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statement pan-European music organisations COVID-19

Music sector joins together to call for EU and national investment to address current crisis and promote diversity

 

Music is one of the first sectors hit by the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. It will also be one of the last.

As borders close, venues as well as festivals suspend their activities, performances are cancelled, group activity is stopped, shops close, and new releases are put on hold, the entire creative value chain is stalling. Artists and their management, performers, composers, songwriters, music educators, conductors, booking agents, record shops, labels, publishers, distributors, promoters, manufacturers, technicians, events managers and event staff count among the many actors of the ecosystem whose livelihoods are on the line.

These risks will persist, even after the public health emergency is solved. The stark reality is that profound harm will be felt long into 2021 due to how the music ecosystem operates.

In light of this dire situation, we call for emergency as well as sustainable public support and structural policies at EU, national, regional and local level to consolidate the music ecosystem, and help it thrive again in all its diversity.

The undersigned music organisations urge Member States and the European Commission to take a stance and significantly increase the national and EU budgets dedicated to culture, and within that to music. Secondly, under the EU Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative, it is imperative that each Member State provides Europe’s creative sector with swift and comprehensive access to Structural Funds in order to offset the harm in the shorter term.

The full magnitude of the current turmoil will build for months and the number of casualties will be high. Even when the complete standstill ends, the crisis will continue due to hyper saturation of events and new releases and audiences will be unpredictable.

All this points to a slow recovery, with less job opportunities, less participation in music and less room for artistic risk-taking. Jobs and diversity are at stake.

At the same time, we see how important the cultural sectors are in promoting solidarity and in providing rallying points. Within the confines of their homes, artists and DJs have been streaming their own live performances to fight isolation by engaging online communities. Drawing upon the example of Italy, citizens from across Europe gather on their balconies to play music and regain a shared sense of common purpose.

This reminds us that music is a vehicle to recreate a sense of community. In times of containment and pressure, music builds bridges between individuals and cultures irrespective of social, ethnic, cultural backgrounds.

Music and culture are essential to offer citizens the renewed social and cultural bond that Europe will sorely need.

As decision makers reflect on how to address the crisis, culture must be recognised as a priority sector.

 

The undersigned organisations

  • AEC, Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen
  • CIME/ICEM, International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music
  • DME, Digital Music Europe
  • ECA-EC, European Choral Association – Europa Cantat
  • ECSA, European Composer and Songwriter Alliance
  • EFNYO, European Federation of National Youth Orchestas
  • EMC, European Music Council
  • EMCY, European Union of Music Competitions for Youth
  • EMEE, European Music Exporters Exchange
  • EMMA, European Music Managers Alliance
  • EOFed, European Orchestra Federation
  • ETEP, European Talent Exchange Programme
  • Europavox
  • EJN, Europe Jazz Network
  • EVTA, European Voice Teachers Association
  • FIM, International Federation of Musicians
  • GESAC, the European Authors Societies
  • IAMIC, International Association of Music Centres
  • IAO, International Artist Organisation of Music
  • ICAS, International Cities of Advanced Sound
  • ICMP, International Confederation of Music Publishers
  • ICSM, International Society for Contemporary Music
  • IFPI, International Federation of the Phonographic Industry
  • IMMF, International Music Managers Forum
  • IMPF, Independent Music Publishers International Forum
  • IMPALA, Independent music compagnies associations
  • INES, Innovation Network of European Showcases
  • JMI, Jeunesses Musicales International
  • JUMP, European Music Market Accelerator
  • Keychange
  • Live DMA, European network for music venues and festivals
  • Liveurope, the platform for new European Talent
  • Pearle*, Live Performance Europe
  • SHAPE, Sound Heterogenous Art and Performance in Europe
  • REMA, European Early Music Network
  • We are Europe
  • Yourope, the European festival Association

NEWS FROM ECSA – March edition

 
Message from the ECSA President:

Throughout the years, ECSA has continued to tirelessly advocate for equitable commercial conditions for composers and songwriters and has strived to improve the social and economic development of music creation in Europe. Thanks to a unified collective of authors, ECSA has become a strong voice for music creators both at European and International level. We celebrate this 100th edition by reminding the ECSA community that we will continue defending and promoting the rights of music authors and creating new capacity building and networking opportunities for music creators. – Alfons Karabuda

 
by Olga Lionart

 

COVID-19 MESSAGE TO ECSA MEMBERS

 

In this difficult time, ECSA assures its members that we stand with them, their families and friends. The unprecedented circumstances brought by the Corona Virus epidemic are strongly affecting our societies, including the composers and songwriter community. We are committed to do our part in trying to alleviate the disastrous economic and social consequences this crisis has brought upon music creators. Together with the ECSA Board, we have been monitoring developments related to COVID-19 and music creators. Here you can find a first list of initiatives taken by ECSA members, CMOs, public authorities and other stakeholders in the cultural and creative sectors. All ECSA members are welcome to share their own experience and practices with the ECSA Office.

 

 

 

AUTHORS’ ORGANISATIONS STATEMENT ON COVID-19

 

On 26th March, ECSA, together with FERA (Federation of European Film and TV Directors), FSE (Federation of Screenwriters in Europe), EWC (European Writers Council) and IMAGO (International Federation of Cinematographers) published a joint statement on the COVID-19 crisis. In this statement, we collectively stand in solidarity with all those affected by the current crisis and urge decision-makers to include specific measures to help self-employed and freelance authors as they devise much-needed emergency measures in support of the Cultural and Creative industries heavily impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The statement explains the specific challenges faced by authors and puts forward emergency measures to be taken by public authorities. It also welcomes the emergency social funds from collective management organisations (CMOs) and encourages the use of non-distributable funds, private copying levies or cultural deductions to support authors during this unprecedented crisis. In this regard, you can find here GESAC’s statement on the COVID-19 crisis.

 

 

 

JOINT STATEMENT WITH CREATIVE EUROPE BENEFICIARIES

 

Together with many other European Cultural networks, platforms and cultural organisations, ECSA signed a joint statement (together with a letter to Commissioner Gabriel), sent to the European Commission on 20th March. The letter asks for 1) flexibility measures for Creative Europe beneficiaries (eligibility period, eligibility of costs, replacement of activities, additional funding) 2) EU support to the Cultural and Creative Sectors.

 

 

by Dan Johnston

 

EP CULTURE AND EDUCATION COMMITTEE ON COVID-19

 

On 27th March, the European Parliament’s Culture and Education committee published MEP Sabine Verheyen (EPP, Germany)’s message on the COVID-19’s impact on culture. As the Chair of the EP Committee on Culture and Education, she warns that the cultural and creative sectors have been ravaged by the impact of stringent public health measures and calls on new EU funds to reach creative sectors immediately. Commenting on the EP’s approval of the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative, which will free up a total of 37 billion EUR to help efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and the social and economic ramifications of the essential public health measures that have been put in place, she said that “it is imperative that businesses and individuals in the cultural and creative sector ‑ whose livelihoods are under existential threat – get access to this financial support” (…) The Committee on Culture and Education stands with the cultural and creative sector in these difficult times. We will continue to monitor developments closely and do everything we can to mobilise further support for these critical sectors“.

 

 

 

CAPACITY TRIANGLE 2020 – JOIN TODAY!

 

ECSA has decided to make this Capacity Triangle edition a virtual one. Join us today from 14:00 to 17:00 for a webinar on digital, copyright and entrepreneurial skills! Various Dutch composers and music professionals will exchange their views on topics such as music and entrepreneurship, digital skills for music creators and the application of copyright online. You can still register here. #CreativeEuropeAtHome

 

 

 

THE CREATORS’ ROUNDTABLE POSTPONED

 

The Creators’ Roundtable with IBM on the topic of Artificial Intelligence is postponed due to COVID-19. A new date will be announced early this summer. The Transatlantic Dialogue for Sustainable Music offers a platform for capacity building, exchanging information and advocacy among European and International music creator groups, as well as establishing a dialogue with key consumer organisations and music service providers in order to elaborate common views for a more sustainable market for music.

 

 

 

ECCO CALL FOR WORKS

 

ECSA remains dedicated to providing opportunities for composers, especially in these difficult times. We encourage all composers who are members of a composer association to respond the new ECCO call for works. See here for more information. If you have a piece corresponding to the call send it to your composer association!

 

 

 

EFMD POSTPONED

 

As the 2020 Cannes Film Festival has been postponed to the end of June/ beginning of July, the European Film Music Day, which was planned to take place in the frame of the Film Festival has been postponed as well. We will keep you informed about a new date and a possible new format!

 

 

 

ARTISTS’ WORKING CONDITIONS SURVEY

 

We need your input for a future study commissioned by the European Commission on the status and working conditions of artists and creative professionals in Europe. You can find the survey here. Deadline: 3 April. Thank you to everybody who has already shared their opinion with us!

 

 

 

SOUNDTRACK COLOGNE NEW DATES ANNOUNCED

 

Due to the general ban of all events, SoundTrack_Cologne will be split: the congress will move to August 19th – 22nd, 2020. The accreditations remain valid. Participants who are unable to attend the new date are asked to contact SoundTrack_Cologne from April 6th at this e-mail address: akkreditierung@televisor.de. The film festival SEE THE SOUND will take place as planned in April (April 22nd – 26th, 2020)  – with some restrictions.

 

 

 

INFERNO MUSIC CONFERENCE CANCELLED

 

The Inferno Music Conference connected to the Inferno Metal Festival 2020 were both cancelled. While the festival shifted their programme to next year, the conference is looking into streaming solutions. Follow us on Facebook to stay updated on the developments.

Coronavirus by Olga Lionart

COVID-19 Responses from the music sector

Please find below a list of actions taken to support music authors as well as the music sector in general in these difficult times of the coronavirus sanitary crisis. The listed measures are divided into European initiatives, categorised by country and general European initiatives as well as Worldwide initiatives. The initiatives by country include measures taken by governments as well as initiatives from ECSA member organisations, CMOs and other initiatives. Just click on the headings to see the information.
 

EUROPE

 

Austria

CMO initiatives

AKM & austro mechana together with OESTIG have created an emergency fund of €1m.

Governmental measures

The Austrian government is creating an emergency fund for the cultural sector of €5m at the moment and has introduced further financial measures for artists.

Other initiatives

The ECB Network has worked on an impact assessment of COIVD-19 on the Austrian creative sector. You can find the results here. Younion.at has launched a petition for support of the cultural sector. The Upper Austrian Cultural Platform (KUPF OÖ) has launched the campaign #norefundforculture.


Belgium

CMO initiatives

SABAM is collecting data on the impact of COVID-19 on music creators with an online survey and supports BEA Music’s campaign #PlayLocal by publishing a playlist of Belgian music.

Governmental measures

On the website of Wallonie-Bruxelles, you can find information on mobility aids for cultural actors.

Other initiatives

Conseil de la Musique, Court-Circuit, FACIR, WBM, La FLIF, Le Service musiques de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, La SABAM, La Fédération des professionnels de la nuit bruxelloise, La BIMA, La Fédération des Jeunesses Musicales Wallonie-Bruxelles, Le Forum des Compositeurs and Les Lundis d’Hortense have created an online survey to collect data on the impact of COVID-19 on music creators. BEA Music has launched the #PlayLocal campaign, encouraging people to listen to Belgian music and support local talent.


Croatia

CMO initiatives

HDS Zamp provides emergency financial aid to its members with a newly established Solidarity Fund of about €65k.


Denmark

ECSA Member initiatives

Dansk Komponisforening (DKF) is collecting data on the impact of COVID-19 on music creators with an online survey.

Governmental measures

The Danish government has introduced financial compensations for events cancelled in March due to COVID-19.


Estonia

Governmental measures

The Estonian government has put in place public funding which includes measures concerning the cultural sector like compensation of direct costs of cancelled cultural events.


Finland

ECSA Member initiatives

The Finnish music creator’s association (FMC) provides an overview of support measures for music creators in Finland on their website.

CMO initiatives

TEOSTO provides on overview of support measures for music creators in Finland on their website.

Governmental measures

The Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, major Finnish foundations and the Finnish Center for Art Promotion have established a fund (€1.5m) for financial support of artists which will be distributed through the Arts Promotion Center Taike in April.

Other initiatives

Business Finland provides funding for business development in disruptive circumstances also for the creative industry.


France

ECSA Member initiatives

Music authors (including SNAC, UNAC, and UCMF), publishers organisations and SACEM have published a joint press release on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on authors.

CMO initiatives

SACEM has launched an emergency action plan, including an emergency fund (€6m) and exceptional copyright advances as well as a strengthened publisher assistance programme. You can also find a compilation of information on supporting actions here.

Governmental measures

The French Ministry of Culture has announced an emergency financial aid (€22m) for the cultural sector, including €10m for the music sector and provides information for artists impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. On 27 March, the Minister of Culture presented a first action plan in favour of artist-authors. You can find  the report to the President of the Republic concerning the decree on exceptional aid to holders of copyright and related rights due to the consequences of the spread of the covid-19 virus and the measures taken to limit this spread here.


Germany

CMO initiatives

GEMA has created an emergency fund (€40m) for its members, including the „Schutzschirm LIVE“, which allows music authors to request an advance payment for their future distributions, as well as the „Corona-Hilfsfonds“ to help individual members with up to €5k.

Governmental measures

The German national government has put in place an emergency fund for the cultural sector. On a regional level, Nordrhein-Westfalen and Baden-Württemberg have put in place financial measures.


Hungary

CMO initiatives

ARTISJUS together with Music Hungary has initiated the #mertkelladal campaign to support Hungarian artists (live music). ARTISJUS also provides financial aid with a social support programme (€300k).


Ireland

CMO initiatives

IMRO provides a comprehensive overview of support initiatives for creators in times of COVID-19.

Governmental measures

The Arts Council announced a COVID-19 Crisis Response Award fund (€1m), “designed to support the creation of new artistic work and its dissemination online for the public benefit”.

Other initiatives

The grant scheme #IrelandPerforms (€100k) was launched by FACEBOOK Ireland and Culture Ireland, Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht and is being delivered in partnership with First Music Contact and Poetry Ireland and in association with RTÉ. #IrelandPerforms will award €1k to every participating artist performing on social media. You can find the application form here, which needs to be sent to showcases@cultureireland.gov.ie. Also, major Irish artists are hosting smaller artists to their audience via Facebook Live to assist them in growing their fanbases with the aim of having a financial impact for them.


Italy

CMO initiatives

SIAE supports the campaign #iorestoacasa, initiated by the Italian Ministry of Culture to encourage people to stay at home. The Italian CMO also created an Emergency Solidarity Fund (€500k) to purchase 2.500 food parcels that will be delivered to members in need. To request a food parcel, write to fondo.solidarieta@siae.it. An Extraordinary Support Fund (€4.1m) has been set up for the company’s employees. SIAE is also looking into the possibility to grant multi-year interest-free loans to associates in liquidity difficulties (€50m).

Governmental measures

The Cura Italia public funding includes financial measures for the cultural sector like support of freelancers working in the performing arts sector.

Other initiatives

Fondazione Centro Studi Doc and Mei Meeting delle Etichette Indipendenti have started petitions for support of the cultural sector in Italy. Keep on Live launched the #StayOn initiative for live music streaming.


Netherlands

CMO initiatives

Buma Stemra will pay copyright earnings earlier than foreseen to help with the liquidity of creators (€50m) and have paid a share of the dotation owned to the songwriter & publishers societies earlier than planned. Buma Stemra also have established an emergency fund (€2.75m). Sena (neighbouring rights organisation) has announced that it will contribute to that emergency fund. Both organisations are in talks with the Ministry of Culture for them to contribute to the emergency fund as well.

Governmental measures

The Dutch government has launched a help package of around €20 billion, including measures for entrepreneurs like a minimum income for entrepreneurs who have lost their income due to the measures taken to contain the spread of COVID-19, the possibility to postpone tax payments and the possibility to take out a loan in case of liquidity problems. The government has also introduced an emergency fund for entrepreneurs who are particularly affected by the social distancing measures providing a one-time €4k payment.

Other initiatives

Kunstenbond has asked its members to report their cancellations here. 3S Music Management has launched a website to support Dutch artists by listening to music and buying merchandise through their webshop in cooperation with World Music Forum NL, KINK, Mezz, MMF (NL), BAM!, Penguin Radio, Mojo and Buma Culture.


Norway

ECSA Member initiatives

Norsk Komponist Fornening is currently collecting data on the impact of COVID-19 on its members. NOPA and Kunstnernettverket have addressed a joint letter to the Norwegian government.


Poland

CMO initiatives

Zaiks has taken measures to help authors financially and has addressed a letter to the Polish Prime Minister.

Other initiatives

MusicExport Poland is currently collecting data on the impact of COVID-19.


Portugal

CMO initiatives

SPA has taken measures to help rights holders financially, including established a solidarity fund (€100k), and is sending a letter to local governments asking for support.

Other initiatives

Gulbenkian has established an emergency fund, including funding for the cultural sector.


Romania

Other initiatives

Groupe Societe Generale Romania has made a donation of about €70k to the independent cultural sector.


Spain

CMO initiatives

SGAE has reinforced its advisory services by establishing a help line for economically vulnerable authors guiding them through potential financial aid demands. The Spanish CMO has also decided to allocate more than €15m in economic and social aid to its members.

Governmental measures

The Spanish Ministry of Culture is consulting stakeholders to help rebuild the cultural sector after the crisis.


Sweden

ECSA Member initiatives

SKAP provides an overview of initiatives in Sweden on their website.

Other initiatives

KLYS has published a crisis package proposal to the Swedish government.


Switzerland

ECSA Member initiatives

SONART is currently collecting data on the impact of COVID-19 on its members.


United Kingdom

ECSA Member initiatives

Ivors Academy is currently collecting data on the impact of COVID-19 on its members.

CMO initiatives

PRS has established an emergency relief fund that will provide funding of up to £1k per member.

Other initiatives

Help Musicians has created a financial hardship fund (£5m) and MusiCares has created a COVID-19 relief fund that relies on donations.


 

 

Other European Initiatives

Overview of initiatives in Europe

Live DMA provides an overview of initiatives for the music sector in Europe. The Art Newspaper made available an overview of how to apply for financial aid in the UK, US, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and Italy. Compendium also provides an overview of cultural policies of European countries in response to COVID-19.

Data collection on impact of COVID-19

EMC/IMC are currently collecting data on the impact of COVID-19 on music creators through this online survey. The European Creative Business Network (ECBN) is collecting data on the impact of COVID-19 as well.

Statements

GESAC has published a statement calling on European decision-makers to take urgent action. The CULT Committee of the European Parliament has also published a statement calling on EU member states to help the creative sectors.


 

 

WORLDWIDE

KEA provides an overview of policy measures for the cultural sector in Europe and North America.

On the move – cultural mobility information network has published an overview of funding schemes, statements, campaigns and petitions around the world.

Shopify has created an overview of governmental initiatives worldwide.

Spotify has established a fund to support artists of up to $10m that relies on donations. The financial aid will then be distributed through Help Musicians, MusiCares and PRS Foundation.

The US music and entertainment companies have addressed a joint letter to the US Congress asking for financial relief during the crisis.


 

Last updated on 7 April 2020, cover image by Olga Lionart.

AUTHORS’ ORGANISATIONS JOINT STATEMENT on COVID-19

Brussels, 26th March 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic ravages our societies, including the cultural and creative sectors, authors’ organizations stand in solidarity with all those affected by the virus and we support measures taken to contain it.

 Our members – writers of all kinds, composers, songwriters, directors and cinematographers – have seen their industries come to a standstill and their livelihoods vanish in a matter of days. We urge decision-makers to include specific measures to help self-employed and freelance authors as they devise emergency measures in support of the Cultural and Creative industries heavily impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

As governments and public agencies are starting to announce much-needed support measures for businesses at risk, we urge decision-makers to avoid creating a worrying inequality between the employed and self-employed workers and freelance community.

Authors are not businesses nor employees and already face precarious working conditions and unstable income. They work, whichever sector they are in, from contract to contract, and those contracts are now being suspended or cancelled. We also believe that few working professional artists / authors have any resources – savings, investments, pensions – that they can rely on in difficult times.

As such, several essential issues need to be considered in devising specific support to help mitigate the impact of the ongoing crisis on the creative community:

  • Loss of work (postponed/cancelled ongoing work, or work that was due to start).
  • Limited ability to work due to illness, self-isolation or caring responsibilities (children, vulnerable persons).
  • Limited ability to work due to specificities of the craft (e.g. access to required equipment, crew, ability to travel).
  • Financial impact of work loss e.g. uncertainty on ongoing contracts’ payments, reduced rates, compensation for contract termination, insurance.
  • Managing living costs (rent, utilities, mortgage, loans, etc).
  • Freelance authors’ access to unemployment schemes or welfare benefits aimed at people without any income who do not have rights to unemployment benefits.
  • Securing future work, including alternative employment in or outside the sector.

As a result, emergency measures should include:

  • Immediate access to full sick pay including isolation periods for freelance workers,
  • Possibility for authors to be covered by public health insurance during the crisis and the aftermath,
  • Adjustment of unemployment schemes where available to ensure continued access,
  • Immediate access to guaranteed basic income such as welfare benefits aimed at people without any income who do not have rights to unemployment benefits,
  • Options for replacement income for the crisis period,
  • Deferment/support for living costs (e.g. rent, mortgage, loans),
  • Tax relief.

We call on the European institutions and all public authorities across Europe to ensure that such measures aimed at supporting freelancers, including authors, are encouraged and financially supported, with temporary amendments or exceptions of existing rules where necessary. We also encourage the EU to swiftly assess the devastating impact of this crisis on authors and provide recommendations to overcome their specific challenges.

As the current situation will also severely impact authors’ royalties payments, we welcome the announcements of emergency social funds from collective management organisations (CMOs) and encourage the use of non-distributable funds, private copying levies or cultural deductions to support authors during this unprecedented crisis.

While use of our work diminishes in public spaces it increases dramatically online. Arts and entertainment, the result of our work as creators, turns out to have a hugely important role in helping society to manage in times of crisis.

In this context, sustained royalties’ payment will play a key stabilizing role for European authors’ income: it has never been more necessary for authors to share in the economic success of their works and therefore to implement the principle of appropriate and proportionate remuneration a mandatory rule preventing the widespread malpractice of buy-out contracts in Europe.

Last but not least, we encourage all EU institutions to ensure that emergency funds provided by the EU are available to authors and to finally agree on a future EU budget (Multiannual financial framework 2021-2027) that can match Europe’s cultural needs and ambitions.

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As we stand in solidarity with those directly affected by the virus and on the frontlines, this unprecedented global crisis puts us all, individually and collectively, to the test. With fit-for-purpose support from EU and national authorities, we want to believe in the ability of our sectors to recover from this unprecedented crisis. As authors, our desire to create vibrant and diverse works for audiences across Europe and beyond will certainly drive us to find the necessary means to do so.

 


The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) represents over 30,000 professional composers and songwriters in 27 European countries. With over 60-member organizations across Europe, the Alliance speaks for the interests of music creators of art & classical music (contemporary), film & audiovisual music, as well as popular music.  composeralliance.org/

 

EWC, founded in 1977 in Germany and newly constituted in 2006 in Brussels as an international non-profit organisation, the European Writers’ Council is the federation of 45 European national organisations of professional writers and literary translators in all genres in 34 countries. EWC’s members represent more than 160,000 authors in the book sector. europeanwriterscouncil.eu/

 

The Federation of European Film Directors (FERA), founded in 1980, represents film and TV directors at European level, with 47 directors’ associations as members from 35 countries. We speak for more than 20,000 European screen directors, representing their cultural, creative and economic interests. www.filmdirectors.eu/

 

The Federation of Screenwriters Europe (FSE) is a network of national and regional associations, guilds and unions of writers for the screen in Europe, created in June 2001. It comprises 25 organisations from 19 countries, representing more than 7,000 screenwriters in Europe. federationscreenwriters.eu/

 

IMAGO is a global umbrella Federation for cinematographers supporting our members and their art through affiliation, participation and advocacy. www.imago.org/

 

Please find the PDF version here

ECCO Call for Works for Luxembourg is here!

The new call for works for the ECCO concert in Luxembourg 2020 is here!

ECSA’s ECF committee members are kindly invited to participate in the Call for Works for the ECCO concert that will feature the United Instruments of Lucilin. The concert will take place at the Philharmonie de Luxembourg in Luxembourg on 6th October 2020

Please find all the details and necessary submission information here below as well as on the dedicated ECCO webpage:

Deadline for submission is Monday 1st June 2020 – 12:00pm (CEST).

NEWS FROM ECSA – February edition

 

 

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.

PRESS RELEASE: AT ECSA’S CREATORS CONFERENCE, EUROPEAN CREATORS CALL FOR AN AMBITIOUS AND FAITHFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE COPYRIGHT DIRECTIVE AT NATIONAL LEVEL

                                                                  Brussels, 4th February 2020

Creators, EU policy makers and stakeholders gathered in Brussels to discuss present and future policies affecting European creators’ lives.

On 3rd February 2020, the Creators Conference 2020, held under the patronage of the European Parliament, took place at the Vaudeville Theater in Brussels. Organised by the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance, the event welcomed 150 participants for panel discussions around the most pressing policy issues concerning European creators nowadays.

ECSA President Alfons Karabuda started the conference by thanking the European institutions for the adoption of the Copyright Directive. “Europe made a promise and it delivered.” Then Viviane Hoffmann, Deputy Director General of DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of the European Commission, who represented Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth as keynote speaker of the conference, opened the discussions by outlining the plans of the Commission for supporting the music sector.

Introducing the first panel entitled “Europe’s strategies for the creative and cultural sectors”, Jean-Noël Tronc (CEO, Sacem) stressed the need for a swift implementation of the Copyright Directive at national level to guarantee the right protection for creators against the big online platforms. During the panel, MEP Niklas Nienaß, highlighted that “creators are at the very origin of the economic strength of the cultural and creative sectors, yet their contribution is still undervalued both politically and economically.” MEP Tomasz Frankowski stressed the importance of the Creative Europe Programme: “Together with my colleagues at the EP, I will do my utmost to defend an ambitious budget dedicated to the Creative Europe programme 2021-2027 as I believe that European culture is the best vehicle to promote European values and European integration.” Barbara Gessler, Head of Unit for Creative Europe at the EC, explained that the objective of Music Moves Europe is to make European talent visible to the European citizens.

Before the second panel, Alfons Karabuda discussed with the representative of IBM Nordic Lars Wiigh about AI’s contribution to creativity. According to Wiigh: ”The people who develop AI are like composers: creative, innovative and curious. I believe in the collaboration between the human brain and the vast potential of AI”.
 
The topic of the second panel was the implementation of the EU Copyright Directive focusing on the provision of the liability of online content sharing service providers. Marco Giorello, Head of the Copyright Unit at the European Commission, explained that most of the Member States are in a preliminary phase for the implementation of the Directive, but he also highlighted how “we should be proud of what we have done. Our goal was bringing more fairness into the copyright environment and we did it”.

The last panel discussed buy-out contracts in the music and audiovisual sector. Pauline Durand-Vialle, CEO of FERA (Federation of European Film Directors) stated: “Buy-out contracts have a negative impact on freelance authors to build sustainable careers and develop new projects. Authors take significant risk in creating new works: they should therefore be entitled to a share in their economic success”. MEP Iban Garcia del Blanco, added to this: “All EU Member States should now engage in an ambitious and faithful implementation of the Copyright Directive to guarantee that all creators can fully benefit from the exploitation of their works”.

The Creators Conference 2020 was co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and supported by NOPA, GEMA, SACEM, STIM, PRS, ZAIKS, BUMA, Finnish Music Creators’ Association, the Society of Finnish Composers, TEOSTO, MPA Finland and Sabam.
 

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 The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) represents over 30,000 professional composers and songwriters in 28 European countries. With more than 60 members organisations across Europe, the Alliance speaks for the interests of music creators of art & classical music (contemporary), film & audiovisual music, as well as popular music.

Please click here for the PDF version of this press release.

For more information contact ECSA EU Affairs and Programme Manager Alicja Swierczek at alicja.swierczek@composeralliance.org

NEWS FROM ECSA – January edition

 

Happy New Year from the ECSA team!

 

 

 

Call for Proposals – Music Moves Europe: CO-CREATION and CO-PRODUCTION scheme for the music sector

 

Music Moves Europe‘s new call of proposal with the objective to identify and support at least 10 innovative and sustainable pilot co-production and co-creation programmes for emerging songwriters and musicians is open until March 30th 2020. Click here for more information.

 

 

Creators Conference & Camille Awards 2020

 

The Creators Conference 2020 is approaching: on February 3rd at the Théâtre du Vaudeville, creators, policy makers and stakeholders will focus on the current and upcoming EU policies affecting the lives of creators like the Creative Europe Programme and the implementation of the EU Copyright Directive as well as the topic of buy-out contracts in the music and audiovisual sector. For those based outside of Brussels, we will provide a live streaming of the conference on creatorsconference.org. The conference will be followed by a special Camille Awards ceremony. We will celebrate the career and contribution of a renowned Academy Award winning film composer with a “Lifetime Achievement” Award. For this special edition, an ensemble will perform a selection of the composer’s most significant pieces.

 

 

 

 

ECCO CONCERT

 

On 4th February 2020 the ECCO concert will take place in Studio 1 at Flagey in Brussels. Organised by ECSA and funded by Creative Europe, the concert aims to promote contemporary classical repertoire across national borders and highlight the European diversity in music. The ensemble Fractales will perform pieces from Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Romania, North Macedonia, Poland and Switzerland. Visit the website for more information.

 

 

HARPA- Nordic Film Music Day

 

Nordic Film Music days is a two day gathering of film and media composers from all the Nordic countries. 2020 will be the 10th year anniversary of NFMD and the event will be at Nordische Botschaft in Berlin. This year will also be the 10th year that the HARPA Award will be handed out. You will be able to participate to screenings of the nominated films for HARPA 2020, seminars and the HARPA Award show. All events are open to the public and free of charge. The detailed program will be announced Monday February 3rd! 

 

 

 

 

Natalie! ECSA’s new trainee

 

The ECSA team is excited to introduce to you our new project and communication intern. Natalie Bock is an Austrian student, currently in her Master’s degree in European Affairs at Sorbonne University. Natalie will assist the Communication Officer and Programme Manager with communication and the organisation of ECSA’s cultural events: the Camille Awards, the European Film Music Day and the Capacity Triangle.

 

 

 

 

PEER RABEN MUSIC AWARD: SoundTrack_Cologne is looking for the best music in a short film!

 

Awarded for the first time in 2009 – SoundTrack_Cologne 17 is now looking for the 12th winner of the PEER RABEN MUSIC AWARD for the best music in a short film. Film composers and film makers are cordially invited to submit their short films including the original composition!
The prize money worth 1.500 euros is donated from the estate of the great German film composer Peer Raben. The award will be given to film scores with innovative and dramaturgically coherent use of music and sound in relation to narration.
The closing date for the competition is 2 March 2020. Click here to submit.

 

 

 

The International Songwriters Day Song Contest

 

opened Dec. 19 and runs until April 2, 2020. They are seeking songs of “inspiration” and have added an indie music video category. Winners will be announced on International Songwriters Day, April 9! For more contest details you can check out some cool judges and sponsors and stay tuned for more details on Twitter and Facebook.

 

 

 

The International Women’s Freedom Song Contest

 

a looking for the next “female anthem.” Contest opens Dec. 19 and runs until March 1. Winners are announced on International Women’s Day, March 8. (open to all genders) There is now a new category for “indie music videos” and documentary shorts under 10 minutes. You can learn more at the contest website and stay tuned on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

 

NEWS FROM ECSA – December edition

 

 

The ECSA team would like to extend its sincerest and warmest wishes for a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

 

 

 

ECSA STRONGLY CONDEMNS THE MALPRACTICES OF EPIDEMIC SOUND AND ITS DISRESPECT FOR FUNDAMENTAL AUTHORS’ ECONOMIC AND MORAL RIGHTS.

 

On 17 December, ECSA published a statement that “strongly condemns the malpractices of Epidemic Sound and its disrespect for fundamental authors’ economic and moral rights”. This statement also expresses great disappointment that the Swedish Public Service TV (SVT) agreed to regularly feature Epidemic Sound in the music credits after a program instead of the creator’s names. In its statement, ECSA calls on any company to “refrain from collaborating with an entity which disrespects authors and their basic economic and moral rights” and on “all public service broadcasters with a public service mission to stop spending taxpayers’ resources with any company not respecting the fundamental rights of an author”. Last but not least, ECSA calls on all music authors to refrain from signing “any agreement which results in giving up all their economic rights forever, while not even being given credit according to his/her right by law”. The statement finally urges all EU Member States to engage in an ambitious implementation the Copyright Directive (in particular its Articles 18 to 23) to “prevent those buy-out practices and ensure that those malpractices from another age cannot longer occur in the 21st century. This statement has been mentioned in various press articles, such as Music Ally, Music Business Worldwide,  Digital Music News or Complete Music Update.

 

 

ECCO CONCERT: SELECTION ANNOUNCED

 

On 13th December, the ECCO Artistic Committee consisting of chair Dušan Bavdek (Slovenia), Jana Andreevska (North Macedonia), Irina Hasnas (Romania) and Olli Virtaperko (Finland) and Benjamin Maneyrol and Gian Ponte, both members of the Ensemble Fractales, selected the pieces for the 14th edition of the ECCO concert which will take place at the Studio 1 Flagey in Brussels on 4th February 2020.

The selected composers and their pieces are the following:

Elis Hallik – To become a tree (Estonia)

Charlotte Torres – Dans l’ombre de Franz (Switzerland)

Ryszard Lubieniecki – The different view on ‘Layers’ [or Layers II] (Poland)

Matti Heininen – Tod und Verklärung (Finland)

Mihailo Trandafilovski – TRI-O (North Macedonia)

Vlad Răzvan Baciu – Pleasure beast (Romania)

Johan Svensson – diamond dust (Sweden)

For ticket reservations click here!

 

 

CREATORS’ CONFERENCE & CAMILLE AWARDS 2020

 

ECSA is pleased to announce that the Creators Conference will take place on 3rd February 2020 at Theatre de Vaudeville in Brussels. Current and future EU policies that are relevant for creators will be discussed with high level EU policy makers. Please see here for more details of the programme. The conference will be followed by a special Camille Awards ceremony.

 

 

Classical: NEXT

 

The mission of Classical:NEXT is to unite all professionals who identify with classical and art music, providing them with a place to meet and connect, do business, brainstorm, create and be inspired. The event is considered to be the largest global gathering of professionals for all sectors of classical and art music. The next edition will take place from 18th to 21st May in Rotterdam.  In collaboration with ECSA, the Dutch Composers Association Nieuw Geneco will host the 2nd edition of the Composers Programme at Classical NEXT. The Programme gives composers from the ECSA network a chance to take part in the international platform for exchange, debate & collaboration Classical:NEXT provides. More information on how to register is available here.

PC: Eric van Nieuwland

 

 

DOMENICO! NEW TRAINEE AT ECSA

 

The ECSA team is excited to introduce to you our new intern. Domenico Iannone is an Italian student, currently in his master degree in Communication for public and no profit organisations. Domenico will assist with the organisation of ECSA’s cultural events: the Creators Conference and the ECCO Concert.

 

 

COMPOSERS ANNOUNCED FOR ECCO, BRUSSELS 2020

18 December 2019

The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) is pleased to announce the official programme of the next edition of the ECCO concert featuring the ensemble Fractales.

On 13 December, the ECCO Artistic Committee consisting of chair Dušan Bavdek (Slovenia), Jana Andreevska (North Macedonia), Irina Hasnas (Romania) and Olli Virtaperko (Finland) and Benjamin Maneyrol and Gian Ponte, both members of the ensemble Fractales, selected the pieces for the 14th edition of the ECCO concert which will take place at Flagey in Brussels on 4 February 2020.

The chair of the ECCO Working Group Dušan Bavdek comments: “I am glad that the response to the last ECCO Call for Works was very good and on the level of the recent ones. We can expect another diverse and colorful ECCO concert in February 2020 at Flagey.”

Below the list of the composers and the respective pieces which will be performed:

Elis HallikTo become a tree (Estonia)

Charlotte TorresDans l’ombre de Franz (Switzerland)

Ryszard LubienieckiThe different view on ‘Layers’ [or Layers II] (Poland)

Matti Heininen Tod und Verklärung (Finland)

Mihailo Trandafilovski TRI-O (North Macedonia)

Vlad Răzvan BaciuPleasure beast (Romania)

Johan Svenssondiamond dust (Sweden)

 

The ensemble

This ECCO edition features Fractales, an ensemble dedicated to performing contemporary music and based in Brussels. 

photo: Martin Michiels

The members of the ensemble are:

Gian Ponte, Marion Borgel, Diego Coutinho, Benjamin Maneyrol and Renata Kambarova.

Fractales is a music ensemble dedicated to contemporary music based in Brussels. Founded in 2012, the ensemble is born from the desire to promote and explore new repertoires. Specialised in performing contemporary chamber music without conductor, Fractales has been mentored by Ictus, Ensemble Recherche and Klangforum Wien.

Fractales was awarded twice the “Just Composed!” interpretation prize by Vienna University of Music and Arts  in 2014 and 2018 for the best performance of a premiere, the prize of the jury and prize of the public at the Whilhelm Twee Chamber Music Competition in 2017, the Vocatio fundation prize and was selected for festival ProPulse 2018.

Time and location

ECCO concert
4 February 2020, 20:00
Flagey
Place Sainte Croix, 1050 Brussel
Belgium

Please reserve your tickets here.

For more information contact European Affairs and Programme Manager Alicja Swierczek alicja.swierczek@composeralliance.org

www.eccoconcert.eu 

ECSA strongly condemns the malpractices of Epidemic Sound

 

ECSA strongly condemns the malpractices of Epidemic Sound and its disrespect for fundamental authors’ economic and moral rights.

 

The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) represents over 30,000 professional composers and songwriters in 27 European countries. Our main objective is to defend and promote the rights of music authors and we feel compelled to speak out regarding recent harmful developments for the treatment of composers and songwriters in Sweden.

Over the recent years, the Swedish company “Epidemic Sound” has grown extensively by selling “royalty-free music” to various commercial companies, like video-on-demand platforms and TV stations. It uses 100% buy-out contracts – where music creators sell their rights to a piece of music in exchange for a lump sum – and therefore claims that it entirely owns “its music”. It even often substitutes the name of music creators with the company’s name in the credits.

We also note with great disappointment that the Swedish Public Service TV (SVT) agreed to regularly feature Epidemic Sound in the music credits after a program instead of the creator’s names. As a result, SVT is – with Swedish tax-payers’ resources – promoting Epidemic Sound through credits and giving it substantial financial value, to the detriment of composers and songwriters.

More importantly, SVT and Epidemic Sound are not respecting the right of attribution which grants authors the right to have their names attached to their works. This moral right of attribution is recognised at international level for decades and is an integrant part of Swedish law. The vast majority of EU Member States grant authors strong moral rights, providing for an unwaivable right of attribution, as well as a right to object to false attribution, a right to integrity, a right to protection of honor and reputation, as well as a right to withdraw the work from public access. The right of attribution does not only constitute a direct link between the author and his or her work but also secures the public’s interest in ensuring that our society knows, trusts and honors the creator. In times of fake news, hoaxes, disinformation for entertainment or political purposes, this right of attribution is more important than ever and should be fully respected, especially by public service entities.

As Epidemic Sound continues to grow – from 100 million in 2017 to 234 million SEK in 2018 – ECSA strongly condemns those malpractices and their detrimental impact on authors’ rights:
– Any company should refrain from collaborating with an entity which disrespects authors and their basic economic and moral rights.
– In addition, we call on all public service broadcasters with a public service mission to stop spending taxpayers’ resources with any company not respecting the fundamental rights of an author.
– All our fellow music authors should refrain from signing any agreement which results in giving up all their economic rights forever, while not even being given credit according to his/her right by law.

As the Copyright Directive is now in the process of being implemented, we also urge all EU Member States to engage in an ambitious implementation of its Articles 18 to 23 to prevent those buy-out practices and ensure that those malpractices from another age cannot longer occur in the 21st century.

Click here for the pdf version of the statement.

 

The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) represents over 30,000 professional composers and songwriters in 28 European countries. With more than 60 members organisations across Europe, the Alliance speaks for the interests of music creators of art & classical music (contemporary), film & audiovisual music, as well as popular music.

 

NEWS FROM ECSA – NOVEMBER EDITION

 

 

The European Parliament finally approves the new “von der Leyen” European Commission, with the word “Culture” added to Commissioner Gabriel’s portfolio

 

On 27 November, the European Parliament (EP) finally confirmed the new “von der Leyen”’s European Commission by a large majority (461 votes in favor, 157 against and 89 abstentions). The Commission is therefore now ready to take office as soon as possible. In the run up to the vote, the President of the European Commission announced that the word “Culture” will be added to Mrs. Gabriel title (see the full speech here). This announcement is a positive signal and the result of advocacy efforts undertaken by numerous organizations, including ECSA, in the cultural and creative sectors. The most relevant Commissioners for ECSA are:

Commissioner Thierry Breton (Internal Market – French/Renew) who will be responsible on IP/Copyright matters and digital issues.

Commissioner Mariya Gabriel (Bulgaria/ who will be in charge of Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth (including on Creative Europe).

Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager (Denmark) who will coordinate the EC’s agenda on digital issues and be the Commissioner for Competition.

 

 

European Parliament: Cultural and Creative Industries’ Intergroup

 

Discussions are ongoing in the EP on the creation of EP Intergroups. ECSA, together with other creators’ organisations, is supporting the Cultural and Creative Industries Intergroup, which recently introduced certain specific important issues for creators. EP Political parties are now considering whether to support this intergroup before the EP Conference of Presidents takes a final decision in mid-December.

 

 

Creative Europe: EU Budget and ongoing negotiations

 

ECSA coordinated a joint letter calling EU Member States to support an ambitious budget for the next Creative Europe Programme (2021-2027). The letter has been signed by 90 organisations and sent to MEPs and Member States. As negotiations on the general EU budget will intensify in the coming months, the goal of the letter is to underline the need for a strong budget for Culture in general and for the Creative Europe Programme in particular. Those negotiations are expected to last for several months and continue under the Croatian Presidency (First semester 2020).
In the meantime, the content of the next Creative Europe Regulation (2021-2027) is still being negotiated between the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council. In line with its position, ECSA continues to advocate for certain important elements, notably regarding the need to put a specific focus on the music sector.

 

 

Study on the Health and Well-being of Music Creators

 

The present call for tender aims at undertaking a study on the specific health risks and concerns that affect musicians and creators of music. This call is published within the context of the preparatory action ‘Music Moves Europe: Boosting European music diversity and talent’. The general objective of this call is to deliver an expert study that provides a general overview of the occupational health risks musicians and music creators face, and an EU-wide mapping of existing initiatives contributing towards the prevention and treatment of adverse health issues related to performance and musical creation.  This study should identify best practices, successful interventions and experiences. Through the analysis of these cases, the study should identify possible solutions on how to improve the health and working conditions and career longevity of musicians and music creators.

We encourage all ECSA Members interested in contributing to this study to contact the ECSA Office. 

 

 

ECSA Session – Brussels

 

ECSA is glad to announce to all its members that its 2020 Winter Session is going to take place from 3 to 5 October in Brussels. A new unified session presenting the state of play of ECSA advocacy and cultural activities will be followed by the usual committee meetings, the General Assembly and Working Group meetings. Besides the meetings, the ECSA members will have the opportunity to attend the Creators Conference, the Camille Awards ceremony and the ECCO concert.

 

 

ECCO Home Page Launch

 

ECSA proudly presents a dedicated website for ECCO. Now you can read about the ECCO concert series, its history, past and current concert editions and the featured composers, ensembles and conductors. It will also include the call for works and any other relevant information. Check it out at: www.eccoconcert.eu

 

 

HARPA Nordic Film Music Days & Film Composers Awards

 

The 10th edition of HARPA Nordic Film Music Days & Nordic Film Composers Award will take place from February 22nd to 25th at the Nordische Botschaften in Berlin. The HARPA offer the opportunity to meet Nordic film- and media composers, meet their music and the industry.
To relive last year’s edition, watch this video and see pictures here.

DRAFT PROGRAM HARPA Nordic Film Music Days & Nordic Film Composers Award
Sunday February 23rd
PUBLIC Screenings | all nominated films introduced by the nomination video or if possible, by the nominated composer in person
Monday February 24th
Seminars, lectures | award show | mingling

 

 

FEDORA Call for Applications 2019

 

FEDORA is dedicated to the future of opera and ballet by supporting the next generation of talented artists and making these art forms more accessible. The FEDORA Prizes encourage and support innovative and creative artistic projects in the making. So far, FEDORA has invested more than €1.3 million in 13 innovative opera and dance projects from 18 countries, which have been performed more than 400 times by 64 co-producing cultural institutions.
Discover now if your project is eligible for funding! You can apply until December 13th, 2019 and win up to €350,000!

 

 

Call for Works – Styrian Tone Arts Association 

 

The „Styrian Tone Arts Association“ (STB) in Austria announces an international composition competition for string trio and string duo resp. Composers of all ages, all sexes and from all nationalities are admitted to participate. The submissions have to be sent by e-mail as anonymous PDF-score between 6th January and 31st March 2020. The winners will be selected in a final public concert in November/December 2020 in Graz/Austria with the participation of the audience. Visit the website for more information.

 

European authors and performers support the Cultural and Creative Industries’ Intergroup

 

Dear Member of the European Parliament,

Culture unites Europeans and celebrates our common identity and diversity. Authors and performers’ creativity and work contribute to the wealth and pride of European culture. Together with your fellow MEP colleagues you have the opportunity to ensure that Europe retains its best talents and builds the next generation of creators.

We call on you to support the Cultural and Creative Industries’ intergroup which will be the indispensable forum for MEPs to elaborate long-term policy solutions and initiatives to support the European creators and the cultural and creative sectors.

As a group of European creators’ organisations, we have been advocating for a Parliament’s intergroup that would look at how different legal frameworks and industry practices impact creators’ economic, labour and moral rights and the quality of European production. As an EU decision-maker, it is your responsibility to ensure they can continue to create and, in doing so, bring lasting benefits to the whole society.

There are many issues to address: from European creators’ education, life-long training, working conditions, financial situation, career development, welfare systems supportive of discontinuous employment, new technologies, mobility, proper remuneration for both their work and the exploitation of their works, etc.

In the last few years, the European Parliament played a key role to strengthen creators’ rights – most notably in the context of the Copyright Directives. Such an Intergroup would enable the European Parliament to continue this work and best assess whether those Directives deliver the concrete benefits the European Parliament fought so hard to support.

Yours sincerely,

The organisations

AEPO ARTIS – Association of European Performers’ Organisations – Nicole Schulze, Director
CAE – Culture Action Europe, Tere Badia, Secretary General
ECSA – European Composer and Songwriter Alliance – Marc du Moulin, Secretary General
EVA – European Visual Artists – Carola Streul, Secretary General
EWC – European Writers Council – Myriam Diocaretz, Secretary General
FERA – Federation of European Film Directors – Pauline Durand-Vialle, Chief Executive
FIM – International Federation of Musicians – Benoît Machuel, General Secretary
FSE – Federation of Screenwriters in Europe – David Kavanagh, Executive Officer.
IAO – International Artists Organisation – Nacho Garcia Vega, President
SAA – Society of Audiovisual Authors – Cécile Despringre, Executive Director
UNI MEI – Johannes Studinger, Head of UNI MEI

Please download here the PDF version of the letter.

Open Letter to EU Leaders on the future of the Creative Europe Programme

 

Creative Europe Programme 2021-2027
Investing in our culture is investing in our future
Open letter to EU leaders from Europe’s cultural and creative sectors

 

Dear President of the European Council,
Dear Member States representatives,

We are writing as a group of 93 organisations from across Europe’s cultural and creative sectors ahead of the European Council discussions on the future EU budget.

At this key juncture of the negotiations on a future EU Multi-Financial Framework (2021-2027), we call on you to support the European Parliament’s proposed budget for the Creative Europe Programme 2021-2027 , the only EU framework Programme dedicated to cultural and creative sectors.

Today, Creative Europe represents a mere 0,15% of the overall EU Budget. This is by no means proportionate to our sectors’ contribution to the EU economy, which stands at €509bn in value added to GDP and over 12 million full-time jobs (7.5 % of the EU’s work force) .

Our culture and our talents support artistic freedom and media pluralism, which are crucial for maintaining open, inclusive and creative societies. Yet, culture is low on the EU’s political agenda, and these sectors remain structurally underfinanced. The financing gap for Europe’s cultural and creative SMEs alone is estimated to be somewhere between €8bn and €13bn .

This is why we welcome the European Parliament’s proposal to increase the Creative Europe budget to €2.8bn. We call on the Council to support this much-needed boost to the future of Europe’s arts, culture and heritage, and the values they promote.

The contribution of Europe’s cultural and creative sectors to the social, economic and artistic development of Europe fully justifies the added value of EU investment in culture.

Our common values and our unique cultural diversity lie at the center of our collective European project and are the best ambassadors for the EU’s global influence in the world.

Investing in our culture is investing in our future. Let’s show a high level of ambition and shape a brighter future for Europe.

The undersigned organisations

1. AEC – Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen
2. AEPO ARTIS
3. AER – Association of European Radios
4. ANIMATION in EUROPE
5. b.creative – the global network for cultural & creative entrepreneurs
6. CEM – Centre Européen de Musique
7. CEPI- EUROPEAN AUDIOVISUAL PRODUCTION
8. CEPIC – Centre of the Picture Industry
9. CICAE – Confédération Internationale des Cinémas d’Art et d’Essai
10. CAE – Culture Action Europe
11. CEATL – European Literary Translators
12. CILECT – International Association of film and television schools
13. Circostrada Network
14. Cumulus
15. EAA – European Association of Archaeologists
16. EAS – European Association for Music in Schools
17. EBU – European Broadcasting Union
18. ECCD – European Coalition for Cultural Diversity
19. E.C.C.O. – European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers’ Organisations
20. ECF – European Cultural Foundation
21. ECSA – European Composer & Songwriter Alliance
22. EDN – European DanceHouse Network
23. EFA – European Festivals Association
24. EFAITH – European Federation of Associations of Industrial and Technical Heritage
25. EFFORTS – European Federation of Fortified Sites
26. EGDF – European Games Developer Federation
27. EIFB – European and International Booksellers Federation
28. ELIA – European League of Institutes of the Arts
29. EMA – European Museum Academy
30. EMC – European Music Council
31. EMCY – European Union of Music Competitions for Youth
32. EMEE – European Music Exporters Exchange
33. EMMA – European Music Managers Alliance
34. EMU – European Music School Union
35. ENCATC – European Network on cultural management and policy
36. ENCC – European Network of Cultural Centres
37. ERIH – European Route of Industrial Heritage
38. ESNS – Eurosonic Noorderslag
39. ETC – European Theatre Convention
40. European Choral Association – Europa Cantat
41. Eurocinema
42. Europa Cinemas
43. Europa Distribution, The European Network of Independent Film Publishers and Distributors
44. Europa International
45. European Jazz Network
46. Europa Nostra
47. Europavox
48. European Heritage Alliance 3.3
49. European Mozart Ways
50. EUYO – European Union Youth Orchestra
51. Eurozine – European Network of Cultural Journals
52. EWC – European Writers’ Council
53. FEDEC – European Federation of Professional Circus Schools
54. FEP – Federation of European Publishers
55. FERA – Federation of European Film Directors
56. FIA – International Federation of Actors
57. FIAD – International Federation of Film Distributors’ Associations
58. FIAPF – International Federation of Film Producers Association
59. FIM – International Federation of Musicians
60. FSE – The Federation of Screenwriters in Europe
61. GESAC – European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers
62. gigmit
63. IAMIC – International Association of Music Information Centres
64. IAO – International Artist Organisation of Music
65. ICMP – International Confederation of Music Publishers
66. ICOMOS – the International Council on Monuments and Sites
67. IETM – International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts
68. IFPI – International Federation of the Phonographic Industry
69. IMPALA – Independent Music Companies Association
70. IMPF – Independent Music Publishers International Forum
71. IMMF – International music managers forum
72. IMZ International Music + Media Centre
73. INES – Innovation Network of European Showcase Festivals
74. IN SITU – European Platform for Artistic Creation in Public Space
75. Interpret Europe
76. ISFE – The Interactive Software Federation Europe
77. IVF – International Video Federation
78. JM International
79. Live DMA – European Network for Live Music Associations
80. Liveurope – The Live Music Platform for New European Talent
81. Mad’in Europe
82. MCA – Michael Culture Association
83. NEMO – Network of European Museum Organisations
84. On the Move
85. Pearle*- Live Performance Europe
86. REMA – European Early Music Network
87. SAA -Society of Audiovisual Authors
88. SEE Network – South East European Network
89. SHAPE platform
90. Sistema Europe
91. TEH – Trans Europe Halles
92. UNIC – International Union of Cinemas
93. UNIMEI – UNI – Media, Entertainment & Arts

 

NEWS FROM ECSA – OCTOBER EDITION

 

 



NEW EUROPEAN COMMISSION (EC) DELAYED FOR AT LEAST A MONTH

 

Following the European Parliament’s rejection of three Commissioners designate – Sylvie Goulard (France), Rovana Plumb (Romania) and László Trócsányi (Hungary) – the entry into function of the new EC, initially planned on 1st November, has been delayed. It will not take place until 1st December 2019, at the soonest. Once those three Member States have designated new candidates, the European Parliament will carry out new hearings with them, before finally approving or rejecting the new European Commission as whole. Olivér Várhelyi has been nominated by Hungary whereas France designated Thierry Breton, who is expected to take over the portfolio initially foreseen for Mrs. Goulard, including copyright and audiovisual policies. However, Mrs. Von der Leyen, President elect of the new European Commission, is still expecting the nominees for Romania (which has no government at the time being) and for the UK, which will also need to designate a Commissioner, due to the “Brexit” extension granted to the UK. From 1st November 2019 to the entry function of the new EC, the current Juncker’s Commission will still be in place but only as a “caretaker” Commission (dealing with “current business”/”affaires courantes”).

 

 

 

COPYRIGHT DIRECTIVE: ECSA AT THE FIRST STAKEHOLDERS’ DIALOGUE ON ARTICLE 17

 

On behalf of ECSA, Anselm Kreuzer (German composer for film music, TV music and music for new audiovisual media, and an active board member of the Composers Club since 2014) participated to the first EC stakeholder’s meeting on Article 17 of the Copyright Directive on 15 October 2019. This meeting was focused on music, software and gaming whereas the next meeting (5 November) will cover audiovisual, sports, visual and text (books, press, news). Anselm presented ECSA’s views regarding the current practices and experiences concerning the cooperation between rights-holders and online content sharing service providers. The outcome of this dialogue will feed into the preparation of the Commission’s guidance on the application of Article 17, as referred to in the Directive. The next stakeholders’ dialogue meetings will take place on 5 and 25 November and on 16 December 2019. 

 

 

 

MUSIC MOVES EUROPE PREPARATORY ACTION: THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ADOPTS A SIGNIFICANT BUDGET FOR 2020

 

On 23 October 2019, the European Parliament (EP) adopted its position for the 2020 EU budget. In particular, the EP approved an amendment supported by the EP Budgetary and Culture committees for a budget of 2,5 million euros for the 3rd edition of Music Moves Europe, the overarching framework for the European Commission’s initiatives and actions in support of Europe’s music sector. In addition to the resources not spent in 2019, the total budget for the 2020 edition could amount to €3.5 million euros. However, this budget is not final yet and could be impacted by the Brexit or the forthcoming negotiations with the Council. Together with a large number of organizations in the music sector, ECSA has expressed its support for such a budget (see here) and warmly welcomes this strong support for Music Moves Europe.

 

 

 

ECSA AT DEEDS NOT WORDS

 

On 15 October, the ECSA Executive Officer attended “Deeds not Words” event, organized by UK Permanent Representation to the EU, together with Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Regions. The symposium highlighted best practices of gender equality in music and art across Europe and discussed ways to promote change in the creative sector. Many inspiring initiatives were presented during the panels: among them, RISE Liverpool, a platform supporting and connecting female artists, producers and policy makers at local and international level in order to create artworks and projects which can inspire the next generation of women artists; Both Sides Now, a programme of talent development for young and emerging female musicians, Women in Live Music, a platform for women working behind the scenes in the live music sector, such as sound engineers, light designers, stage managers, tour managers, etc.; the WeAreEquals – Music Academy, taking place this year in Spain and training future leaders of electronic music in developing their careers in order to contribute to the achievement of gender equality and social diversity in the music sector. The symposium then debated major issues affecting the cultural and creative sector, with a special focus on the lack of welfare protection that affects freelance female artists and other professionals, and the need of promoting role models to achieve a better gender balance.

 

 

 

ECSA SESSION – STOCKHOLM EDITION

 

Another successful ECSA Autumn Session was held in Stockholm from 7 to 9 October 2019, hosted by Skap (The Swedish Society of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) and FST (The Swedish Society of Composers). The welcome reception at the Stockholm City Hall has been followed by two intense and productive days of debates on strategic issues within the Committee Meetings, the General Assembly and the Future Lab. On 8 October, an open rehearsal of the ECCO concert with the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet was held, with the attendance of music students and music enthusiasts to discuss with the ensemble and composers about their music and the composition process. In the evening, the ECCO concert took place at the Royal College of Music, where ECSA, FST and Skap with the support of Creative Europe presented pieces from 6 European countries. 

 

 

 

ECCO CALL FOR WORKS!

 

The call for works for the next ECCO concert in Brussels 2020 is here. ECSA’s ECF committee members are kindly invited to participate in the call for works for the 13th ECCO concert that will feature the Ensemble Fractales on 4th February 2020 at Flagey. Deadline for submission is Tuesday 3rd December 2019 – 12:00pm (CEST). See here for the submission information. 

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL MUSIC, ARTS & BUSINESS FORUM 2019

 

ECSA delegates John Groves and Micky Meuser participated at the 2019 International Music, Arts & Business Forum which took place in Vienna on 11th October. The event was organised by the Wirtschaftskammer Österreich in collaboration with the Donau-Universität Krems, Zentrum für Angewandte Musikforschung. The day brought discussions on how the massive changes in the music industry over the last 20 years require pragmatic solutions and rapid action to create sustainable and fairer business models for all stakeholders: music creators, distributors and digital platforms.  The experts explored how digitalization and new technologies could be used in business in a meaningful way and what could the music industry learn from the film and media industry. Click here for the official programme. 

 

 

 

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY!

 

ECSA is offering a new job opportunity at our office in Brussels, Belgium. We are looking for a trainee in Communication! Ideally, the candidate will have a strong background in communications, social media and European affairs. See here for the submission information.

ECCO Call for Works for Brussels is here!

The new call for works for the ECCO concert in Brussels 2020 is here!

ECSA’s ECF committee members are kindly invited to participate in the Call for Works for the ECCO Concert that will feature the Ensemble Fractales. The concert will take place on 4th February 2020 in Flagey, Brussels. 

Please find all the details and necessary submission information here below:

Deadline for submission is Tuesday 3rd December 2019 – 12:00pm (CEST).

NEWS FROM ECSA – SEPTEMBER EDITION

 

 



THE VON DER LEYEN COMMISSION

 

On 10 September 2019, the President elect of the European Commission (EC), Mrs. Von der Leyen, presented her team for the new European Commission expected to enter into office on 1st November 2019. At present, the European Parliament is organising hearings to test this team and will eventually have to approve the new EC before it takes its function. Together with other organizations active in the cultural sector, ECSA voiced its concerns regarding the absence of the word “Culture” in the titles of the 27 Commissioners. Culture features however in the letters of missions under the leadership and responsibilities of Mr. Schinas and, more importantly, Mrs. Gabriel. Her portfolio would cover the “full implementation of the New European Agenda for Culture”, the promotion of creative industries as well as a leading role “for an ambitious Creative Europe Programme”. As for authors’ rights and digital issues, Mrs. Margarethe Vestager (Renew-Denmark), current Commissioner for Competition,inherits from an important position of Executive Vice President “Europe fit for the Digital Age”, which would encompass all digital policies. Mrs. Sylvie Goulard (France – Renew) will be competent on copyright and audiovisual policies and have an important role in that regard. 

 

 

ECSA UPDATED POSITION ON CREATIVE EUROPE

 

As the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission are now engaging in interinstitutional negotiations on the future Creative Europe Programme, the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) recently release its final position to contribute to the debates on the EU’s framework programme supporting the cultural and creative sectors. ECSA also published a joint statement with other organisations of creators – film directors, screenwriters, actors – in the audiovisual sector to push specifically for amendments 131 and 132 (also included in the ECSA position), which are favorable to all audiovisual creators – including audiovisual composers, and their fair treatment. ECSA is also currently very active to defend its position in the context of the ongoing negotiations between the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission with Mrs. Gabriel as the responsible Commissioner.

 

 

ECSA GENDER EQUALITY CHARTER IN THE EENCA STUDY ON GENDER GAP IN THE CULTURAL AND CREATIVE SECTORS

 

The ECSA Gender Equality Charter has been mentioned in the study Gender Gap in the Cultural and Creative Sectors published by the European Expert Network on Culture and Audiovisual (EENCA). The Charter is quoted as a best practice example in addressing gender gaps in the music sector and described as “…the result of collaboration, discussion and debate among the ECSA Gender Equality Working Group and the community of ECSA’s members […] meant to inspire ECSA Member Organisations and other stakeholders to take action and act to change the gender imbalance women experience in the music industry today”.

 

 

ECSA AUTUMN SESSION

 

 From 7th to 9th October, ECSA members’ representatives will meet at the ECSA Autumn Session in Stockholm. ECSA committee meetings, General Assembly and Future Lab will be hosted by Skap (The Swedish Society of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) and FST (The Swedish Society of Composers). ECSA delegates will be officially welcomed by the city of Stockholm with a welcome reception at the city hall on 7th October. The next day will bring discussions within the three Committees on relevant developments within their music genre as well as ECSA’s activities. In the afternoon, an open rehearsal of the ECCO concert with the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet will be held, inviting music students and music enthusiasts to follow the discussions between ensemble and composers. In the evening, the ECCO concert will take place at the Royal College of Music, where ECSA, FST and Skap with the support of Creative Europe will present pieces from 6 European countries. On the last day, ECSA will hold its General Assembly and a Future Lab at the Ljusgården.

 

 

SAVE THE DATE: CREATORS CONFERENCE !

 

The Creators Conference changed date and venue. ECSA is pleased to announce that the Creators Conference will take place on 3rd February 2020 in the afternoon at Theatre de Vaudeville in Brussels. Current and future EU policies that are relevant for creators will be discussed with high level EU policy makers. The conference will be followed by a special Camille Awards ceremony. Stay tuned for more information!

 

 

 

NEW WELCOME HUB: PARIS!

 

ECSA is glad to announce a new Welcome Hub has been established in Paris in partnership with its French member SNAC (Syndicat National des Auteurs et des Compositeurs). The hub will provide a first contact point together with information and assistance for composers and songwriters in the ECSA network. The Welcome Hubs are also meant to facilitate collaborations among composers and songwriters and attract diverse members with heterogeneous knowledge.

 

 

 

ALFONS KARABUDA IS THE NEW PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COUNCIL

 

ECSA joins the international community in congratulating Mr. Karabuda on his election and wish him all the best as he begins this new chapter. ECSA looks forward to continuing to work closely with the International Music Council as we advance our shared mission of improving to promote the rights of authors of music at the national, European and international level. Check our Press Release on the election here.

PC: Ola Jacobsen

 

 

 

ECSA MEMBERS AT REEPERBAHN FESTIVAL

 

ECSA’s European Affairs and Programme Manager Alicja Swierczek attended the Reeperbahn Festival 2019 in Hamburg in order to follow the panel on the EU Copyright Directive, moderated by Ivors Academy board member and ECSA delegate Helienne Lindvall. Moreover, she followed the press conference on the Keychange initiative and various panels on rights management amongst others on the topic how to live from music, where Alexander Zuckowski, chair of ECSA’s new member VERSO was a panellist. Other panels dealt with the state of play of blockchain, mapping the royalty chain, the development of digital music distribution, the value of music and copyright in the digital age, fingerprinting technology of GEMA and the presentation of user centric distribution from Deezer.

 

 

 

ECSA WELCOMES VERSO & APC

 

ECSA is very happy to welcome two new members: German organisation VERSO Vereinigung Deutscher Songwriter (now an integral part of DKV for pop music) and its first member organisation from Portugal: the APC. The recently reactivated Portuguese Association of Composers (APC) is joining ECSA as from October 2019. APC has the mission of enhancing conditions, means and necessary circumstances for the creation of contemporary music. APC is currently supporting music formations dedicated to the repertory of the 20th and 21st century, offering resistance to any form of cultural inertia through the expansion of access to sound experimentation to a wide variety of composers, interpreters and audiences.

 

 

 

NEW TEAM MEMBER

We are very happy to introduce you to our new trainee. Tugce Akkoyun is a Turkish student, currently in her Master Degree in Communication Studies: New Media and Society in Europe. Tugce joined in September to help the ECSA Office on communication activities and the upcoming projects. Let’s make her feel welcome!

Press Release: Alfons Karabuda becomes the new President of the International Music Council

Paris, 28th September 2019

This Saturday, Alfons Karabuda composer and President of ECSA (European Composer & Songwriter Alliance) and SKAP (the Swedish Association of Composers Songwriters and Lyricists) was elected President for the UNESCO-founded International Music Council.

”It is a great honor to be confided with the task of leading the world’s greatest network for music creators. IMC’s members come from across the globe and consist of all the various parts of the musical eco system. UNESCO founded IMC in 1949 to in a tough post war time to build bridges and values through music and culture.” Alfons Karabuda says.

Throughout the past six years Mr. Karabuda has been a driving force at IMC’s executive board, dedicating himself to promote access to music for all and recognize the value of music in the lives of all people, while exploring new frontiers of collaboration between IMC and other global actors within music and copyright.

“When I look at the work being done by the IMC, I am struck by the importance of it, by the necessity of it, and by the passion it manifests in all our activity. In a more and more siloed music business, it is through IMC we can work across genres and together create and show the true value of music”, Alfons Karabuda says.

ECSA joins the international community in congratulating Mr. Karabuda on his election and wish him all the best as he begins this new chapter. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the International Music Council as we advance our shared mission of improving to promote the rights of authors of music at the national, European and International level.

 

 The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) represents over 30,000 professional composers and songwriters in 28 European countries. With more than 60 members organisations across Europe, the Alliance speaks for the interests of music creators of art & classical music (contemporary), film & audiovisual music, as well as popular music.

Please click here for the PDF version of this Press Release.

For more information or interview requests regarding ECSA or Alfons Karabuda, contact ECSA Project & Communication Officer Alessandra Callegari at alessandra.callegari@composeralliance.org

MEDIA must support audiovisual creators

 

Brussels, 25 September 2019

The undersigned organisations of audiovisual creators (film and TV directors, audiovisual composers, screenwriters, actors) urge the European Institutions to stand in favor of European creators in the MEDIA Programme.

Committed to its long-standing position in favor of creators, the European Parliament adopted two amendments supporting “European networks of audiovisual creators” as part of the of the MEDIA Programme (amendment 131) and promoting “specific measures to contribute to the fair treatment of creative talent in the audiovisual sector” (amendment 132).

At present, only 1 of the 16 MEDIA support schemes can potentially directly benefit individual creators (Training). As a result, the MEDIA Programme is of very little relevance to individual European creators facing a multiple and diverse challenges ranging from artistic freedom to precarious and unstable working conditions – while such a support scheme exists in the Culture programme for creators from other cultural and creative industries. 

The imbalance field between different actors in the audiovisual value chain is not acceptable. This is the reason why the European Parliament rightfully decided to support creators for the first time in the future Media Programme. Fostering a competitive, and culturally diverse European audiovisual sector also means supporting the creative talent which is at the origin of each European film, documentary or TV series: directors, screenwriters, audiovisual composers, actors, etc. 

We therefore urge the European Institutions to seize this opportunity to stand in favor of creators by supporting European networks of audiovisual creators (amendment 131), as adopted by the European Parliament.

We also sincerely hope that the notion of fair treatment of creative talent (amendment 132) will be retained in the MEDIA Programme, as it is a core value which should feature throughout the Programme at all stages of production and distribution.

We very much hope that you will support the amendments mentioned above and we stay at your disposal for any additional information.

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EuroFIA – European group of the International Federation of Actors

European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA)

Federation of European Film Directors (FERA)

Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE)

UNI Global Union media, entertainment & arts (UNI MEI)

 

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ECSA’s position on the interinstitutional negotiations on the future Creative Europe Programme

 

As the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission are now engaging in interinstitutional negotiations on the future Creative Europe Programme, the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) would like to share its views and contribute further to the debates on the EU’s framework programme supporting the cultural and creative sectors.

Time for the EU to show its commitment to Culture

As the forthcoming negotiations on the future Multi-Financial-Framework will show the European Union’s level commitment to culture, we call on Member States and the European Commission to support the EP’s proposal to double the Creative Europe’s budget.

The European Commission’s proposed budget (€1.85bn) was a first step in the right direction but is still a drop in the ocean, limited to 0,16% of the overall EU budget. Of the overall budget, only one third is allocated to the Culture strand, which covers all cultural and creative sectors, except the audiovisual sector. This does not reflect the European cultural and creative sector’s contribution to jobs and growth (4,4% of EU GDP and 12 million jobs) but also fails to take into consideration the positive impact of culture and artistic freedom on education, social cohesion, and common European values.

For a future Creative Europe Programme tailored to the significant challenges faced by creators in the European music landscape.

As the European Commission rightly pointed out, “music constitutes an important pillar of European culture and is probably the cultural and creative sector with the largest audience reach. It is an essential component of Europe’s cultural diversity and it has the power to bring positive changes in society. Music has also a great economic importance: the sector, based on small and medium businesses, employs more people than the film industry and generates more than 25 billion Euros of revenue annually[i].” However, less than 4% of the Creative Europe budget goes to music related projects. Such a budget does not reflect the important challenges of the sector, such as the fair remuneration of creators and the need for more European diversity in the digital environment. Music Moves Europe, the framework for the European Commission’s initiatives and actions in support of Europe’s music sector, is an important step in the right direction and should be further supported to build bridges across diverse European musical cultures.

  • We therefore call on the European Institutions to support the EP’s amendments 11 (recital 7a), 69 (Article 4 – paragraph 2 a new). We also fully support the EP’s amendment 114 (Annex I – point 1 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 2 – point a) which highlights the “visibility and recognition of creators” and “networking” activities as important objectives and activities to address the specific challenges faced by music creators.

A real support to creators’ values and needs across all strands

Both the European Parliament and the Council adopted positive provisions that show their commitment to creators’ values, such as artistic freedom, the visibility and recognition of creators and the promotion of diverse musical works. ECSA also welcomes all the amendments supporting the mobility and professionalisation of creators as well as the ones aiming to achieve a more balanced gender participation in the cultural and creative sectors.

  • We therefore call on the European Institutions to support the EP amendments 6 (recital 5), 23 (recital 12a), 25 (recital 13a), 49 (Article 3, paragraph 1, point a), 55 (Article 3 – paragraph 2 – point c a), 59 (Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point -a), 60 (Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point -a a), 64 (Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point d), 65 (Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point d a), 66 (Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point e), 114 (Annex I – point 1 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 2 – point a), as well as the Council amendments to recital 4a) and Article 3 – paragraph 2 – point b.

Faithful to its long-standing position in favor of creators, the European Parliament also decided to adopt, for the first-time, measures supporting European networks of audiovisual creators” as part of the of the MEDIA Programme (Amendment 131) and to promote “specific measures to contribute to the fair treatment of creative talent in the audiovisual sector” (Amendment 132). Although insufficient, the Council position pursues a comparable objective by “supporting the creation, circulation and promotion of European works, including through mobility, networking and collaboration of creators and professionals” (Article 3 – paragraph 2 – point b).

Today, the MEDIA Programme is almost exclusively supporting industrial players in the audiovisual sector: only 1 of the 16 MEDIA support schemes can potentially directly benefit individual creators (Training). This clearly does not reflect their creative contribution nor their specific challenges as self-employed and freelancers working in precarious and unstable labour conditions. Supporting a competitive, creative and culturally diverse European audiovisual sector also means fostering the creative talent which is at the origin of each European film, documentary or TV series: directors, screenwriters, film composers, actors, etc.

  • We therefore urge the European Institutions to stand in favor of creators by supporting European networks of audiovisual creators (Amendment 131), as adopted by the European Parliament. We sincerely hope that the notion of fair treatment of creative talent (Amendment 132) will feature in the final MEDIA Programme, throughout all stages of production and distribution of audiovisual works.

We hope that you will support the views and amendments mentioned above and we stay at your disposal for any questions or comments you might have.

[i] https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/creative-europe/actions/music-moves-europe_en

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