There is no specific strategy to promote the music industry in Croatia but there are several policy instruments oriented towards developing music creativity and music production in general. These instruments are present through the yearly calls for public needs in culture published by the Ministry of Culture and Media where the support for production and distribution of (primarily) classical music is offered, while additional minor support for rock music is available within the remit of the Cultural Council for Innovative Artistic Cultural Practices. In the last couple of years, a number of initiatives have been active that advocated for more support to be given to the new types of popular musical offer (e.g. the initiatives of the Association of Concert Promoters), while a number of public discussions have stressed the importance of recognising the music industry as a cultural industry within public policy as well (e.g. during the MAKK conference and similar events).
It can be said that the music sector in Croatia has a good organisational backbone through the work of several professional associations (see chapter 4.1.6). This has been especially evident in 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic hitting the music sector very hard through the cancellation of a number of concerts and events, closing down of cafes and bars that impact on the collecting rights measures and thus authors’ themselves. However, this resulted in a number of coordinated efforts between different authors associations that have issued appeals for help for the music industry (from the Croatian Composer’s Society, the Croatian Musicians’ Union, the Croatian Association of Featured Musicians, the Croatian Association of Orchestral and Chamber Musicians, and the Croatian Performers’ Rights Collecting Society).