Achievements in Music in Llíria

Music represents a significant portion of the local economy thanks to the numerous musical performances and festivals that take place in the city; the direct and indirect employment it generates (>6.5%); the properties owned by the musical societies (buildings, theatres, etc.); the music classes taught, etc.. In addition, many hours are dedicated each week to music lessons and practice, and musicians take part in numerous concerts, festivities, processions and parades every year.

In 2018, the city allocated €2.2 million (10.38% of the municipal budget) to the music sector. Much of this budget (over €1.02 million) goes to the Conservatory, which has 30 full-time teachers. Over 4 regulated music education institutions and 6 non-regulated music schools exist in the city. 

Llíria is home to two world-renowned bicentennial music associations (each with a budget of over €1.25 million) and 11 other more recent ones. 13% of Llirians are members of these associations. Over 4,500 people (20%) have some musical instruction and 1,500 Llirians (6.5%) have music as their main livelihood. 

There are over 22 festivals (some of them with more than 15 editions), and music conferences and multi-arts festivals involving other creative fields.

Otra parte del presupuesto se dedica a contratar conciertos internacionales de música, a editar libros y partituras, a grabar CDs de música, a crear piezas musicales para eventos especiales, a promover eventos musicales y a dotar los premios de concursos y becas musicales. Además, parte de la inversión se dirige al mantenimiento de las salas de conciertos municipales y monumentos donde se celebran conciertos. Existen fondos públicos adicionales que son aportados por la Generalitat Valenciana y por la Diputación Provincial de Valencia. La ciudad tiene, actualmente, 57 trabajadores a tiempo completo para gestionar temas relacionados con la música en las concejalías de Música, Turismo, Patrimonio, Educación y Cultura.

INICIATIVAS PARA EL FORTALECIMIENTO DEL SECTOR MUSICAL

 

‘SYMPHONY OF CULTURES’ is a programme that started almost a decade ago to promote the rich heritage of the town and strengthen a sense of pride and belonging among locals. In this context, most monuments and churches are used as stages for concerts and music venues. To this end, the Town Council signed an agreement with the Church authorities to use their buildings in exchange for their regular maintenance.

 

Llíria established a pioneering MUNICIPAL DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC, directed by a Councillor. This office is responsible for the town’s musical development strategy and acts as a reference point for the music community.

In addition, the LOCAL MUSIC COUNCIL is a stakeholder advisory board comprising members from all the local music institutions (public and private) and municipal representatives from the Music, Culture, Education and Tourism Departments. This body provides the Town Council with strategic and operational advice.

Within the Department of Culture and Tourism, ‘LLÍRIA TOURISM’ is another municipal office responsible for the enhancement of the local heritage, and the organization, promotion and dissemination of the music events. For its excellent work in this field, Llíria has been awarded the distinction of the Valencian regional brand ‘Mediterranew Musix’, which distinguishes the best music destinations in the Valencian Region.

Another initiative that has been maintained over the years is the awarding of the ‘CIUTAT DE LLÍRIA’ economic prizes (Edeta, Leiria, Laurona and Edecon) for woodwind and brass instruments, plucked and bowed stringed instruments, piano and percussion, within the framework of the ‘Young Performers’ Competition’.

In addition, every year the town launches a public call for AID APPLICATIONS aimed at the organization of cultural activities, including music concerts, festivals and music recordings by local non-professional instrumental groups.

The town policy on LOCAL SUPPLIERS’ PROCUREMENT to contract live performing events (local full-service event production, hiring equipment, etc.) in order to empower and increase the competitiveness of local companies.

The town policy of SIGNING MUSIC PERFORMANCE AGREEMENTS for concerts with local young professional musicians to help them to expand their music careers is applied on a regular basis. To facilitate this, mention should be made of the agreement between the Town Council and the company ‘Música per a la Vida’ in these past years.

The Tourism Department promotes, at the international level (FITUR and other fairs), all the music, cultural and heritage proposals from local public and private music institutions. This is the case of the programme ‘MERAVELLES LLIRIANES’ created in 2017 by the local company ‘Fil-Per-Randa’.

INICIATIVAS PARA EL FORTALECIMIENTO DEL SECTOR MUSICAL

La ciudad ha manifestado especial sensibilidad por los colectivos más vulnerables, identificando a la música como un medio para su inclusión social. En este sentido, cabe destacar iniciativas como “MusicalMENT” realizada en 2018 que es un proyecto de solidaridad en favor de las personas con enfermedades mentales, consistente en la producción de un CD en el que muchos artistas y formaciones musicales de toda España participaron altruistamente para dar visibilidad a este colectivo y promover así su integración social. Fue pro-movido por el Ayuntamiento de Llíria, la ONG “Músicos sin Fronteras”, la asociación local “Pentagrama y un patrocinador privado.

El programa “Gipsy flow” (que va por su 2ª edición) focaliza su atención en los jóvenes gitanos/as, utilizando la música para brindar oportunidades de inclusión social, participación, creatividad y socialización.

COOPERACIÓN INTERNACIONAL MUSICAL

El objetivo fue la cooperación para la prosperidad económica, social y cultural de las dos ciudades, con especial énfasis en la promoción musical. En el marco de este convenio, ya se han realizado diversas actividades en Llíria.

De otro lado, en 2015, el Conservatorio de Llíria, junto con el Liceo de Barcelona, desarrollaron un proyecto de intercambio cultural con el Ayuntamiento de Villamaría (Caldas, Colombia) para realizar conciertos conjuntamente.

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