Fabien is a French-Irish specialist in European funding, music policy and project management. Until the end of 2017 he was in charge of the coordination of Liveurope, the first EU-supported platform bringing together some of the best live music venues from all around the continent. He is now an independent consultant operating between Lisbon, Brussels and Paris. Fabien works with the European Commission and the European Parliament on a variety of policy initiatives, including the newly established 'Music Moves Europe' process.
The European Union’s New Policies for Music
Fabien Miclet Independent Europan Affairs Consultant (FR), Frank Kimenai Creative Europe Desk (NL), Susanne Hollmann Deputy Head of Unit, Cultural Policy - European Commission / Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DE) , Zsolt Szokolai Policy Officer - European Commission, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (BE), Juliane OTT European Commission DG EAC - Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (BE)
The European Union is at a crossroads, as important elections and the renewal of the European Commission will soon take place in an uncertain political context. In the face of new challenges, the EU has renewed its commitment to culture as a catalyst for more cross-border exchange and dialogue, notably through the “Music Moves Europe” initiative. In this panel, our speakers will explain this commitment to boosting the EU´s support to the music sector, how it works in practice and what this could mean in the next years. Studies, awards, innovative projects, funding and policy perspectives: you will know everything about the EU’s new policies for music and be able to ask questions to those who play a key role in the process.
Fabien Miclet Independent Europan Affairs Consultant (FR)
Frank Kimenai Creative Europe Desk (NL)
Coming from a long history as punk rock musician, DIY organizer, venue promoter, festival manager, booking agent and artist manager, Frank’s professional practice is currently focussing on both European and regional cultural development. He consults the Dutch cultural and creative sectors about the opportunities for European cultural funding as program manager Culture at the Dutch Creative Europe Desk. Next to that, he is involved as an external expert for the European Commission in the development of the Music Moves Europe funding program. On a regional level, he is the project coordinator for Music Hub Brabant, a bottom-up and innovative talent development program for musicians in the Dutch province of Brabant. Frank has a masters degree in aquatic ecology, therefore he likes to spend the little time off he has near the water, preferably diving or fishing in it. He has been dreaming for years about opening up a restaurant specialised in chili.
Susanne Hollmann Deputy Head of Unit, Cultural Policy - European Commission / Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DE)
Susanne Hollmann, born in Germany, studied in Gießen, as well as in Montpellier, and spent most of her working life in Brussels. She holds an academic degree in economics and Roman languages. In 1994 she started her professional career with the International Organization for Migration, before working for the European Social Insurance Partners. In 2001, she joined the European Commission. During the first years, she coordinated international trade relations; in 2004 she joined the Directorate-General for Education and Culture, where she could combine her professional with her personal interests. Today, as the Deputy Head of the Cultural Policy Unit, she leads the work on Music Moves Europe.
Zsolt Szokolai Policy Officer - European Commission, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (BE)
Zsolt Szokolai studied History, Geography and Urban development, then specialised in culture-led urban renewal. He started his career in Hungary in regional development and EU Structural Funds management. In 2004-05 he participated in the preparation of the Pécs 2010 European Capital of Culture project. In 2010 he moved to Brussels and started to work for the European Commission, first as a policy officer for urban development, then as a programme manager of 5 INTERREG cross-border cooperation programmes in Central-Europe and in the Balkans. Since 2017 he has been working on cultural policy development in the Directorate-General for Education and Culture. Currently he is charged with the Music Moves Europe initiative of the Commission to promote diverse, sustainable and competitive European music ecosystem. He is also in charge of the cultural cooperation in the Western-Balkans.
Juliane OTT European Commission DG EAC - Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (BE)
Juliane Ott, a German national, holds a master degree in history from the University of Montpellier (France). She has dedicated her entire professional career to the European project. After working 16 years in the European Parliament and four years for a European trade association in Brussels, she became in 2010 policy officer at the EU representation of the German region Rhineland-Palatinate
where she was in charge of research, education and culture. In 2018, she moved on, as a national expert, to the Directorate-General for Education and Culture in the European Commission where she joined the unit responsible for Creative Europe - the EU framework programme for support to the culture and audio-visual sectors. Here, she became part of the Task Force for the European Year of
Cultural Heritage and the team for “Music Moves Europe” as she manages among other projects the European Heritage Awards and the Music Moves Europe Talent Awards.