Investing in Europe’s next generation by investing in culture - Joint sector call signed by over 90 organisations

Brussels, 17th June 2020

On 19 June, EU leaders will meet in Brussels to discuss the Commission's proposed recovery fund and EU long-term budget.

Ahead of this meeting, 94 organisations representing the whole spectrum of Europe's cultural and creative sector have issued a joint call for strong and systemic support measures at EU and national level to recover from the crisis.

Together, they call on Member States and the European Parliament:

  • To push for a substantial increase of the Creative Europe budget. The letters' signatories fully support the European Parliament’s proposal for a budget of €2.8bn.
  • To guarantee that the entire sector can benefit appropriately from the recovery plan’s various instruments.

As far as the cultural and creative sector is concerned, the picture presented in the EU's recovery plan is uncertain. Culture is rightly mentioned as one of 14 priority sectors hit hardest by the crisis, with an estimated 80% drop in turnover for some parts of the sector. However, guarantees are needed to ensure an appropriate share of the recovery budget will reach the sector's creators, professionals and businesses.

In addition, the proposed budget for the only EU’s programme providing direct support to culture, Creative Europe, is being cut to €1.5bn. Although it’s a step up from the current programme, it is a substantial decrease compared to the €1.85bn (€1.6bn in constant prices) the commission proposed for the same programme back in 2018, and a far cry from the European parliament’s proposed €2.8bn.

IMPALA’s Executive Chair Helen Smith said: “A number of programmes and instruments which cultural and creative SMEs can in principle benefit from in the recovery plan are being introduced or seeing an increase. We need to see how exactly the sector is being prioritised as we have been hearing from the commission. Clarification and guarantees are needed.”

Helen Smith added: “The commission’s announcement regarding Creative Europe is a missed opportunity. Together with the whole sector, we now call on the European parliament and member states to push for this programme to be increased to a level that is on par with the sector’s contribution to the EU’s economy and wellbeing.”

At the end of April, IMPALA published a proposal for a recovery roadmap, forming the basis of a 5-year recovery strategy focussing on boosting investment, growth and jobs through Europe’s cultural and creative sectors.  

The letter is available here and was signed by the following organisations: Joint sector call - Investing in Europe’s next generation by investing in culture_99 signatories.pdf



  1. AEPO ARTIS – Association of European Performers’ Organisations
  2. AER – Association of European Radios
  3. Animation Europe
  4. BOZAR - Centre for Fine Arts Brussels
  5. CALLIAS Foundation
  6. CEATL - European Council of Literary Translators’ Associations
  7. CEDC – European Coalitions for Cultural Diversity
  8. CEM – Centre Européen de Musique
  9. CEPI – European Audiovisual Production
  10. CEPIC – Centre of the Picture Industry
  11. CICAE– International Confederation of Arthouse Cinemas 
  12. CIRCOSTRADA–European Network for Circus & Street Arts
  13. De Concert!
  14. EAA - European Arenas Association
  15. EAS - European Association for Music in Schools 
  16. ECBN - European Creative Business Network 
  17. ECHN - European Creative Hubs Network
  18. ECSA – European Composer and Songwriter Alliance
  19. EDN – European Dancehouse Network
  20. EFA – European FestivalsAssociation
  21. EFFORTS – The European Federation of Fortified Sites
  22. EFJ – The European Federation of Journalists
  23. EFNYO – European Federation of National Youth Orchestras
  24. EFP – European FilmPromotion
  25. EGDF - European Games Developer Federation
  26. EHTTA - European Historic Thermal Towns Association
  27. EIBF–European and International Booksellers Federation
  28. EJN – Europe Jazz Network
  29. ELIA - Globally Connected European Network of Higher Arts Education
  30. EMC – European MusicCouncil
  31. EMCY – European Union of Music Competitions forYouth
  32. EMEE – European Music Exporters Exchange 
  33. EMMA - European Magazine Media Association
  34. EMMA – European Music Managers Alliance 
  35. EMU – The European Music School Union
  36. ENCATC – European network on cultural management and cultural policy
  37. ENCC – European Network of Cultural Centres
  38. ENPA - European Newspaper Publishers Association 
  39. EOFed – European Orchestra Federation
  40. EPC – European PublishersCouncil
  41. ERIH – The European Route of Industrial Heritage
  42. ESNS - Eurosonic Noorderslag
  43. ETC – European Theatre Convention
  44. Eurocinema
  45. EuropaDistribution–The European Network of Independent Film Publishers and Distributors
  46. Europa International – the network of European salesagents
  47. Europavox : music online media & festivals
  48. ECA - European Choral Association – EuropaCantat
  49. EVA – European VisualArtists
  50. EWC – European Writers’Council
  51. FEDEC – European Federation for Professional Circus Schools
  52. FERA–Federation of European Film Directors
  53. FEP – Federation of European Publishers
  54. FIA – International Federation ofActors
  55. FIAD – The International Federation of Film Distributors’ Associations
  56. FIAPF – International Federation of Film Producers Associations
  57. FIM – International Federation of Musicians
  58. FSE – Federation of Screenwriters inEurope
  59. GESAC – European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers
  60. GIGMIT
  61. IAMIC – International Association of Music InformationCentres
  62. IAML–International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres, member of EMC
  63. IAO – International Artist Organisation of Music
  64. ICMP – The Global Voice of Music Publishing
  65. IETM – International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts
  66. IFJ – International Federation of Journalists
  67. IFPI – International Federation of the Phonographic Industry
  68. IFRRO – International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations
  69. IGCAT- International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism 
  70. IMMF - International Music ManagersForum
  71. IMPALA – The Independent Music Companies Association
  72. IMPF – The Independent Music Publishers International Forum 
  73. IMZ – IMZ International Music + Media Centre
  74. In-Situ – European Platform for Artistic Creation in Public Space
  75. INES – Innovation Network of EuropeanShowcases
  76. ISCM – International Society forContemporary Music on behalf ofthe
  77. ISFE - The Interactive Software Federation ofEurope
  78. VF – International VideoFederation
  79. LiveDMA–European network for live music venues & festivals
  80. Liveurope – The live music platform for new European talent
  81. KEA European Affairs
  82. MCA – Michael Culture Association
  83. NAMM – National Association of Music Merchants
  84. NEMO – The Network of European Museum Organisations
  85. News Media Europe
  86. On theMove
  87. Pearle* – Live Performance Europe
  88. REMA – European Early Music Network
  89. Res Artis – Worldwide Network of Arts Residencies
  90. SAA – Society of AudiovisualAuthors
  91. SEEHN - South East European Heritage Network
  92. SHAPE – Sound, Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe
  93. Sistema Europe – The Sistema Europe Association
  94. TEH - Trans Europe Halles
  95. Tenso Network Europe
  96. UNI MEI – UNI global union – media, entertainment &arts
  97. UNIC – International Union ofCinemas
  98. We AreEurope
  99. Yourope – The European Festival Association

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