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Published:  10 Jul 2020

European Commission to support the recovery of the music ecosystem

With a budget of €2.5million, the Commission launches a call for proposals: Music Moves Europe – 'Innovative support scheme for a sustainable music ecosystem'.

Music Moves Europe Logo 2020

The Commission will select one consortium that will design and manage an innovative and effective support scheme that redistributes grants to recipients in the music sector, based on a needs assessment. The Commission expects to select the consortium by November 2020, to ensure that the funds can reach the recipients as early as possible in 2021.

For a more sustainable music ecosystem

This third consecutive year of the Preparatory action “Music Moves Europe: Boosting European music diversity and talent”, addresses the need to support the recovery and post-Covid-19-crisis development of the European music ecosystem so it becomes more sustainable. The goal of this call also contributes to the EU’s plans for a green, digital, just and resilient recovery. The call complements other Member States’ and EU initiatives and schemes (see links below) that help to mitigate the negative impact of the Covid-19 crisis on culture in general and music in particular.

The call will allow the Commission to strengthen its support for music (Music Moves Europe), including targeted actions under the next Creative Europe programme.


The European music ecosystem belongs to one of the cultural segments that were hit the most by the corona crisis - with an unprecedented impact on the sector’s entire value chain and massive losses incurred.

The pandemic and the social distancing measures abruptly excluded all the possibilities for artists to perform live in front of an audience; venues closed down; rehearsals, new creations and artists-in-residence programmes have been made impossible. The crisis has shed light on a number of trends and challenges (e.g. digital distribution, greening of the industry) within the music ecosystem, some of which appeared already before the pandemic hit. The crisis’ significant short-term consequences for the sector have been addressed with emergency action and safety nets at different levels (European, national, and within the sector: see links below). Additional steps are needed to help the sector recover in a more sustainable way, adjust to new realities and newly emerging trends, and ultimately become more resilient.


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Published:  10 Jul 2020