European Music Council
November 30, 2020
Dear readers,
At last there are updates on awaited news: the publication of Music Moves Europe studies & a financial increase for Creative Europe. But we are not quite there yet for the next EU budget. We also have updates on joint letters, EMC projects & more. Your EMC Team!
EU budget 2021-2027 - close to the finish line
EU budget 2021-2027 - close to the finish line
Agreement on EU budget reached – but still not quite there yet
An agreement was reached between the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council about the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021 -2027 and the Recovery Instrument “Next Generation EU” about the overall size of the budget and the own resources system. The overall level of the MFF is set at EUR 1074 billion and Next Generation EU at EUR 750 billion. The agreement includes top-ups to flagship programmes like Creative Europe, Erasmus+ and Horizon Europe. For the agreement to be adopted further steps are necessary: unanimous approval in the European Council by the Heads of State and Government, approval by the European Parliament and for some parts of the agreement also the approval of national parliaments. A first vote in the European Council failed because of the veto of the Hungarian and Polish governments who are opposed to a new mechanism that would allow the EU to suspend funds to a country found to be violating the rule of law in certain circumstances tied to the budget.
Creative Europe budget increased to EUR 2.2 billion
The agreement reached on 10 November on the MFF, Recovery Package and own resources also includes additional funding to reinforce flagship programmes including Creative Europe. As part of this compromise, Creative Europe will receive additional 600 million Euro, bringing the overall budget of the programme for 2021-2027 to 2.2 billion Euro. The additional funds will be drawn mainly from amounts corresponding to competition fines which have to be paid by companies when they do not comply with EU rules.
The last months had brought forward different budget proposals for Creative Europe. The latest figure of 2.2 billion Euros is the highest budget that decision makers have agreed upon during this negotiating period. Although the budget has not reached the doubling (to 2.8 billion Euros) that the sector and the European Parliament have continously advocated for, it is still a great success to have reached this significant increase for the cultural and creative sector.
A Cultural Deal for Europe
The proposed Cultural Deal for Europe aims to mainstream culture across all policy fields to fully realise its potential and bundles together short-term and long-term perspectives. It eyes the immediate recovery of our societies with the ambition to build a new paradigm for designing the future of Europe and the importance of culture for the Sustainable Development Goals, the Green Deal and upholding democracy.
The Cultural Deal for Europe was proposed by Culture Action Europe, Europa Nostra and the European Cultural Foundation and first presented in an online debate on 18 November 2020. With this statement, the initiators call on the EU and national policymakers to commit to an ambitious Cultural Deal for Europe, an umbrella strategy for reviving and reimagining Europe through culture.
110 cultural organisations sign letter about Recovery and Resilience Facility
In early November, 110 European cultural organisations – including the EMC and several of its European network members - signed joint letters to the European Commission and the EU Member States urging them to dedicate at the very least 2% of the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) to culture. The RRF is part of the Recovery Package Next Generation EU and will be implemented and distributed directly by the Member States on national level but according to a framework of guiding principles set on EU level.
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Culture in EU’s external relations
The EMC and IMC are among 20 cultural organisations of the statement “Culture in EU external relations: The way forward” which was initiated by More Europe. In letters to the European Parliament and the European Commission, 20 cultural organisations call for strengthened international cultural relations within future policy frameworks.
Live DMA reacts
Live music venues are on survival mode. The lock downs and the very limited audience capacity restrictions cause an unprecedented loss of incomes for music venues, clubs and festivals. Live DMA reacts as the financial damages will have a lasting impact on the sector.
Music Moves Europe studies published
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The studies were 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.
The EMC will organise an online event in 2021 looking more in-depth of the results of the studies.
European Music Observatory
As part of the Music Moves Europe Preparatory Actions, a study was commissioned by the European Commission to look into possibilities for a European Music Observatory that can act as a centralised music data and an intelligence hub at European level. 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. 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.
Market analysis and funding needs
This study is part of the Music Moves Europe Preparatory Actions funded by the EU. The European music sector is rich and diverse but faces many challenges and 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.
Project update and funding oppportunities
MOST Playlists
Check out the two new Spotify playlists (MOST Balkan Vibes and MOST Bridge for 2021) featuring songs of the MOST artists, festivals and selected songs by the other participants of the MOST project in the Balkans.  The mission of MOST is to boost the music market of the Balkans, by connecting and supporting actors of the world music scene; artists, managers, festivals and institutions. The EMC is a partner in this Creative Europe funded cooperation project, coordinated by Hangvetö.
Mobility funding
i-Portunus is a Pilot Action funded by the EU to offer mobility grants to artists and cultural professionals. The second round of this Pilot Action will also offer specific funding opportunities for the music sector. The calls for proposals are expected to be published in December 2020 and January 2021.
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