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New study reveals that cultural and creative industries could hold the key to rebuilding Europe’s battered economy

This new study from EY, called Rebuilding Europe: the cultural and creative economy before and after COVID-19, captures the figures behind Europe’s thriving cultural and creative economy before the pandemic, and the staggering effects of venue and shop closures and health measures. It also lays out a series of recommendations to empower CCIs, so they can be one of the drivers to help boost and revamp the EU economy.

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25 nominees shortlisted for IMPALA’s European Independent Album of the Year Award

2020 was a unique year, marked by the coronavirus pandemic. The creativity of European independent labels throughout the year really stood out and their release schedules were a highlight. For this 11th edition of our Album of the Year Award, which will always be special, we’re pleased to present 25 nominees from all corners of Europe. Once again, this shortlist showcases how Europe’s independent music sector is thriving in diversity.

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Music Moves Europe Talent Awards Ceremony 2021 going digital

The 2021 Music Moves Europe Talent Awards Ceremony becomes fully digital. On Friday 15 January, starting at 20:00 hrs, the winners will be revealed of this annual EU prize for popular and contemporary music which is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme. The Public Choice Winner will be announced by the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Mariya Gabriel.

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IMPALA 20th anniversary

Today marks the official 20th anniversary of IMPALA, the European independent music companies association. From a handful of founding members, the European trade body has grown to represent over 5,000 independent music companies and national associations in 30 European countries.

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IMPALA WELCOMES TOP-UP FOR CULTURE IN FUTURE EU BUDGET

Earlier today, EU institutions reached a preliminary political agreement on the future EU budget 2021-2027, ending months of deadlock.

If confirmed, the agreement represents very welcome news for the cultural sector, as Creative Europe – the only EU programme fully dedicated to culture – would see its budget increase to €2.2bn, up from the current €1.46bn for the 2014-2020 programme.

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OP-ED – A CALL TO INVEST IN ALL OUR CREATIVE FUTURES

Performance artist Marina Abramović, singer-songwriters Björk and MØ, dance choreographer Anne-Teresa De Keersmaeker, film directors Agnieszka Holland, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, electronic music pionneer Jean-Michel Jarre, theatre director Ivo Van Hove, conceptual visual artist Daniel Buren, film music composer Alberto Iglesias and writer Nina George are among the many acclaimed names behind this call.

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WIN ELECTS NEW BOARD

The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) has announced its newly elected board of directors. Five new directors join the WIN Board: Francesca Trainini (PMI), Garry West (Compass Records), Jörg Heidemann (VUT), Lisa Levy (Robbins Entertainment), and Zena White (Partisan Records).

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NEW IMPALA BOARD ELECTED IN HAMBURG AT REEPERBAHN FESTIVAL

IMPALA held its annual general meeting at Reeperbahn festival in Hamburg this weekend. A new 32-strong board was elected for a term of two years. Six new board members were elected: E7LG – Eleven Seven Label Group (United Kingdom) and SCL/Lusitanian (Portugal), plus four national associations with HAIL (Hungary), INDIERO (Romania), RUNDA (covering all 7 ex-Yugoslavia territories as well as Albania) and VTMÖ (Austria).

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IMPALA & THE INDIE SECTOR GET BUSY AT MIDEM

As part of its renewed partnership with MIDEM, IMPALA hosted and co-organised a series of panels and keynotes alongside the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), Merlin, the global digital rights agency for independents, and the Independent Music Publishers Forum (IMPF). Together, we talked about labels, new business models, young publishers, and the digital business.

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JOURNALIST MARKUS TOBIASSEN AND NEWSPAPER DAGENS NÆRINGSLIV RECEIVE IMPALA OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION AWARD

Each year, IMPALA recognises a person, an organisation or an initiative whose actions had a major impact on the independent music sector. This year, the award goes to journalist Markus Tobiassen and the Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv for their exceptional work investigating alleged streaming data manipulation. The award was handed out to Markus by IMPALA’s Executive Chair Helen Smith during the by:Larm music festival in Norway.

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CREATIVE SECTOR CALLS TO APPROVE THE COPYRIGHT DIRECTIVE

IMPALA and organisations from across the cultural and creative sector representing authors, composers, writers, journalists, photographers as well as news agencies, audiovisual producers, book, press and music publishers, have published the following statement calling on EU member states and the European Parliament to adopt the text of the Copyright Directive as agreed in trilogue last week.

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EU COPYRIGHT TEXT AGREED, NOW REQUIRES FINAL APPROVAL

After much debate and further changes to the text of the copyright directive, an agreement was reached in Strasbourg last night and the directive can now move to the final stages of the European legislative process. Member states now need to approve the final text as well as the European Parliament. The changes made in the trilogue discussions this week will be published soon and IMPALA understands that they will help achieve a balanced text.

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RUNDA – A NEW CHAMPION FOR THE BALKANS’ INDEPENDENT RECORD LABELS

Today marks the official launch of RUNDA – complete name Regionalna udruga nezavisnih diskografa – the regional association of independent discographers for the Balkans, whose work and membership will cover the whole of ex-Yugoslavia (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Macedonia) as well as Albania.

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EUROPE FOR CREATORS LAUNCHES NEW MYTH BUSTING TOOLS ON ARTICLE 13

EUROPE FOR CREATORS is launching a new website and a newsletter, as part of a renewed effort to promote clarity around Article 13 of the European Copyright Directive.
The new tools set out facts. The website, www.article13.org (also available in Italian, German, Czech, French, Polish, Croatian and more to come) and the newsletter, INSIGHT 13, take a no-nonsense approach to the issue and go back to basics: What does the Directive actually say and how does the process work?

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