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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)

 

Please see here the pdf version

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

Please download here the PDF version. 

NEWS FROM ECSA – AUGUST EDITION

 

Welcome Back, everyone! As you slowly reapproach your work desks, enjoy these news bits and get ready for an autumn full of surprises! 🙂

 


 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS – MUSIC MOVES EUROPE

 

The new Creative Europe call is dedicated to boosting European Music Diversity and Talent Call on Professionalisation and Training. The overall aim of this call is to identify and to support at least 10 innovative and sustainable pilot training programmes for young musicians and professionals in the music sector that have a European dimension. Lessons learnt from these pilot training proposals should improve the sector’s capacity and contribute to its professionalization. Finally, these findings should feed into an integrated strategy for music support for the next generation of EU funding programmes after 2020.  Deadline : 31 October 2019

 

 

COPYRIGHT DIRECTIVE:

 

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION LAUNCHES THE STAKEHOLDER’S DIALOGUE BETWEEN TECH PLATFORMS AND RIGHT HOLDERS ON ARTICLE 17 OF THE COPYRIGHT DIRECTIVE.

 

On 28 August, the European Commission published a call for expression of interest (deadline on 18 September) to participate in the stakeholder dialogue on the application of Article 17 of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. The goal of the dialogue is to discuss practical solutions and actions to be taken by online content-sharing service providers for the application of Article 17. Its results are expected to feed into the preparation of the European Commission’s guidance on the application of Article 17, as mentioned in the Directive. The Commission will hold the first meeting of the stakeholder dialogue on 15 October, in Brussels. Further meetings will be organised in the coming months.

 

 

ECSA AUTUMN SESSION

 

The ECSA Autumn Session is approaching! The Session, consisting of the usual committee meetings and the General Assembly, as well as the ECSA Future LAB, will take place from the 7th to the 9th of October 2019 in Stockholm, hosted by Skap (The Swedish Society of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) and FST (The Swedish Society of Composers).

 

 

 

ECCO CONCERT

 

On 8th October two events under the frame of ECCO will take place: an ECCO workshop consisting of an open rehearsal and the ECCO concert later on that same day. Both events will take place at the Royal College for Music in Stockholm. The Stockholm Saxophone Quartet will perform 6 pieces from 7 European composers. Please reserve your tickets here.

 


 

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!

 

 

 

SOUNDTRACK COLOGNE – 16TH EDITION

28TH AUGUST – 1ST SEPTEMBER 2019

 

The 16th edition of the SoundTrack Cologne, Europe’s largest congress for music and sound in film, games and media is now taking place in Cologne, Germany. The goal of the congress – which features around 50 roundtables, panels and workshops – is to exchange on current legal, cultural, technical developments in the field of media music. On 29 August, ECSA Secretary General Marc du Moulin intervened on a panel about the challenges for the implementation of the EU Copyright Directive with Helga Trüpel (former MEP who played a decisive role for the adoption of the Directive), Micki Meuser (audiovisual composer, GEMA Board member and DEFKOM’s delegate to ECSA), Anselm Kreuzer (composer & audiovisual artist), John Groves (audiovisual composer, Composers Club, ECSA Treasurer and Vice Chair of the Film and Audiovisual Music Committee – FFACE) and Christoph Rinnert (composer, Composers Club). All speakers highlighted the positive aspects of the Directive but underlined the need to actively defend an ambitious implementation at national level so that it can fully deliver its promises for all music authors in the EU. We warmly thank the SoundTrack Cologne’s organisers for their kind cooperation with ECSA and wish them all the best for a successful 16th edition!

 

 

 

IMC 6TH WORLD FORUM ON MUSIC

 

Do not miss the very special celebration of the 70th anniversary of the International Music Council! It will be held in the framework of the 6th World Forum on Music to be held in Paris, September 28th  – 1st October 2019. In recognition of the IMC Five Music Rights, which represent the basic values of our organization, the Forum theme is: “Give Me Five: The Five Music Rights in Action”. Do not miss the opportunity to meet and engage with colleagues from various areas of the music sector to broaden your horizons and find inspiration for new projects.

NEWS FROM ECSA – JULY EDITION

 


 

EU AFFAIRS UPATE

 

European Commission: Election of Ursula Von der Leyen as new President of the European Commission

 

On 16 July 2019, following the proposal by the European Council, Mrs. Ursula von der Leyen (Member of the CDU, Germany) has been elected as new President of the European Commission with a narrow margin of 383 votes in favour and 327 against. She presented her political priorities (see here) where cultural policies do not feature as an important priority. She previously served in Mrs. Merkel’s German federal government as Minister of State, Minister of Family Affairs and Youth, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs and Minister of Defence. Her brother is Hans-Holger Albrecht, CEO of Deezer.

Mrs. Von der Leyen will now have to form a new team and assign portfolios to the Commissioners currently being designated by each Member States. The European Parliament will then organize hearings in September/October with the Commissioners designate before the responsible parliamentary committees. Ultimately, the European Parliament will have to approve the new European Commission (as a whole) before it enters office on 1st November 2019. ECSA will closely monitor this process in the field of culture and authors’rights (Culture and Legal Affairs committees), with a view to defend and promote the rights of music authors during the forthcoming legislature.

 

European Parliament: Election of David Sassoli as President of the European Parliament (EP) and formation of the EP committees

 

On 3 July 2019, Italian S&D Member David Sassoli was elected as new European Parliament’s President with 345 votes out of 667 votes cast in the second ballot. He is a former TV journalist and has been a MEP since 2009. Later in July, the different EP committees held their first meetings where they elected their Chair and Vice-Chairs for a two-and-a-half-year term: Mrs. Sabine Verheyen (EPP, Germany – Rapporteur of the AVMS Directive) has been elected as Chair of the Culture and Education committee (CULT). CULT also elected its 1st Vice-Chair, Romeo Franz (Greens, Germany), a violin and guitar player, as well as its 2nd Vice-Chair, Dace Melbārde (ECR, Latvia- Latvian minister of culture between 2013 till 2019 ) and its 3rd Vice-Chair, Julie Ward (S&D, UK), a strong supporter of the Copyright Directive). Massimiliano Smeriglio (S&D-Italy) has replaced Mrs. Silvia Costa as rapporteur on the next Creative Europe Program whereas Tomasz Frankowski (EPP-Poland) will also play an important role on this file as EPP shadow rapporteur.

In the Legal Affairs committee (JURI / competent on authors’ rights), JURI Members elected Lucy NETHSINGHA (Renew Europe, UK ) as Chair, Sergey LAGODINSKY (Greens, Germany) as first Vice-Chair, Marion WALSMANN (EPP, Germany) as second Vice-Chair, Ibán GARCIA DEL BLANCO (S&D-Spain) as third Vice-Chair and Raffaele STANCANELLI (ECR) as the fourth Vice-Chair. Please find here and here the full list of MEPs in CULT and JURI. ECSA will continue to reach out to those MEPs so that they duly take into account the views and needs of creators.


 

ECCO Concert: Selection Announced

 

On 4th July, the ECCO Artistic Committee consisting of chair Dušan Bavdek (Slovenia), Jana Andreevska (North Macedonia), Irina Hasnas (Romania) and Olli Virtaperko (Finland) and Jörgen Pettersson, member of the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, selected the pieces for the 13th edition of the ECCO concert which will take place at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm on 8th October 2019.

The selected composers and their pieces are the following:

• Benjamin Lang (Germany) – Old Scatness
• Nils Henrik Asheim (Norway) – Glasshus
• Nina Šenk (Slovenia) – Phases of Water
• Tatjana Kozlova – Johannes (Estonia) – Lost motion
• Tomasz Skweres (Austria) – Penrose Square
• Paulina Sundin (Sweden) and Monty Adkins (UK) – Rondures

Make sure not to miss the open rehearsal organised by ECSA’s member the Swedish Society of Composers (FST- Föreningen Svenska Tonsättare) in the framework of ECCO!

The workshop will be held at the Royal College for Music in Stockholm on 8th October 2019 from 15:00-17:00.

A link to reserve the tickets will be published on 12th August 2019.

 

 

SoundTrack_Cologne 16th edition

 

The media music conference SoundTrack_Cologne will take place for the 16th time from August 28th through August 31st. It is Europe’s leading congress for music and sound in film, games and media, and a source of inspiration for the growing landscape of festivals and congresses in Europe.

As every year, the conference is divided in the three different themed days “Music for Games” (August 29th), “Music for Film” (August 30th) and “Music for TV Series” (August 31st). As every year, there is also a focus on recent developments in Music Politics. Topics to be discussed are amongst others “Challenges for the implementation of the Copyright Directive” featuring ECSA’s Marc du Moulin and “Neighbouring copyright international”.

In some 40 round tables, panels, workshops and networking events with 80 speakers, the focus is on current developments in the culture, law, marketing and technics of media music as well as business cases, professionalization and networking.

Within the scope of the Theme Day “Music in Games” on August 29th the composers Jack Wall (“Call of Duty: Black Ops II-IIII”), Wilbert Roget, II (“Call of Duty: WWII”, “Mortal Kombat 11”) and Michael McCann (“Deus Ex: Human Revolution”) speak about their upcoming projects, challenges of video game composing, personal experiences and will be available for questions from the audience.

With Klaus Doldinger (“The Boat”, “Tatort”), Amelia Warner (“Mary Shelley”), John Murphy (“28 Days Later…”) and Davíð Þór Jónsson (“Woman at War”) big names from film industry are presented at film music day on August 30th.
The TV series music speakers on August 31th are Lolita Ritmanis (“Justice Leage vs. the Fatal Five“), Stefan Will (“4Blocks”), Maurizio Malagnini and his orchestrator Stefan Jehan (“Call The Midwife”), the duo Christoph M. Kaiser and Julian Maas (“3 Days in Quiberon”) and the trio Nora Baldenweg, Diego Baldenweg and Lionel Vincent Baldenweg („The Unlisted“).

Tickets and more info: www.soundtrackcologne.de

Photo credits: Muriel Hilti

 

 

IMC 6th World Forum on Music

 

The International Music Council invites you to a special celebration for its 70th anniversary in the framework of the 6th World Forum on Music to be held in Paris, September 28th – 1st October 2019. In recognition of the IMC Five Music Rights, which represent the basic values of our organization, the Forum theme is: “Give Me Five: The Five Music Rights in Action”. Do not miss the opportunity to meet and engage with colleagues from various areas of the music sector to broaden your horizons and find inspiration for new projects.

ECCO CONCERT SELECTION – STOCKHOLM, OCTOBER 2019

17 July 2019

ECSA , the Swedish Society of Composers and the ECCO Artistic Committee are pleased to announce the official programme of the next edition of the ECCO concert, coming to Stockholm this October and featuring the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet.

On 4th July, the ECCO Artistic Committee consisting of chair Dušan Bavdek (Slovenia), Jana Andreevska (North Macedonia), Irina Hasnas (Romania) and Olli Virtaperko (Finland) and Jörgen Pettersson, member of the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, selected the pieces for the 13th edition of the ECCO concert which will take place at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm on 8th October 2019.

Below the list of the composers and the respective pieces which will be performed by the wonderful Stockholm Saxophone Quartet:

  • Benjamin Lang (Germany) – Old Scatness
  • Nils Henrik Asheim (Norway) – Glasshus
  • Nina Šenk (Slovenia) – Phases of Water
  • Tatjana Kozlova – Johannes (Estonia) – Lost motion
  • Tomasz Skweres (Austria) – Penrose Square
  • Paulina Sundin (Sweden) and Monty Adkins (UK) – Rondures

Make sure not to miss the extra event that ECSA’s member the Swedish Society of Composers (FST- Föreningen Svenska Tonsättare) is organising in the framework of ECCO! This will be a workshop set up before the concert giving the audience the opportunity to observe the interaction between the composers and the ensemble during their open rehearsal.

The workshop will be held at the Royal College for Music in Stockholm on 8th October 2019 from 15:00-17:00.

The ensemble

This ECCO edition features the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, an innovative and pioneering leader in Swedish contemporary music.

The members of the ensemble are:

  • Mathias Karlsen Björnstad – soprano saxophone
  • Jörgen Pettersson- alto saxophone
  • Leif Karlborg – tenor saxophone
  • Linn Persson – baritone saxophone


Photo: Hampus Andersson

The Stockholm Saxophone Quartet has made chamber music for saxophone their speciality– by composers from at home and abroad. They also specialise in advanced electro-acoustic music.

A recurrent feature of their work is the close collaboration they undertake with Swedish and foreign composers, as well as with the composers of the future, particularly at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.

Time and location

ECCO concert
8th October 2019, 19:30
Royal College of Music
Valhallavägen 105, Stockholm
Sweden

ECCO workshop
8th October 2019, 15:00 -17:00
Royal College of Music
Valhallavägen 105, Stockholm
Sweden

A link to reserve the tickets will be published on 12th August 2019.

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

NEWS FROM ECSA – JUNE EDITION

 

 

Conferences – Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU

ECSA Secretary General Marc du Moulin participated to two conferences organized by the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU in Bucharest on 19th, 20th and 21st June 2019.  The first conference “new challenges regarding Copyright in the Digital Single Market” was an opportunity to discuss the future implementation of the recently adopted Copyright Directive whereas the second one focused on the opportunities and challenges of the Music Sector in the Digital era. Marc intervened as a panelist during the two conferences and recalled the key role played by ECSA and its members on the Copyright Directive. He underlined the most important provisions of the Directive for music authors, most notably Articles 17, 19 and 22 and called on Member States to engage in a swift and ambitious implementation at national level.

 

 

Journées de la Creation #J2CRÉATION

On 27th and 28th June 2019, ECSA Secretary General Marc du Moulin participated to the “Creation days” (“Journées de la Création”), in Lyon. This two-day event organized by various French cultural organisations (in particular SACEM with the support of ECSA French Members SNAC, UCMF and UNAC) was dedicated to the implementation of the Copyright Directive and the forthcoming challenges for the cultural and creative sectors, both at European level and in France. Social protection (in particular pensions schemes) for authors in France and the next audiovisual law were also amongst the main issues discussed in Lyon.

 

 

ECSA Session: Stockholm edition

ECSA has the pleasure to announce that its Autumn Session will be taking place from the 7th to the 9th of October 2019 in Stockholm, hosted by Skap (The Swedish Society of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) and FST (The Swedish Society of Composers). The Session will consist of the usual committee meetings and the General Assembly, but also with a deeper focus on strategic issues at the ECSA Future Lab. The meetings will be accompanied by cultural events like a welcome reception, the ECCO workshop and concert featuring the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet . The latter will take place at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. PC: Raphael Andres

 

 

EAM Showcase – Composers’ Directory

The European Music Council organised a showcase on the European Agenda for Music (EAM) on the 12th-13th June  in Warsaw, Poland. The panels and meetings focused on the key themes, projects and activities that address priorities of the European Agenda for Music (EAM). In this frame, ECSA presented the Composers Directory, a digital platform which composers can use to  connect and promote their music sheets with music schools, music colleges as well as higher education institutions.

 

 

Soundtrack Cologne

Only a few days left to get the Early Bird Ticket for SoundTrack_Cologne 16. The Deadline is 1st July, 2019 CEST. As every year, the conference will be divided in the three different themed days “Music for Games” (29th August), “Music for Film” (30th August) and “Music for TV Series” (31st August). Within the scope of the Theme Day “Music for Film”, composers such as Amelia Warner (“Mary Shelley”), John Murphy (“28 Days Later…”) and Davíð Þór Jónsson (“Woman at War”) will be exchanging about their upcoming projects, personal experiences and will be available for questions from the audience. PC: Simona Supino

 

 

UNAC

The annual general assembly of UNAC took place on 3rd June 2019 at the SACEM. At this occasion, the new executive board was elected. From left to right, starting from the top: Patrick Lemaître, vice president // Christine Lidon, vice president // Marco Attali, administrator // Sandra Bechtel, vice president // Olivier Dezlevingne, president // Alain Chamfort, administrator // Laure Desbre, administrator // Dominique Dalcan, administrator // Anne Goldstein, administrator // Michel Pelay, administrator // Raphaël Pottier, administrator // Jean-Marie Moreau, honorary presidentAt the bottom: Frédéric Kocourek, vice president // Benjamin Bleton, assistant treasurer // Dominique Pankratoff, honorary president // Laurent Juillet, general secretary // Anne Dorr, assistant general secretary // Patrick Sigwalt, administrator. Unfortunately, absent from the picture: Wally Badarou, treasurer // Richard Seff, administrator

 

 

Statement from the Nordic Council of Composers’ meeting in Copenhagen

On 6th June, the Nordic Council of Composers and representatives from the various composer associations’ administrations in the Nordic countries met in Copenhagen. From the meeting, the Nordic Council of Composers has the following statement:

The Nordic Council of Composers recently performed a survey among Nordic composers, to examine the situation for commissions, co-commissions and performances of Nordic music across the national borders. The survey shows that there is too little exchange of music between the Nordic countries. Only about 25 % of composers that participated in the survey have had commissions for new music from another Nordic country in the last five years, and only a small percentage of those who have had any activity across the borders have done so more than once.

It has become increasingly difficult to find funding for Nordic collaborations, and especially so for commissions and co-commissions, after the political restructuring of the Nordic cultural collaboration under NOMUS about 15 years ago. There is now a need for new initiatives, and a renewed political framework to encourage positive development for composers, musicians, and cultural institutions in the Nordics. To develop music, composers and musicians on the highest level, international collaboration and close contact is necessary. The Council of Nordic Composers will therefore work to improve on this situation, both on a national and on a Nordic level.

 

 

 

NEWS FROM ECSA – MAY EDITION

Copyright Directive: Publication in the EU’s Official Journal

Following its approval by both the European Parliament and the Council, the Copyright Directive has been published in the Official Journal on 17 May 2019. As a result, EU Member States have now until 7 June 2021 to comply with the provisions of the Directive, except for Article 19 (Transparency information) which will be mandatory on 7 June 2022. You can find here the Directive in all EU languages. ECSA calls on all Member States to engage in a positive and ambitious implementation to the benefit of all composers and songwriters across the EU.

 

European Elections and next steps

The European elections for the Members of the European Parliament (in the next five years) took place between 23rd and 26 May. From a general viewpoint, the results show a) a rise of the right-wing nationalistic and Euro-skeptical political parties (between 100 and 150 MEPs) b) a decrease of both the Socialists and Democrats (S&D / 146 MEPs) and European People’s Party (EPP-conservatives / 180 MEPs) – which do not reach a majority of seats together c) and an increase of the Greens (69 MEPs) and Liberals & Democrats (ALDE/109) political groups. The formation and negotiations between several political groups (in particular EPP, ALDE, S&D and the Greens) will now intensify with a view to form a majority, elect the next EP President(s) and approve the next President of the European Commission put forward by the European Council (Member States). In the autumn, the European Parliament will hold a series of hearings with the Commissioners-designate (in agreement with Member States and the European Commission President), in accordance with their areas of competences. The next Commission will eventually be subject to the European Parliament’s approval and is expected to take office on 1st November 2019, when the mandate of the current Commission comes to an end. ECSA will closely follow this process and engage with the newly elected Members of the European Parliament.

 

Poland’s complaint against the Copyright Directive (Article 17)

A few days before the European elections and few months before the Polish national elections, the Polish government submitted a complaint (action for annulment) to the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) against Article 17 (former Article 13 – Transfer of Value), on the grounds that it is a “disproportionate measure that fuels censorship and threatens freedom of expression”, incompatible with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU. While this seems unlikely from a legal perspective, such an action could theoretically lead to the annulment of Article 17 by the CJEU. This complaint does not legally impact the implementation process but will probably be used by the reluctant Member States and Article 17’s opponents to slow down or prevent its application at national level.

 

Exchange with the forthcoming Finnish Presidency on its next priorities in the field of culture and audiovisual


On 22 May 2019, the forthcoming Finnish Presidency (1 July – 31 December 2019) invited different stakeholders for an exchange of views on its priorities in the fields of culture and audiovisual. The participants discussed various topics, such as the forthcoming negotiations on Creative Europe and the New European Agenda for Culture. ECSA underlined that the future Creative Europe regulation should benefit from an ambitious budget and should support more diversity in the music sector through a specific sectoral approach. Furthermore, ECSA called on the Finnish Presidency to take duly into account the European Parliament’s position regarding a) the recognition and visibility of creators b) the support for their professionalisation and mobility c) the need to address the gender equality gap in the music sector and d) the fair treatment of creative talent in the cultural and creative sectors.

 

Music Moves Europe – Dialogue Meeting

On 20 and 21 May, the European Commission organised a first dialogue meeting on the future “Music Moves Europe”, an initiative helping the EC to map key challenges in the European music sector and how to tackle them. The following topics were discussed: the future of music media, live music sector, access to capital for the music sector and sharing the value on the internet- the EU Copyright Dirtective. ECSA European Affairs and Programme Manager Alicja Swierczek took part in the panel on the Copyright Directive. There, she highlighted the need of collecting societies to work closely with platforms on the implementation of the Copyright Directive to ensure fair remuneration for creators and but also to remain transparent in this process.

 

European Film Music Day 2019

The European Film Music Day 2019 successfully took place on May 20th in the framework of the Cannes Film Festival. This year’s talking points were on the practice of buyouts and on the creative process behind scoring for movies compared to the one behind scoring for TV series. The experts also looked into how the new Copyright Directive will impact composers of film and media. The panels took place in the afternoon at FNAC Cannes and were followed by a reception at Plage Quinzaine to further discuss topics of interest and to meet other professionals over a refreshing drink by the Mediterranean Sea. Take a look at the pictures here.

 

ECSA Gender Working Group Members’ initiatives

ECSA Gender Working Group Members Natalia Vergara and Aafke Romeijn participated in the panel “Readdressing the Gender Gap in the Music Industry”, in the framework of the symposium “Exploring Gender Dynamics in The Music Industry » (Groningen, Netherlands). The symposium hosted various experts in music and gender education, sociologists, psychologists, artists and networks from across Europe, USA, Australia and China. The panel addressed the lack of women in leadership roles within composer societies, and the gender pay gap issue, in a context in which the female presence in the music industry is significantly increasing. Ms. Vergara and Ms. Romeijn provided suggestions to tackle this social urgency from various angles, including through initiatives, financial interventions, research, strategies, normative, training, digital activism, networking, mentoring, coaching, travel grants. They also proposed the creation of a database of female experts to facilitate women’ participation in conferences and in juries of festivals, with the aim to foster women inclusion and visibility in a quantitative and qualitative way. Moreover, Gender Working Group member Elizabeth Anderson presented the ECSA Gender Equality Charter at the General Assembly of the International Society for Contemporary Music taking plays during the World Music Days in Tallinn from 2-10 May 2019.

 

Composers’ Directory at EAM Showcase

The European Music Council is organising a showcase on the European Agenda for Music (EAM) on the 12-13 June  in Warsaw, Poland. This will be an opportunity to take a closer look at the key themes and learn about projects and activities that address priorities or suggested measures of the European Agenda for Music (EAM). In this frame, ECSA will present the Composers Directory, a digital platform which composers can use to  connect and promote their music sheets with music schools, music colleges as well as higher education institutions.

 

Music 2025: THE MUSIC DATA DILEMMA

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and The Ivors Academy would like to invite you to a presentation of ‘Music 2025’, an independent research report by Ulster University investigating the infrastructure issues around the management of digital data in an increasingly stream driven industry. The findings are the culmination of over 50 interviews with high profile music industry representatives across the sector and the presentation will reflect on key issues including areas of consensus and contrasting views. The team also found whilst there are great examples of data initiatives across the value chain, there are opportunities to improve efficiency and interoperability. 

 


Anita Marullo, New Executive Officer

ECSA is pleased to announce that Anita Marullo (Italy) has joined the ECSA team as Executive Officer in May 2019. Formerly, she worked with various organisations active in the fields of arts, cultural policy, development aid, human and social rights, mainly in Brussels. Anita holds a double specialised Master in Management of Cultural Assets and Activities from the ESCP Europe of Paris and the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, as well as a Master’s degree in Philosophy of Society, Art and Communication. Benvenuta Anita!

Press Release: European Film Music Day 2019 announces full line-up

 

The European Film Music Day delivers the full line-up of renowned film composers, directors, policy makers and film music industry professionals.

 

The ECSA team is delighted to announce the full line up of speakers for the 2019 edition of the European Film Music Day which will be held on May 20th, 2019. The European Film Music Day is a one-day event bringing together audio-visual composers, film directors, producers and professionals alike. It is held in the framework of the Cannes Film Festival on a yearly basis.

Among the list of this year’s event are renowned film composers, directors and policy makers that will discuss over the practice of buyouts in the film music industry and on the creative process behind scoring for movies compared to the one behind scoring for TV series. The experts will also be looking into how the newly approved Copyright Directive will impact composers of film and media.

ECSA could not have done this without the support of this year’s sponsors and partners. We are very grateful for the support of: The Creative Europe Programme, La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, FNAC, FERA -The Federation of European Film Directors, The Film Music Foundation, Suomen Musiikintekijät, DEFKOM – Deutsche Filmkomponistenunion, UCMF – Union des Compositeurs de Musique de Films, CC – Composers Club, ÖKB – Österreichischer Komponistenbund, SoundTrack Cologne and Braunschweig International Film Festival.

Download the full programme here.

Here the PDF version of this Press Release

About ECSA
The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) consists of a network of more than 55 organizations working together towards improving social and economic development of music creation in Europe through equitable commercial conditions for composers and songwriters. It sets out to defend and promote the rights of authors of music at national, European and international level.

For more information, contact:
Alessandra Callegari
Project & Communication Officer ECSA
alessandra.callegari@composeralliance.org

NEWS FROM ECSA – APRIL EDITION

 

 

EU Member States finally approve the Copyright Directive

On 15 April 2019, the Council of the EU (representing EU Member States) adopted the Copyright Directive, with 19 Member States in favor, 6 against and 3 abstentions. This was the last step of the EU legislative process: EU Member States will now have 24 months to ensure that their national provisions comply with the Directive. Together with FERA (European Film Directors), FSE (Federation of European Screenwriters) and EWC (European Writers’ Council), ECSA published the following press release to welcome this final approval, thank the institutions and call on Member States to engage in an ambitious and constructive implementation. ECSA also tried to influence the debates in the Swedish Parliament (see here). We take this opportunity to thank all our members and the whole community of creators for having constantly raised their voices in favor of the Directive throughout this long process. Together with its members, ECSA will now engage in the implementation of the Directive so that all Member States can truly improve the livelihoods and remuneration of all music authors in the EU.

 

 

US designation of the next Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC): ECSA engages in favor of the American Music Licensing Collective (AMLC)

The Music Modernization Act (“MMA”), enacted on 21 October 2018, calls for establishing a collective to manage a new blanket licensing system governing licensed uses of musical works by digital music providers. Following ECSA’s exchanges with its creators’ colleagues in Los Angeles (TDSM – see the March newsletter) and the comments made by many ECSA Members to the US Copyright Office consultation, ECSA published on 23 April a press release in support of the American Music Licensing Collective (AMLC) in the US. In its press release, ECSA states that “the US authorities shall support the AMLC as the only non-conflicted, trustworthy organization with the proper checks and balances to ensure every songwriter is paid what he deserves and that international songwriters are adequately represented in the decision-making process.” The final decision is expected around July 2019. Digital Music News published an article about ECSA’s position (see here).

 

 

Greece: ECSA raises its concerns to the European Commission

On 23 April 2019, ECSA published a  press release to make public its complaint to the European Commission following unlawful intervention in the market by the Greek State. The complaint – supported by the International Council of Creators of Music (CIAM) – is to demonstrate our support to creator colleagues in Greece and beyond who are being prevented from accessing performance income from their music. Several press articles (see here, here in English) and Alfons Karabuda’s interview on ElectronLibre, mentioned ECSA’s action.

 

ECCO Call for works

The call for works for the next ECCO concert in Stockholm 2019 is finally here. ECSA’s  ECF committee members are kindly invited to participate in the Call for Works for the ECCO saxophone quartet concert that will feature the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet in Stockholm on 8th October 2019.

Please find below all the details and necessary submission information. Deadline for submission is Friday, 14th June 2019 – 12:00pm (CEST).

Call for Works – Entry Form

 

 

European Film Music Day 2019

The European Film Music Day (#EFMD) is a one day event bringing together audio-visual composers, film directors, producers and professionals alike. It is held in the framework of the Cannes Film Festival on a yearly basis. 

On 20th May, different panels will be held on the practice of buyouts and on the creative process behind scoring for movies compared to the one behind scoring for TV series. We will also be looking into how the new Copyright Directive will affect composers of film and media. Attendance to this event is free, but numbers are limited. Book a space by writing an email to: alessandra.callegari@composeralliance.org. You will find out more by clicking here.

 

i-Portunus

i-Portunus is a project, selected and funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, to trial a mobility scheme for artists and culture professionals. Between April and September 2019, i-Portunus will issue three Calls for Applications, providing support for 350-500 short-term (15-85 days), international mobilities of artists active in the fields of the performing or visual arts and residing in a Creative Europe country. Find out more here.

 

Leonardo da Vinci’s Fables in Music 

On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death (1519-2019), with a focus on art and science for children, the no-profit foundation “Carano 4 Children” launched the flagship initiative « Leonardo 4 Children ». ECSA is proud to support this initiative and in particular the “Leonardo da Vinci’s Fables in music” European competition for 18-30 years old music composers. The “work” submitted for the competition shall be an original creation by the participants and consist in a musical interpretation of one Fable, chosen by the participants among the 10 Fables by Leonardo da Vinci. Click here to learn more about the requirements of the competition.

 

SAVE THE DATE !

20/05  European Film Music Day 2019
7-8-9/10  ECSA Autumn Session – Stockholm 2019 -more info soon
13/11   Creators Conference 2019

 

 

ECSA PRESS RELEASE ON THE DESIGNATION OF THE US MECHANICAL LICENSING COLLECTIVE (MLC)

Brussels, 23 April 2019

On 22 April 2019, the US Copyright Office’s consultation on the designation of a Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) came to an end. The Music Modernization Act (“MMA”), enacted on 21 October 2018, calls for establishing such a collective to manage a new blanket licensing system governing licensed uses of musical works by digital music providers.

Together with many of its members, the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA), which represents over 50,000 professional composers and songwriters in 26 European countries, supports the American Music Licensing Collective (AMLC)’s proposal and considers that it is the sole collective capable to meet the challenges of adequately identifying and remunerating all songwriters for their works in full independence.

First of all, the AMLC has excellent administrative and technological capabilities, notably regarding ownership identification, matching and claiming process as well as a well-functioning database of musical works. In comparison with the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA)’s Proposal, the AMLC’s proposal is also the most independent and best placed entity to collect and distribute royalties, including unclaimed accrued royalties.

In conjunction with the certain MMA provisions (that supersede State Property Laws), entrusting the NMPA as the collective would de facto lead to a major conflict of interest since major publishers would have no interest in duly identifying songwriters and distributing the “black box” royalties to them since they would profit from unclaimed increased royalties (distributed according to market shares only). As a result, entrusting the NMPA with the MLC can only lead to further concentration and a lack of diversity in the music sector, leaving the international independent songwriters and their huge repertory behind.

In contrast, the AMLC, supported by the global author’s community would serve the interests of thousands of self-published, independent songwriters who are not represented by the major music publishers, but deserve to be duly identified and paid. It is worth recalling that the MMA provides that “all copyright owners shall have their royalties distributed fairly and no copyright owner may receive special treatment as a result of their position on the Board, its committees, or for any other reason without a reasonable basis.”

In addition, the AMLC’s Proposal foresees foreign representation of international songwriters and their associations on its Board, whilst being completely neglected in the NMPA driven proposal. In our view, there is no reason to justify the non-representation of foreign music creators from an entity that will also govern all foreign repertoire, in a context where European repertoire accounts for a up to 25% of the Top 100 songs played on US radio stations.

Furthermore, in comparison with most continental Collective Rights Management Organizations (CMOs) in the EU – which are both exercising performance and mechanical rights, where songwriters hold approximately a two third majority on the boards, the MMA establishes that the MLC Board shall consist of 10 representatives of music publishers and 4 professional songwriters. Such an imbalance is already detrimental to all music creators. Designating the NMPA Proposal as the future MLC could only further exacerbate those concerns as well as the representation of US right holders in the EU.

For all those reasons, ECSA believes that the US authorities shall support the AMLC as the only non-conflicted, trustworthy organization with the proper checks and balances to ensure every songwriter one is paid what he deserves and that international songwriters are adequately represented in the decision-making process.

About ECSA

ECSA represents over 50,000 professional composers and songwriters in 26 European countries. With 56 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. The main objective of the alliance is to defend and promote the rights of authors of music at the national, European and international level by any legal means. ECSA advocates for equitable commercial conditions for composers and songwriters and strives to improve social and economic development of music creation in Europe.

Web: www.composeralliance.org / EU Transparency Register ID: 71423433087-91

 

Please find the PDF version of the media release here.

Europe’s songwriters and composers act in solidarity with their Greek creator colleagues and ask for action from the European Commission

Brussels, 23 April 2019

Issued by the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA)

Europe’s songwriters and composers act in solidarity with their Greek creator colleagues and ask for action from the European Commission following unlawful intervention in the market by the Greek State.

At the end of March the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) took the unprecedented step of submitting a complaint to the European Commission’s Competition Directorate General on behalf of all music creators in Europe and beyond. The complaint is to demonstrate their support of their embattled creator colleagues in Greece who are being prevented from accessing performance income from their music. The complaint is supported by the International Council of Creators of Music (CIAM).

The music creators are concerned about the damage being caused to the livelihoods of every music creator in Greece, in Europe and beyond – damage being enabled by the illegal and continuous intervention in the marketplace by the Greek State.

Every composer or songwriter has a personal right to choose the body that administers their royalties for broadcast and public performance. This freedom of choice is enshrined in EU law as well as in Greece’s domestic law.

The administration companies they choose, in line with over 150 years of industry practice, are called Collective Management Organisations (CMOs). They are not-for-profit bodies run by management boards elected by the creators. A CMO works to the benefit of both music users (such as radio and tv stations, clubs, or music digital services) and consumers by providing a simple one-stop shop for the right to use music protected by copyright. The CMOs are regulated by both local and EU law to ensure good governance such as ethical and transparent operations and objective licensing practices for music users.

CMOs are regulated in Greece by the Hellenic Copyright Office (HCO) which, in accordance with EU regulations, is the authorised supervisory body of Greece’s CMOs.

In May of 2018 the music CMO in Greece (AEPI) had its licence revoked following a scandal involving unpaid royalties and malfeasance by Board members. Autodia, an independent second CMO, was poised to step into the breach to ensure continuity for music creators’ income administration. Since, the demise of the discredited AEPI, Autodia has moved to conclude a network of international agreements to manage music rights in the Greek marketplace on behalf of both Greece’s and the world’s music creators. (See Notes to Editors)

However, the almost immediate response of the Greek State to AEPI’s demise was to seize control of the management of music rights, and pass them to a newly created division of the HCO, that is within the CMO supervisory body itself. In effect, the supervisor of CMOs is supervising itself.

Further the HCO unlawfully applied over €2 million in State funds to benefit the new division, in contravention of EU law about state enterprise funding.

Now the new division within HCO is preventing Autodia from accessing any music rights data and Greek music creators are being barred from access to their own information about their own works and income.

The effect is to prevent music creators from exercising their right to join an independent CMO of their choice and to provide an undue competitive advantage to the CMO effectively run by the Greek State. And the unlawful interference in the marketplace at the request of the Greek State is having the effect of preventing important funds from reaching music creators worldwide.

In expressing concern for colleagues, the ECSA President, Alfons Karabuda said:

“The current difficulties in Greece affect first and foremost Greek music authors but also all music creators. We are concerned by the current difficulties in Greece and their detrimental impact on all music creators. Europe’s music creators are the bedrock of a vital, diverse and important economic and cultural sector. They deserve an efficient management of their works and the protections of the law just as Greek taxpayers deserve to be confident their tax revenues are being applied in a sound, legitimate and transparent manner.”

CIAM President, Eddie Schwartz added:

“These actions affect us all. As creators we stand with our colleagues to ensure that going forward, creators have a sound and lawful administrative system in Greece on which they can rely for their livelihoods. Any music creator should affiliate with the Collective Management Organization of their choice. No CMO should ever be prevented from responding to the needs of the creators they exist to protect. This is why we are objecting to the situation in Greece.”

Notes to Editors:

A CMO works to the benefit of both music users (such as radio and tv stations, clubs, or music digital services) and consumers by providing a one-stop shop for the right to use music protected by copyright. The CMOs are regulated by both local and EU law to ensure good governance such as transparent operation and objective licence practices with music users.

An EU music author’s relationship with their local CMO is governed by a personal assignment of their rights (rights of communication to the public, making available and public performance), globally and exclusively. Music publishers that have contracts with authors do not control these rights, enjoying instead only a right to share in revenue from the rights’ exercise as a matter of contract. Two major publishers, Warner Chappell and Universal Music Publishing, have unilaterally opted to move the HCO division – and we have been given to understand – are in receipt of funds that the Greek State unlawfully made available. Authors with contracts with Warner Chappell and Universal Music Publishing have not been permitted to exercise their free choice of CMO as provided in EU law. And by such a move Universal Music Publishing and Warner Chappell have induced the breach of the pre-existing personal contracts the music authors had in place with no attempt at novation or consent from the creator that was a party to the original CMO assignment agreement.

By a network of international agreements, called Reciprocal Agreements, each country’s CMO passes their catalogue over for local administration in exchange for revenue. AUTODIA has concluded reciprocal agreements with major foreign CMOs such as PRS (UK), GEMA (Germany), SIAE (Italy), ACUM (Israel), ARTISJUS (Hungary), ZAIKS (Poland), SOKOJ (Chech Republic), SABAM (Belgium), SAZAS (Slovenia), LATGA (Lithuania), STIM (Sweden), STEF (Iceland), BUMA STEMRA (Netherlands), TEOSTO (Finland), TONO (Norway), OSA (Czech Republic) and MUSICAUTOR (Bulgaria), AKM / AUSTROMECHANA (Austria), SPAUTORES (Portugal). AUTODIA is properly constituted, is governed by statutes that conform to the EU CMO laws requiring transparency, ethical management standards and objective and publicly available licensing criteria. It has been accepted as a bona fide member of the global CMO body in Paris, CISAC.

About ECSA

ECSA represents over 50,000 professional composers and songwriters in 26 European countries. With 56 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. The main objective of the alliance is to defend and promote the rights of authors of music at the national, European and international level by any legal means. ECSA advocates for equitable commercial conditions for composers and songwriters and strives to improve social and economic development of music creation in Europe.

Web: www.composeralliance.org / EU Transparency Register ID: 71423433087-91

About CIAM

CIAM, the International Council of Creators of Music, is the recognised global representative body for the world’s music authors, speaking on behalf of over 500,000 songwriters, lyricists and composers worldwide. Founded in 1966 to protect the rights and cultural aspirations of music creators, CIAM focuses on the key issues directly concerning the legal and moral rights of composers, songwriters and lyricists. It promotes their professional, economic and legal interests and serves as a forum for cooperation, education, policy formulation and networking. Working with its five regional Partner Alliances, CIAM’s global reach enables to Council to advocate for the rights and incomes of music creators across five continents. In Mexico in November 2018, CIAM held its 52nd Annual Congress where the world’s music creators once again came together to share information about their respective domestic legal and policy developments and to formulate strategies for the betterment of those whose craft has enriched the lives of millions over the centuries.

Web: http://www.ciamcreators.org/

 

Please find the PDF version of the media release here.

PRESS RELEASE ON THE COUNCIL’S ADOPTION OF THE COPYRIGHT DIRECTIVE

 

Brussels, 15 April 2019

European organisations of authors welcome the final adoption of the Copyright Directive and call on EU Member States to seize this historical opportunity to improve the livelihoods of all authors and foster Europe’s creativity.

 

On 15 April 2019, the Council of the European Union formally adopted the Copyright Directive. Following the European Parliament’s landmark vote on 26 March 2019, this final approval concludes the legislative process and paves the way for the implementation of the Directive in all EU Member States.

The undersigned organisations of authors welcome the Council’s approval and congratulate the European Parliament, Member States and the European Commission for their intensive efforts in reaching such a positive and historical outcome, which honors Europe’s shared values and its investment in cultural diversity and creative talents. In particular, we warmly thank the European Parliament, which played a decisive role in strengthening the Directive’s provisions addressing the systemic weak bargaining position of authors in negotiating contracts, and promoting fair remuneration.

Our organisations and their members now call on all EU Member States to engage in an ambitious and constructive implementation of the Directive so that it honors its promises to improve the livelihoods of all authors and foster Europe’s creativity.

 

The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) represents over 50,000 professional composers and songwriters in 27 European countries. With 57 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. – EU Transparency Register ID: 71423433087-91

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. – EU Transparency Register ID: 56788289570-24.

The Federation of European Film Directors (FERA), founded in 1980, represents film and TV directors at European level, with 43 directors’ associations as members from 33 countries. We speak for more than 20,000 European screen directors, representing their cultural, creative and economic interests. – EU Transparency Register ID: 29280842236-21

The Federation of Screenwriters Europe 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.- EU Transparency Register ID: 642670217507-74

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ECCO Call for Works for Stockholm is here!

The new call for works for the ECCO concert in Stockholm 2019 is here!

ECSA’s ECF committee members are kindly invited to participate in the Call for Works for the ECCO saxophone quartet concert that will feature the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet. It will take place in Stockholm 8th October 2019.

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

Deadline for submission is Friday, 14th June 2019– 12:00pm (CEST).