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Higher education student and staff mobility project
Start date: Jun 1, 2014, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The Consortium continues to enact the Leonardo da Vinci PLM (People in the Labour Market) project, aimed at graduates of the Italian Music Conservatories, within the framework of the new Erasmus+ Programme. The project was initiated in 2010 and held in four successive editions that had permitted 130 young musicians to take part in formative placements held at several European musical organizations. The prime objective of this project was, and remains, to compensate for the noted lack of opportunities for actual employment in the field of music for students during their course of study by providing substantial post-graduate apprenticeships. The internships carried out within the new edition have been 50, related to the variety of the professionals trained thorough our programmes. It is so far the only project in Europe to be exclusively dedicated to internships for recent graduates in music. The Consortium consists of the Conservatories of Frosinone (Coordinator), Alessandria, Cagliari, Castelfranco Veneto, Genova, L'Aquila, Monopoli, Padova, Pescara, Torino, Trieste, Venezia, Verona, the Institute for Higher Musical Studies of Livorno and the Saint Louis College of Rome, all united in the objective of supporting young people in their personal transformation from students to working musicians, which requires – in addition to talent and professional competence – self-knowledge, perseverance, and creative adaptability. It has at its disposal a large network of musical institutions in Europe; this network has been established with care and commitment over the past years, and it is able to accommodate our graduates whatever their specific fields and personal goals. In this context, every apprenticeship is carefully and accurately planned. We have decided to call the Consortium “Working With Music +” to emphasize the continuity of our mission, as well as the infusion of new energy under the new Erasmus+ Programme; the new project benefits from the expertise and skills aquired during the past years. Our website, in both Italian and English, is not only a showcase for the project but also a real tool for management. Participants finds there all the documentation needed, from the application form to the feedback report, together with useful links. Photos, videos and comments from the participants are posted, and specific Facebook and Youtube pages are provided. There are pages dedicated to our publications and Meetings. The activities of the Consortium are directed by a Board made up of the referents from all partners. Beyond the objective of providing professional experience to our young graduates, this project aims at contributing to a better understanding of our educational system and its relations with the professional music world. In particular, we treasure the reports our young musicians give us upon returning from their periods of work abroad. They are interviewed, and a documentary film is made and distributed which allows their experiences and opinions to be heard nationally and internationally; this provides insights which help us improve in our efforts. Representatives of the partner institutions and winners of the scholarships meet once a year to exchange experiences and for future planning. The Meeting is also an opportunity to meet with professionals and entrepreneurs from the world of music.
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