Two years after the first discussions on the needs of the music sector at EU level emerged, the European Commission kicked-off the Music Moves Europe Preparatory Action on February 14 2018. Adopted by the European Parliament, this pilot project will allocate 1,5 million euro a year to imagine how a potential funding strand for music could materialize in the next generation of EU programmes.
Getting culture to play in the first league of European funding
Commissioner for Culture Tibor Navracsics opened the event underlining the current momentum to take action. ‘By increasing the circulation of European music, we would promote our cultural diversity in an incredibly powerful manner.’
The first measures of the Music Moves Europe Preparatory Action were announced by Director for Culture & Creativity at DG EAC Michel Magnier. In parallel to a structured dialogue with the sector, a strategy regarding European Music export will be prepared as well as a study to look into the feasibility to set up a European music Observatory.
An initiative strongly supported by the sector at EU level
In light of this historic event, more than 30 organizations from the music sector joined forces to urge the EU to support a full European Music programme after 2020.
Sent to the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Member States, this open letter calls for the creation of a ‘tailor-made EU music programme proportionate to the sector’s economic, social and cultural contribution.’
Accounting for 1m jobs and over €25 billion in turnover, the music ecosystem must continue to shape and adapt to a fast-changing environment. It is important to ensure that the widest diversity of European music can circulate and reach its audience, and that Europe’s artists and citizens are encouraged to fully express their creative freedom.
EU-funded music projects already account for 3% of the projects under Creative Europe between 2014 and 2017. “With a little bit of seed funding, the Liveurope platform has already managed to increase the circulation of emerging European artists through its members.’ added Elise Phamgia, project coordinator of Liveurope. ‘A more substantial programme would increase the leverage effect produced by the investments made with the existing music projects funded by the EU.’
Read the full letter here.