Press release, 4 November 2016.
Europeana Music, an exciting new web resource, launches officially on 4 November 2016. It brings together unique music content — from some of Mozart’s earliest recordings to Smashing Pumpkin concerts — from sound archives and other heritage institutions across Europe. A treasure trove of more than 250,000 unique cultural items for music professionals, academics and enthusiasts alike to discover.
Europeana Music is the latest product of Europeana, the digital platform which builds on Europe’s rich digital heritage and makes it available for people to use, whether for research and learning, work, or just for fun. Music historians, academics or people simply looking for a new piece of music can now search, browse and download high-quality content provided by more than 50 European institutions in one dedicated site. This has been made possible by the Europeana Sounds consortium and many other partners.
Europeana Music serves up a thematic collection of the highest quality of digitised music from Europeana’s database. The collection comprises a wide spectrum of material from Monteverdi to recordings of indigenous songs and folk dances to concert recordings of more contemporary bands. And in addition to exploring the site, the Europeana Radio feature allows visitors to casually discover and listen to great and unknown songs from the vast collection.
The Europeana Music website is launched officially today during the Europeana Sounds’ second international conference ‘Unlocking Sound Collections’ in Lithuania hosted by Vilnius University.
Europeana Music Collections: http://www.europeana.eu/portal/en/collections/music
Europeana Sounds project: http://www.europeanasounds.eu/
Europeana Sounds 2016 conference: http://www.europeanasounds.eu/europeana-sounds-conference-2016
Notes for Editors
Europeana Music is the result of a uniquely collaborative model and approach that can be replicated for other themes: the web platform is provided by Europeana, the content comes from institutions across Europe through Europeana Sounds, while institutions from the Europeana Sounds consortium will provide the theme and editorial expertise to bring the content alive for visitors through blogs and online exhibitions. Europeana Music Collection is the first Europeana thematic collection to be delivered in this way with plans for more to follow using this blueprint.
Europeana Sounds — a project that was three years in the making — connects sound archives to Europeana and represents a partnership between 24 national libraries, sound institutions, research centres, and universities from 12 European countries. In addition to music recordings, the project partners have also contributed thousands of sounds, including spoken word, environment and sound effect recordings, radio programmes, as well as images and video recordings of musicians, musical instruments, and music scores. The Europeana Sounds project is co-funded by the European Commission under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme.
Europeana is Europe’s digital platform for cultural heritage, collecting and providing online access to tens of millions of digitised items from over 3,500 libraries, archives, audiovisual collections and museums across Europe, ranging from music, books, photos and paintings to television broadcasts and 3D objects. Europeana encourages and promotes the creative re-use of these vast cultural heritage collections in education, research, tourism and the creative industries.