Cooperation & Partnership

Greater cooperation on all levels – across borders, between peers and with other artistic, social and commercial sectors – brings immense benefits not just to those working in the music sector, but to all members of society.

The European music sector is comprised of a huge number of stakeholders – creators, musicians, venues, schools, festivals, labels, broadcasters, agents, managers, producers, associations and more. Because each and every player makes a vital contribution to the European music sector, cooperation between all its constituents is essential. Greater reciprocity and active partnerships contribute immeasurably to creating stronger networks, promoting diversity and encouraging innovation. Furthermore, collaboration with domains outside of the music world – in areas such as trade, education, health and other artistic disciplines, to name a few – brings benefits to both sides, tapping into the massive potential of music and building a context in which everyone’s interests are served.


  • Foster cooperation across European and international borders for professionals and non-professionals in all parts of the music sector
  • Enhance cooperation among peers across the music sector (in areas such as performance, creation, education, participation, communication, production, etc.)
  • Enhance cooperation between different stakeholders within the music sector (between associations and policy makers, industry players and funders, industry players and creators, music publishers and collecting societies, the professional and non-professional sectors, formal and non-formal music education etc.)
  • Nurture interdisciplinarity between the music sector and other sectors (i.e., social sector, health sector, academia, public libraries, other art forms, etc.)

Suggested Measures

  • Build on existing online platforms providing information on international exchange opportunities
  • Expand programmes supporting or funding cooperation within the music sector and with other sectors
  • Promote cooperation between schools, music schools and non-formal music activities as well as between the aforementioned and other stakeholders (i.e. with other art forms; with professional musicians; with conservatoires; with music venues, with music libraries and archives, etc.)
  • Facilitate international collaboration in record production and live music
  • Develop partnerships between the music sector and public/private broadcasters
  • Develop partnerships between professional and non-professional music practitioners (non-professional performers and professional creators, etc.)