2nd Call for Jury – open

MusicAIRE-EAC-2021-0090-2ndCall-Jury_v1.1

DEADLINE

26 october 2022 – open

1. Introduction

This is a call for jury under the MusicAIRE 1 (An Innovative Recovery for Europe) project, co-funded by the European Union under the 2020 Annual work programme for the implementation of the “Preparatory Action – Music Moves Europe: Boosting European music diversity and talent” 2 and will be managed by the consortium to which the grant was attributed, composed of INOVA+ and the European Music Council (EMC).

MusicAIRE launches a call for jury for the evaluation of proposals in response to the second  call for proposals. The consortium is seeking to select a balanced and diverse group of experts.  

2. Background

Music Moves Europe (MME)

Music Moves Europe (MME) is the European Commission’s overall framework for projects and actions in support of the European music sector. This includes a Preparatory action (2018-2020) to test and prepare EU support under the Creative Europe programme (2021-2027) 3 for “sectorial support on music” in addition to existing funding opportunities (e.g.: cooperation projects, networks, platforms).


Music ecosystem recovery

The music sector is one of the sectors hit the hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and will probably be one of the last sectors to come out of it. The crisis has highlighted and accelerated the many challenges which the sector had already been facing. At the same time, the crisis has also highlighted the importance of music for individuals and society as a whole, it has demonstrated its power to unite and to connect people through music.

There is a need to pool resources and support projects that encourage the resilience and recovery of music operators, artists, and music professionals who have been harmed by restrictions.

The projects to be funded under MusicAIRE will also contribute to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and honour the Five Music Rights as defined by the International Music Council (IMC):

The right for all children and adults

  • to express themselves musically in all freedom
  • to learn musical languages and skills
  • to have access to musical involvement through participation, listening, creation, and information

The right for musical artists

  • to develop their artistry and communicate through all media, with proper facilities
  • to obtain just recognition and fair remuneration for their work.


MusicAire

MusicAIRE aims to assist the recovery of the music sector by designing and testing a support scheme that can meet the challenges posed by the pandemic while fostering the sustainability of the ecosystem. The action intends to develop further the Music Moves Europe initiative and contributes to green, digital, and just and resilient recovery.

The three key and strategic objectives of MusicAIRE are:

  1. Test and prepare future EU support under the new Creative Europe Programme (2021-2027);
  2. Boost the music sector’s recovery post-crisis;
  3. Support sustainability actions that contribute to a green, digital and just and resilient recovery of the European music ecosystem.

3. Musicaire Call for proposal reference

The second MusicAIRE call for proposals was published on 15 september 2022. It offers grants of 15.000 EUR (micro strand), 30.000 EUR (small strand) and 55.000 EUR (medium strand) for music organisations focusing on green, digital, and just and resilient recovery.

4. Requirements and Assignment

Requirements

To be part of the evaluators’ pool, candidates must have, cumulatively:

  • A solid knowledge of one or more fields of the music ecosystem;
  • High level of expertise in one or more of the thematic areas of the call – green, digital and just and resilient recovery (at least 4 years of experience in the domain(s) of expertise covered by the specific assignment);
  • Good level of English (minimum B2 level);
  • Ability to use IT tools required for the evaluation procedure;
  • Availability on the expected timeframe for short-term assignments.

Prior experience in the evaluation of funded projects, at national or European level and previous experience in Project Management and/or Implementation will be considered an asset.

Assignment

These tasks include, among others, the individual assessment of each application, through the attribution of quotations and respective reasoning, and evaluation consolidation operations when necessary. A framework for assessment will be provided based on the award criteria of the MusicAIRE call for proposals (relevance; quality; management and cost-effectiveness; impact and sustainability).

The evaluation process involves holding a joint initial online meeting between the selected evaluators and a final online consolidation and ranking meeting.

Compliance with established deadlines is essential.

Upon completion of the assigned task, the evaluators will be remunerated in accordance with the contractual conditions.   The fee for each evaluator is 1000 Euros.

Confidentiality and conflict of interest

Any related conflict of interest to the tasks entrusted determines the exclusion of the evaluator. A conflict of interest is considered to exist whenever the exercise of functions impartially and objectively may be compromised for reasons related to personal and family life, political or national affinity, economic interest or any other interests[1]. Evaluators involved in any of the applications submitted in a given selection round are considered to have a conflict of interest in relation to the entire round, so they will not be able to evaluate these applications[2].

The evaluators must sign a declaration that there is no conflict of interest and a commitment to confidentiality.


[1] Article 61 (3) of EU Financial Regulation: “… a conflict of interests exists where the impartial and objective exercise of the functions of a financial actor or other person, …, is compromised for reasons involving family, emotional life, political or national affinity, economic interest or any other direct or indirect personal interest”.

[2] “Persons involved in an application in the selection round for the action under assessment are considered as having a conflict of interest for that selection round and will not be appointed experts”

5. Timetable

The indicative schedule for the different stages of the selection procedure is as follows:

Call opening15 SEPTEMBER 2022
Deadline for submission26 OCTOBER 2022 – 13:00 (CET) – Brussels time
Information on the selected jury members28 OCTOBER 2022
Evaluation31 OCTOBER – 25 NOVEMBER 2022

6. how to submit an application

jury applications must be submitted by 26 october 2022 at 13:00 (CET) by completing the application online, here: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/MusicAIRE-EAC-2021-0090-2NDCallJury

All sections of the online application form must be completed.

Once the application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. If you do not receive this confirmation e-mail, it means your proposal has NOT been submittedIf you believe this is due to a fault in the submission system, you should immediately file a complaint via [email protected], explaining the circumstances and attaching a copy of the proposal (and, if possible, screenshots to show what happened).

All applicants will be informed of the results of the evaluation process by email by 28 october 2022 (indicative date).

Personal data collected in the context of this call will be processed in accordance with MusicAIRE Privacy Policy.

Your name may be published in MusicAIRE website if selected as jury, but only after the two calls for proposals are closed.

You will be required to confirm that there is no conflict of interest for the assignment if selected as jury.


[1] Grant agreement nº EAC-2021-0090, co-funded by the Music Moves Europe Preparatory Action of the European Union.

[2] As foreseen by Commission Decision C(2020)1194 which was amended by Commission decision C(2020)3738, on the adoption of the Work Programme for the year 2020 for the implementation of pilot projects and preparatory actions in the area of education, youth, sport, and culture.

[3] Creative Europe brings together actions supporting the European cultural and creative sectors. The programme’s overall goals (Regulation (EU) 2021/818 of the European Parliament and of the Council) are to protect, develop, and promote European cultural and linguistic variety and legacy, as well as to boost the competitiveness and economic potential of the cultural and creative industries.


A: As defined in the second call for Jury, the evaluation process will start on 31 October. By this date, MusicAIRE team will hold an information session and will deliver evaluation package for the Jury (evaluation process, criteria, evaluation tools, etc.), including the information required for the first-stage evaluation of the proposals.

A: We cannot provide a specific number of hours/days required to complete the evaluation of the second call for applications of MusicAIRE, as it highly depends on the final amount of the applications received. We would like to note that in the first stage, all applications’ only abstract section will have to be evaluated. After the conclusion of the first stage, 150 applications will be pre-selected, which will receive in-depth analysis of the application and respective budget.

A: We are estimating to receive at least the same amount of application, as in the first call for proposals, which is over 400 applications.

A: The expected timeline of the evaluation is: (1) Setup of MusicAIRE evaluation process and tasks for jury members (31 October), including an inception meeting; (2) 1st stage evaluation (1-9 November); (3) 2nd stage evaluation (10-24 November), including consolidation meetings; (4) conclusion of the evaluation process (24-29 November), including final ranking announcement. It is important to note that the timeline provided is indicative and can change due to unforeseen circumstances.

A: The Jury composition will depend on breakdown of applications received per theme. Projects will be assessed by a pair of jurors per theme (multiple pairs will be selected if needed). At this moment we cannot provide information of how many pairs will be assigned per theme for evaluation, however, 12 jury members in total are projected to be selected.