The East African Creative Music Campus (EACMC)

The East African Creative Music Campus (EACMC) co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union and the Goethe-Institut is the follow-up project to the East African Global Music Campus in 2017/18.

To meet the aims of the project the following activities will be carried out:

  • 1 Transnational Kick-off meeting,
  • 1 mid-term evaluation meeting,
  • 2 training campuses for non-formal teaching methods,
  • 2 business development workshops,
  • 5 advocacy forums in each African partner country
  • 1 advocacy forum in Europe
  • 2 concerts
  • Curriculum development
  • Video Tutorial and Documentation

Activity No. 1 – February 2020
Action Music Academy, Dar es Salaam

Transnational Kick-off Meeting

The meeting will be hosted by Action Music Tanzania with 3 representatives from each partner country to finalize methodologies, timetables and content of the project activities, as well as determine the targets and roles of each partner with regard to delivery, reporting, logistics and dissemination. It will take place directly before the first workshop.

Activities No. 2 and 6 – Two Business Development Workshops

Dates: February 2020 in Dar es Salaam and February 2021 in Kampala

The consortium will build on groundwork laid in the organisational development workshops in the previous project and develop strategic alliances with business supporting agents, e.g. creative hubs in their region. This will enable the partners to incubate their business models and design their own revenue generating strategies. This tandem will enable the partners to develop their business cases, fundraising and advocacy strategies and allow for local mentoring throughout the project. It will also enable the partners to create a strong organizational network locally and across the region for exchanging best practices and developing both national and interregional project ideas. The focus of CB is thus on practical implementation rather than knowledge accumulation. The business development training workshops will explore the opportunities of social entrepreneurship, advocacy and fundraising strategies by using an innovative human centred design methodology, creative facilitation and role playing, exploiting all five senses. A strategy for the European advocacy forum also be will be discussed and developed. The Mid-term evaluation meeting (activity 5) will take place directly before to the second Business Development workshop in Kampala.

Activities No. 3 and 7 – Two Training Campuses for non-formal teaching methods

Dates: September 2020 and May 2021, Addis Abeba

The training campus is a 16-day music training for the music teachers from the partner institutions. 41 trainees from Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Uganda will attend (guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, percussion, saxophone, trumpet, trombone and vocals).

Modules: Body Percussion II, Rhythmic Reading and Writing II, Melodic Reading, Harmony & Ear Training II, Keyboard Harmony II, Transcribing, Pedagogy, Main Instrument and Ensemble.

The trainees will study the 2nd year (advanced certificate year) of the new curriculum. It follows the 1st year training (foundation year) which was completed at the 2nd Campus in Addis Abeba in 2018 in the previous E+ project. A special brass/woodwind program provides a new focus with each country providing 3 trainees on saxophone, trumpet and trombone.

The curriculum, designed for use in music schools in the region, will allow the partner organizations to offer a 2 year professional music training program using a modular system adapted from the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) using Learning Outcomes, Modules, Module Descriptions and Credit Points.

The program contains an innovative core curriculum teaching core musical skills – reading and writing African music and intensive instrumental technique/ensemble – also using video tutorials. The curriculum is designed with accreditation in mind so that the youth trained in it can obtain a certificate through the TVET/CBET systems prevailing in their own countries. Each Campus will close with a final concert at the Goethe-Institut.

Activity No. 4 – 5 Advocacy Forums
in Ethiopia/South Sudan/Sierra Leone/Uganda/Tanzania

Date: November 2020

These forums will be organized by the African partners who will be mentored through the process by the external training provider linked to the business community locally. This strategic alliance will initiate a continuous interaction within the network. All the relevant stakeholders will be lobbied including the ministries of education, independent schools associations, other non-formal music initiatives, representatives of the music industry, potential funders and private investors. The partners will be responsible for planning and implementing the workshop as well as following up.

Activity No. 8 – European Advocacy Forum Berlin

Date: August 2021

In the second project year an advocacy forum will be organized and administered by the lead partner in Berlin. The forum will allow the partners to disseminate and transfer the project results to stakeholders and target groups in Europe. The forum will also provide a platform to discuss how to create unrestricted access to African musical resources acquired in the colonial period and to explore a new Euro-African dialogue leading to the constructive exploitation of these resources for the mutual benefit of music educators on both continents.