In March 2017 the Directorate General for Education and Culture (DG EAC) of the European Commission asked the European Expert Network on Culture and Audiovisual (EENCA) to carry out the assessment of the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) with a particular regard to the orchestral performance, the educational activities, the European dimension and prestige, and the communication/outreach potential. The assessment followed the EUYO’s 40th anniversary celebrated in 2016. For this purpose the combination of primary and secondary research was conducted using both qualitative (in-depth interviews) and quantitative (survey) methods of data collection. Internal and external documents, statistics, reviewers’ perspective, opinions of internal and external EUYO’s experts, as well as, opinions of the EUYO players (new members, returning members and alumni) from different EU countries were gathered and analysed within the evaluation process. The results revealed the impact of the EUYO on professional development of young musicians including future employment opportunities, and on their perception of different European attributes and dimensions. The uniqueness of the EUYO was seen in its high artistic profile and its EU geographical coverage together with EU repertoire development. In addition, innovative audience development activities aiming at improving access to European cultural and creative works were identified.

The study tasks including reporting were performed by Mária Tajtáková, and by Paul Vroonhof, Koen Maas and Alex Mekking (all three from Panteia).

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