Supporting distinctive radio through innovation, future platforms and music exchanges
Our Radio Department works to support Members in delivering high-quality, independent programming to reach the widest possible audience.
We do this by undertaking advocacy, providing expertise, offering opportunities for sharing, learning and networking, and providing access to world-class music and events through the Euroradio Music Exchange.
We have working groups and specialized meetings on subjects ranging across the musical genres to drama and youth radio. You can discover the full range of groups and events that we have below:
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Music is central to radio comprising 45% of our Members' output. We support Members by providing easy access to first-class music and events through our Music Exchange. Members request around 25,000 programmes from the Music Exchange every year, making it a cost-effective way of sharing the world's best music with audiences.
With around 3,000 concerts by both leading and emerging artists shared every year, this is the world's largest offer of live music. Covering all genres from classical and opera to folk, jazz, world, rock, pop and dance, we provide access to prestigious concerts and performances from venues across the globe to enrich the diversity and quality of broadcasters' music offer.
The Eurosonic Festival is the European showcase for up-and-coming bands and artists, and Euroradio is at the heart of this annual three-day event, which takes place every January in Groningen (Netherlands).
The EBU campaigns for open standards and is currently promoting the digital transition through advocacy; sharing best practice, knowledge and inspriation; and working alongside the wider industry. We have supported a group of major broadcasters in forming the European Digital Radio Alliance, dedicated to making digital the primary means of future radio distribution. And our colleagues in EBU Technology & Innovation have established a Digital Radio Group supporting Members in making the transition from analogue to digital radio platforms.
We are committed to supporting innovation and creativity in radio. This includes launching new projects and activities such as the live birdsong broadcast across Europe. We have also established the EBU Radio Innovation Fund to facilitate innovation and help Members create landmark projects to benefit the whole community and the medium itself. The first recipients included an initiative to train teenagers as DJs from RTVSLO and a Storyboard application from RTBF to help broadcasters share audio files as video on social.
The EBU is a community and our success lies in bringing people together to share learnings and best practice. We have working groups and specialized meetings on subjects ranging across the musical genres to drama and youth radio, alongside seminars on subjects such as rights and radio orchestras. The International Relations Group provides a point of reference across our Members and facilitates the day-to-day exchange of learning and content.
You can discover the full range of groups and events that we have below:
From small beginnings with a season of seven concerts, over the past half-century, regular music exchanges between EBU radio broadcasters have grown to some 3,000 concerts each year, ensuring access to the world’s best music. In doing so, EBU Members have been able to broaden the cultural horizons of millions of listeners around the world, with performances ranging from great opera houses, to pop/rock, dance and hip-hop concerts, together with diverse sounds from across the world.
How we're celebrating
To honour the 50 years of this radio partnership, a special concert was broadcast throughout Europe and beyond on the anniversary date (27 November at 19:00 GMT) at LSO St Luke's in London by the BBC Concert Orchestra. The programme featured music by Benjamin Britten, who conducted the first concert 50 years ago. Also on the programme was Beethoven's 5th Piano Concerto, which was chosen by listeners throughout Europe in a poll by the EBU.
.radio is a new top-level domain (such as .com or .net) which is exclusively dedicated to radio stations, web radios, radio professionals, companies selling radio goods and services and radio amateurs. The .radio TLD is one of the few recognized community-based resources representing the interests of around 65,000 radio stations, 60,000 web radios and others closely associated with the sector.
Find out how to claim your .radio domain name at www.nic.radio.
You can get the latest exclusive live sports news in an instant via your desktop or mobile phone with our Sports Radio Exchange. Find exclusive coverage, interviews with athletes and background for popular and emerging sports. Make the most of live feeds as and when they happen, and ensure your audience is kept up to date on breaking sports news from around the world.
Convert your audio clips into video content to share on social networks in seconds. Storyboard is an easy to use drag and drop browser-based tool developed by the EBU. Create video from a single still image, or layer images and text to create advanced compositions and slide shows. Storyboard is completely free for EBU Members and can be used on your desktop, laptop or tablet.