Will we see a "common artistic policy" for Europe? IMPALA Co-President Michel Lambot launches the idea at the EC Culture Forum today in Brussels

Brussels - 20th October 2011

In Brussels today, IMPALA Co-President called for a new "common artistic policy" for Europe to meet a demand for music and other artistic works which has never been higher.

This policy would create the best economic, social and cultural conditions, anywhere in the world, for the whole cultural sector.

Lambot suggested a new package approach for creators and those who work with them, including measures to deliver the following:

  • a level playing field for smaller actors (as the EC recognised in it's Green Paper on cultural industries).
  • proper investment with financial instruments such as the loan guarantee scheme in the new Creative Europe programme, as well as grants, a new strategy to value intangible assets, a new European IFCIC (French Finance Insitute for Film and Cultural Industries).
  • new measures at the level of ISPs and search engines, so they contribute financially to creation, and help new services grow.
  • diversity commitments for online services to carry diverse content and give creators and smaller players the same conditions as major content owners.
  • upcoming policies such as on collecting society standards, online licensing, orphan works, private copying, enforcement would take into account the vital fact that 80 percent of all new music is released by small actors working with local artists singing in local languages who should be able to earn a living and who want local online services to thrive.
  • reduced VAT to boost the online market as in the USA, as well as for music and all other cultural goods and services offline.
  • better market access for all actors across the board generally (i.e. offline and online) as recognised by EC's own study on cultural entrepreneurship and the EC's Small Business Act.
  • a new regulatory framework adapted to the specificities of the sector (as the European Parliament called for in its resolution on cultural industries).
  • a new European fiscal and social status for artists and other actors in the cultural community.


IMPALA was established in April 2000 to represent independent music companies. 99% of Europe’s music companies are small or medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Known as the “independents”, they are world leaders in terms of innovation and discovering new music and artists - they produce more than 80% of all new releases. The independents also produce 80% of the sector’s jobs.

The potential of the sector is enormous. Key investment, online and market access measures are expected to be put in place at European and national level for the independents and other cultural and creative SMEs - now officially recognised by the EU as “the drivers of growth, job creation and innovation”. Fostering Europe's economy of culture and diversity is one of Europe’s top priorities in becoming the world's leading knowledge economy. Culture is a bigger earner than any of chemicals, automobiles or ICT manufacturing and provides more than 3% of Europe's jobs.

IMPALA has 4,000 members including the top independents: !K7 (Germany), Anaconda Productions (Poland), Beggars Group (UK), Cosmos Music Group (Sweden), CLS Music (Hungary), CNR (NL), Cooking Vinyl (UK), Edel (Germany), Epitaph (US/NL), Everlasting (Spain), Gazell (Sweden), Kobalt (Sweden), Menart (Croatia), Musicvertrieb (Switzerland), Naïve (France), [PIAS] Entertainment Group (Benelux, UK and France), Playground (Sweden), Red Bullet (NL), Wagram (France), as well as national trade associations from the UK (AIM), France (UPFI), Germany (VUT), Spain (UFI), Italy (PMI), Belgium (BIMA), Denmark (DUP), Netherlands (STOMP),  Norway (FONO), Israel (PIL), Indieco (Finland) and Sweden (SOM).

IMPALA has its own award schemes to promote cultural diversity and new talent and highlight the artistic contribution of independent music. IMPALA award winning artists include Efterklang, Adele, Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys, Carla Bruni, Manu Chao, Corneille, Katie Melua, Franz Ferdinand, The Prodigy, Placebo and Ibrahim Ferrer (Buena Vista Social Club).

Please visit http://www.impalamusic.org , call +32 2 503 31 38 or contact IMPALA on info@impalamusic.org