Guidelines and Handbooks for Free Download

The Guidelines and Handbooks below have been developped mostly in the frame of different EU-funded projects since 2015, in cooperation with numerous partners throughout Europe.

Feel free to download and use those documents, we hope they will be an inspiration to your work!

Collective Singing as a Tool for Integration



The Sing Me In project explored possibilities of how to use collective singing as a tool to help the integration of people from different cultures and backgrounds.


More information on the project and translations of the Handbooks in ten more languages (ar, ca, de, es, et, fi, fr, nl, no, tr) can be found on A translation into your own language is not yet available and you would like to help us making it happen? Please contact us!




Youth Engagement in Cultural Organisations

Youth Involvement in cultural organisations

Supporting new generations of decision-makers

As a result of several questionnaires launched, as well as hosting a Zoom Café together with the members of the European Choral Association and beyond, the Youth Committee wished to investigate the ways in which young people were or are involved as decision-makers in the choral community, and in which ways young people are involved in an organisation.

Together with the experience and the knowledge collected by the youth committee, all the contributions received were bundled into a handbook on youth involvement, which explains in detail, as well as provide tools for convincing young people to get involved in decision-making and giving young people such an opportunity. With this handbook, we wish for increased ease of associations and any other organisations to easily involve young people in their processes in the future.

Download the Handbook | Print Version

Download the Handbook | Online Version

EP:IC - Data Analysis

The EPIC project, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the EU, provided emerging musicians with skills and professional experience to complement their formal training and help them boost their career at the international level.

During the project, so far, we have been planning four webinars for developing the skills and knowledge of young choral professionals.
Learn more about it here.

A core part of the EPIC project was a data collection intended to map the career paths of former members of auditioned youth music ensembles, both choirs and orchestras, on an international and national/regional level. A survey was sent out in late 2020 and early 2021 to alumni of the World Youth Choir, the EuroChoir, and a network of managers of national and regional youth choirs and orchestras. The data was analysed by Alfred Jürgens (European Choral Association Project Manager) and Inês Moreira (World Youth Choir Manager) to create a resource to show the results and conclusions that can be drawn from the nearly 500 responses received.

Download the Data Analysis Report here!

The project is coordinated by the European Choral Association in partnership with:


STAMP - material for managers, management training

STAMP | Shared Training Activities for Music Professionals

Toolbox and guidelines for (young) managers and Handbook for potential organisers of a training programme for (young) managers.



Environmental Protection

Guidelines developped in the frame of the project “Upgrade – Connect – Reach Out: Raising Awareness for Collective Singing in Europe”



Low Budget events

Guidelines on how to organise a low-budget choral festival – Based on our experience with the festival YOUTH CHOIRS IN MOVEMENT 2019.

Guidelines developped in the frame of the project “Upgrade – Connect – Reach Out: Raising Awareness for Collective Singing in Europe”



SHIFT - Material for Cultural Leaders



The European Choral Association – Europa Cantat is a partner in the project SHIFT – Shared Initiatives for Training, coordinated by the European Music Council and co-funded by the European Union Erasmus+ Programme.

Climate change, gender equality and inclusion of minorities are key challenges for our rapidly changing world. Arts and culture have a recognised role in shaping societies and have the potential to significantly contribute to a better and more sustainable future for all as recognised in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The project SHIFT will provided training initiatives for cultural leaders, working together and creating paths to face such global challenges.

The partners will produced online manuals and guidelines between December 2019 and January 2022 on the following themes:

Some of the resources on Inclusion and Gender and Power-Relations were translated into French and Italian.
The translations are available on this page.


Singing Europe - Data Collection

Final report of the pilot research project “Singing Europe” published in 2015 in the frame of the VOICE project, coordinated by the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat and co-funded by the European Union Culture2000 programme.
Based on two years of exploration of data sources, and through innovative surveys, the report shows that 4,5% of the European population actively participates in collective singing activities. This represents 37 Million collective singers on the European continent, gathered in about 1 million choirs or ensembles.