Music Moves Europe preparatory action launch - A letter to the Commission

16 February 2018

Music Moves Europe is the framework for the European Commission's initiatives and actions in support of the European music sector. It started in late 2015 with meetings with key music stakeholders to identify the main challenges facing the sector. The outcomes of this dialogue can be found in the AB Music Working Group report. The dialogue revealed the need to support music creation, promote musical diversity and to explore the opportunities offered by music online and offline distribution more effectively. The Commission's ultimate goal is to strengthen the EU's political and financial support for the sector.

This Wednesday, the 14 of February 2018, the Music Moves Europe preparatory action launch event was organised. Tibor Navracsics the European Commissioner for culture, presented at a music stakeholder group the outline of a one year budget of 1,5 million euros for music. Read below the letter written after this event signed by EFA amongst around 30 other cultural and art organisation to President Juncker and other high-level persons to call for attention in the design of the future multi-financial framework:

"Dear President Juncker,

Today, the music sector is gathered in Brussels at the invitation of the European Commission.

Together, we are marking the launch of the “Music Moves Europe” Preparatory Action, a pilot project adopted by the European Parliament that will help test ideas and projects which could be replicated at a larger scale in the next generation of EU programmes.

Seizing the opportunity provided by this event, the undersigned organisations from across the spectrum are joining their voices to call on all EU institutions to endorse the idea of a dedicated EU music programme as part of the next multi-annual financial framework.

The music sector in Europe is very dynamic and an important contributor to jobs and growth, accounting for 1m jobs and over €25bn in turnover. Europe is home to some of the best composers, artists, music groups, concert halls, clubs, festivals, labels, publishers, producers, engineers, digital music services, music schools, radios etc. covering all music genres and styles. And millions of European are also actively making music, be it as amateurs or professionals.

The sector is vibrant and eager to grow, but it also faces significant challenges.

The music ecosystem must continue to shape and adapt to a fast-changing environment. The ways we listen, record, distribute and play music are constantly evolving. With these changes comes the need to update our tools and skills. All this costs time and money.

And of course, one of the most crucial challenges is meeting European citizens’ appetite for culture and diversity, as part of their cultural rights. It is important to ensure that the widest diversity of European music can circulate and reach its audience, and that Europe’s artists and citizens are encouraged to fully express their creative freedom.

The Preparatory Action is designed to be a first step towards filling a gap in today’s EU cultural policy. The next step is a tailor-made EU music programme with a budget which is proportionate to its economic, social and cultural contribution.

Among other things, a fully-fledged music programme would help trigger more investment in the sector, boost diversity and increase the mobility of artists and repertoire across borders.

Let’s give ourselves the means to make this one of the EU’s great success stories.

The signatories of this letter are committed to making this Commission project – which has already garnered significant cross-party support in the European Parliament – a reality.

We ask you to join us in support of a dedicated EU music programme with an appropriate budget corresponding to the sector’s challenges.

To fully unlock the potential of the EU creative sectors, we join others in the larger cultural sector in urging all institutions to double the overall budget dedicated to culture. Adequate funding for culture is the essential foundation on which a genuine pan European cultural economy can be built.

Creativity is where Europe excels. Let’s make our culture shine even brighter.

Supporting Europe’s creative sectors is supporting its future."

Read the whole letter and discover all the signatories here.