What about music in the EU?

About the initiative

Music Moves Europe is the framework for the European Commission’s initiatives and actions regarding the European music sector. The process started in 2015 with meetings between the European Commission and stakeholders from the music sector to identify the main challenges facing the sector. The outcomes of this dialogue can be found the AB Music Working Group report. The report outlines the need to support music creation, promote musical diversity and to explore the opportunities offered by music online and offline distribution. The Commission has formulated as its ultimate goal to strengthen the EU’s political and financial support of the sector. As a first step, a Prepatory Action “Music Moves Europe: Boosting European music diversity and talent” was launched with several calls for proposals in 2018, 2019 and 2020 to test dedicated funding strands for the music sector.

The EMC has participated in the AB Music Working Group and closely follows the debates towards a possible EU music funding programme. The EMC participated in the “Music Moves Europe” pavilion at Midem 2017 in Cannes and Reeperbahn Festival in 2017 presenting the objectives towards a European Agenda for Music. Anna Athanasopoulou, Deputy Head of Unit at the Directorate General Education and Culture (DG EAC) participated in the European Forum on Music 2017 in Pafos and updated participants on the most recent developments regarding “Music Moves Europe”.

Seizing the momentum, the EMC joined IMPALA and a broad range of organisations in this letter (download here) directed to all institutions urging the EU to support a dedicated European Music Programme.

In 2019, the European Commission started a Structured Dialogue with the music sector to explore possible elements for new EU support for the music sector and exchange on the developments of the sector. Find out more here

A European Music Export Strategy that was funded through the Music Moves Europe Preparatory Action was published in December 2019.

In practice

Feasibility study for the establishment of a European Music Observatory

The lack of data in the music sector has been discussed for several years. Robust and meaningful comparative data collected at a regular basis are essential when it comes to assessing the need for interventions at the EU level to address gaps in the market and enhance the efficiencies and global competitiveness of the sector. The fragmented, scarce and poorly-harmonised nature of the data collection landscape in the field of music has led to calls from within the sector supporting the creation of a European Music Observatory that can act as a centralised music data and an intelligence hub at European level. This study investigates the possible development of a future full-scale establishment of a data collection organisation, a European Music Observatory, as a core strategic resource to drive relevance and value for future policy actions in the music portfolio and across the sector. Specifically, the study analyses different options for the set-up and operation of an Observatory, taking into account the specific characteristics and requirements of the European music sector.

The study was funded by a Music Moves Europe Preparatory Action and conducted by Panteia and KEA. The EMC was part of the Advisory Board and many EMC members contributed to the study through consultations and interviews.

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Analysis of market trends and gaps in funding needs for the music sector

The European music sector is rich and diverse but faces many challenges. The EU has a key role to play if it wants to support a competitive, diverse and sustainable music sector, which is challenged by 1) concentration trends in the recorded and in the live music sub-sectors; 2) the fast-evolving consumptions habits and; 3) decreasing funding for core musical institutions. The music sector has painfully re-structured after the digital shift, but it remains fragile and requires tailored measures in order to strive in a competitive global music market. Whilst some support schemes exist at different levels of governments – from local to national and European – they fall short in terms of complementarity. Current European funding is only partially aligned with the strategic needs of the sector. This study investigates possible EU action to address some of these gaps and calls for more appropriate funding and support mechanisms by proposing concrete proposals for actions.

The study was funded by a Music Moves Europe Preparatory Action and conducted by Panteia and KEA. The EMC was part of the Advisory Board and many EMC members contributed to the study through consultations and interviews.

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The health and wellbeing of professional musicians and music creators in the EU

The report "The health and wellbeing of professional musicians and music creators in the EU. Insights from research for policy and practice" highlights the main risks for the physical and mental health of professional musicians and music creators with examples of succesful policies and practices from several EU Member States. It provides key policy lessons and gives recommendations on education, prevention and treatment and highlights these three key messages: 1) National and local authorties should pay attention to all aspects of health and wellbeing including performance anxiety, loneliness, and social anxiety, financial insecurity, noise-induced hearing loss, depression and others. 2) Every higher education music school curriculum should include a substantial and compulsory component on psychological and mental wellbeing risks and prevention. 3) National, regional and local authorities should ensure that mental and physical therapy are not excessively expensive for music creators.

The study was funded by a Music Moves Europe Preparatory Action and conducted by KU Leuven, idewe and LUCA School of Arts.

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Music Moves Europe Talent Award

The Music Moves Europe Talent Award is the new European Union Prize for popular and contemporary music awarded every year to emerging artists who represent the European sound of today and tomorrow. The prize succeeds the European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA). Nominees are selected through monitoring the European Border Breakers Charts, their streaming figures, results from the European Talent Exchange Programme (ETEP) and recommendations from music export offices, as well as the partners involved in the prize. The Music Moves Europe Talent Awards are represented by Eurosonic Noorderslag (ESNS) and Reeperbahn Festival, in cooperation with Yourope, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Independent Music Companies Association (IMPALA), International Music Managers Forum (IMMF), Liveurope, Live DMA, European Music Exporter Exchange (EMEE) and Digital Music Europe (DME).

Funding opportunities

Call for Tender: strengthening the dialogue with the music sector

This open call for tenders aims at strengthening the dialogue with the music sector in Europe for the next years. The services to be provided will mainly consist of three tasks, including:

1. A request for conceptual work to provide an updated definition on Europe’s music ecosystem. This will include a short literature review, providing an overview and analysis of music ecosystem policy - both academically and professionally. This will serve the purpose to better understand what a music ecosystem is, what its diverse component parts are, how it can be defined in a European context and linked to the existing definition of “CCI ecosystem” and what the advantages are to work with such an approach/definition as a basis for a strengthened EU dialogue on music. TASK 1 shall be performed first, and shall last for no longer than 3 months

2. Creating a series of Music Moves Europe dialogue meetings (max. 3 per year) at major music conferences in Europe, involving music professionals and focusing on topical themes for the sector that have relevance for EU and national policy making on music. The aim of this task is to strengthen the dialogue within the music sector and with its professionals, on topical issues with a European dimension, by using the well-established music conferences in Europe.

3. An EU level conference on music (at least every second year), involving the EU institutional level, Member States’ representatives and representative European music organisations/associations to take stock of developments relevant for the music sector at large, and to steer the EU policy agenda on music. The first conference shall take place indicatively in the first semester of 2023. The second indicatively in the first semester of 2025. 

This call will implement the new sectorial action on music, under the Annual Work Programme 2021 of Creative Europe.

The expected duration of the contract is 48 months.

Find out more here 

Music Moves Europe Call 2020

Innovative support scheme for a sustainable music ecosystem

The Commission will select one consortium that will design and manage an innovative and effective support scheme that redistributes grants to recipients in the music sector.

Budget: 2.5 mio. Euro
Deadline: 19 November 2020

Call for proposals

Closed calls

Music Moves Europe Calls 2019

In 2019, 3 mio. Euro are available in the second phase of the Preparatory Action "Music Moves Europe". Four calls for proposals and two calls for tender will be published.

  • Co-creation and co-production (grant)
    At least 8 European musical co-creation or residencies' schemes for musicians and professionals, open to all music genres and to collaboration across musical sub-genres.
    Budget: 400,000 Euros
    Deadline extended: 30 April 2020, 13:00
    Funded projects
  • Music education and learning (grant)
    8 innovative approaches to foster music education and learning.
    Budget: 300,000 Euros
    Deadline: 30 April 2020, 12:00
    Funded projects
  • Professionalization and training (grant)
    At least 10 training programmes for young musicians and professionals in the music sector with a clear European added value.
    Budget: 900,000 Euros
    Deadline: 31 October 2019, 12:00 (closed)
    Funded projects
  • Co-operation of small music venues (grant)
    At least 13 projects on identification, development and showcasing of innovative operation models of small music venues across Europe.
    Budget: 400,000 Euros
    Deadline: 20 December 2019, 13:00 (closed)
    Funded projects
  • Export of European music (procurement)
    Based on findings and recommendations of the upcoming music export strategy (developed in the framework of a 2018 call for tender).
    Budget: 400,000 Euros
    Call for tender
    Deadline: 24 September 2020
  • Health and wellbeing of music creators (procurement)
    Exploration of specific health issues that musicians are facing during their career and recommendations should be developed to address the problems identified, including possible further policy actions.
    Budget: 150,000 Euros
    Deadline: 3 February 2020, 13:00 (closed)
    Call for tender

Music Moves Europe Calls 2018

Training scheme for young music professionals

The aim of this call for proposals was to identify and support 10 pilot training programmes for young music professionals. Lessons learnt from these projects should feed into an integrated strategy for music support for the next generation of EU funding programmes after 2020. Deadline for this call for proposals was 27 August 2018.
Training scheme for young music professionals

Online and offline distribution

This call for proposals aimed at identifying and supporting up to 10 online or offline distribution projects, initiatives and start-ups to promote diversity and increase the circulation of European music repertoire across Member States and to address existing obstacles, such as national fragmentation along with language barriers, which hamper promotion and visibility of music repertoire across national borders within Europe. Deadline for this call for proposals was 10 September 2018.
Online and offline distribution

European Music Observatory

This general objective of this call for tender was to elaborate a feasibility study for the establishment of a European Music Observatory, and undertake a gap analysis of funding needs for the music sector. Deadline for the receipt of tenders was 2 July 2018.
Feasibility Study European Music Observatory

European Music Export Strategy

The general objective of this call for tender was to develop a proposal for a European Export Strategy that promotes Europe's music diversity and talent beyond European borders and that enhances the competitiveness of Europe's music sector on the international market. The Strategy should help national and European policy makers to take more informed decisions with regard to music export and enable decision makers in the music sector to adapt or align their choices in that field. The deadline for this call for tender was 29 June 2018.
Study on a European Music Export Strategy