YEMP4 – Young Event Management Programme

What does it take to organise a festival for thousands of singers? How to achieve a career as a choir manager or event organiser? After the success of 2009, 2012 and 2015, the festival EUROPA CANTAT will again offer a training programme for young, active and skilful organisers in the choral world – and beyond.

What is YEMP?

YEMP is a two-week training course including lectures and training on the job. After a selection process, 25 young people from different countries will be invited to participate in the programme. The young YEMPers, fully included in the organising team, will be testing themselves with roles of responsibility in the various offices of the festival, under the guidance of two coaches, one Estonian, and one international.

Selected young managers do not need to pay a participation fee but will have to cover their travel expenses. Free food and accommodation will be provided by the festival. More information and feedback from previous participants will be published by the end of October 2017.

Applications will open in November 2017 and deadline for applications is 31st January 2018.

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Plan of the training course

20th July 2018: arrival in Tallinn
21st - 22nd July: lectures and workshops on management skills and preparing the festival
23rd July - 4th August: training on the job for the final preparation and organisation of the festival EUROPA CANTAT with the support from two coaches:
23rd – 26th July: preparation phase
27th July-4th August: Festival EUROPA CANTAT XX Tallinn 2018
The participants of the course will work in one of the departments of the festival, taking responsibilities in the field of music planning, concert organisation, information services, communication, production, etc.
5th August: evaluation meeting, exchange of information and experience, final coaching
6th August: departure

Participation is only possible in the full programme

Special feature of the 2018 YEMP:

The 4th YEMP will be part of the project STAMP - Shared Training Activities for Music Professionals. STAMP responds to a need voiced by professionals in the music sector for greater professional training and the related process of lifelong learning and will aim at developing exemplary tools for vocational training (workshop models, guidelines for mentors and trainers), made available in an online platform, and improving employability and entrepreneurship within the music sector in Central, East and South Eastern Europe. STAMP is coordinated by the European Music Council – EMC and co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. More on

In the frame of STAMP, the partners in the project shall be able to propose candidates from outside of the choral field, and five of them will be included in the 25 YEMPers. In addition the Estonian Academy of Music and the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat will cooperate with the EUROPA CANTAT festival and offer a training workshop for trainers, presenting YEMP as a win-win-model for the training of young managers. Further features in connection with STAMP will be a more intensive online preparation of the YEMP-participants which will include a series of streamed webinars prepared in the frame of STAMP.