UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe partners with the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation to support aspiring artists

UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe signed a partnership agreement with the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation to support six musicians with an opportunity to produce original music video and perform concerts in 2022. This will be part of the Foundation’s www.concertwithyou.com initiative, a streaming concert platform that allows artists to share their music and engage with the public.

Nicholas Hodac, Director General of UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe, states: ‘’We are thrilled to support the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation. The soft drink sector’s social impact goes beyond the jobs it generates. Providing wider benefits to our local communities by giving back to them is equally important. The number of social initiatives undertaken by our members in the countries they operate is a testament to that. As an EU industry association, we also want to do our part to change lives for the better. Music is a universal form of art, but not everyone has equal access and opportunity to create it. Our aim is to break some barriers and help new artists unlock their full potential and succeed. As violinist Yehudi Menuhin influenced generations of people during his time – and continues to be a source of inspiration to many across the world -, we want to empower the artists who we will support to show their talent and inspire others through their music and noble example.’’

Marianne Poncelet, Executive Vice-Present and co-founder of the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation in Brussels, comments: ‘’We are delighted to establish this cooperation with UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe to strengthen our mission to support the next generation of talented artists. Making our societies more inclusive and united is truly transformative and music is a powerful tool in achieving it. We are grateful to UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe for its commitment to promote artistic excellence and give new artists the chance to contribute to our society with the sound and power of their music. With this partnership, we demonstrate that we can drive change together and make a positive difference in the lives of several artists.’’

The original music videos by the six artists that UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe will support will be freely accessible to anyone on www.concertwithyou.com as well as on the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation’s YouTube channel upon their announcement.

UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe will provide further information on each concert on its social media channels as they are organised. The indicative calendar of concerts is as follows:

Concert 1

  • Date: 5 January 2022
  • Artist: Matthieu Saglio

     Watch the concert here.

Concert 2

  • Date: April 2022
  • Artist: Musician featured on the Foundation’s concertwithyou.com platform

Concert 3

  • Date: May 2022
  • Artist: Musician from the Foundation’s MUS-E Network

Concert 4

Concert 5

  • Date: October 2022
  • Artist: Musician featured on the Foundation’s concertwithyou.com platform

Concert 6

  • Date: December 2022
  • Artist: Leo Ullman (IYMF Ambassador Artist)

Note to Editors

For further information, please contact:

 

Inês Rebelo

Communications Manager, UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe

M: +32 477 860 901

irebelo@unesda.eu

 

Simon Eychenne

Project Manager, International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation

M: +32 470 55 21 36

simon.eychenne@menuhin-foundation.com

 

Juliette Van Maele

Project Manager, International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation

M: +32 484 986 330

juliette.vanmaele@menuhin-foundation.com

 

International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation

Established in Brussels in 1991, the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation pursues Menuhin’s humanist goal of giving voice to the voiceless through the arts. The Foundation aims to develop people’s musical abilities, protect cultural identities, and foster social inclusion of vulnerable groups through the organisation of events, trainings, workshops and concerts. In association with different partners, it initiates, implements and coordinates many socio-cultural projects: “Homelands, places of belongings”, “UCRATE”, “MUS-E On Stage”, www.concertwithyou.com. The IYMF is also the head coordinator of the MUS-E® network. MUS-E was created by Yehudi Menuhin in 1993 to implementing the use of creative arts in traditional primary school curriculums, working particularly with children from disadvantaged backgrounds. MUS-E® is now active in 12 countries in Europe, Brazil, Israel and Kosovo.

www.menuhin-foundation.com

 

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