Project Summary

CEEMID has been building an observatory following best statistical practices with the help of about 60 stakeholders over the past 6 years, creating about 2000 pan-European indicators about the music economy, audience, supply of music, circulation, and other relevant issues for business strategy, grant making and evidence-based policy design.

Consolidated Independent initiated a project to review the feasibility of a bottom-up approach to build an efficient, transparent, high-quality Observatory based on an open collaboration among public entities, music industry stakeholders and academia, following 1.2.4. reproducible research principles primarily on the existing data assets and know-how of the music industry, in 4. partnership with EU-level, national, regional and city level policy makers.

We have five important music business strategy and policy aims with our project:

  1. We will create an implementation study — 1.2.4. Implementation Study for the European Music Observatory — following a critical review of existing European data observatories, of CEEMID, and of the Feasibility Study on the European Music Observatory. We will document the likely obstacles, and provide a feasible path to a fully functional European Music Observatory within 12 months, with evidence-based cost plans, data maps, and research examples.

  2. Parallel to this Study, we will create a 2. Demo Music Observatory: a fully functional small observatory that provides high-quality music indicators for all pillars of the future European Music Observatory. This Demo Observatory will remain available for the industry free of cost in the future.

  3. We will produce a hands-on business strategy and policy document, the 3.1. European Music Recovery Report, based on the data that we will deposit in the Demo Music Observatory. We would like to demonstrate the advantages of reproducible research based on open collaboration whilst providing hands-on help to deal with the terrible problems imposed on the industry by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  4. Because an important aim of the future European Music Observatory is to foster innovation in music data use and music technology, we will create a small, limited interactive web based 3.2. data application focused on a specific business strategy or policy problem.

  5. We will aim to draw up a 4.3. draft Consortium Agreement. having assessed the needs, demands, and conditions of key industry partners regarding the possibility of cooperation on the implementation of a European Music Observatory.

Our 1. Implementation of A Collaborative Music Observatory is aiming at documenting all obstacles and practical problems to creating a European Music Observatory, and at a same time providing a demonstrated, feasible path to solve these problems. In the Implementation Study we will give evidence-based cost plans, data maps, data, and research examples to make implementation and scoping possible.

We would also like to review the possibilitsy of the creation of a creative industries observatory. In the Appendix we show that there a broader, creative and cultural industry or copyright-based industry observatory could serve the music industry with many synergies with the film industry, with book publishing or photography.

Task List

The task list below is a summary of Sections 1-5. For specifics about the tasks, please click through to the Sections on the tasks.

I. Implementation Study for the European Music Observatory

Implementation Study for the European Music Observatory: 1.1: Review of existing Observatories; their services, structure, budget, best practices and pitfalls.

1.2: Understand what data integration and cooperation practices of CEEMID are viable for an official, pan-European Observatory.

1.3: A revision of CEEMID’s existing and mapped data assets for a quick win towards a full European Music Observatory.

1.4: Asking owners of known, valuable assets to commit a minimal data example to the Demo Music Observatory and to elaborate on the conditions of releasing more data in the future European Music Observatory.

1.5: Planning for automated data ingestion and publication based on open source software to increase security, minimize costs and avoid vendor lock-in.

1.6: Peer-reviewed release of some critical code of the Demo Music Observatory to evaluate the (scientific) validation workflow of the observatory’s indicators.

1.7: Find an appropriate, long-term sustainable licensing policy for software developed for the Demo Music Observatory and the future European Music Observatory, to find a proper balance between validation transparency, fostering music tech innovation, and keeping costs manageable.

1.8: Design a data production workflow that makes sure the data can be reviewed, replicated, confirmed and audited; make suggestions for appropriate data retention and data validation procedures. This will be applied as far as possible in the Demo Music Observatory.

1.9: Review the statistical recommendations of Eurostat for designing practical, useful and valid indicators for the music industry. Seek advice and comment from Eurostat’s cultural statisticians.

1.10: Show and example of open collaboration among industry and scientific stakeholders to develop high-value, reviewed and audited pan-European music industry indicators.

II. Demo Music Observatory

Demo Music Observatory: 2.1 Release with proper documentation, and at least partially with producing software code, a large set of indicators covering all three pillars: Music Economy of Europe, Music Diversity and Circulation, Music, Society & Citizenship. The number of indicators will depend on the funds available for the Demo Music Observatory

2.2 With demo project partners and prospective Music Observatory Consortium Members to review the usefulness and improvement options of available indicators to make sure that the Demo Music Observatory can support decision not only on national, but on regional and metro area (city) levels, too.

2.3 An overview of data regulation, with particular attention to open data, to make sure that the Demo Music Observatory and the future European Music Observatory adheres to the latest data protection, and open data initiatives of the EU.

2.4 Create an inventory of data sources, based on the pan-European data mapping work carried out by CEEMID since 2014.

2.5 Review the most important data sources, and show examples of indicators created from standardized surveys, industry surveys, APIs, and the re-use of future Consortium member’s proprietary data, including a further improved version of the exploratory streaming indicators imitated by CI & CEEMID in the Central European Music Industry Report.

2.6 Review of metadata practices of other European observatories, demonstration of certain solution within the Demo Music Observatory.

2.7 Review of documentation, publication and archiving practices of other European observatories, demonstration of certain solutions within the Demo Music Observatory.

III. Use Case

Creating a European Music Recovery Report & App: 3.1 Create a timely, pan-European policy & business strategy report with reproducible research and technology (i.e. the report remains fresh by automatically updating tables, charts and some conclusions as new data is coming in throughout the year.)

3.2 Create at least one interactive, webbased app that shows the innovative data uses which the music observatory can make possible.

3.3 Create a monthly newsletter to increase the user base of the Demo Music Observatory and communicate the benefits of an ever-refreshing, live Observatory that remains timely throughout the year.

IV. Partnership

Partnership: 4.1 Create a Draft Music Observatory Consortium Agreement that is suitable for the needs of industry, pan-European, national organizations, and various stakeholders on regional and city levels.

4.2 Create a Budget to implement a full-scale European Music Observatory in 12 months based on Implementation Study for the European Music Observatory. We would like to give various bulid-up and running costs options based on a small-scale experiment on actual costs, actual stakeholder priorities, and in the detailed knowledge of already existing European data assets.

Contact & Feedback

For inquiries about joining the project (see: 4.3.1. What we ask from partners?), please contact Pete Bradwell at Consolidated Independent.

For partners involved in prior CEEMID projects and CEEMID surveys, please contact Daniel Antal or Pete Bradwell.

For feedback and suggestions on concrete tasks on the Task List, please contact Daniel Antal.