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IETM is part of SHIFT, new Erasmus+ project

We are proud to announce that IETM is part of the new Erasmus+ project SHIFT - Shared Initiatives for Training, with eight other European cultural networks*. The project will officially start in December 2019 and will run until December 2021. IETM will be leading the project strand on Power and Gender relations and will contribute to the packages on Climate Changes and Inclusion. The European Music Council will coordinate the project.

SHIFT - Shared Initiatives for Training

In today’s rapidly changing world, it is a great challenge to create a path for sustainable societies working together to face global challenges such as climate change, gender equality or inclusion of minorities. Arts and culture have a recognised role in shaping societies and have the potential to significantly contribute to a better and more sustainable future for all, as demanded by the UN with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The project SHIFT aims to provide training and skills for cultural leaders, specifically those of cultural networks. Cultural leaders shall be enabled to implement changes where needed and to pass on their knowledge gained through the project to leaders and staff members of their network and to the broader cultural sector.

The partners will produce online manuals and guidelines during these two next years (December 2019-December 2021) on the following themes:

  • Cultural Leadership

Cultural leadership is one of today’s buzzwords. Yet there is no common understanding on the concept of Cultural Leadership. Today people agree on a community-oriented approach and therefore a shared leadership, which doesn’t have to be neutral and universal, but is aware of its subjectivity and dependence on group identities and values. The new paradigm developed within the project will give space for a humanistic managerial approach which will benefit to the whole cultural sector.

  • Climate Change

Climate change is now affecting every country on every continent. It is disrupting national economies and affecting lives on local, national and global level. The SHIFT project will provide capacity building for leaders and staff of cultural networks on how to claim a role in the action required to achieve the climate change goals of the UN SDGs. Claiming that role means embedding environmental sustainability into the way we work and collaborate.

  • Gender & Power relations

The #METOO movement, and other movements and campaigns, have increased the awareness and empowered employees around the globe to report sexual harassment and other inequalities in the workplace. They have also brought to the surface the vulnerability and a lack of effective protection mechanisms of anyone facing power abuse, regardless of age, class and gender. The project will develop a code of conduct and a toolkit, which will contribute to a lasting impact of this wave of empowerment on professional and societal culture.

  • Inclusion

While the topic of inclusion in itself is not new, we realised that there are no general guidelines for cultural networks about how an organisation can adapt its work, its communication and its activities to reach more people in danger of being excluded. The project will produce guidelines, which will be the first document aimed at networks, organisations and institutions active in the field of culture. It will also have a special focus on leaders of these networks and organisations, with the aim of training them and reinforcing their capacity to increase inclusion and accessibility and to reduce inequality in their organisation and activities.


* Project partners:

ECA-EC - European Choral Association - Europa Cantat 

ELIA - European League of Institutes of the Arts

EMC - European Music Council

EMCY - European Union of Music Competitions for Youth

FACE - Fresh Arts Coalition Europe

IETM - International network for contemporary performing arts

IMC - International Music Council

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TEH - Trans Europe Halles