Brussels, 3rd July 2017
- PRESS RELEASE -
Christian Elher (Co-chair of the Creative Industries Intergroup, European Parliament), Martine Reicherts (Director General of DG EAC, European Commission), Fabien Miclet (Coordinator, Liveurope).
Representing 1,2 million jobs, the European music industry is growing at a fast pace and holds untapped potential that can be optimized through a tailor-made funding programme at EU level.
In the context of the Music Moves Europe initiative, since late 2015, the European Commission has held intense discussion on the challenges of the sector, with various representatives of the music ecosystem.
This June 28, the European Parliament seized the opportunity to discuss the identified needs for a developed support to the European music sector, during an event organized by the European Parliament’s Creative Industries Intergroup.
MEP Christian Ehler opened the event underlining the joint effort by the EU Institutions to elaborate a Preparatory Action and outlining the directions it could take. ‘This is the right time to push music forward for the new generations’ he stated.
‘We need to acknowledge the real concerns of EU citizens. Music can be a part of the agenda to address economic and societal changes in Europe’, added Martine Reicherts, Director General of DG EAC at the European Commission.
‘Because music brings people together, these kind of initiatives could provide a more friendly view of EU institutions’ continued MEP Javi Lopez. 'Music is interested in Europe, but Europe should be even more interested in music.'
‘The music sector is the canary in the coal mine. It was the first to be impacted by the digital shift but also the first one to adapt’ recalled Matthieu Philibert of IMPALA, the independent music companies association. ‘Right now the music sector is under financed and a dedicated support would give the industry a welcome boost’.
‘The Preparatory Action currently discussed in the CULT Committee is a great test before moving to a larger programme’ underlined Fabien Miclet of Liveurope, a EU-funded platform for live music venues. ‘This pilot phase can give us the means to map the European music sector as a whole and evaluate our impact on the entire continent’.
MEP Bogdan Wenta, who tabled the Preparatory Action asserted: ‘we can be very proud of the work we’ve achieved so far as such an initiative could benefit to music stakeholders across the spectrum’.
‘This is not only about the symbol, it’s a strategy that we can impulse altogether’ concluded MEP Pervenche Berès. ‘In just a few days, the CULT Committee will vote on the preparatory action, but the vote in the BUDG committee in September is the real stake here.'
IMPALA was established in April 2000 to represent independent music companies. 99% of Europe’s music companies are SMEs. Known as the “independents”, they are world leaders in terms of innovation and discovering new music and artists - they produce more than 80% of all new releases and account for 80% of the sector's jobs (for more information, see the features of independents). IMPALA's mission is to grow the independent music sector, return more value to artists, promote cultural diversity and entrepreneurship, improve political access and modernise perceptions of the music sector. See the organisation's key achievements in IMPALA's first 15 years in milestones.