The European Union support cultural activities, including musical projects, through the Culture Programme (2007-2013). The programme aims to contribute to the emergence of European citizenship through the promotion of cultural co-operation in Europe by accentuating the cultural area Europeans have in common and highlighting Europe's shared cultural heritage and rich cultural diversity. In that respect, the programme supports cooperation projects and cultural activities which promote the transnational mobility of people working in the field of culture, encourage the transnational circulation of artistic and cultural works, and enhance intercultural dialogue. Musical projects are also eligible to receive funding.
More information about the Culture Programme here: /culture/our-programmes-and-actions/culture-programme-(2007-2013)_en.xml
Read more about the good practice projects (including musical projects) selected in 2008 here: /culture/key-documents/publications_en.xml
In 2009 the following good project examples have been selected. They will be presented at the Culture in motion conference 28 September in Brussels: /culture/our-programmes-and-actions/doc/good_practice_projects2009per_country.pdf [148 KB]
The European Union also supports emerging musical talent through the "The European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA)." The prize spotlights artists who succeed in reaching a broad audience with their debut album outside the country where their album was produced, with the view to stimulating the further cross-border mobility of artists and the transnational circulation of their work.
European artists (or groups) are selected for an award based on sales of their work in the previous year in countries taking part in the Culture Programme (outside the country of production) and the artists’ ability to perform live and tour outside their home base. In 2009, music and television legend Jools Holland hosted the award ceremony, which was broadcast live from Groningen, the Netherlands.
More information about the 2009 EBBA winners here: /culture/our-programmes-and-actions/european-border-breakers-awards_en.xml