For 10 years now, Live DMA has been working actively to help its members in making live music scenes better everyday. The creation of the network marks the beginning of a long-time cooperation story: 10 years ago, national live music associations in France ans Spain which were already defending live music scenes in their own country, felt the need to know what was happening abroad. They met some peer associations in other European countries, and decided to create Live DMA.
Since then, the network never stopped growing, showing the essential need for live music actors to gather around common issues, learn together, exchange experience and expertise. We cannot exist without our members, THEY are the foundations of Live DMA.
The Live DMA 3 core missions
We are proud and happy to notice the evolution of the network since its creation. Today, 20 members in 16 European countries exchange knowledge and good-practices on a daily basis, with the support of the Live DMA team. Our mission consists in three main objectives:
Observation · Provide facts & figures about the European live music sector
The Survey is a pivotal project for Live DMA: for almost 10 years now, we collect and release facts and figures about live music venues and clubs in Europe, in order to better understand how they function and what they need. It is a participative methodology in which music venues representatives create the questionnaires and indicators which best fit with reality. Live DMA works towards using the outputs and methodology of The Survey to pave the way for a European Music Observatory that would be based on the cooperation of sector representatives and policy makers.
Capacity Building · Create a trusty network of live music actors
Live DMA supports its members on core challenges such as sustainability, gender inclusion, audience development and diversity in music booking. Exchanging with European peers is a way to take a step back and reflect on one’s own practices. We provide collective thinking, resources and create tools to support music venues, clubs and festivals’ professionals and volunteers across Europe.
Recognition · Advocate for the recognition of live music scenes
Live DMA’s core mission is to emphasize music venues, clubs and festivals’ huge cultural and social values. Live music is an essential component of people’s lives: to participate in local cultural life and express oneself through the music of one’s choice is a crucial factor of individual and collective emancipation. Small and medium sized venues and clubs, especially, are the backbone of the music chain. They give opportunities to artists to get stage experience and meet with their audiences. Therefore, it is important to include live music in cultural policies in order to support venues, clubs and festivals in taking artistic risks with emerging artists and create more sustainable, diverse and inclusive spaces.
Live DMA timeline
This timeline identifies the main projects in which Live DMA was involved or projects that were created by the network.
Live DMA can’t exist without its members, nor its staff. In 10 years, we have seen the live music landscape move, and the network grow in the best ways we could expect! We have seen a lot of faces, met many people, and worked with amazing peers. Words and memories are important, therefore we asked former colleagues and members to tell us more about their experience within Live DMA.