European Music Council
July 30, 2020
Dear readers,
We still have fresh news from the European Council & the European Commission with the MME calls and we're glad to share our lastest publications: new podcast, the EAM in DE and our last Activity Report. Plenty to read & listen to for the summer! Your EMC Team

EU leaders agree on MFF and Recovery Package

After a five-day European Council meeting, the EU leaders have agreed on a proposal for the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and the Recovery Package which they presented on 21 July. Overall, they suggest a 1074.3 billion Euro MFF and a Recovery Package of 750 billion Euro. Compared to the Commission proposal from May 2018, the overall MFF is reduced (previously 1100 billion Euro) and the Recovery Package has a higher share of loans than grants.
Creative Europe is brought back to 1.64 billion Euros which is the same level as in the Commission proposal from May 2018. This is an increase of 7% compared to the budget put forward by the Commission two months ago (1.52 billion Euros). Although this is a positive sign towards the cultural and creative sector, it is still far from the doubling of the Creative Europe budget (to 2.8 billion Euros) that the sector and the European Parliament have continuously advocated for.
However, the MFF and the Recovery Package are not a done deal, yet. The MFF and the Recovery Package will still have to be approved by the European Parliament.
Read here the conclusions of the European Council
Read more from Culture Action Europe about the results of the European Council meeting
A call to invest in all our creative futures
45 European artists from various disciplines, among them the musicians Björk, Jean-Michel Jarre, Benny Andersson, 5 Music Rights Champion Evelyn Glennie and performance artist Marina Abramovic, have signed a new manifesto to demand budget support for culture.
A call to support culture with the German presidency
As the German presidency of the European Union has just started, the EMC released together with the German Music Council a statement on the need to support culture in the European Union and therefore give an adequate budget for its support.
New Music Moves Europe Calls Out
Music Moves Europe Innovation support scheme call
A new Music Moves Europe Call is out to support a sustainable music ecosystem! The Commission will select one consortium that will design and manage a support scheme that redistributes grants to recipients in the music sector.
Check it out here →!tk49xK
Deadline: 15 September 2020
Music Moves Europe Export call for tender
A new Music Moves Europe call for tender is out on "Implementing Steps to Develop and Promote European Music Export". The aim is to explore new approaches for the export of European music by piloting some actions of the strategy that was published in December 2019.
More info here →!tc39hn
Deadline: 14 September 2020
Music Webs - Weaving connections & untangling cultural policy in Europe
New EMC Podcast out
Corona, solidarity and the digital cage
Simone Dudt (EMC) is joined by Silja Fischer (IMC) and Giambattista Tofoni from EJN to discuss about the effects of the Corona crisis for the jazz field and on solidarity in Europe and how live concerts can survive the crisis. Their exchange on the help mechanisms by the different countries and the upcoming EU budget, shows that there is a real need for decision makers to invest in music.
European Agenda for Music in German
We are happy to share with you the German translation of the European Agenda for Music (EAM). We would like to thank the Austrian Music Council for its support in the translation.
You can order some copies at the EMC office by sending an email to info[at]
Read it online
European Music Council Activity Report 2019 is out
Our Activity Report from 2019 is out and we are happy to recall a very rich and full year with a reception at European Parliament in Brussels, the EAM Showcase in Warsaw and the EAM translations in Polish, French, Dutch & Hungarian, the World Forum on Music in Paris, the publication of Snapshots on Music & Heritage in Europe, the start of the SHIFT project and our policy work and many more..
What a year! Check our report
EFM Online Series
As the EMC is looking at the next steps towards further implementing environmental sustainability in its work we would like to remind you of the EFM Online Series available on the EMC website. Musical artists, policy makers and environmental experts looked at how music activities can contribute to the protection of our environment.
• A panel discussion with European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, MEP Sabine Verheyen and artists Mohamad Jawad and Darius Darek  about "Act now: Music & Climate Action". Watch the video
The panel discussion was organised in cooperation with BTHVN2020 and partner of the Beethoven Pastoral Project.
• A workshop on Music & Sustainability with 5 topics discussed in groups with Chiara Badiali, Wolfgang Bergmann, Chris Johnson, Fiona Pelham & Linnea Elisabeth Svensson. Watch the video
The workshop was organised in cooperation with the Green Music Initiative and GO Group.
• Discover our members' initiatives here on the topic and more to come soon as well as with our SHIFT project.
The series is supported by EMC funders and by NAMM.
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