Innovations in the music business, music participation, and music technology.

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  1. We will connect to several innovation topics in music by providing research, data, and evidence. Building on the work of the Blockchain & Society research project of our Consortium member, the Institute for Information Law IViR at the University of Amsterdam, we will address issues related to NFT and blockchain technologies in music.

  2. Connecting to the work of various music stakeholders in Finland, we will experiment with the safe data sharing of confidential data, avoiding the extreme pitfalls of ‘radical openness’ and ‘closed data’. With the University of Bologna, and eight years of experience in sensitive data sharing with the Digital Music Observatory (formerly: CEEMID), we will create various statistical methods to create anonymized and synthetic datasets that do not endanger business or private data.

  3. We are going to design indicators and carry out a landscape mapping with Music Tech Europe, a new organization that aims to become the representative of music startups and music ecosystems in the European Union.



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Pillar 4 Several reports cover the evolution of music and tec Available Music Ally, Midia Research…
Pillar 4 Blockchain and music Data gap No authoritative assessment of the impact of Blockchain on the music sector and of the EU-powered initiatives linking Blockchain and music.
Pillar 4 Artificial intelligence, machine learning and music Data gap No authoritative assessment of the impact of AI and machine learning on the music sector and of the EUpowered initiatives linking AI and music.
Pillar 4 Future of streaming Data gap No authoritative assessment of the future development of streaming and its impact on the EU music sector
Pillar 4 Digital revenues in the music sector and the relevant business models Data gap In the UK the report ‘Dissecting the digital dollar’ commission by the MMF to CMU, but no similar European study.
Pillar 4 Mapping the flow of digital revenues in the music sector and the relevant business models in Europe Data gap Digital distribution of music has introduced new complex business models that are not always transparent.
Pillar 4 Music start-ups in the EU Data gap No authoritative mapping of start-ups involved in music at EU level.
Pillar 4 The impact of artists’ ‘do it yourself’ culture on the economy of the sector Data gap Although more artists are going to market with their music without the traditional support of labels, there is no overview of how deep the trend is, how it affects the music ecosystem or what policy frameworks can or should support such activity.
Pillar 4 Funding mechanisms for music Data gap No regular overview of the funding schemes in Europe relevant to the music business.
Digital Music Observatory
Digital Music Observatory
An inclusive, bottom-up, open, collaborative observatory for the European music industry, sector and heritage organizations.

Big data for all—small venues, independent labels, startups, great and undiscovered artists, and lead the way to create a truly inclusive, decentralized music obsevatory.