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This week DG Culture of the European Commission hosted a Thematic Workshop on Music Data, an attempt to develop more effective data collection and methodologies. This should inform a better measurement of the economic impact of music across the EU.


Our Chief Economist, Jonathan Todd, presented a UK perspective from his work with UK Music. There were three big messages from the seminar.


First, data held by Eurostat and statistical authorities of the member states would be helped by a reform to the classification systems underpinning data collection. This would bring them closer to the modern realities of the music industry and wider creative and cultural industries.(We blogged about this here).


Second, these updates to the classification systems need coordinated international action. The seminar was a step on the road towards this.


Third, reform will take time. The next available window for major reform to the classification systems is 2017. In the meantime, there is scope to draw on data already maintained by the music industry.


So there is some way to go - but it is reassuring that a united voice is being found.

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