Erasmus+ is the EU Programme in the fields of education, training, youth and sport for the period 2021-2027. Based on projects of high quality and inclusive education and training, as well as informal and non-formal learning, in order to ultimately equip young people and participants of all ages with the qualifications and skills needed for their meaningful participation in democratic society, intercultural understanding and successful transition in the labour market.

Erasmus+ is open to individuals (not only students!) and organisations. Erasmus+ calls can be used to fund projects related to the live music sector, which have a focus on life-long learning, training, or professionalisation.

Live music organisations can take part in Erasmus+ projects as they are part of a sector which tends to professionalise and which values non-formal learning (through volunteering for example).

This article presents the Erasmus+ programme and opportunities for live music organisations. Find also a list of examples of Erasmus+ funded music projects at the end of this article.

Access the Erasmus+ Programme Guide for more complete information.

Access here the partner search for Erasmus+ projects.


Find in the charts below some information on the Erasmus+ opportunities we have selected and which can fit projects by music organisations.

Applying organisations must be established in a Erasmus+ eligible country.

• a non-profit organisation, association, NGO; European Youth NGO; a public body at local, regional, national level; a social enterprise; a profit-making body active in Corporate Social Responsibility;
• an informal group of young people.

Participants in the activities must be young people aged between 13 and 30, resident in the country of the participating organisations and decision-makers relevant to the topics addressed by the project.
Activities outside formal education and training that encourage, foster and facilitate young people’s participation in Europe’s democratic life at local, regional, national and European level.

Erasmus+supports youth-driven local, national and transnational participation projects run by informal groups of young people and/or youth organisations encouraging youth participation in Europe’s democratic life and following one or more ofthe following objectives:

• provide young people with opportunities to engage and learn to participate in civic society (providing pathways of engagement for young people in their daily lives but also in democratic life, aiming for a meaningful civic, economic, social, cultural and political participation of young people from all backgrounds, with special focus on those with fewer opportunities);
• raise young people’s awareness about European common values and fundamental rights and contribute to the European integration process, including through contribution to the achievement of one or more of the EU Youth Goals;
• develop young people’s digital competences and media literacy (in particular critical thinking and the ability to assess and work with information) with a view to increasing young people’s resilience to disinformation, fake news and propaganda, as well as their capacity to participate in democratic life;
• bring together young people and decision makers at local, regional, national and transnationallevel and/or contribute to the EU Youth Dialogue.
Youth Participation Activities are non-formal learning activities revolving around active participation of young people. Such activities aim to enable young people to experience exchanges, cooperation, cultural and civic action. Supported activities should help the participants strengthen their personal, social, citizenship and digital competences and become active European citizens.

This Action supports the use of alternative, innovative, smart and digital forms of youth participation, including the extension of youth participation into a variety of sectors and spaces, opening pathways to active participation for young people from all backgrounds.

Youth Participation Activities can be actively used to conduct dialogues and discussions between young people and decision-makers to promote the active participation of young people in democratic life in Europe. As a concrete result, young people are able to make their voices heard (through the formulation of positions, proposals and recommendations), especially on how youth policies should be shaped and implemented in Europe.

Supported activities can take the form of (or a combination of): workshops, debates, role-plays, simulations, use of digital tools (e.g. digital democracy tools), awareness raising campaigns, trainings, meetings and other forms of online or offline interaction between young people and decision-makers, consultations, information events etc.
Some examples of activities that could be implemented within a project are:

• face-to-face or online workshops and/or meetings, seminars or other events/processesat local, regional, national or transnational level offering space for information, debate and active participation of young people on issues relevant to their daily lives as active European citizens, ideally including, leading to or following up on interactions with decision-makers and other stakeholders concerned by such issues;

• consultations of young people identifying topics/issues of specific relevance to them (in local, regional, national or transnational context) and identifying their needs related to participation in addressing such topics/issues;
• awareness-raising campaigns revolving around participation of young people in democratic life;
• facilitation of access to open, safe and accessible virtual and/or physical spaces for young people, offering effective opportunities for learning to participate in democratic life and processes;
• simulations of the functioning of democratic institutions and the roles of decision-makers within such institutions.

Projects may or may not include a mobility element and/or events involving physical presence of participants at a specific location. Specific financial support is foreseen for such activities (mobilities and physical events). Wherever relevant, it is highly encouraged to integrate digital activity formats (e.g. webinars, hackathons, various e-participation tools etc.) and/or training regarding the use of digital democracy tools in activities to be implemented within a Youth Participation Activities project.
Project must last from 3 to 24 months.
Send your applications to the National Agency of the country in which the applicant organisation is established.

Applicants have to submit their grant applications by the following dates:

• 11 May at 12:00 CET for projects starting between 1 August and 31 December of the same year
• 5 October at 12:00 CET for projects starting between 1 January and 31 May of the following year
Maximum grant awarded per project for Youth participation activities: 60.000 EUR.

See here for a detailed list of what the budget covers.
Small-scale Partnerships are open to any type of organisation active in any field of education, training, youth, sport or other socio-economic sectors as well as to organisations carrying out activities that are transversal to different fields (e.g. local,regionaland nationalauthorities, recognition and validation centres, chambers of commerce, trade organisations, guidance centres, cultural and sport organisations).

Depending on the priority and the objectives addressed by the project, Small-scale Partnerships should involve the most appropriate and diverse range of partners in order to benefit from their different experiences, profiles and specific expertise.

A Small-scale Partnership is transnational and involves minimum two organisations from two different Programme Countries.
• Attract and widen access for newcomers, less experienced organisations and small-scale actors to the programme. These partnerships should act as a first step for organisations into cooperation at European level.
• Support the inclusion of target groups with fewer opportunities
• Support active European citizenship and bring the European dimension to the local level.
• Increasing quality in the work and practices of the organisations and institutions involved, opening up to new actors not naturally included within one sector;
• Building capacity of organisations to work transnationally and across sectors;
• Addressing common needs and priorities in the fields of education, training, youth and sport;
• Enabling transformation and change (at individual, organisational or sectoral level), leading to improvements, in proportion to the context of each organisation;
To be considered for funding, Small-scale Partnerships must address either:
• at least one horizontal priority (Environmental sustainability, 196Inclusion and Diversity or Digital Dimension)
• at least one specific priority relevant to the field of education, training,youthand sportthat is mostly impacted.
Project must last between 12 and 36 months.
Applications must be sent to the National Agency of the country in which the applicant organisation is established.

Applicants have to submit their grant application by:
• 20 May at 12:00 CET for projects starting between 1 November of the same year and 28 February of the following year.
• by 3 November at 12:00 CET for projects starting between 1 March and 31 May of the following year.
The proposed funding model consists of a menu of two possible lump sums, corresponding to the total grant amount for the project. Applicants will choose between the two pre-defined amounts according to the activities they want to undertake and the results they want to achieve: Single lump sum amounts: 30 000 EUR or 60 000 EUR
Among other organisations, this opportunity is open to the following structures part of Creative & Cultural Industries:

• Small and medium-sized or large enterprises (including social enterprises)
• Non-governmental organisations
• Public bodies at local, regional or national level
• Organisations active in education, training and youth
• Sectoral or professional associations
Alliances for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills aim to create new strategic approaches and cooperation for concrete skills development solutions –both in the short and the medium term. They seek to tackle skills gaps on the labour market that hamper growth, innovation and competitiveness in specific sectors or areas, aiming both at short term interventions and long term strategies.

The 4 years project must be:

• Developing a strategic approach to sectoral cooperation on skills
• Designing European sector-wide agreed ‘core’ curricula and training programmes
• Address urgent skills needs in occupations in an industrial ecosystem resulting from the Covid-19 crisis and the digital and green transition
• Developing training content for emerging occupational profiles
• Delivering the ‘core’ curricula and training programmes
• Designing a long term action plan for the progressive roll-out of project deliverables after the project has finished
4 years
To the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).Call ID lot2: ERASMUS-EDU-2021-PI-ALL-INNO-BLUEPRINT

Applicants have to submit their grant application by 7 September 2021 at 17:00 CET
4 million euros (4 years project) – only one proposal per industrial ecosystem can be selected for funding.