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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: European survey shows alarming figures

MCV attended the seminar today Jazz musicians all over Europe unite! at Jazzahead, where the results of a new major survey were presented.

When the stages are closed - clubs, concert halls and festivals - the jazz actors have been hit particularly hard:
1) The working conditions for practitioners are very fragile, often without any forms of employment at the bottom, which makes safety nets very weak.
2) Musicians are generally dependent on working internationally, which has been impossible during the pandemic.
3) In addition, there are generally relatively low levels of cultural support for the organizers.

Despite the fact that the governments of many countries have pushed for crisis support, many musicians are still very hard hit.

A European collaboration between fourteen jazz music collecting organizations (including the Association of Swedish Jazz Musicians and Swedish Jazz) took shape in May 2020. After monthly meetings, a common cause was made in December last year - a European survey was conducted and the results and analysis of this survey were in focus. at today's seminar.

Those who presented the survey were Urs Johnen from the German Jazzunion, Fleurine Mehldau from BIM, the Dutch jazz organization and Pedro Cravinho from the Portuguese jazz network (as seen in the picture above).

The survey in fast (scary) figures:
1500 musicians from 23 countries have responded.
80% of the respondents are men.
73% are musicians who play live, 24% are also teachers.
72% are freelancers, 16% employees (eg big bands or radio orchestras).
82% are full-time musicians, 12% part-time musicians.
91% have had less than 20 gigs in the year 2020, most just a few.
53% assume that they will stop being professional musicians and change jobs after the pandemic.
Only 38% believe that they will continue with their profession as musicians.

(As soon as we find a link to the survey, we will publish it here!)

Invited to the seminar were Barbara Gessler, Head of the EU Creative Europe Cultural Program, European Commission.

Gessler said that a new program, which will be aimed at supporting the music sector, will be launched within a month (something that will take over after the Music Moves Europe program).

Gessler expressed that it is good and appreciated by the EU that jazz musicians organize themselves in Europe. Even more important, however, is to be able to speak with one voice for the entire musical life, according to Gessler. She says that both the Commission and Parliament are very aware that the music sector is particularly hard hit during the pandemic.

Also participated Franz Romeo, Vice-Chair of the European Parliament's Culture and Education Committee, also a musician.

He believes that the survey shows that the pandemic has hit the music sector enormously and that the situation can almost be described as a disaster.

The representatives of the organizations told the EU that it is fantastic with these large crisis support from both nations and the EU, but that the survey clearly shows that there is relatively little support that reaches the most vulnerable: freelancers.

How can the EU support musicians and help improve conditions?

Romeo recalled the direct funds that still exist for the music sector (Music Moves Europe) but noted that the large funds go to the countries' own institutions and authorities that are much closer to the practitioners.

Gessler recalled that the EU today provides support for networks, such as Europe Jazz Network and the importance of gathering broadly. She also referred to FIA, the European Association of Musicians' Associations.

In conclusion, the seminar organizers encouraged all musicians to join and get involved in their jazz organization.

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!

MCV reports: The Swedish Cultural Council's crisis support affects the Swedish Tax Agency's adjustment support

The possibility of being granted The Swedish Tax Agency's adjustment support is affected by whether your company has received crisis support from the Swedish Arts Council. NOTE! This does NOT apply The National Board of Housing, Building and Planning's sales support which only individual companies can apply for.

This afternoon, the Swedish Arts Council invited cultural organizations to an information meeting. The Swedish Tax Agency has now established the rules that apply to the conversion support (for companies), which has a deadline now on Friday (NOTE! This does not apply to the National Board of Housing, Building and Planning's sales support for individual companies that also have a deadline now on Friday). If you have received the Swedish Cultural Council's crisis support for special needs, it affects the possibility of receiving adjustment support. In two ways.

Firstly: If your business has the opportunity to receive support from the Swedish Arts Council, it counts as "primary support". This means that you need to have applied for this support in order to even be able to be granted support from the Swedish Tax Agency's adjustment support, which is counted as "secondary support".

Second: Those who have applied for and been granted support from the Swedish Arts Council for the fixed costs of the activity - no matter how little or how much it is - cannot receive adjustment support.

This mainly applies The Cultural Council's support for special needs (for projects or activities). Support for canceled and postponed events do not collide in the same way, as this does not apply to fixed costs without loss of revenue. However, it is possible that any additional costs incurred (such as rent) may affect.

The Swedish Council for Culture nevertheless calls on the actors who live up to the criteria for adjustment support to apply for this no later than Friday.

Do you also find this difficult to understand…? The Swedish Arts Council will happily invite you tomorrow, Tuesday 27 April, to a webinar together with the Swedish Tax Agency.
See the recorded webinar here!

How does the Swedish Cultural Council's crisis support interact with the Swedish Tax Agency's adjustment support?
Employees from the Swedish Arts Council and the Swedish Tax Agency provide current information about the grants. It is possible to ask questions towards the end. The webinar is also recorded published on our website after editing and subtitling.

Hopeful seminar at Folk Alliance

Going Public: Putting Together a Promotion Plan that Works

Folk Alliance International assembled a panel with global focus, solid industry knowledge and experience. An inspiring and hopeful seminar where everyone agreed: Start with the Art!
Start with art in other words - the expression, the arrangement, the text, every word and tone is important. Twist and turn, ball with colleagues and friends! How do other artists who succeed in getting media attention? A tip is to follow them, subscribe to their mailings and pages on social media, follow them on Spotify, then maybe they will start following you. Be inspired by others!
There was also talk of a career plan and building a team around the business, about media communication and budget distribution.
Here you can see all the Folk Alliance seminars and the above can be seen in full here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9B5DaWL1a8

Watch out after Folk Alliance seminars and subscribe to their newsletter to learn more and participate in upcoming webinars!

Live Music from Sweden - apply with concert film now!

We are now starting the national venture Live Music from Sweden and need your concert films to be able to create a digital showcase channel for highly current Swedish live music.
Through the new concert channel Live Music from Sweden together we reach relevant bookers, internationally and nationally, with concerts in showcase format, max 15 minutes long.
 
Application for professional Swedish artists and music groups' current concert films has now opened! The application can be made by artists and musicians themselves, companies or organizations. Selection will take place continuously during the year, so do not wait to submit your proposals!
 
Behind the investment Live Music from Sweden stands Music center, Export Music Sweden and The administration for Cultural development VGR. And more partners are on the way in.