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Joint Statement: Investing in Europe’s next generation by investing in culture

Joint Statement: Investing in Europe’s next generation by investing in culture

As the EU has started discussing the proposed recovery plan, 99 organisations from across Europe’s cultural and creative sectors are uniting their voices to alert EU leaders: our sector needs strong and systemic support measures to recover from this crisis.

As it is now well understood, the cultural and creative world is one of the first and hardest hit by the crisis. According to the Commission’s own estimates, some parts of our sector – which accounts for €509bn in value added to GDP and over 12 million full-time jobs – are expected to lose up to 80% of their turnover in the 2nd quarter of 2020.

We have a higher than average percentage of self-employed workers, freelancers, micro-businesses and youth employment, which makes us particularly vulnerable in times of crisis.

As the European economy is slowly restarting, it is far from business as usual. Cultural actors are gradually resuming their activities, but all have to implement strict safety rules which means they won’t be operating at full capacity for the foreseeable future and are therefore facing challenging economic decisions. From individual creators and creative workers all the way to big production and media companies, the whole value chain is impacted.

And yet the recovery package announced by the Commission on 27 May does not reflect the reality of the cultural and creative sector, despite the encouraging messages by the Commission and the strong position taken by the European Parliament. The proposal on the table falls way short of our sector’s expectations:

  • Despite being identified as one of 14 of the hardest hit ecosystems, there is neither a sector specific instrument for culture, nor a clear indication on whether or how we can benefit from different instruments. The section on REACT-EU in the Commission’s Communication (1) refers to culture, but there is no guarantee that we will receive appropriate support.
  • As for Creative Europe, the EU’s only programme specifically dedicated to the cultural and creative sector, the Commission’s announcement is a missed opportunity and a real disappointment. Along with the budget dedicated to education and youth, the budget dedicated to culture is the only one to decrease compared to the Commission’s own 2018 proposal, and it is a far cry from the European parliament’ position (2). Quite ironic for a recovery plan named “Next Generation EU”.

To bring the EU’s support for our sector to a level that is commensurate with its contribution to the EU’s economy and its citizens’ wellbeing, we call on Member States and the European Parliament:

  • To push for a substantial increase of the Creative Europe budget. We fully support the European Parliament’s proposal for a budget of €2.8bn.
  • To guarantee that the entire sector can benefit appropriately from the recovery plan’s various instruments.

Let’s invest in culture to show the EU’s #NextGeneration that we really care about their future!



(2) The European Commission is proposing €1.5bn for Creative Europe (€1.7 in 2018 prices) while it proposed 1.85bn in 2018 (€1.6bn in today’s prices).



  1. AEPO ARTIS – Association of European Performers’ Organisations
  2. AER – Association of European Radios
  3. Animation Europe
  4. BOZAR – Centre for Fine Arts Brussels
  5. CALLIAS Foundation
  6. CEATL – European Council of Literary Translators’ Associations
  7. CEDC – European Coalitions for Cultural Diversity
  8. CEM – Centre Européen de Musique
  9. CEPI – European Audiovisual Production
  10. CEPIC – Centre of the Picture Industry
  11. CICAE – International Confederation of Arthouse Cinemas
  12. CIRCOSTRADA – European Network for Circus & Street Arts
  13. De Concert!
  14. EAA – European Arenas Association
  15. EAS – European Association for Music in Schools
  16. ECBN – European Creative Business Network
  17. ECHN – European Creative Hubs Network
  18. ECSA – European Composer and Songwriter Alliance
  19. EDN – European Dancehouse Network
  20. EFA – European Festivals Association
  21. EFFORTS – The European Federation of Fortified Sites
  22. EFJ – The European Federation of Journalists
  23. EFNYO – European Federation of National Youth Orchestras
  24. EFP – European Film Promotion
  25. EGDF – European Games Developer Federation
  26. EHTTA – European Historic Thermal Towns Association
  27. EIBF – European and International Booksellers Federation
  28. EJN – Europe Jazz Network
  29. ELIA – Globally Connected European Network of Higher Arts Education
  30. EMC – European Music Council
  31. EMCY – European Union of Music Competitions for Youth
  32. EMEE – European Music Exporters Exchange
  33. EMMA – European Magazine Media Association
  34. EMMA – European Music Managers Alliance
  35. EMU – The European Music School Union
  36. ENCATC – European network on cultural management and cultural policy
  37. ENCC – European Network of Cultural Centres
  38. ENPA – European Newspaper Publishers Association
  39. EOFed – European Orchestra Federation
  40. EPC – European Publishers Council
  41. ERIH – The European Route of Industrial Heritage
  42. ESNS – Eurosonic Noorderslag
  43. ETC – European Theatre Convention
  44. Eurocinema
  45. Europa Distribution – The European Network of Independent Film Publishers and Dis-tributors
  46. Europa International – the network of European sales agents
  47. Europavox : music online media & festivals
  48. ECA – European Choral Association – Europa Cantat
  49. EVA – European Visual Artists
  50. EWC – European Writers’ Council
  51. FEDEC – European Federation for Professional Circus Schools
  52. FERA – Federation of European Film Directors
  53. FEP – Federation of European Publishers
  54. FIA – International Federation of Actors
  55. FIAD – The International Federation of Film Distributors’ Associations
  56. FIAPF – International Federation of Film Producers Associations
  57. FIM – International Federation of Musicians
  58. FSE – Federation of Screenwriters in Europe
  59. GESAC – European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers
  60. GIGMIT
  61. IAMIC – International Association of Music Information Centres
  62. IAML – International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Cen-tres, member of EMC
  63. IAO – International Artist Organisation of Music
  64. ICMP – The Global Voice of Music Publishing
  65. IETM – International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts
  66. IFJ – International Federation of Journalists
  67. IFPI – International Federation of the Phonographic Industry
  68. IFRRO – International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations
  69. IGCAT – International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism
  70. IMMF – International Music Managers Forum
  71. IMPALA – The Independent Music Companies Association
  72. IMPF – The Independent Music Publishers International Forum
  73. IMZ – IMZ International Music + Media Centre
  74. In-Situ – European Platform for Artistic Creation in Public Space
  75. INES – Innovation Network of European Showcases
  76. ISCM – International Society for Contemporary Music on behalf of the
  77. ISFE – The Interactive Software Federation of Europe
  78. IVF – International Video Federation
  79. Live DMA – European network for live music venues & festivals
  80. Liveurope – The live music platform for new European talent
  81. KEA European Affairs
  82. MCA – Michael Culture Association
  83. NAMM – National Association of Music Merchants
  84. NEMO – The Network of European Museum Organisations
  85. News Media Europe
  86. On the Move
  87. Pearle* – Live Performance Europe
  88. REMA – European Early Music Network
  89. Res Artis – Worldwide Network of Arts Residencies
  90. SAA – Society of Audiovisual Authors
  91. SEEHN – South East European Heritage Network
  92. SHAPE – Sound, Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe
  93. Sistema Europe – The Sistema Europe Association
  94. TEH – Trans Europe Halles
  95. Tenso Network Europe
  96. UNI MEI – UNI global union – media, entertainment & arts
  97. UNIC – International Union of Cinemas
  98. We Are Europe
  99. Yourope – The European Festival Association

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