Feasibility of a European Music Observatory: new studies from Music Moves Europe

The European Commission has just published two studies of “Music Moves Europe”.

Under the 2018 Preparatory action on music, the European Commission launched several studies to address the main challenges in the music sector, all aiming to improve the poor data availability, develop a better understanding of the market trends as well as sustainable mechanisms on how to monitor them, and to identify data and funding needs.

Two corresponding studies are now published:

However, we need to note that the data for both studies and their analysis reflects the “pro-Covid-19” situation.

The current crisis has had a profound effect on the music sector, so the issues that these studies bring to light (the lack of data and the funding gaps) make their findings even more important, so that EU and national institutions and policy makers can contribute to the sustainable development of the music sector.

Background

The 2018-2020 Preparatory action “Music Moves Europe: Boosting European diversity and talent” aims primarily to prepare future support for music under the Creative Europe programme (new sectorial action on music).

Over the past three years, the European Commission has launched 7 calls for proposals and 4 calls for tenders to implement the Preparatory action, with a total budget of €7 million. This process and the results achieved will help design the future EU support in the context of the Music Moves Europe initiative, including funding under the Creative Europe programme.

For more information, you can also read about how the EU responds to the coronavirus outbreak in support of the cultural and creative sectors.

SoundCzech reveals the 2020 digital edition of CEEntral Party

CEENtral party, a conference focusing on the Central and Southeastern European  countries and their music markets is happening online on Nov 28.

A full day of panels, workshops, networking, plus one special streaming from London, it’s all going to be free for everyone! Here is the full fascinating program:

Workshops:

11:00 BandCamp workshop with Aly Giliani. Tricks and ideas about how to use all features that BandCamp has to offer the best way possible.
Aly Gillani is the European Label Rep for Bandcamp, a thriving, global music community where fans discover new artists, intimately connect with them, and directly compensate them for their work. Aly’s role involves expanding and managing the growing network of labels using the site to connect with their fans.

12:00 Brexit real impacts- Ian Smith (Frusion agency)
“So you want to play in the UK after Brexit, and you still want to play in the EU… well, good news you still can, and its easier than you might think !”
Led by Ian Smith, CEO of two key international agencies based in the UK and Austria for 20 years and founder of UKEARSWORK, a free fact-checked information initiative to keep creatives working in both directions with minimal disruption after Brexit.

13:00 Be social cleverly – Zsuzsi Berta (social media strategist, head of digital marketing – A38)
CEEntral Party have asked the social media strategist of the legendary Budapest venue A38 to offer a unique take on how to communicate effectively on social media. What are the messages to avoid? How to build communities, and how to make the most of your creativity.

14:00 Effective use of Music tech, and a short overview on the music value chain with Yvan Boudillet.
Value Gap? Blockchain? Let’s talk for once about the moving Music Value Chain and look back to the Future of the Music Industry, as the digital revolution has become the new normal.
Yvan Boudillet is a Digital Entertainment Expert with over ten years experience in leading digital development and consumer strategy for EMI and Warner Music in France. As the Founder of the advisory agency TheLynk and the Entertainment Lead at Startup Sesame, Yvan connects the dots between startups and creative industries.

15:00 Sane-tizer / staying sane in times of crisis
The tragic level of mental health in the music sector was already a topic, when the year of lockdown started, pushing so many over the edge by a non-concert-season ..

With the help of a Zoltan Kővary (musician/ psychologist), we aim to initiate an interactive workshop session, to talk about often recurring issues, and how to help ourselves.

14:00-16:00 CsEE Music Market introduction – in a panel set-up, we introduce the music sector of CsEE countries. All you need to know about demographics, popular music genres, live-recording-sector, music services, and best access points to start at the following countries.

14:00- 15:00 pt. 1. – get to know the countries: Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Poland
15:00- 16:00 pt. 2. Greece, Romania, Serbia, Estonia, Macedonia

 

Open streamed panels

16:00-16:15 HEMIsphere- Introduction of the new music boost program that bridges 10 partners from Estonia to Greece.

17:00- David and Goliath-
The Teutonic plates of the music sector reality are shaken, and while some made a huge fortune on the lockdown, many got pushed to leave music for good in order to survive…

BUT- What does that mean? What is the future of major multi-genre festivals? Sold out headliners at stadiums? How big is too big? Will major investors buy up all that left after the warriors budget dried out? We invited stakeholders of the different fields of music, agency, festival, labels… to dream a better future with us.

Partners:
HEMI Music Hub, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union
Czech Centres
IQ Magazine
More info: https://www.soundczech.cz/en

 

Tak Brzmi Miasto showcase Conference 2020 announced

From Krakow, Poland to the virtual public, Tak Brzmi Miasto conference: The Future, coming online on November 14-15, aims to offer artists and music professionals insights and practical tools to help them navigate the new post-Covid 19 landscape.

It won’t be a look through rose-colored glasses, yet the organizers will focus on possibilities and the bright side of the future. The music industry needs a meeting and a conversation, specific tools and discussion over the direction in which it wants to be headed. The future is not that distant, Tak Brzmi Miasto conference: The Future starts soon. On the 14th and 15th of November, specialists will lead the virtual events and workshop. Ticket sales are already on, and the number of participants is limited.

Changes in the music industry have been so fast in the last couple of years, it’s hard to keep track. The Year 2020 accelerated them incredibly or stopped completely. Most of us rack our brains trying to figure out what’s next. What could the future look like? How to survive? Or, maybe more ambitious – how to develop oneself? Independent musicians, concert promoters and managers with many years of experience are all hitting the same wall. That’s why this year’s conference Tak Brzmi Miasto: The Future focuses on new tools for the artists, best managerial practice and positive examples from our industry.

New reality – does it also mean the new music industry? Can new mean better? How will the great players deal with it – labels, producers and associations? How will an independent artist find their way in this world? Does the audience need a next free online concert? What are they willing to pay for? In the end… the artist is human too.

The program will tackle topics such as challenges and prospects of digitalisation, opportunities for earning online or tools that can be useful for that; talking about changes which should be followed, and artists who, while as unaware as everyone else, were prepared for the crisis.

The conference is about the future of an artist and a manager. Tak Brzmi Miasto is about the future of music.

The conference is accompanied by Winter Camp – a direct form of support and learning, enriched with individual consultations and workshop. Winter Camp will take place between November 11 and 13. The participants will also take part in the more widely available Tak Brzmi Miasto: The Future conference.

For more information go to: http://takbrzmimiasto.pl/konferencja-2020/

 

HEMI Enters BUSH, the Hungarian Showcase Conference

HEMI Enters BUSH, the Hungarian Showcase Conference

Budapest Showcase Hub is the first Hungarian showcase festival and conference, focusing on the Central Eastern European region, showcasing the best current artists and listing all the hot topics of the music industry. This year, irregularly, it’ll be a one-day-only hybrid event, on November 4th, but will still be international and reaching beyond the borders.

The organisers of BUSH have created an entertaining video series of 31 promising artists of the region, as traveling and gathering is highly limited due to the pandemic, so they cannot perform live as usual.

The trailer of the series is already available, while the full episodes will be launched at the start of the conference, on the 4th of November on BUSH’s YouTube channel, which will including some interesting trivia of the artists.

In the selection process the organisers, just as usual, asked for the support of a few hundred music professionals and associations, such as ETEP and INES.

The conference and mini-showcase will be held at the famous A38 Ship in Budapest. The conference program is focusing on this hectic year of COVID-19, on changes and challenges.

The first two panels will be powered by Hub for the Exchange of Music Innovation (HEMI), Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

The first one, Young Indie Label Associations in Deep Water, will dig into what happened in the past couple of years to the young label associations of the region.

Then, Entrepreneurship in Music Business, aims to clear the picture around the self-releasing artists, music business education and programmes like HEMI Music Hub, Music Competence Centre or JUMP.

Further panels will be discussing the sector’s challenges and opportunities, and of course, a listening session is also a must!

After the conference, four very promising Hungarian acts will hit the stage:  IamSoyuz, Saya Noé, Mongooz and the Magnet and Törzs while, at the small stage, there will be an electronic TEB selection by Telekom Electronic Beats Showcase: Mennydörgő, Flanger Kids, Ben Leavez, Fausto Mercier, DJ Mesterháza and Normál Tamás.

More info:

https://budapestshowcasehub.com/

https://www.facebook.com/budapestshowcasehub

https://www.instagram.com/budapestshowcasehub

 

EXIT festival reveals Life Stream events

Exit Festival

Galvanizing support for those hardest hit by the pandemic, the Life Stream Project brings together world-class acts who will perform at Novi Sad’s Petrovaradin Fortress, the home base of EXIT festival, for a million-strong online audience from September 3rd to 6th.

Music for a good cause: EXIT festival, in partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the world’s largest humanitarian organization, is launching the next step of Life Stream Project, in aid of the efforts to alleviate the suffering of millions who have lost their livelihoods to the pandemic and are falling deeper into hunger.

The pandemic is compounding problems and multiplying misery, especially for those on the front-lines of climate change battling frequent drought, storms and floods that strain food production, exacerbate hunger and push people deeper into poverty. It is set to push 270 million people into food insecurity before the end of 2020 – an 80 percent increase from 2019 – and the impact will be the harshest for those who were already suffering.

EXIT started as a youth movement for peace and freedom in Serbia and Balkans and social activism is still at the forefront of our activities. This year has been hard for all of us, but even in times like this, we must find the strength to do what we can to help those who are the most vulnerable” – said founder and CEO of EXIT Dušan Kovačević.

The Life Stream Project

Life stream has been launched last year together with the Green R:evolution as EXIT’s biggest environmental project to this day, in which the Government of Serbia committed to planting almost a billion trees increasing the country’s forestation rate up to 50%. The partnership with WFP broadens the scope of the project, highlighting two important causes, ending hunger and building resilience for communities in the face of climate change, that have become even more urgent in light of COVID-19.

Life Stream will be a four-day long festival, with performances broadcast from the legendary EXIT Dance Arena. The festival will feature the global and regional acts with videos drawing attention to the environment and the looming hunger crisis.

This year’s project is an introduction to a broader cooperation in 2021, which will mark two important anniversaries, 60 years of WFP and the 20th anniversary of the EXIT festival.

ABOUT THE WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME (WFP)

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies, building prosperity and supporting a sustainable future for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change. In 2019, WFP assisted nearly 100 million people in over 80 countries.

WFP not only provides food assistance to communities affected by climate-related disasters, but also helps them become more resilient to extreme weather events.

In light of the current situation, WFP has made an urgent appeal for USD 4.9 billion which will enable it to provide food assistance to as many as 138 million vulnerable people before the end of the year. This would also be the largest mobilization in the entire history of the organization.

ABOUT EXIT FESTIVAL

EXIT Festival was established in 2000 in University Park as a student movement for the fight for peace and freedom, both in Serbia and in the Balkans. Over the past 20 years, it has grown into one of the most eminent music festivals in the world. Social responsibility remains one of the key aspects of the Festival through the work of the EXIT Foundation, which focuses its social activism on youth development and peace promotion, creative industries, environmental protection, and destination branding.

Mastering the Music Business goes online on July 29-31!

The conference makes a surprise comeback in a new format: online and with free attendance. Don’t miss it!

Good news for the music industry and beyond: the fifth edition of Mastering The Music Business, the first and largest event organized in Romania about the music industry, will take place from July 29 to July 31 in a new format. Postponed due to the pandemic and the restrictive measures adopted at the same time, MMB is coming back with an edition exclusively in the online environment, with topics adapted to the context, which will help artists and music business professional overcome this difficult period.

Anca Lupeș, the founder of the MMB conference, said : “During quarantine, music was the weapon of millions of people in the fight with fear, with panic, with monotony, with longing for loved ones. People has sung from the balcony, on the empty streets, in zoom chats, and in this way we got over the isolation more easily. But the artist community and the entire music industry is still far from recovering. Moreover, an uncertain and perhaps even more difficult period follows. That’s why we quickly regrouped and decided to make an emergency MMB edition, to define our new normality. We want to discuss, in the most honest way, about the problems that the industry is facing during this period, from the financial difficulties and limitations given by the pandemic, to the blockages of creativity and the pressure of reinvention. Let’s talk about them, but especially let’s find solutions to get out of this impasse”.

The panels, workshops and case studies within MMB will focus on the most important topics of the moment: how the industry is reorganized – both locally and internationally, how the public will change, what the authorities can do, the role of brands in industry reconstruction, financing solutions, crisis communication and many more.

Among the speakers of the edition, those who will hold presentations and will answer to participants’ questions, will be: Corinne Sadki (FR) – President of the European Music Exporters Exchange (EMEE), Edy Chereji – one of the creators of Untold and Neversea festivals, Jake Beaumont Nesbitt – Policy advisor The International Music Managers Forum (IMMF), Emil Ionescu – Managing director of Best Music Live Concerts and iabilet.ro, Cristian Stan – Head of Special Events at Sublime Romania and many other artists, promoters, or representatives of record companies.

The conference will take place online, with free access, on the MMB facebook page and on the conference website. The entire program will be announced on https://masteringthemusicbusiness.ro/.

MMB Online is a cultural project funded by the Romanian Ministry of Culture. The 2020 edition is sponsored by Merlin and powered by the Hub for the Exchange of Music Innovation (HEMI), co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

 

Athens Music Week Phygital Edition is here! Covid won’t stop Music!

With just 3 months to reshape all program since the COVID 19 pandemic shadowed the planet, we are happy to announce that Technopolis City of Athens, our Greek HEMI partner, have revealed the Conference and Showcase program of the Athens Music Week 2020 

Athens Music Week 2020 Phygital Edition
#AMW2020
50
speakers – 28 artists – 17 countries and a Pan-European surprise event!

Technopolis City of Athens and MESO Events are proud to present, for the second year in a row, Athens Music Week, from the 16th till the 21st of June. This time, in a brand-new… phygital version!

The second edition of AMW combines the physical with the digital world, to present a one-of-a-kind international meeting of 17 countries, featuring 50 distinguished delegates and speakers of the local and global music industry, and 28 solo artists/bands from across Europe!

The program includes an International Music Conference with panel-discussions, presentations, webinars, artist showcases, and live Q&A sessions as well a special surprise event celebrating the European Music Day!

Conference program of Athens Music Week thus far:

Panels

Live gigs and touring in the era of covid-19: how do managers, booking agents and festivals respond to the travel ban and audience restrictions? Online concerts or phygital festivals: is it the new trend? But what about the live music experience? How can artists and music professionals be supported today? How can you promote your music business in the current situation, access new markets, make new connections?

50 experts talk about it all! Distinguished professionals of the music sector, delegates from European networks, conferences and festivals, along with representatives of the Greek music industry, discuss and share their thoughts and experiences.

The Panels will be livestreamed, and followed by online Q&A sessions with the speakers.

 Panel Discussions:

  • Audience restrictions, travel ban: What options do artists, musicians and bands have to present their music?
  • Innovation in Music: Is it a question of mind-set, of tools? Both?
  • Networking from home: how can we promote our music business over the next months?
  • Free Streaming is cool, but is there a life vest for artists and music professionals?
  • NextStageChallenge or how a European Music Industry Hackathon was launched during lockdown!
  • Covid-19 makes us rethink business strategy. Are you “updated”? Or should you go back to school?
  • Streaming events and festivals is a forced trend, but what about the “physical” music experience? What can we expect from here on?
  • Divided we fall? Not always! Focus on the initiatives of European networks supporting artists and music professionals.

Events Powered by HEMI – Hub for the Exchange of Music Innovation

Meet & Greets                                                                                

Meet the music industry innovators, projects and start-ups chosen by the European Network   Jump – European Music Market Accelerator:

SENSI (PT) / eCauda (ES) / Groover (FR) / Terrible Merch (UK) / Deep Listening (ΙΤ) / Wetum4kids (PT) / FITCHY (NL) / Self Releasing Artists Network (UK)

Events Powered by JUMP – European Music Market Accelerator

Showcases

New and rising talents will present the sound of music scenes of Greece, Turkey, Central and Southeast Europe have to show.

Artists (in alphabetical order)

Bratri (CZ) / Byron (RO) / Drums & Voice Jazztronica Duet (GR) / Electro Hafiz (TR) / Fraktale (PL) / Funk Shui (MK) / Gio Melody (GR) / Go-Dratta (IT) / Goodbye Darjeeling (HU) / June Cocó (DE) / Kety Fusco (IT) / Komfortrauschen (DE)  / Kostas Sidirokastritis (GR) / Lena Laki (GR) / Lucia (RO) / Marinho (PT) /Market (CZ) / Mavi Gunes 69 (TR) / Moose (GR) / Nalyssa Green (GR) / Neal Cassady (PL) / Strawberry Pills (GR) / Sirom (SI) / Thomas Konstantinou Ensemble (GR) / Vasko Atanasovski Tri (SI) / Whereswilder (GR) / Evritiki Zygia (GR)

Showcases will be livestreamed, and followed by online Q&A sessions with the artists.

Events Powered by HEMI – Hub for the Exchange of Music Innovation

Webinars

Could you use help to create a business plan or a marketing strategy, fill an application for funding, or prepare a presentation? Specialists with long experience in the field offer their know-how, tips and advice to new professionals of the music sector.

Topics will be announced soon. The spots are limited, and registration will be required!

Powered by JUMP – European Music Market Accelerator

Storytelling

We visit Thourio village in Orestiada, Thrace, to check out the traditional Thracian Lyra workshop of Alexis Partinoudis. We discover the age-old process of constructing the instrument from natural locally sourced materials, and hear a lot of stories about traditions and customs in Thrace, and the cultural and emotional importance of the historic musical instruments of the region, the lyra, the gaida, the cavali… curious about the sounds yet? Well, Alexis and his friend Stratos Spyros, both members of the traditional Thracian music group Evritiki Zygia, will give you a pretty good idea!

Powered by HEMI – Hub for the Exchange of Music Innovation

For more information and the latest updates, please visit athensmusicweek.gr

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Covid times call for urgent measures

United we stand! Nearly 40 pan-European music organizations join forces in an urgent call on EU institutions and Member States to prioritize music and culture in their investment response to the covid-19 crisis.

Music and culture have been especially hit by the global lockdown. Artists and music professionals are struggling, the livelihoods of thousands of people are at stake. With no end in sight, there is a need for targeted policies to support our sector. This open letter, signed by nearly 40 pan-European music organizations from across the spectrum, was sent yesterday to EU institutions and member states.

Music is one of the first sectors hit by the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. It will also be one of the last.

As borders close, venues as well as festivals suspend their activities, performances are cancelled, group activity is stopped, shops close, and new releases are put on hold, the entire creative value chain is stalling.

Artists and their management, performers, composers, songwriters, music educators, conductors, booking agents, record shops, labels, publishers, distributors, promoters, manufacturers, technicians, events managers and event staff count among the many actors of the ecosystem whose livelihoods are on the line.

These risks will persist, even after the public health emergency is solved. The stark reality is that profound harm will be felt long into 2021 due to how the music ecosystem operates.

In light of this dire situation, we call for emergency as well as sustainable public support and structural policies at EU, national, regional and local level to consolidate the music ecosystem, and help it thrive again in all its diversity.

The undersigned music organizations urge Member States and the European Commission to take a stance and significantly increase the national and EU budgets dedicated to culture, and within that to music.

Secondly, under the EU Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative, it is imperative that each Member State provides Europe’s creative sector with swift and comprehensive access to Structural Funds in order to offset the harm in the shorter term.

The full magnitude of the current turmoil will build for months and the number of casualties will be high. Even when the complete standstill ends, the crisis will continue due to hyper saturation of events and new releases and audiences will be unpredictable.

All this points to a slow recovery, with less job opportunities, less participation in music and less room for artistic risk-taking. Jobs and diversity are at stake.
At the same time, we see how important the cultural sectors are in promoting solidarity and in providing rallying points.

Within the confines of their homes, artists and DJs have been streaming their own live performances to fight isolation by engaging online communities. Drawing upon the example of Italy, citizens from across Europe gather on their balconies to play music and regain a shared sense of common purpose.

This reminds us that music is a vehicle to recreate a sense of community. In times of containment and pressure, music builds bridges between individuals and cultures irrespective of social, ethnic, cultural backgrounds.

Music and culture are essential to offer citizens the renewed social and cultural bond that Europe will sorely need.

As decision makers reflect on how to address the crisis, culture must be recognised as a priority sector.

The undersigned organisations:

  • AEC, Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen
  • CIME/ICEM, International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music
  • DME, Digital Music Europe
  • ECA-EC, European Choral Association – Europa Cantat
  • ECSA, European Composer and Songwriter Alliance
  • EFNYO, European Federation of National Youth Orchesta
  • EMC, European Music Council
  • EMCY, European Union of Music Competitions for Youth
  • EMEE, European Music Exporters Exchange
  • EMMA, European Music Managers Alliance
  • EOFed, European Orchestra Federation
  • ETEP, European Talent Exchange Programme
  • Europavox
  • EJN, Europe Jazz Network
  • EVTA, European Voice Teachers Association
  • FIM, International Federation of Musicians
  • GESAC, the European Authors Societies
  • IAMIC, International Association of Music Information Centres
  • IAO, International Artist Organisation of Music
  • ICAS, International Cities of Advanced Sound
  • ICMP, International Confederation of Music Publishers
  • ICSM, International Society for Contemporary Music
  • IFPI, International Federation of the Phonographic Industry
  • IMMF, International Music Managers Forum
  • IMPF, Independent Music Publishers International Forum
  • IMPALA, Independent music compagnies associations
  • INES, Innovation Network of European Showcases
  • JMI, Jeunesses Musicales International
  • JUMP, European Music Market Accelerator
  • Keychange
  • Live DMA, European network for music venues and festivals
  • Liveurope, the platform for new European Talent
  • Pearle*, Live Performance Europe
  • SHAPE, Sound Heterogenous Art and Performance in Europe
  • REMA, European Early Music Network
  • We are Europe
  • Yourope, the European festival Association

Source: Impala  https://impalamusic.org/

Stay Home, Stay HEMI!

With the pandemic raging, and a worldwide travel ban, all HEMI meetings had to adapt to the situation!

Working from home and communicating only via online platforms has become our new normal. Here is a snapshot from the latest trend: zoom meetings!

We always start with partners giving us information on the covid-19 crisis in their home country, and then we try to estimate the duration of this new reality, to see how we can get back to work!
There’s much to do, especially since the situation is dire for musicians and all the performance arts sector.
What will happen to European festivals, concerts, and conferences this summer?
Everything is uncertain at this point, but we have to be prepared.
The music industry needs all the support it can get!
Stay home, stay safe!

MENT 2020: Full festival program revealed! 

MENT Ljubljana 2020 is taking over the venues of the Slovenian capital between 5 and 7 February. Here are some finalized details about the festival’s program that we look forward to!

It’s all about the Music, with this, the 6th edition hosting a total of 81 acts that will perform on 14 locations across Ljubljana. Besides the 60 already announced names, including the headliners of the opening night, the golden boy of London jazz Kamaal Williams and Ukrainian group of seven actresses Dakh DaughtersDutch  electronic music ambassadors Dekmantel Soundsystem and plenty of great Slovenian artists, there are now more 21 acts performing during the festival.

Find the Full Lineup & Schedule:          
https://www.ment.si/lineup/

Along with the music, it’s time to talk business and get networking at the MENT conference 2020, which will take place at Kino Šiškaand M hotel between 6 and 7 February! It is divided into four interconnected sections:

EX-YUDIGITALLIVE and AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN.

Among the guests this year, are distinguished booking agent Rob Challice, university professor and music professional Sally-Anne Gross, head of Ljubljana-based record label Glitterbeat Records Chris Eckman and the European representative of the global music platform Bandcamp Aly Gillani.

MENT conference 2020 includes presentations on ex-YU markets, a debate on streaming income, a conversation about Eastern European festivals and a panel with representatives of some successful Eastern European music media. It also covers topics like the sustainability of festivals and musicians’ careers, innovative music PR and booking, and the Serbian initiative Hali gali.      

HEMI partners will be there for an introduction of new born initiative hosted by Slovenian partner Sigic.

You can find the full Conference Schedule here:     
https://www.ment.si/conference/