European Agenda for Music launched on 21 March

More than 100 music sector stakeholders and representatives from the European Parliament and European Commission gathered in Brussels on 21 March to celebrate the launch of the European Agenda for Music (EAM). The European Agenda for Music was developed out of a continent-wide consultation launched by the European Music Council (EMC). Reaching out to the entire music sector, it identifies the sector’s collective needs and sets out priorities for the future. A powerful confirmation of the European music sector’s desire to join together in the promotion of a common cause, the Agenda details which directions to pursue in order to ensure a music sector that remains strong, fair, innovative, and diverse, in a rapidly changing world.

Music is one of the pillars of European culture. It has an intrinsic value, enriching and inspiring those who engage in it. Music is an art form and, as such, has contributed and continues to contribute immensely to Europe’s legacy, building a rich heritage that preserves and celebrates the diversity of our continent’s cultural identities. Music can also serve as a tool that promotes individual development and brings change to many levels of society: it is a formidable unifier of people, a natural vehicle for social engagement and inclusion and a powerful agent for democratic values. Music can also serve as a product, contributing in this capacity to international trade, economic growth, and job creation.

The motivation in developing the European Agenda for Music was based on the following convictions:

  • Active participation in music for each and every citizen is a human right.
  • Music represents and actively promotes values that unite Europeans such as diversity, tolerance, equality, freedom, and solidarity.
  • As a powerful driver of personal and societal growth, music can play an important role in society for identity and inclusion.
  • Music education brings immeasurable benefits to the individual and to society as a whole.
  • Music adapts to change and must further exploit the potential of technology.
  • Music’s contribution to the economy is important and must be recognised.

There are a number of areas that the European Music Agenda is targeting for change:

  • A stronger sense of European identity through a shared cultural vision.
  • A recognised and valued music sector and a better understanding of the needs of all its diverse components.
  • Improved access for each and every member of society to participate in music, in formal and non-formal settings.
  • Greater diversity in all parts of the music sector, including personal background, gender, music genre, type of venue, funding opportunities, etc.
  • Increased professionalisation of the music sector.
  • Increased opportunities for interaction within the music sector as well as with non-music sectors and across borders.
  • Concrete changes in legislation targeting a range of priorities at both European and national, regional and local level.
  • A funding framework that includes public and private support or combinations thereof, and that responds to the needs of a diverse music ecosystem.
  • A more balanced market for music that supports the work of small and medium-size music companies and organisations.
  • The European Agenda for Music puts forward three core objectives for the music sector
  • Education & Access to Music
  • Diversity
  • Shaping Society

To reach these goals, three areas of action have been identified:

  • Technology
  • Mobility
  • Recognition

The European Agenda for Music document can be downloaded at