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Creative Europe Conference in Rome: BDKV Encourages a European ‘Think Tank’ for the events industry

On 15 March a high-level conference was held in Rome to discuss the funding programme for the EU’s ‘2021-2027 Creative Europe’. This programme has several aims, including the following: to preserve, to develop and to promote diversity and the European cultural patrimony, and to reinforce the competitiveness of the cultural and creative sectors. Thanks to the diligence of the European Live Music Association (ELMA), the promotion of the live-music sector, and thus also of the organisers of live-music events, was expressly included in the relative decision proposal presented to the European Parliament by the Commission. The present budget for the programme is 1.46 billion euro. Currently, the associations of the cultural sector – above all ELMA – are campaigning to convince the Commission to raise the next budget to 2.8 billion euro, and to make more funds available than have so far been made available to the cultural sector in particular.

The participants in the conference included, among others, Silvia Costa, Member of the European Parliament and rapporteur to the European Parliament and to the Commission for the culture of the EU, Barbara Gessler, Head of Unit Creative Europe, the President of Assomusica and ELMA Vincenzo Speraand the President of the BDKV (Federal Association of the Concert and Event Industry) and Vice-President of ELMA Prof. Jens Michow.

In conclusion, the participants in the conference agreed that music in all its aspects – but, above all, contemporary live music – represents an essential component of artistic, cultural and economic diversity.

Over the course of the conference, Prof. Michow suggested the creation of a European Think Tank for the music industry. ‘A portion of EU subsidies is continually wasted in costs such as, for example in Germany, the payment of pension contributions of the artists on fees paid by the national organisers for foreign events and by foreign organisers on the fees paid in Germany and disputable taxes such as that which was recently introduced into businesses, to be applied on the rents for rooms on the part of organisers, not to speak of added costs for legal fees and tax advice, so that one can find one’s way in the legal jungle. It is a question therefore of urgently discussing the optimisation and harmonisation of the legal framework’, notes Prof. Michow. In his opinion, each European country has similar particularities, which differ notably from country to country and render an increased mobility on the part of artists, such as is hoped for by European cultural promotion, decidedly difficult. ‘In their activities within the member states, artists and their organisers find themselves confronting a variety of rules and legal systems, and not rarely end up in extremely expensive pitfalls’, concludes the president of the association.

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