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The European Agenda for Music contributes to a musically thriving Europe by setting out priorities for the music sector in Europe for the years to come.


The European Agenda for Music will have a horizontal approach as it aims to bring together the music industry and the civil society organisations for music. It will also take into account the specific advocacy papers the EMC formulated in 2010 and 2011, which are the “Manifesto for Youth and Music in Europe” and the “Bonn Declaration” that gives recommendation for the music education sector in Europe and for national and European legislation.


The European Agenda on Music will bring together the whole music sector, allowing it to speak in one voice. It will be a platform for collaboration and exchange. Initiated by the European Music Council, coordination will remain with the EMC, however the Agenda itself is a document owned by everyone involved. All involved must also subscribe to each section of the document.

The aim of the document is for the sector to put forward its own priorities which will improve the situation of music in Europe: What do we want the sector to look like in 10 – 15 years from now?

The European Commission has expressed a desire for there to be more cooperation between the various cultural disciplines, however it is important that the specifics and needs of each individual sector be highlighted, which can be done with the Agenda.  Should the European Union or national governments want to make decisions concerning music in the future, the Agenda will provide them with a thorough document (and a united sector) to which they can refer.

The EMC and partners in this venture are the voice of music in Europe. With the publication of UNESCO’s Hangzhou Declaration, culture, and therefore the culture sector is taking a more prominent position in policies at international level. It is therefore important that the music sector is prepared to respond to international enquires when required.

Sections & Working Groups

Taking conclusions from its membership survey conducted in early 2013 and a mapping exercise of its members, the EMC identified various ‘fields’ of the music sector:

  • Creation (composers, song writers, author and copyrights)
  • Production (record companies, publishers, instruments, music publishers, music fairs)
  • Presentation/ live music (festivals, managers, agents, musicians, music export)
  • Information/documentation/research/heritage (music archives, music information centres)
  • Media (communication/distribution)
  • Education (mainly music schools, music in general schools, music universities and academies) and career development
  • Participation (e.g. amateur music making – vocal & instrumental))

Representatives of all these fields will be included in the development of the Agenda. Transversal topics such as mobility, audience development, social status of the musical artist, legal issues, authors rights and inclusion of minorities/migrants/refugees will be tackled across the different working group.


The idea for a European Agenda for Music emerged from discussions amongst the EMC Board in autumn 2012 about the future of music in Europe. For such a document to be representative, reflecting all elements of the European Music sector, the EMC invited its members as well as other significant non-member organisations to join the debate on what actions need to be taken to secure a musically thriving Europe in the future. The Agenda will therefore have a horizontal approach as it will bring together the music industry and the civil society organisations for music.

The Agenda shall be owned by the whole musical sector in Europe and define long-term actions and priorities for the field and be a reference for the European institutions. The European Agenda for Music will also take into account already existing advocacy papers. As a consequence, the European Agenda for Music allows the European music sector to speak with one voice.

The basis of the European Agenda for Music will be the 5 Music Rights. The different thematic working groups are therefore asked to develop their contribution to the agenda in line with the 5 Music Rights and in view of the principle of musical diversity.

Get involved!

In order to have a well-balanced document that will reflect all sectors of the European music life, work on the European Agenda for Music is not restricted to the EMC member organisations but also involves music actors that are not part of the EMC membership base.

Please get in touch if you wish to learn more or want to get involved in the process.