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20+ European export offices partner

The European Music Export Exchange Network (EMEE), led by Anna Hildur, Peter Smidt and Virgo Sillamaa, will pool resources to increase the consumption of European music

By IQ on 06 Jun 2016

Virgo Sillamaa, Peter Smidt, Anna Hildur Hildibrandsdóttir, European Music Export Exchange Network (EMEE), Midem 2016

Virgo Sillamaa, Anna Hildur Hildibrandsdóttir and Peter Smidt (L–R) at Midem

The European Music Export Exchange Network (EMEE), a new pan-European association uniting over 20 of the continent’s music export offices, launched at music industry conference Midem at the weekend.

Led by chairwoman Anna Hildur Hildibrandsdóttir (Nordic Music Export Programme), EMEE will be governed by a board elected by its members and meet three times a year. The first board comprises Hildur, vice-chair Peter Smidt (Buma Cultuur, Netherlands) and secretary Virgo Sillamaa (Music Estonia).

The new network aims to increase consumption of the repertoire of its members, who met informally for the first time in 2014. “Our network aims to develop [a] further approach to how best to achieve this and contribute to political dialogues and processes in that context,” said a statement from EMEE.

“Music remains one of Europe’s most prized cultural and economic assets, and the creation of this network is hugely significant given that support and approach to our sector is being reassessed at EU level,” said Hildur ahead of the Cannes conference. “The European Commission has chosen the music ecosystem as the best example of a sector strongly influenced by the digital shift, built on small- and medium-sized businesses, and with a strong potential for growth and job creation. This goes hand in hand with EMEE’s common goal to increase the circulation of European repertoire.

“EMEE welcomes the initiative from Creative Europe and fully supports a new music programme in 2020.”