The Digital Music Observatory is a fully automated, open source, open data observatory that links public datasets in order to provide a comprehensive view of the European music industry. The DMO produces key business and policy indicators that enable the growth of music business strategies and national music policies in a way that works both for music lover audiences and the creative enterprises of the sector.

Its data pillars are following the structure laid out in the Feasibility study for the establishment of a European Music Observatory.

The Demo Music Observatory Pillars:

  1. Music Economy
  2. Diversity & Circulation
  3. Music & Society
  4. Innovation - innovative data applications

Music is one of the most data-driven service industries where the majority of sales are already made by AI-driven autonomous systems. The DMO is a fully-functional service that can function as a testing ground of the European Data Strategy, showcasing the ways in which the music industry is affected by the problems that the Digital Services Act and the Trustworthy AI initiatives attempt to regulate. If these policies will work for the European microenterprise-dominated, complex and fragile European music ecosystem, then they are likely to make Europe fit for the digital age.

Our automated observatory participates in the EU Datathon 2021 challenge #3.

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Our Product/Market Fit was validated in the world’s 2nd ranked university-backed incubator program, the Yes!Delft AI Validation Lab. We are currently developing this project with the help of the JUMP European Music Market Accelerator program.

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Automated Data Services

Data sits everywhere and it is not easy to find even at home. Our curators know where to dig.
Professional Data Processing
Uncut diamonds need to be polished. Data is only potential information, raw and unprocessed.
Metadata: Documentation & Codebooks
Adding FAIR metadata exponentially increases the value of data. We use DataCite and SDMX statistical coding.

Reusable, easy-to-import, interoperable, always fresh data in tidy formats with a modern API.

Contributors of the Digital Music Observatory

Join our open collaboration team as a data curator, developer or business developer! More about contributing: Automated Observatory Contributors’ Handbook.



Daniel Antal

Data Scientist & Founder of the Digital Music Observatory


Kasia Kulma

Contributor, data science and software engineering


Leo Lahti

rOpenGov coordinator


Pyry Kantanen

R package testing and data curation.


Botond Vitos

Data scientists and developer


Andrés García Molina, PhD

Data Scientist & Ethnomusicologist

data curators


Dominika Semaňáková



Eszter Kabai

Data curator for cultural diversity and data pooling


Caterina Sganga

Data curator for cultural diversity and data pooling


Hyojung Sun

Data curator for music creators' earnings


Katie Long

Music futures and social equity data curator


Marie Zhořová

Data curator for Listen Local


Peter Ormosi

Music Economy & Innovation data curator


Prof David Hesmondhalgh

Data curator for music creators' earnings


Stef Koenis

Data curator for classical music


Stephan Okhuijsen

Data visualization and dissemination

service development team


Annette Wong

Contributor, digital strategist and product marketer


Suzan Sidal

Business Case Development & Service Design


Kátya Nagy

Music Research Assistant


Robin Nagy

Mentor, Contributor, Business Development

institutional partners



rOpenGov network



Data dissemination partner

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New Curators

Future curator


New Developers

Future co-developer


Observatory Business Associate

Future Team Member

Data Applications

EU Datathon 2021

Reprex, a Dutch start-up enterprise formed to utilize open source software and open data, is looking for partners in an agile, open collaboration to win at least one of the three EU Datathon Prizes.

Valuing Music

Valuing music and projecting royalty flows.

Music Reports

Reproducible (automatically refreshing) advocacy reports, valuation and grant assessment reports, regulatory filings

Smart Grants

Ex ante and ex post grant evaluation

Listen Local

Connecting local bands with local fans, joining scenes across the globe.

Our Approach To A European Music Observatory

We want reduce data inequalities within Western and Eastern, Northern and Southern Europe, and contribute to a transparent data observatory that is inclusive for all.

Music Exports & Imports

Understanding how concerts, festival audiences and recordings are crossing borders


Demo Music Observatory highlights from Data & Lyrics

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