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Estonia

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1.General country profile
1.1 General country overview

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1.1.1 Geography

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Location

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Capital city Tallinn
Largest cities?

Tallinn 394,024
Tartu 101,092
Narva 66,980

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Human Development Index  (2021)Decrease 0.890[8]
very high · 31st
1.1.2 Society

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Population 1,331,824
Official language(s) Estonian
Recommended language to communicate with local professionals English
Currency
Average age 42,7 (median age, not average)
Human Development Index  (2021)Decrease 0.890[8]
very high · 31st
1.1.3 Economy
GDP Nominal $37.202 billion[6] (97th)
GDP Nominal Per Capita $27,971[6] (42th)
Unemployment rate 5,7% (latest figure, July 2022)
Minimum wage 654€
Average wage 1576 (Q1 2022)
Vat rates

Standard: 20%

Reduced: 9% Reduced Electronic publications of books, educational literature, newspapers and magazines and paid access to the websites of newspapers and magazines - excluding periodicals containing mainly advertising or private advertisements

5% Reduced Electronic publications of newspapers and magazines - excluding publications containing mainly advertising or private advertisements or mainly with erotic or pornographic content or video or music content

9% Electronic publications of books and educational literature

1.1.4 Communication
Smartphone in use (number of) 0.81 mln (2017)
Mobile use (number of) GSMA Intelligence’s numbers indicate that mobile connections in Estonia were equivalent to 139.4 percent of the total population in January 2022. (many use more than 1) Interesting resource, but need to establish how trustworthy https://datareportal.com/reports/digita l-2022-estonia Broadband subscriptions - household penetration - Mobile subscriptions Internet penetration
Broadband subscriptions Internet penetration is 92% (start of 2022)
1.2 Music ecosystem
1.2.1 Music sector institutional structure

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Diverse organisations related to music

The list is based on Min of Cul.

Music Estonia (2014) A development centre and representative organisation established in 2014 to promote business and exports in the field of music. It offers various educational programmes and internship opportunities, as well as coordinates Estonia's representation at international contact events in the field of music. As of spring 2020, 76 music companies belong to Music Estonia.

Estonian Music Council (1992) A non-profit association uniting and representing music institutions and professional musicians, with 48 members as of spring 2020.

Estonian Music Information Centre (1995) The main goal of the centre is to introduce and promote serious Estonian music both at home and abroad by collecting and disseminating information about Estonian composers and their works, music organisations and events, performers and musical groups.

Arvo Pärt Centre (2010) The centre was founded in 2010 by Arvo Pärt and his family with the goal of creating opportunities for preserving and researching the composer's creative heritage in his homeland Estonia and in an Estonian-language environment.

Collective Management Organisations

Estonian Authors Society

Estonian Phonograph Producers’ Society

Estonian Performers Union

Music industry trade bodies/unions

Music Estonia – membership: ca 100 music companies of very diverse profile

Estonian Festivals Association

IFPI: n/a

Indie labels: n/a

Publishers: n/a

Music market overview table

For Estonia, a market report exists now (how much Estonian society spends on music)

1.3 Recorded music sector and/or market

In this article the recorded music industry structure, revenues
and consumption is covered

1.3.1 Recorded Music revenues
Recorded music revenues (IFPI)

Officially not covered per country by IFPI.

Trade value:

2018: 5,8 mln€

2019: 5,2 mln€

2020: 3,364 mln€

Recorded music revenues growth n/a
IFPI rank n/a
Recorded music sales revenues (IFPI) n/a
Share of streaming n/a
Share of ad-supported streaming n/a
Share of paid streaming n/a
Share of video streaming n/a
1.3.2 Streaming focus
Number of subscribers to DSPs ?
Number of DSP users ?
Royalties for recording rights collected (for artists and labels) by the local CMOs ?
Performance rights revenues (labels) 715 865 €
1.3.3 DSP focus
Number of subscribers ?
DSP 1 ?
2.Market research tool
2.1 General insights about the market
What is the logical place to start finding a way into the Estonian music market?

Tallinn Music Week – the logical place to start!

The main music industry conference and showcase festival in Estonia is Tallinn Music Week, taking place each spring, May 10 – 14 in 2023. The line-up, selected from applications by a broad-based team of Estonian and international curators, is presented across Tallinn’s best venues to an audience of around 20,000 festivalgoers and 1,000 industry professionals from around the globe. [source]. There are approximately … showcases at each TMW and the festival is stylistically very diverse. There are stages ranges from hip hop to classical and choir music, jazz, world music ...

In summary: whatever kind of music you or your artist is into, there might be a showcase stage for it at TMW! Follow the open calls and apply from their website.

Seek out Estonian music industry delegations led by Music Estonia at international events!

Music Estonia, the Estonian music industry development centre and export office, organise Estonian presence at various music industry events in Europe and sometimes beyond. Seek out Estonian music professionals at these delegations to establish first contact.

2.2 Live music sector and market
How to get booked at a festival or a venue in Estonia?

A reply provided by Live Music Estonia, the expert organisation of the Estonian live music sector:

“...Estonia is a small market so there are no dedicated booking agencies between artists, their managements and the programmers, promoters and bookers of festivals and venues. In order to get booked to play at an Estonian festival or club, you will need to establish direct relationships with the bookers and heads of programme. See the lists of festivals, clubs and venues and also relevant music companies and try to make contact either at Tallinn Music Week or at some other music industry event…”

Last updated: 2022

How to organise a tour in Estonia?

A reply provided by Live Music Estonia, the expert organisation of the Estonian live music sector

“How does ticketing work in Estonia?

A reply provided by Live Music Estonia, the expert organisation of the Estonian live music sector

“How to get paid for a gig in Estonia?

A reply provided by Live Music Estonia, the expert organisation of the Estonian live music sector:


“How to find more information about the Estonian live music sector?
Here are some links to useful resources on Estonian live music:

 

Live Music Estonia – a live music branch of the music industry development centre and an export office Music Estonia. 
https://www.musicestonia.eu/vorgustik (the list of members is currently only in Estonian). The members are festivals, venues, clubs, promoters and other live music sector operators. LME is a member of Live DMA.

 

Estonian Festival Association – mostly classical, early or contemporary music festivals, but also others. The members list is available only in Estonian: 
http://www.festivals.ee/MTU_Eesti_Muusikafestivalide_liikmed_970.

 

 

2.2.1 Festivals in [Estonia]
What are the most important (or visible, etc.) festivals in Estonia?

 

A reply provided by Live Music Estonia, the expert organisation of the Estonian live music sector:

“There are approximately … festivals in Estonia, ranging from the largest such as [naming the largest festivals] to really small. … (a general concise overview of  the festival market in Estonia)”

 

An example reply if the user has filtered with “jazz”:

“According to the Estonian Jazz Union, “Jazzkaar is the biggest jazz festival in the Baltics, held in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia since 1990. The 10-day festival called Jazzkaar is the festival with the highest number of concerts in Estonia and in which over 3000 foreign artists from 60 countries have performed. In addition to the annual spring festival, Jazzkaar also organizes a Christmas Jazz festival, Winter Jazz, and Autumn Jazz. Jazzkaar is traditionally held in April”. [source]

 

List of festivals

Võnge https://vonge.ee/ (City: Traveling)

Jazzkaar jazzkaar.ee (City:Tallinn)

Viljandi Folk Music Festival  https://www.viljandifolk.ee/en (City: Viljandi)

I Land Sound https://ilandsound.ee/ (City: Orissaare)

Station Narva https://stationnarva.ee/en/ (City: Narva)

2.2.2 Clubs and venues
What are the most important (or visible, etc.) clubs and venues in Estonia?

A reply provided by Live Music Estonia, the expert organisation of the Estonian live music sector:

 

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