In France, many festivals rely on local, regional subsidies and public funders to balance their budgets, but this source of revenues is drying out because of the economic climate. So what are the options? Can festivals exist and thrive in a tight economic environment without any subsidies? What are the strengths and weaknesses of their models? … and  is  a successful and sustainable festival business model replicable?
Festivals organisers from all around Europe will provide their views and share their experiences on the way they operate.


Wednesday, October 15th
Le Centre Musical FGO-Barbara
11:30 to 13:00


Access: Restricted to MaMA delegates (subject to availability)



Yourope members ( now more than 80 of the most well-established european festivals) are dedicated to improving the European festival scene in terms of: • working conditions • health and safety issues • environmental awareness • exchange of knowledge and information • promoting the cross-border exchange of live music talent.
Yourope also focuses on other key issues for festivals – such as exchange of information regarding marketing and sponsorship, contracts, production riders or radio/TV/internet rights and more.
After several workshops in 2012–2014 and under guidance from music lawyer Ben Challis, the Yourope standard terms for artist contracts and a standard agreement are available.
- Since 2006, with the YES GROUP – YOUROPE EVENT SAFETY GROUP workshop, Yourope has organised fifteen health & safety seminars for festival security, crowd management, health, safety and production staff from across Europe. These seminars and workshops have had a growing impact on health and safety in recent years and helps to disseminate good practice amongst the festivals and deliver a safety culture across Europe.
- Green issues with the GREEN‘N‘CLEAN program and GO GROUP (GREEN OPERATIONS EUROPE) workshop mark one of the main topics for Yourope. Since 2006 the association offers its members a broad range of environmental guidelines for music festivals and an online tool to go along with them. Festival organisers are given customised advice and reiceve the prestigious "Green‘n‘Clean Award“ by fulfilling the Yourope standards. So far, almost 40 Yourope members from 13 countries have achieved the award.
GO Group (Green Operations Europe) is an independent, pan-European, cross-industry think-tank to inspire people in the music festival to run their operations greener and smarter. Several international workshops were organized in cooperation with hosting Yourope members. Go Group is also sponsoring the Green Operations Award in the European Festival Awards which highlights festivals that have made a significant contribution to developing more sustainable events.
- Yourope is also a founding partner of the European Talent Exchange Program (ETEP) with Eurosonic Noordeslag. ETEP stimulates the circulation of European artists within Europe by performing at selected festivals troughout Europe. The result is impressing: Every year more than 200 confirmed shows by over 70 unique European artists from at least 20 countries at the now 90 - and counting - ETEP festivals! Due to financial support from the European Commission for the next years Eurosonic Noorderslag, Yourope and all other participating partners will be able to continue the already successful ETEP program and develop it.
- Yourope and Festival Awards Ltd. worked in co-operation with Eurosonic Noorderslag to launch the European Festival Awards in October 2009. The 5th edition of the Festival Awards Europe (with 14 categories) took place in January 2014 in the context of Eurosonic Noorderslag at Groningen (NL). Over 650‘000 public votes were cast in the voting period at the end of 2013.