· NIMPE ·
Project period: 2016 – 2019
Collaborative partners: AssoMusica (IT), Root Music LTD (UK), Drustvo Studentski kulturni center (SKUC) (SL), Technopole Quimper-Cornuaille (FR) and M.E.S.O Musc Events (GR)
Supported by: Creative Europe
NIMPE is the abbreviation for Network for Internalization of Music Producers in Europe and is a EU-funded project by Creative Europe. NIMPE aims to support the internationalisation of live music, especially newly established up-and-coming companies starting out in Europe, to better assess the European market and promote their international musical activities. The Italian organisation Assomusica Associazione is the project manager of NIMPE, and Swinging Europe is one of the collaborative partners, counting four other organisations from Greece, Great Britain, Slovenia and France, respectively.
The cultural sector has challenges in exporting and internationalising its productions, especially when it come to live music. Challenges include lack of information about other markets, networking, as well as knowledge and skills in marketing. NIMPE wishes to create a network for music producers, technicians and other stakeholders in this specific field to develop cross-sectorial education and cooperative activities. As a result, NIMPE will develop a workbook – an online database and a printed tool that will cover all international needs in relation to knowledge about other markets. There will also be a NIMPE Factory, an international event, which will have the purpose of creating networking opportunities that cater to the specific types of audiences.
Swinging Europe’s role in the project is to be part of the research work in gathering information about the Danish market in order to be used in a NIMPE database. We will be associated with the various task phases that intend to disseminate information and provide practical tools for new international strategies directed at music producers and venues.
On the 2nd and 4th of February 2016, a kick-off meeting took place in connection with the project in Volos, Greece. It was the first opportunity to meet and talk about the project, the strategy, the development of network connections and setting milestones for future cooperation. During the meeting, the Volume Music Showcase Festival took place – a two-day conference with debates and live music. Swinging Europe attended the conference as spokespersons in two panel debates, focusing on NIMPE and Swinging Europe’s musical work in Europe.