The IMPF Network Project

A Creative Europe Programme

IMPF is the recipient of a Creative Europe grant to build capacity of independent music publishers. This IMPF network project will run for three years and is co-funded by the European Union. The project aims to empower in the first instance, independent European publishers, but with benefits for all IMPF members globally.

The project runs from 1st March 2022 to 1st March 2025.

Planned Activities

Networking Events

Each year, IMPF members will be invited to organise a networking event in an EU Member State so as to raise awareness of the full scope and importance on music publishing itself, while targeting a significant number of professionals from the music sector that can meet, exchange and network. The events will also aim to foster new talent by highlighting new emerging artists.

Holding these events in different European countries will ensure that all IMPF members as well as those in acceding countries and European Neighbourhoods, can come and meet the IMPF community while sharing best practices and innovation news.

IMPF members in countries that participate in Creative Europe will be invited to submit proposals through an Open Call.

The first Open Call was launched in April 2022, with evaluation and selection by the following with the same calendar being followed in the subsequent two years of the project. It is foreseen that the first event will take place in the last quarter of 2022.

Development Grants

Each year, IMPF will award 15 grants to IMPF members to assist with financing to engage in cross-border activities, such as attending conferences, cross-border songwriting sessions and residencies, and organising capacity building workshops. Such a mechanism has never been available to European music publishers before and will be a valuable tool to build capacity in the sector.

The fundamental objectives of this activity are not only to finance new creative projects and emerging artists, but also to assist European independent music publishers as they face the financial losses arising from the pandemic.  IMPF will also address the gap in cross-border promotion, representation, and A&R for smaller publishing companies across Europe.

The artists/creators involved in the projects must be emerging artists, and from the 15 Music Publisher International Development projects each year, at least 10 must include emerging artists, and some of the International Development projects may be exclusively aimed for music publishing staff.  IMPF will work with ECSA in maximising the domino effect of this element of the Project.

The Open Call will be written in such a way as to encourage a strong focus on the environment, and IMPF will strive to achieve a gender balance of participants.

The first Open Call for the Music Publisher International Development Grants was launched in April 2022, with evaluation and selection taking place at the end of May 2022.

Training and Digital Transition

Focusing on members’ training in digitalisation and innovation, with the key objective of allowing IMPF members to acquire the skills and software necessary for streamlined, modern work processes and operations. It is the central ‘knowledge transfer’ aspect of the project, and it aims to allow smaller companies, no matter what market they are based in, to compete globally with a complete set of all the administrative and creative tools required to reach the market on a par with bigger multinational companies.  The two main elements are:

  • The organisation of four webinars each year, free for all IMPF members, on topics such as APIs, data analysis etc. to encourage innovation. These webinars will be recorded and made available to all IMPF members with permissions.
  • The project will fund software and services to assist members with the digital transition in their operations. IMPF members will be able to gain access to innovative software, such as AI-powered tagging and playlisting software and royalty accounting services, at a discounted rate.

The first webinar on the topic of online music streaming, was held on 3rd March with a gender-balanced group of experts offering their views on how to grow the music streaming revenue pie and make its distribution fairer and more transparent. The event drew 35 participants.

A forthcoming survey aimed at helping the IMPF project team to identify the best software and services to offer to members will be available by Q3 2022.

Data Collection and Digital Tools

This work includes all activities carried out by the IMPF project team pertaining to data collection and analysis, as well as research-related activities. The Network will acquire the tools required to inform members on usage, ensuring that our sector has the data it needs to guide its actions most effectively.

The IMPF Network will identify on an annual basis what the best data sources are to monitor European works usage. The Network will contract services in digital usage, playlisting, radio monitoring and other usages of European repertoire, with the data being processed by the IMPF team and made freely available in the most useful form for all IMPF Network members.

The data collection team will also focus on new trends and the effective internationalisation of European works beyond Europe, leading to positive trends in European export.

By aiming to streamline data analysis operations at IMPF, rather than having multiple data transfer lines between the platforms and our members, both financial and environmental costs will be reduced.

This work commenced in March 2022 and will continue for the duration of the project.

Music Publishing Advocacy

This work is a cornerstone of the project, involving all the advocacy work of IMPF, as well as research and reporting on key topics. The independent music publishing industry faces several disadvantages, with dramatic changes in the music industry (particularly the advent of digitally delivered music) leading to a reduction in revenue for writers, artists, and publishers. This work aims to ensure that independent publishers are heard by all lawmakers in order to produce lasting change.

Due to the European scope of the Network Project, the focus of the advocacy in will be on the issues and challenges currently facing the EU music publishing sphere. This includes supporting the interests of rightsholders and publishers as regards the EU Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act, along with other key issues, such as the payments to publishers and songwriters relative to label; buy-outs; credits due etc.. The advocacy, although primarily focused on European affairs, will have a positive effect on the music publishing industry across the world due to the global influence of the Brussels’ legislative agenda.

Through this work, the IMPF team will strive to create a fairer environment for the independent music publishing community. To achieve this, IMPF will pursue a realistic, macro-regional approach, threading a line between promoting opportunities and mitigating the worst aspects of those who seek to undervalue and underpay our writers, composers and publishers.

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