European Music Council
June 18, 2020
Dear readers,
The new EU budget proposal has caused much disappointment in the cultural sector. What are the next steps? Also: we welcome our new EMC Fellows, celebrate World Music Day and more news.
Your EMC Team
What does it mean for Creative Europe?
Multiannual Financial Framework and Next Generation EU
On 27 May 2020, the European Commission presented an updated propsal for the Multiannual Financial Framework and a Recovery Plan called "Next Generation EU" for 2021-2027.
→ Proposal for the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027: 1100 billion Euro
→ Proposal for Next Generation EU: 750 billion Euro
For the purpose of further negotiations, these two proposals are now considered as one package since the Next Generation EU recovery plan is in effect embedded within the long-term budget.
These come in addition to three main emergency measures approved by the European Council in April 2020 (SURE, ESM Pandemic Crisis Support, EIB Guarantee Fund for Workers and Businesses) of 540 billion Euro.
Creative Europe
The overall figure for Creative Europe in the new European Commission proposal is 1.52 billion Euros, a reduction compared to the 1.64 billion of the first proposal in 2018 but a slight increase in comparison to the 2014-2020 Creative Europe programme (1.4 billion Euro).
This is far from what has been advocated for by the cultural sector and by the European Parliament who both argued that a doubling of the budget is necessary to better meet the needs of the sector. In 2018, the Commission recognised that Creative Europe is underfinanced, despite its great potential.
The one-off emergency instrument Next Generation EU will be used to temporarily add to the budget (MFF) of the EU to overcome the economic crisis caused by the Corona pandemic. It consists of different pillars and the money will be channelled through the EU budget to Member States to support investment and reform priorities as well as to reinforce financial programmes. One of these is the REACT-EU initiative which specifically mentions support for the cultural sector through the Cohesion Funds.
EP CULT: "Deeply disappointing"
Sabine Verheyen (EPP, DE), Chair of the Committee for Culture and Education (CULT) in the European Parliament and the rapporteur for the Creative Europe programme, Massimiliano Smeriglio (S&D, IT) issued a statement calling the proposal “deeply disappointing” and “simply not in line with the statement by the Commission President on the importance of future generations, along with education and culture”. They reiterate that the European Parliament has called on the Commission repeatedly to put in place an ambitious plan to help the sectors recover and call the new budget proposal a missed opportunity.
On 19 June 2020, the Heads of State or Government of the EU Member States will meet online for a first exchange on the renewed budget proposal by the European Commission. At the last meeting on the MFF no agreement could be reached on key issues such as the overall size of the budget, use of rebates and allocation per policy area. According to a timeline published by the European Commission, they plan to reach a political agreement in the European Council in July, with finalisation of negotiations in autumn this year. The final adoption in the European Council and the European Parliament as well as the ratification by all Member States is expected in December 2020 for the MFF implementation to start in January 2021.
EMC in EP Stakeholder Consultation
The EMC was one of 16 cultural networks invited to a Stakeholder Consultation of the Culture and Education Committee in the European Parliament on Creative Europe. In the exchange with the Creative Europe rapporteur Massimiliano Smeriglio (S&D, IT) and the shadow rapporteurs, the EMC highlighted crucial aspects for the future Creative Europe programme. One of the main concerns of the EMC is the overall budget of the programme but also the access of small and micro organisations. The EMC therefore highlighted the need to raise the co-funding rate of the EU and to ease rules on the financial capacity.
MFF & Next Generation EU
Statements by the sector
The EMC contributed to the two statements below by the cultural and creative sector and strongly supports their message on the EU budget for culture in particular Creative Europe.
Uphold culture in the EU budget
This statement by Culture Action Europe emphasizes that there is no real recovery without culture. It highlights the particular importance of Creative Europe at a time when the international dimension of culture is under particular threat, as most of the internationalisation budgets are cut or suspended, localisation tendencies are growing, and cross-border mobility is at risk. The statement calls on EU Member States to double the budget of Creative Europe and to make sure that additional funds from Next Generation EU reach cultural operators.
Investing in Europe's next generation by investing in culture
Over 90 organisations from the cultural and creative sector have signed this statement calling on Member States to push for a substantial increase of the Creative Europe budget and to guarantee that the entire sector can benefit appropriately from the various instruments of the recovery plan.

Your action is needed now!

Culture in the EU budget

The process for the MFF negotiation started in 2018. The next months will be crucial to come to an agreement so that a new MFF can start by January 2021. The Member States will play a key role in finding an agreement on the budget.
What you can do:
→ Share and sign the statements by the sector
→ Contact your government and national ministries: Head of Government and Ministries of Culture, Finance, Foreign Affairs. The German EU Presidency (starting 1 July 2020) will play a central role in the negotiations.
Often, there is not much awareness about EU cultural policy in the media or the general public so talk about the need to double the budget for culture in national and international media.
Other policy news

Expert Group on Cultural Heritage

On 9-10 June, the 2nd meeting of the European Commission Expert Group on Cultural Heritage took place with the attendance of Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth. EMC was represented by IMC Secretary General Silja Fischer. The main topics of the meeting were the impact of COVID-19 on the cultural heritage sector, the post-crisis recovery and adaptation as well as the latest developments in EU policy for cultural heritage.
Creatives Unite
The platform Creatives Unite was launched by the European Commission with the Creative FLIP project to gather information from the cultural and creative sector for the cultural and creative sector. You can upload and search for information, events, actions and more from the sector in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
An online conference with Commissioner Gabriel, MEP Sabine Verheyen, representatives of the sector such as Culture Action Europe Secretary General Tere Badia will be held on 26 June at 10:30 CET
COVID-19 response by EU Member States
The Croatian Presdiency of the Council of the EU has published a document with an overview of national measures to alleviate the impact of COVID-19 on the cultural and creative sector. The exchange of this information is a result of a meeting of the EU ministers of culture in April.
Welcome to our new EMC Fellows
The EMC Fellowship Programme offers to emerging professionals working in the field of music an opportunity to internationalise their careers and develop professionally. This year, 7 new EMC Fellows were selected who are joined by 3 Fellows sponsored by Dutch Performing Arts. Congratulations to all the Fellows: Aleksandra Bajde (AT/SI), Merel Cuperus (NL), Anete Goldmane (LV), Christine Halsall (UK), Sari Löytynoja (FI), Alberto Palacín Fernández (ES), Guillermo Rodríguez Rodríguez (DE/ES), Daniel de Keizer (NL), Ruben Timmer (NL), Andrea Voets (NL).
We had planned to welcome them and celebrate the start of their Fellowship at the European Forum on Music in Bonn. Unfortunately, the EFM had to be cancelled due to COVID-19. The first exchanges have taken place online where they had a chance to meet the outgoing EMC Fellows. Thank you to Laura, Pekka, Anastasija, Iro, Melitta, Kasia and Gaianè for two fantastic years as EMC Fellows!
20 - 21 June
World Music Day
What can music do?
EMC member Jeunesses Musicales International will host an online pop-up festival on 20 and 21 June with live youth music performances, panel discussions, workshops, networking opportunities and more. The EMC and IMC will be there on a special virtual exhibition space.
Nonstop Music - A Weekend of Musical Diversity
Under the motto "Nonstop Music - A Weekend of Musical Diversity", the EMC is partnering up with EMC members SOMM and DMR together with other leading (German) associations of the music industry and are calling on all music lovers* nationwide to make and listen to music together on 20 and 21 June. The aim is to celebrate music, emphasize the relevance of the music industry and draw attention to the effects of the Corona crisis. Check out the website and register your musical activity!
EFM Online Series
After having cancelled the European Forum on Music 2020 (EFM) – due to the Covid-19 crisis – the EMC has decided to put a series of events online to discuss with musical artists, policy makers and environmental experts how music activities can contribute to the protection of our environment. While the Covid-19 crisis puts enormous pressure on the music sector at large, it is clearer than before that any way out needs to put attention to environmental aspects.
Part II of the series - the Workshop on Music & Sustainability - will take place on 18 June (please note that registration is closed).
The workshop is organised in cooperation with the Green Music Initiative and GO Group.
Part I took place on 5 June - World Environment Day. European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, MEP Sabine Verheyen and artists Mohamad Jawad and Darius Darek talked about "Act now: Music & Climate Action". Did you miss the panel discussion or do you want to watch it again? Watch the video
The panel discussion was organised in cooperation with BTHVN2020 and partner of the Beethoven Pastoral Project.
The series is supported by EMC funders and by NAMM.
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