EU-funded project aims to ‘democratise and monetise’ access to lyrics


LyricFind has long been banging the drum for translated lyrics, especially in recent years when non-English tracks from Latin America and South Korea have become global hits. Now it’s part of a project funded by the EU to the tune of €2m to explore this further.

The funding comes from the Creative Europe Programme (CREA) for a consortium of 14 companies in and around the music industry. The project is called BELEM: Boosting European Lyrics and their Entrepreneurial Monetization.

Alongside LyricFind its members include streaming service Deezer; rights management organisation Unison; distributor Zebralution and domain name registry .Music, among others.

“We can make dramatic strides towards improving the diversity and unity of artists and audiences both within the EU and beyond. We can help artists fully unleash the meaning of their songs,” said LyricFind and .Music’s Robert Singerman.

Written by: Stuart Dredge