Live DMA is a European non-governmental network working to support and to promote the conditions of the live music sector. Live DMA is by nature an international collaboration network based on shared visions and values. Ever since its foundation, exchange of best practices and experiences have been the pivot of the network’s existence.
Through time, Live DMA has grown in terms of size and impact. Today, the network is composed of 20 members situated in 16 countries. The members are regional and national live music associations that represent more than 3000 music venues, clubs and festivals located all over Europe.
In 2017, the European Commission recognized Live DMA as European network and granted, via the Creative Europe programme, funding to develop the network’s project Live Style Europe. Live Style Europe is a “building capacity program” with the objective to empower music venues, clubs, festivals, and regional and nationals live music associations and to provide them with skills and tools in order to adapt to the changes of the music sector.
Music venues, clubs, and festivals are one of the main providers for talent development in Europe. From local band support to renowned stages, they are the social gathering places where people can easily meet and enjoy a large range of diverse artists. Venues and festivals are an important part of our neighborhoods, in both rural and urban areas. They are open to diversity, they have a strong impact on the local economies, they increase the attractiveness of the cities, and, they are strongly connected to the people. As Live DMA’s survey results show, Live DMA venues and clubs organized over 380 000 live acts and attracted more than 56 million visitors. About 82 000 volunteers participate every day in the venues’ activities and in the dynamism of the local lives.
Live DMA – a collective voice for European challenges
Since 2012, we have been articulating the challenges faced by live music venues, clubs and festivals in Europe. We believe that there is a need for preserving and supporting popular live music, and we are striving to maintain a sustainable economic, political, social and cultural foundation of the sector.
Our missions are to:
>> Promote popular live music as art and culture
>> Level up the conditions for venues, clubs and festivals
>> Empower live music professionals
>> Participate in public policies to improve people’s lives
Live DMA’s political engagement in European organisations
Live DMA is also actively engaging with other European cultural networks in order to influence the European approach of culture. Our aim is the inclusion of popular live music in particular, and culture and the arts in general, in the long-term goals of the European project.
European Music Council
Live DMA is member of the European Music Council, a membership organisation acting as stakeholder for the European music sector incorporating all kinds of musical genres on many different levels.
Since June 2018, Live DMA coordinator Audrey Guerre is an elected board member of the European Music Council.
Music Moves Europe – The feasibility study for the establishment of a European Music Observatory
The aim of the feasibility study for the establishment of a European Music Observatory, led by KEA and Pantea, is to investigate the possible future full-scale establishment of a data collection organisation. Live DMA is part of the advisory board of this study and will particularly contribute to the evaluation of the health and sustainability of the live music sector across different territories, and to identifying the opportunities and threats that can be most effectively addressed through intrasectoral and transnational collaboration.
Music Moves Europe Talent Awards
The Music Moves Europe Talent Awards are the European Union Prize for popular and contemporary music awarded every year, to the emerging artists who represent the European sound of today and tomorrow. The awards are implemented and presented by ESNS and Reeperbahn Festival.
Live DMA forms together with seven other European networks the advisory board of the Music Moves Europe Talent Awards.
European Alliance for Culture & the Arts
Live DMA forms together with 37 other European networks the European Alliance for Culture and the Arts. The Alliance forms a collective voice urging policy makers to re-think the European approach and include culture and the arts in the long-term strategic goals of the European project.
- Isabelle von Walterskirchen, Petzi (Switzerland) – co-president
- Anders Tangen, NKA (Norway) – co-president
- David Dehard, Court-Circuit (Belgium) – treasurer
- Stéphanie Thomas, Fedelima (France)
- Armando Ruah, ACCES (Spain)
- Marc Wohlrabe, LiveKomm (Germany)
- Joppe Pihlgren, Svensk Live (Sweden)
© Photos: Olga Ruiz