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volume 2
july 1999

Music in Europe


Structure of the study

  In April 1995 a number of associations within the European music industry, principally authors societies, decided to open the European Music Office in Brussels. The first initiative of the EMO was to propose a study on the nature and diversity of music sector-related activities at the European level in both the economic and the cultural and social domains. In September 1996 this initiative resulted in an extensive report, presented at a meeting in October 1996 in Ireland.

1 Introduction. On October 18th and 19th, 1996 representatives of all areas of the European music industry met together with representatives of the European Commission and European Parliament in Ennis, Ireland. The meeting coincided with the publication of the report "Music in Europe", a study carried out by the European Music Office, with the support of the European Commission. The study falls apart in two separate parts.
2 The economic importance of music in the European Union. The first part of the study, written by Dave Laing, is devoted to an economic analysis of all the different sectors, recorded music, royalties and neighbouring rights, live performances, musical instrument markets, the media, education and the financial backing of the various institutional partners. This study is the first attempt to survey the whole of the economic dimension of music in the European Union.
3 Music, culture and society in Europe. The second part of the study, edited by Paul Rutten, focuses on the way developments in musical cultures interact with broader cultural developments and processes in society. Six critical articles (based on sociology, aesthetics, musicology and communication), deal with the specific cultural roles music plays in modern life. These essays are followed by five reports on exemplary cases demonstrating the role music can play in the present sociocultural context.
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