REMA – From a promoters’ club to an open network for the entire early music sector
On 6 October 2020, the members of REMA, the European Early Music Network, took a historic decision to start welcoming all types of professional organisations active in the early music sector.
Since its founding in 2000, REMA has operated as a network of concert organisers – festivals and concert halls. While this clearly had its use and interest, for some years already REMA has been reaching out to the rest of the sector, partnering with networks such as the European Association of Conservatoires, and through events such as the European Early Music Summit that is due to take place on 20-22 November both online and at BOZAR in Brussels. This event is open to all professionals from the (early) music world.
At the beginning of this year, REMA’s Board suggested officially opening the network itself to organisations other than promoters, including (but not limited to) ensembles, research centers and educational institutions. This step has now been approved by the members. Until the reorientation becomes official with a change of statutes in 2021, and while the Board of Directors prepares new bylaws, an increased number of events, and a broadened focus, a number of organisations will be asked to join REMA for an introductory phase.
The COVID crisis has has shone a spotlight on the increasingly urgent need for professional organisations to meet and work together. By inviting new types of organisations, REMA will become a more representative voice for the early music sector as a whole, and enable more networking, lobbying, co-productions and discussions. Better knowledge of early music’s actors will be within reach. And questions around performance, concert organisation, research and performance, funding and administration will now find a natural forum involving professionals from all corners of the sector.