IMPALA has lent its weight to calls to increase the budget for the EU’s Creative Europe programme.
The European body, whose remit is to develop and promote Europe’s culture heritage, its linguistic diversity and the strengthen the continent’s creative sectiors, is in line to have its budget increased to €2.8bn following recommendations made in the in EU Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027 report.
With those proposals due to be considered by Members Of The European Parliament at today's (November 5) Budget Committee vote, IMPALA has signed an open letter urging legislators to agree the increase.
The plea, which is signed by 58 other bodies including the European Composer & Songwriter Alliance, the Europe Jazz Network, the European Music Council and European Music Exporters Exchange, notes that Creative Europe is “the only EU programme dedicated to cultural and creative sectors.”
It adds that, “culture and creativity are among Europe’s strongest assets. Their contribution to the social, economic and artistic development of Europe fully justifies the added value of an EU investment in culture.”
IMPALA recently called on European politicians to examine Sony's proposed acquisition of EMI Music Publishing.