The conditions for music and music-making is different in each country. Some countries have well-financed systems and some not, some have a more traditional view on music while other are seeking new frontiers.
One of the main objectives with the Baltic Music Network project was to determine shared challenges and interests in the countries around the Baltic Sea. With this knowledge at hand, it is much easier to identify fields of common interests, from which it is easy to build cooperation and common projects.
The Networkshops were carried out in Riga (Latvia), Vilnius (Lithuania), Warsaw (Poland) and Tallinn (Estonia) during March 2016.
The process chosen for the four Networkshops was to:
a) present the BMN project and its possibilities
b) discuss general challenges that hamper our possibilities to collaborate and to understand each other’s national situations (languages, expensive travels, historical backgrounds etc)
c) Outline challenges and interests from a national point of view in smaller discussion groups, ending with a presentation of outcome.
We used the quite common SWOT method to make an ad hoc situation analysis, which outlines
a) internal Strengths and Weaknesses (i.e. issues that we can change) and
b) external Opportunities and Threats (i.e. issues that lie outside our jurisdiction but which may have an impact on our activities and structures
Surely, the participants changed from Networkshop to the next and thereby the issues discussed; some with a strong educational focus, other more on the performing part of music. Generally, the educational participation was by far the most predominant.
Many participants expressed their satisfaction with the Networkshops per se, as they brought together people that do not normally meet, initiated discussion on (for them) important subjects that are not normally debated, and created an ad hoc ”map” on the music life in each nation.
Below, you find the SWOTS of the 4 Networkshops, country by country. There are many similarities but also issues of a strictly national interest.
The 4 SWOT’s were then the basic documentation for the discussions in the final conference in Visby, May 2016 to which 3 participants per country, from different strides within the music sector, were invited to create the largest possible complementarity.
It is interesting to study the 4 SWOT’s in more detail and parallel as they do outline certain fields of common interest to explore further within the Baltic Music Network.
Click links to download the SWOT-documents.