Eurosonic festival starts in a few days (Jan 13-16) and due to the current situation, the shows and the conferences will be digital, so see you online!

Here’s a selection of some interesting panels to do not miss out during this ESNS digital edition:

Music Moves Europe – EU Support to Music – presented by EU
WED 13 Jan | Conference Channel 4 | 11:00 – 12:00

After having been hit hard by the pandemic, the European music sector is facing lasting uncertainty and extraordinary challenges. In this unprecedented context, the EU is answering through proactive measures, and notably through the “Music Moves Europe” initiative. During this presentation, representatives of the European Commission will explain this commitment to boosting EU support to the music sector. What does it mean in practice? What will it mean in the future, especially in the context of the new “Creative Europe” Programme 2021-2027, which will introduce a specific action on the music sector for the first time? Studies, awards, innovative projects, funding perspectives and new actions: you will get a comprehensive overview and listen to testimonies.

EMEE Presents: Entering Scandinavia in a Post-Crisis World – What is the role of digital? – presented by EMEE
WED 13 Jan | Conference Channel 4 | 14:00 – 15:00

EMEE continues to tackle the market entry questions and this time we’ll be looking at Scandinavia – Sweden, Norway and Denmark. However, as the COVID-19 crisis has also thrown the music sector in disarray with live performances coming to near-zero count, it begs the question – what is the role of digital channels and music consumption in finding your way to audiences in another country? The Scandinavian region has the highest digital consumption in the world. What are their key learnings from how to build a digital audience and whether this could also be a way for artists from elsewhere in Europe? Another aspect that will be taken into focus is the regional integration.

Music Moves Europe – Study on the feasibility of a European Music Observatory & Study on market trends and funding gaps for the music sector – presented by EU
THU 14 Jan | Conference Channel 3 | 11:00 – 12:00

The European music sector is a strong and diverse ecosystem of creators, industry operators, innovators, not-for-profit organisations and of course millions of fans. The way Europeans produce, exchange, and listen to music has changed radically in the past two decades. In this context, and as part of the “Music Moves Europe” initiative, the European Commission has recently published two important studies to figure out ways forward to better understand the sector and better anticipate its shifts and turns in the future. Although the studies were carried out before the outbreak of the pandemic, the authors have included a COVID chapter and have made an early attempt to describe the immensely unpredictable situation caused by the current crisis. How can we better collect and analyse music sector data? Where is public support missing for the music ecosystem? How can Europe increase the cross-border circulation of music after the Covid-19 crisis? How can we better anticipate the next market and tech trends in such uncertain times? In this session, the people behind these studies will discuss their findings and conclusions and answer the audience’s questions on how to put new solutions in place for the future.

Music Moves Politics
FRI 15 Jan | Conference Channel 4 | 14:00 – 15:00

Music does not benefit from a dedicated funding programme, whereas other sectors benefit from tailor-made support (i.e. the audio-visual sector with the MEDIA sub-programme under Creative Europe). Whilst a similar programme is not realistic for the 2021-2027 period, a more targeted set of measures could contribute to addressing this funding gap. However, what else is in the pipeline? A Q&A-Session with MEP Dr Christian Ehler about demands by the European music community according to political considerations. Furthermore, an outlook on his mission for a KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Community) for the Culture and Creative Sector as part of the EU-Horizon Programme.