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A collective of 40 European music bodies are calling for the European Union and also national governments to deliver more support to the music industry and its creators, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

“In light of this dire situation, we call for emergency as well as sustainable public support and structural policies at EU, national, regional and local level to consolidate the music ecosystem, and help it thrive again in all its diversity,” explained the group, led by Impala.

The organisations want both the EU and national governments to increase budgets dedicated to culture so that the music sector can also benefit as a result. On top of this, they want EU member states to give the creative sector access to structural funds under the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative.

“Music and culture are essential to offer citizens the renewed social and cultural bond that Europe will sorely need,” the statement continues. “As decision makers reflect on how to address the crisis, culture must be recognised as a priority sector.”

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