedish Jazz, who has done the solid basic work of carving out what is important for the music life to know:

REGULATIONS OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITY

Read the entire regulation on the Swedish Public Health Agency's website

COMMON TO ALL CONCERT ACTIVITIES IS THAT THE ORGANIZER SHOULD:

  • inform participants about how the spread of infection can be avoided
  • offer participants the opportunity to wash their hands with soap and water or offer hand disinfection
  • ensure that staff or officials receive adequate information on hygiene measures to prevent infection
  • document in writing the other infection control measures that the business has taken
  • follow up the infection control measures taken
  • stay informed about special recommendations from the Public Health Agency and the regional infection control doctor

FOR CONCERTS WITHOUT DIRECTED SEAT INDOOR AND OUTDOOR, THE ORGANIZER SHOULD ALSO:

  • calculate the maximum number of participants who may stay in the room or area at the same time
  • document in writing the maximum number and how the calculation has been made
  • clearly estimate the maximum number
  • ensure that the maximum number is not exceeded

The maximum number must be calculated so that each participant outdoors can dispose of at least 5 square meters, indoors 10 square meters.

FOR CONCERTS WITH INDICATED SEAT INDOOR AND OUTDOOR, THE ORGANIZER SHOULD ALSO ENSURE THAT:

  • companies must keep a distance of at least 1 meter sideways and forwards and backwards
  • the number of participants in one and the same company amounts to a maximum of four people

If the party amounts to more than four participants, the organizer must divide the party with a maximum of four people in each party.

GENERAL COUNCIL FOR GENERAL MEETINGS AND PUBLIC EVENTS

Congestion can be avoided by:

  • measures are taken to spread the visitors' arrival time
  • the organizer can inform about which days and times there is less risk of congestion (for example at multi-day events such as festivals)
  • direct visitors to different entrances or exits
  • develop alternative solutions to physical queues
  • indicate which distance visitors should keep to each other in the room - for example by markings on the floor or ground
  • indicate in which direction visitors should move
  • set boundaries for different groups to stay in, such as fence traps or ropes, and staff on site guide the participants so that there is a smooth flow and prevent crowds in smaller spaces

MCV reports: How are the organizers thinking and planning right now?

A moment from the digital seminar. Annamaija Saarela from Livelab Tampere, Finland

Here is a quick report from the seminar What promoters want for now? at the digital fair Jazzahead.

How are the organizers doing right now? How do they think and plan for the future? And how do they want musicians to contact them right now?

Four bookers at four clubs in four different countries shared the situation right now:

Martyna van Nieuwland, Katowice City of Gardens, Poland
Has decided to spread the festival throughout the year this year, so that it will be open to live audiences sometime during the year.

Frank van Berkel, Bimhuis, Amsterdam
More TV studio than concert venue nowadays. Sad, but the club can at least help local musicians during this difficult time. Feels important to take breaks from the screen.

Thomas Wingren, Fasching, Stockholm
Have no hope of opening this site this summer. Plans for opening in September.
Streams concerts twice a week. Streaming technology has improved a lot during the year and may even be used after the pandemic. Musicians travel to the club to play - but only within the country's borders.

Thomas is also booking right now as if it were a regular Stockholm Jazz Festival in October. The autumn at the club is largely fully booked.

Annamaija Saarela, Livelab Tampere, Finland
Hopeful situation regarding the infection situation in Finland. Hope to be able to start up properly again in the autumn.

It is very much booked, as things have been moved forward, so new bookings apply right now, especially in 2022.


None of the clubs / festivals - except Livelab Tampere - have ticket systems linked to streamed concerts. However, the musicians are paid. Before the summer, several of them are planning for hybrid concerts that take place outdoors and are broadcast live at the same time - an arrangement that is certainly here to stay.

Bimhuis and Fasching perform their own streamed concerts via Youtube and Facebook respectively. They also collaborate with other clubs and festivals when it comes to recorded concerts, not live broadcasts.

Livelab, on the other hand, has a ticket system on its own platform. The club is also owned by the Swedish Musicians' Association. Most concerts at Livelab have been hybrids, as the infection situation in Finland has been good at times.

In Finland, there are several platforms with payment systems used by clubs and other concert venues. Now people are getting used to ticket systems. Tickets cost 9,99 euros.

Annamaija hopes that more organizers will be brave and introduce ticket systems in the future. We at MCV also hope so. Let's learn from Finland!

Everyone says that these are very stressful times and far too much screen time. The organizers ask musicians and bookers to be patient and flexible. Everyone needs to be there now, even the organizers themselves. Concerts have had to be moved or canceled at short notice for more than a year now.

In conclusion, the whole panel of course expressed their incredibly strong longing for when the live music is back!