Music Moves Europe – A dedicated European programme for the music sector

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Music Moves Europe 

In February 2018, the European Commission officially launched the Music Moves Europe – Preparatory Action. Adopted by the European Parliament, this pilot project will allocate 1,5 million Euro (for 2018 calls) to test and prepare a potential funding strand for the music sector in the next generation of EU programmes in 2020.

The Music Moves Europe – Preparatory Action is the result of an three years working and consultant process between the European Commission and representatives of the European music sector. Live DMA has been involved in this process since December 2015, the AB music Working Group. You can read the report of this first working group here.

Announcement of the Music Moves Europe – Preparatory Action 

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.”

Michel Magnier, Director for Culture & Creativity at DG EAC, announced the first measures of the programme focusing on diversity and competitiveness. In order to achieve those objectives, five main actions have been identified by the European Commission for the Preparatory Action:

  • Structured dialogue with the sector
  • European music export strategy
  • Study to prepare a European music Observatory
  • Training for emerging musicians and music professionals
  • Music circulation (live and online)

The detailed actions and calls for proposals are expected for April/May 2018.

Joint letter in support of a European music programme 

Together with other organisations from across the music sector, we welcome a new pilot programme for music in Europe and urge the European Union to support a full European Music Programme in its future budget.

On the 14th of February 2018, the European Commission invited representatives of the European music sector to Brussels in order to mark the launch of the Music Moves Europe preparatory actions.

Promoted by Parliamentarians of various political hues, and coordinated by the European Commission, Music Moves Europe will help test ideas which could be replicated in a fully-fledged music programme that would start in 2021 as part of the next generation of EU programmes.

In a joint open letter, we welcome Music Moves Europe as a huge step forward and insist on the need for funding coherent to the music sector’s economic, social and cultural impact.

You can read the open letter here: Joint letter in support of a EU music programme

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