Kick-off meeting in Nantes: a new team is born

The kick-off meet­ing of the European Music Incub­at­or pro­ject was held from Septem­ber 21 to 24, 2016 at Trem­polino (Nantes – France).

What we call a “kick-off meet­ing” is one of the major steps in a European-scaled pro­ject in that par­ti­cipants thereby lay the found­a­tion for a two-and-a-half-year part­ner­ship. Dur­ing these two days and three nights we were sated with enrich­ing con­ver­sa­tions and inter­ac­tions but sleep-deprived, because chance had it that our meet­ing took place exactly at the same time as the Sco­pitone digit­al arts fest­iv­al… which was a bless­ing for us and our part­ners from Croa­tia, Esto­nia, Italy and Great Bri­tain!

You would think that bring­ing 5 European part­ners togeth­er to carry out a pro­ject is no big deal, but it implies bring­ing togeth­er 5 dif­fer­ent cul­tures, 5 dif­fer­ent per­son­al­it­ies and 5 dif­fer­ent world­views. So this is no small chal­lenge, since we must invent a com­mon lan­guage in Eng­lish based on com­mon defin­i­tions and a com­mon meth­od… Keep­ing in mind that what mat­ters the most is to build a close-knit team.

Dur­ing two days we went from one meet­ing to the next in order to address such issues as the pro­ject itself, the meth­od, the budget, the pro­ced­ures, cul­ture-ori­ented entre­pren­eur­ship, up-and-com­ing musi­cians and their status. We also offered our part­ners food for thought on their favor­ite top­ics by set­ting up meet­ings with rep­res­ent­at­ives of our loc­al cre­at­ive and cul­tur­al indus­tries: Auden­cia, Yodel, le Voy­age à Nantes, Atlangames, Algam, Atlantic 2.0. We had very busy days… and nights! Indeed our food-lov­ing night-owls city trip all around Nantes was spiced up with con­certs and events hos­ted as part of the Sco­pitone fest­iv­al.

It took us a month sol­id to recov­er from these quite event­ful two days and three nights… But the dam­age was done: a team had come to life and was on its way to imple­ment and exper­i­ment with European Music Incub­at­or.