The circulation of ideas, skills, persons, works and products is at the heart of a strong music sector.

Music is a universal language, but it is spoken in different dialects around the world. Even across Europe, there are a multitude of ways in which music is composed, taught, supported, performed and disseminated. As in other sectors, there is much to be gained by learning from others. Mobility increases knowledge sharing, artistic and business collaboration and cultural diversity; these translate directly into personal and professional development, innovative business and creative processes, a stronger musical network and closer ties between cultures. Mobility within Europe and beyond is at the heart of the European music sector, keeping it healthy and strong through the circulation of ideas, skills, persons, works and products.


  • Promote cultural diversity, one of the sector’s traditional strengths through the circulation of European works
  • Increase international exchange in training and education
  • Increase international exchange in business
  • Enhance personal and professional development through cross-border cooperation and circulation for both music professionals and non-professionals

Suggested Measures

  • Harmonise, or at least facilitate, administrative concerns in the circulation of works and persons both within and outside Europe, i.e. VAT, visas, social insurance, transportation of musical instruments, etc.
  • Set up enhanced international programmes, conferences, projects and networks for professionals, non-professionals, educators and students
  • Increase the mobility of artists, professionals and non-professionals both across Europe, and between Europe and the rest of the world, in compliance with the applicable social standards in the country of destination