This is a call for proposals under the MusicAIRE (An Innovative Recovery for Europe) project, co-funded by the European Union under the 2020 Annual work programme for the implementation of the “Preparatory Action – Music Moves Europe: Boosting European music diversity and talent” 2 and will be managed by the consortium to which the grant was attributed, composed of INOVA+ and the European Music Council (EMC).
The general goal of MusicAIRE is to assist the recovery of the music sector in Europe by designing and testing a supporting scheme that can meet the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic while fostering the sustainability of the music ecosystem. The project will launch two open calls.
The terms music sector and music ecosystem are used synonymously in the context of this call. Both refer to all the organisations with music as primarily/core activity, including amateur and professional practices along the value chain in all the different music genres.
Music Moves Europe (MME)
Music Moves Europe (MME) is the European Commission’s overall framework for projects and actions in support of the European music sector. This includes a Preparatory action (2018-2020) to test and prepare EU support under the Creative Europe programme (2021-2027) 3 for “sectorial support on music” in addition to existing funding opportunities (e.g.: cooperation projects, networks, platforms).
Music ecosystem recovery
The music sector is one of the sectors hit the hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and will probably be one of the last sectors to come out of it. The crisis has highlighted and accelerated the many challenges which the sector had already been facing. At the same time, the crisis has also highlighted the importance of music for individuals and society as a whole, it has demonstrated its power to unite and to connect people through music.
There is a need to pool resources and support projects that encourage the resilience and recovery of music operators, artists, and music professionals who have been harmed by restrictions.