25th Anniversary of Friends of Music
Commissioner Vassiliou was guest of honour at the 25th anniversary Friends of Music concert organised by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) on15 May. The event, held at the European Parliament, featured performances by British chart-topper Joss Stone and Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu.
The Commissioner said: "Friends of Music is a wonderful celebration of the success and variety of Europe's music and culture, which we must continue to value and nurture. Europe's artists are among our greatest assets, and we must ensure that their art can be seen and heard around the world and that their talent is properly acknowledged and remunerated."
The IFPI has 1400 members in 66 countries and affiliated industry associations in 55 countries. Its mission is to promote the value of recorded music, safeguard the rights of record producers and expand the commercial uses of recorded music.