Europe is now facing one of its most profound financial, social and ecological crises. Covid-19 and Russian Invasion on Ukraine have exacerbated the already existing challenges that have threatened the unity and well-being of our community. Like all cultural sectors, the music sector needs to adapt to these existential changes in order to survive. It needs a systemic change that will lay the proper foundations towards a more sustainable, just and inclusive live music system. At the same time, the international dimension of artistic creation is a condition for the further development of our industry. Music is international in its nature and thrives through peaceful, creative and respectful cooperation across borders.
In “Better Live” we place these two exact goals at the forefront of our actions. It’s a multifaceted plan to initiate a fair, green and inclusive transformation and, at the same time, to further develop the live music sector to support and increase artists’ international circulation. In order to do that we need new structures, awareness, competences and an incentive programme. This new 4-year project, realized by 11 partners involving over 100 organizers from Europe, will launch a comprehensive transition starting with the flexible, adjustable and independent sector of jazz and improvised live music.
“Better Live” will bring necessary knowledge through its research programme as well as competences and awareness through training and community-building platforms, it will support concert organizers by creating, subsidizing and bringing tools to 9 Better Live local action groups that are a prerequisite for effective artistic circulation in Europe. Ultimately, it will enable a fair, coherent and bottom-up decarbonization of the live music sector in Europe.
Better Live is a project co-funded by the Europe Creative programme of the European Union,
and the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund