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IMPF receives EU grant to build capacity of independent publishers

New project will empower independent publishers in the new music eco-system, with benefits for IMPF members globally


IMPF has received a substantial grant from the European Union as part of the Creative Europe Programme, which will fund a new project designed to support IMPF’s members across Europe, as well as benefitting independent music publishers more widely around the world.

Starting on March 1, 2022, over a duration of 36 months, the ‘Network for Capacity Building of European Independent Music Publishers Project’ will enhance the knowledge and ability of IMPF members dealing with the necessary digital transition and innovating music publishing processes on both administrative and creative fronts, while nurturing new talent among writers, composers and creative professionals. 

The project will revolve around networking events and development grants; monitoring usage of European works via data collection; and working towards greater transparency in rights distributions and metadata harmonisation and quality. 

The project will feature an advocacy that will address legal disadvantages facing European publishers, writers and composers; buy-outs; and fair remuneration for writers and composers. 

It will also keep in mind IMPF’s guiding principles of diversity, promoting fair, inclusive participation supporting artists and professionals across Europe. 

The project will build publishers and writers’ capacity to be active on an international level in Europe and beyond, expanding their reach to surrounding territories and fostering the creation of the next generation of music publishers.  It will work towards sustainable growth, nurture talents and innovate for a greener, fairer and more transparent music ecosystem.

IMPF President Annette Barrett said: “This is a tremendously exciting time for IMPF and its members. This financial backing from the EU will enable us to do a great deal more for our members, giving them even greater tools, expertise, resources and opportunities, allowing them to compete at the next level in the modern music business. The primary focus of this project is naturally on our European members but, thanks to the nature of our united, collaborative community, the indirect benefits will be felt by all of our members across the world.”

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