EUROPEAN COMMISSION’S COMMUNICATIONS ON EUROPE’S DIGITAL FUTURE, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND DATA
On 19th February, the European Commission adopted several communications 1) the “umbrella” communication “Shaping Europe’s digital future”, 2) a “White Paper on Artificial Intelligence (AI) a European approach to excellence and trust” 3) a communication “A European strategy for data”.
The first communication confirms the EC’s intention to review the E-commerce Directive and propose a “Digital Services Act to strengthen the responsibility of online platforms and clarify rules for online services”. It also announces a Media and audiovisual Action Plan “to support digital transformation and competitiveness of the audiovisual and media sector, to stimulate access to quality content and media pluralism” which could include the music sector as well.
The White Paper on AI announces a legislative proposal on AI by the end of the year and invites for comments through an open public consultation until 19 May 2020. While the White Paper is rather silent on the interplay between authors’ rights and AI, several European Parliament’s own initiative reports are also looking at AI, including from an IPR/authors rights and cultural perspectives. ECSA will contribute to those consultations and discussions.
The communication “A European strategy for data” aims at creating “a single market for data where data can flow within the EU and across sectors” where “European rules, in particular privacy and data protection, as well as competition law, are fully respected” and where “the rules for access and use of data are fair, practical and clear”. The issues mentioned in this paper and the initiatives announced are relevant for the use of block chain and metadata in the music sector.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS – MUSIC MOVES EUROPE: EDUCATION AND LEARNING
The new Music Moves Europe call focuses on “Music Education and Learning”. Its goal is to identify and support innovative approaches to music education and learning through cooperation between the music and the education sector. The objective is to test small-scale projects with a European dimension. The maximum grant per project will be EUR 30,000.00. The Commission expects to fund at least 8 proposals. Deadline to apply: 6th of April 2020.
ECSA AT THE BERLINALE
ECSA Secretary General Marc du Moulin attended the Berlinale on 24 and 25 of February. On 24 February, Marc had the pleasure to participate to the Nordic Film Music Days & Harpa (see below for more information). On 25 February, he delivered a presentation on the Copyright Directive at an event organised by Music Publishers Canada and the Screen Composers Guild of Canada at the Canadian Embassy to Germany. This event also featured panel discussions on music, publishing, supervision and sync in Germany and has been a great opportunity to exchange with Canadian composers and publishers around many topics of common interest on both sides of the Atlantic.
CREATORS CONFERENCE & CAMILLE AWARDS 2020 AFTERMOVIES
We are happy to share with you the official aftermovies of the Creators Conference and Camille Awards 2020. Here is the playlist with all the panels from the conference. A big thank you to everybody who contributed to the success of the events and of course to all our guests for attending!
EFMD 2020 – SAVE THE DATE!
Don’t miss the last edition of the European Film Music Day (EFMD) in the framework of the Cannes Film Festival on 18 May 2020 at FNAC Cannes followed by a reception at Plage Quinzaine! This year’s talking points will be on the creative process, the advertising behind the creation of a film as well as audiovisual contracts and the practice of buyouts. The EFMD brings together audio-visual composers, film directors, producers and professionals alike.
CAPACITY TRIANGLE 2020 – SAVE THE DATE!
Join us at Haagse Toren, The Hague on 31st March for a day of empowerment for composers! The Capacity Triangle is dedicated to any composers that are eager to foster their entrepreneurial, digital, copyright and publishing skills. Inspiring pitches, panel discussions, and networking opportunities will provide the audience with the necessary tips and knowledge to face the challenges of the 2020 evolving music scene. This edition is organised in partnership with ECSA Dutch Member organisations: Nieuw Geneco, BAM!, VCTN, BCMM.
3 NEW ECSA WELCOME HUBS
We are happy to welcome three more Welcome Hubs in Amsterdam, Cologne and Zagreb to our network. ECSA Welcome Hubs across Europe offer welcome and support to fellow composers and songwriters from the network, an action supported by the Creative Europe Programme.
HARPA- NORDIC FILM MUSIC DAYS
From 23rd to 24th February, the Nordic Film Music Days, a two day gathering of film and media composers from all the Nordic countries, took place in Berlin featuring seminars on topics like the film industry, creative processes, business and crossover as well as the Harpa 2020 Award show. The Norwegian composer Gaute Storaas received the Harpa award for Best Nordic film composer for his work on Colin Nutley’s TV series A Wedding, Funeral and a Christening at the closing night of the Nordic Film Music Days.
INFERNO MUSIC CONFERENCE
ECSA’s EU Affairs and Programme Manager Alicja Swierczek will hold a presentation on the benefits of joining a songwriter society at the Inferno Music Conference (9th – 10th April 2020) – a metal music network event in Oslo. If you want to find out how this is connected to the EU Copyright Directive, join her in Oslo on 9th April 2020.
BUMA MUSIC IN MOTION
The 10th edition of BUMA MUSIC IN MOTION will be organised on 19 May (award show) and 20 May (conference) in Amsterdam. BMIM is a platform for the innovative use of music in media, where exchanging knowledge and maintaining your network are the focus points. Some of this year’s speakers are video game composer Yoko Shimomura, multi award-winning music supervisor Catherine Grieves (Faber Music) and music supervisor Ben Sumner (Feel for Music). Early bird tickets are now available until 5 April.
BELGIAN MUSIC DAYS
The Belgian Music Days 2020 feature Belgian classical, jazz and cross-over repertoire from 1830 to today and will take place from 4 to 7 March in Mons. The artistic committee of the Belgian Music Days is composed of representatives of Componisten Archipel Vlaanderen (ComAV), du Forum des Compositeurs, Kunstenpunt, Point Culture, Matrix, ISCM Vlaanderen et l’Union des Compositeurs Belges.