Paolo Petrocelli

Paolo Petrocelli is an arts administrator, musicologist, violinist, researcher, professor and UNESCO Expert in Music (Italian National Commission for UNESCO). He is also founder and president of EMMA for Peace, Euro-Mediterranean Music Academy for Peace, a non-profit global umbrella organization for music education and cultural diplomacy; a network of music institutions, universities and philanthropic foundations brought together in the shared interest of music and the promotion of peace in the Mediterranean and Middle East regions.

His other positions are: UNESCO Youth Delegate for Italy (2011), President Junior Chamber International Italy (Rome), Leader of the Italian National Network of the European Cultural Parliament Youth Network, Member of the Global Shapers Community of the World Economic Forum, Member of the Youth Committee of the International Music Council, Member of the Youth Committee of the European Music Council (2008-2010) and Ambassador for the Manifesto for Youth and Music in Europe, Family member of The Festival One Week. One Europe. Berlin 2012, Board Member of Plain Ink and Powering Education.

Paolo worked in the organization of international music and film festivals such as Tuscan Sun Festival, English Music Festival, Rome Chamber Music Festival, Accademia delle Crete Senesi, Rome Film Festival, Roma Independent Film Festival.

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Hannu Saha

Hannu Saha is the arts and culture policy maker as well as a composer and a musician based in Finland. As a researcher, he specialises in research on creativity, its meaning and use in arts, cultural and music policy. As a musician Mr. Saha is known as a master of the Finnish lap harp, or kantele.

Hannu Saha holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree and is a docent/senior lecturer at the University of Tampere. Between 2004-2006, Mr. Saha was the Chair of the Arts Council of Finland. He also worked as an Educational Advisor (1980–1985) and Director (1985–2002) of the Folk Music Institute and as the Artistic Director (1997–2002) and Director (2003) of the Folk Arts Centre. Additionally he served as the Professor of Ethno-musicology at the University of Tampere and the Director of the Department of Music Anthropology 2002–2003. Mr. Saha has been a member of various arts councils as well as in numerous trusts in culture and arts.

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Juliana Hodkinson

Juliana Hodkinson is an artist, academic and a policy maker as well as a freelance composer and an arts writer. Her interests lie in the collaborative projects, financing the arts and culture, status of the artist, performing arts and international cultural cooperation. Her expertise as a cultural leader is in linking the dynamics between the individual, volatile, highly particular and often ad-hoc project-based production processes of new artistic work with the systematic and structural responsibilities of arts organisations and funding bodies.

Juliana Hodkinson is presently a board member for the Danish online music journal, and member of the artistic advisory board to the Australian company Chamber Made Opera. She has formerly chaired the Danish Arts Foundation, and its music panels, and has been on the board of the Danish Composers’ Society.

As a board member, chairman and a panel of the music-section of the Danish Arts Foundation, she has focused on cultural and arts policy, collaborations between public institutions (eg. at state and local level, or between funding and media organisations), the influence of arts education on diversity in the arts world, gender, diversity and equal access, the status of artistic endeavour in public discourse, and appreciating inter-disciplinarity in artistic practices.

Juliana Hodkinson also lectured at Technische Universität Berlin, alongside a productive freelance career in composition for music-theatre and inter-arts contexts.  Her artistic work ranges from chamber music and intimate semi-staged object pieces to large-scale electroacoustic orchestral works, and often involves visual or theatrical elements. Installations, electronic performances, field recordings, samples, text, foley and soundtracks for fashion videos also figure in her recent work. This set of interests has led her to develop collaborative practices spanning ad-hoc freelance and large institutional frameworks.

Her academic research background is in the musical and inter-arts aesthetics and the subject of her PhD thesis is ‘Presenting Absence: constitutive silences in music and sound-art since the mid-20th century’. Since completing her PhD, she has also researched, lectured and published on sound art, music and film/video, and music and the internet.

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Natalija Macura

Natalija Macura is a researcher in the field of cultural policy. She holds a PhD in Cultural Policy and Management Culture from the University of Arts in Belgrade (2011), and a M.A. in Theory of Arts and Media (2005). She is actively involved in cultural policy making on local, regional and international level. She was Cultural Policy Researcher in “European Music Council a Regional Group of International Music Council of UNESCO,” in Bonn, on research project “Structure of the National Music Council,” 2006/2007.

Some relevant research references:

  • “National and international music councils,” Belgrade, 2011, University of Arts in Belgrade
  • “Cultural policy in the field of music,” Belgrade, 2006, Zadužbina Andrejevic
  • “Personnel policy as an instrument of education, cultural and media policy in the field of music”, Belgrade, 2005, University of Arts in Belgrade
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