EU funding

IMPALA is a strong advocate for increased support for culture and music in the EU’s budget.  


Creative Europe, the EU’s only programme fully dedicated to culture, represents only 0,16% of the overall EU budget. And within that, music represents only around 5% of the Creative Europe envelope.  


In the context of the discussions on the future EU budget and recovery package, along with other organisations from the sector IMPALA has played a leading role in giving the future Creative Europe 2021-2027 budget a significant boost. The agreement reached by the EU institutions on 10 November brought the Creative Europe budget to €2.2bn, up from the €1,6bn initially proposed. IMPALA also supports the European Parliament’s call to earmark at least 2% of the recovery and resilience fund for culture, although 6% would be a more ambitious figure. 


IMPALA has actively campaigned for Music Moves Europe, the EU’s preparatory action for music, which is meant to pave the way towards more structural and targeted support for music under the next EU programmes 2021-2027. The 2020 edition of Music Moves Europe focuses on the sector’s recovery from the crisis. It is built around three main themes: green recovery, digital recovery, just & resilient recovery. Calls should open around June-July 2021.


Building on Music Moves Europe, A dedicated sectoral funding strand for the European music sector will be introduced in the next Creative Europe programme, although the scope and details of the action are still to be announced.  


In addition, thanks to IMPALA and others making the case for the cultural sector, specific funds will be available to fund innovation in cultural and creative industries within Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation programme. We are also campaigning to ensure that cultural and creative SMEs will benefit from appropriate support under the future InvestEU fund, in a way that guarantees continuity with the existing cultural and creative sector guarantee facility currently in Creative Europe. Both these programmes also received welcome increases following the agreement reached by the EU institutions in November (+€1bn for InvestEU, +€4bn for Horizon Europe). 


IMPALA also helps develop EU projects with members through its EU projects committee. The “IMPALA Campus” project, which was submitted under the Music Moves Europe scheme, has been approved by the European commission and should start by the end of 2020.  The IMPALA Campus is a business-oriented training programme for young artists and recorded music professionals to help them boost their careers through a series of classes and mentoring sessions delivered by industry experts. Further priorities which IMPALA plans to pursue as part of future EU projects include diversity and sustainability.   


IMPALA is also involved in projects as expert. For example, IMPALA sat on the advisory board of a EU study on funding gaps in the music sector and a possible European music observatory. We also participate in the steering committee of the EU’s Music Moves Europe Talent Awards project.  


IMPALA keeps its members updated on relevant calls and has a note on EU funding opportunities for cultural and creative SMEs. Copies are available on request. 

We have also prepared a podcast episode on access to funding with Remi Harris MBE – listen to it here.

Note on EU funding opportunities for cultural and creative SMEs

EU study on funding gaps in the music sector and a possible European music observatory

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