The Basque Music Office, Musika Bulegoa, is a strategic project in which people from the music sector join forces and collaborate in promoting and improving musical activities in the Basque County. It is an eminently cultural project, centred on music created in the Basque Country. The main objectives are: to construct a space for people from the world of music to come and meet and use the services on offer; to brand and support music from the Basque Country in such a way that it projects an image of quality, and to build a tool that make it possible to develop actions and projects of a general interest.

EHMBE (Euskal Herriko Musika Bulego Elkartea) is the name of the association supporting the Basque Music Office.

Initial association members are Kultura Live (the association of private venues in the Basque Country); MIE (Musika Industria Elkartea); Musikari (The Basque Musicians Association) and Musikagileak (Euskal Herriko Musikagileen Elkartea – the Association of Basque Composers).

Nevertheless, the initiative is open and encourages all interested parties (both individually and as a group) who are involved in musical activities in the Basque Country, identify with its aims and want to take part in its structure or activities, to come and join in.

Because Musika Bulegoa is such a cultural, joint and open idea, right from the outset it has received Basque Government support, in this way guaranteeing the continuity of the objectives and collaboration dynamics developed over recent years.

Musika Bulegoa was not created overnight. It appeared as a priority need in the conclusions of the sectoral group meetings organised in recent years by the Basque Government’s Culture Department. Musika Bulegoa is currently one of the strategic projects of “Kultura Auzolanean”.

Thus the activities developed in recent years within the Euskadiko Soinuak programme have led to practical reflection on the areas of activity prepared for Musika Bulegoa: a kind of “rehearsal” of some of the activities that the office is developing and could develop for the future.

Educational concerts, lectures, master classes, courses, projections and exhibitions aimed at showcasing Basque music have also been organised.

In collaboration with the Etxepare Institute ‘Euskadiko Soinuak’ has also taken part in several professional music fairs such as EXIB, Mercat de Musica Viva de Vic, Monkey Week, Womex, and BIME

The mission of Musika Bulegoa is to showcase the music created and produced in the Basque Country (or by other musicians born or who have a relationship with the Basque Country) and enhance its social presence. The same is true for all the different stakeholders in the value chain of Basque music, with a view to increasing the quality and professionalism of their activities.

To be the benchmark organisation in the Basque musical field for collaborating in the promotion and quality improvement of the music created and produced in the Basque Country.

An organisation that brings together the vast majority of professionals in the Basque music sector providing them with the resources and services for internal and external development and promotion

  • To support and bolster all varieties of music in the Basque Country and to work to increase its artistic and professional quality.
  • To support and disseminate music creation, production and diffusion.
  • To support and disseminate music in the Basque language.
  • To support and disseminate musical research
  • To support knowledge of music, audience education and sensitivity towards music.
  • To generate new audiences and boost music consumption in the Basque Country.
  • To support and bolster the work of different sectoral agents and work to improve their professional activity.
  • To support and boost sectoral information, communication and coordination.
  • To support and encourage associations in the music sector.
  • To facilitate and increase interlocution and collaboration with agents in the musical sector who are not associated as well as with other cultural sectors.
  • To increase and optimise resources to develop the association’s activities and for musical activity in general.

The Association will focus its activities on the following areas:

  • Coordination and services.
  • Sectoral debate
  • Lifelong learning
  • Audience sensitisation and education
  • Promotion and dissemination
  • Exterior presence

Euskara (pdf) EHMBE-Estatutuak-EUSK

Castellano (pdf) EHMBE-Estatutos-CAST