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ECSA at EPP Copyright Hearing

ECSA Secretary General Patrick Ager participated in the EPP hearing on copyright in the European Parliament on 8 June 2017. As speaker on panel IV “User-Generated Content”, Mr. Ager outlined the music authors’ point of view by showing the detrimental effects of an UGC exception on authors’ remuneration and moral rights as well as on cultural diversity. The EPP hearing was hosted by MEP Axel Voss.

You can find Mr. Ager’s presentation here.

A video of the webstream is also available here.

From the left: MEP Axel Voss, Björn Ulvaeus, Vice-President of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness and ECSA President Alfons Karabuda.

Press release: Copyright Meeting with Björn Ulvaeus (ABBA)

Brussels, 8 June 2017

Björn Ulvaeus (ABBA) at high-level copyright meeting in the European Parliament

Composer, songwriter and ABBA-member Björn Ulvaeus joined ECSA President Alfons Karabuda and MEP Axel Voss in a call to close the value gap and make sure that online platforms fairly remunerate creators. The introduction of a rights reversion mechanism in EU law was also discussed. Around 40 participants from the European Parliament, including the first Vice-President of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness, participated in the exclusive exchange.

  • It means a lot that the members of the European Parliament got to meet a real life songwriter, especially one that has contributed so much to the musical history as Björn Ulvaeus. It is important that those who fund our laws get an insight into what copyright and a fair value chain actually means for the possibility of creating immortal music, both now and in the future, said ECSA President Alfons Karabuda.

During the two-hour meeting with the MEPs, Mr. Ulvaeus addressed the issues of value gap and rights reversion. He also pressed the importance of a functioning copyright law and stated that the concept of copyright gives composers and songwriters time to concentrate on what they do best: create music.

The event was hosted by Mr. Axel Voss (EPP) and was attended by around 40 participants from the European Parliament and the European Commission, amongst others, Mrs. Sabine Verheyen (EPP), Mrs. Jytte Guteland (S&D) and Mrs. Agata Gerba from the EC Copyright Unit.

For press contact or in case of questions, please contact ECSA Secretary General Patrick Ager at patrick.ager@composeralliance.org or +32 2 544 03 33.

From the left: MEP Axel Voss, Björn Ulvaeus and ECSA President Alfons Karabuda

From the left: MEP Axel Voss, Björn Ulvaeus and ECSA President Alfons Karabuda

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News from Brussels – EFMD – May 2017

European Film Music Day & HARPA Award

On 22 May 2017, composers, film directors, producers and music agents gathered in Cannes in the framework of the European Film Music Day (EFMD). The fifth edition of the EFMD concluded with new insights into music composed for video games and a very special film music prize – the HARPA Nordic Film Composers Awards.

Organized in partnership with the Nordic Film Composers Network (NFCN), the Directors’ Fortnight and DEFKOM, participants enjoyed two flash sessions providing insight into the creative relationship between film composers and film directors as well as music composed for video games. Whilst the former panel revealed the complexity of the collaborative relationship between film composers and film directors, which in the words of Dan Clifton (film director and Chairman of FERA) should provide for a music creation process which must be ‘organic’, the latter affirmed that composers working for video games have much more liberty in the creation process.

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From the left: Dan Clifton, Christine Aufderhaar, Alexandra-Therésé Keining, Sophia Ersson and Thor Joachim Haga. Photo by: ECSA

Indeed, French video game composer Olivier Derivière, who composed original music for video games such as Assassins’ Creed or The Technomancer, explained what to keep in mind when composing music for video games and how the latter is completely different to music composed for motion pictures. Derivière stressed the importance to consider the ‘mechanics’ in a video game, the levels of difficulty and the different scenes the player enters.

Olivier Derivière and Thor Joachim Haga. Photo by: ECSA

Olivier Derivière and Thor Joachim Haga. Photo by: ECSA

As for the HARPA Nordic Film Composers Award, renowned Danish film composer Bent Fabricius-Bjerre was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for his incredible career in film music stretching over more than 70 years.

When accepting the award, Mr. Bjerre explained that an award given by his peers means a tremendous amount for a film composer. The award for Best Score was given to Danish film composer Sune Martin for his work in Land of Mine.

Bent Fabricius-Bjerre and Chair of NOPA Ingrid Kindem. Photo by: ECSA

Bent Fabricius-Bjerre and Chair of NOPA Ingrid Kindem. Photo by: ECSA

The EFMD also provided participants with insights in the remuneration models both in Europe and the US for composers working for video game production companies. It was affirmed that buy-outs are a tendency and that it is essential to advance collective management as a solution in the interest of both, composers and production companies.

EFMD participants and other industry stakeholders were numerous to attend the EFMD Happy Hour that took place at the Directors’ Fortnight beach, La Plage Quinzaine. The film music reception was the occasion for the EFMD attendees and other guests to mingle and network with fellow film music composers and other film industry stakeholders such as film directors, producers, music engineers and actors from both Europe and abroad.

The EFMD is an official activity under the Creative Europe Programme of ECSA. Further partners included FERA (Federation of European Film Directors) and FNAC.

To see the programme of the day, please click here. To see pictures from the event, please visit the ECSA Facebook page here.

 

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About ECSA:

The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) represents over 30,000 professional composers and songwriters in 26 European countries. With 54 member 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.

www.composeralliance.org

For the News from Brussels in pdf format, please click here.

 

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News from Brussels – May 2017

Creators‘ Roundtable – Los Angeles

On 28 April 2017, an ECSA delegation consisting of ECSA President Alfons Karabuda, Vice-President Bernard Grimaldi, Secretary General Patrick Ager and SKAP’s Executive Manager Mårten Karlsson met with European and American game composers and game production representatives to review current practices in the composition, production and licensing of music for video games. The meeting was hosted by Executive Director of the AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund, Dennis Dreith. The aim of the meeting was to discuss remuneration models and best practices of one of the fastest growing sectors in the music industry. In 2016, Americans alone spent almost 25 billion USD on games whilst the worldwide game industry hit 91 billion USD in revenues the same year. The Roundtable participants included: Johan Söderqvist (Battlefield 1, Kon-Tiki) , Ashley Irwin (President of SCL), Russell Brower (World of Warcraft, Starcraft II), Inon Zur (Power Rangers: Turbo, Men of Valor), Garry Schyman (BioSchoch, Dante’s Inferno) and Jonathan David Neal (SNL, Tonight Show) . The meeting session was followed by an evening reception in the home of Dennis Dreith, which allowed the participants to mingle and continue the exchange of views from earlier in the day.

From the left: Bernard Grimaldi (ECSA), Ashley Irwin (SCL), Dennis Dreith (AFM & SAG-AFTRA IPR Distribution Fund) and Alfons Karabuda (ECSA). Photo by Coi Nguyen and Brian Stewart.

From the left: Bernard Grimaldi (ECSA), Ashley Irwin (SCL), Dennis Dreith (AFM & SAG-AFTRA IPR Distribution Fund) and Alfons Karabuda (ECSA). Photo by Coi Nguyen and Brian Stewart.

Welcome Hub established in Los Angeles

In line with ECSA‘s Creative Europe activity plan, a Welcome Hub for ECSA music writers was established in April 2017 in Los Angeles. The Hub was set up in partnership with the AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund and The Society of Composers & Lyricists  (SCL) and will provide a first contact point and a possibility to exchange with peers and provide composers and songwriters with information and assistance how to localize concert venues and recording studios. ECSA music writers using the Hub will also benefit from local social events and networking opportunities with their peers in Los Angeles. Furthermore, the Hub aims to broaden the horizons of creators and in turn generate network possibilities and enhance European creators’ chances in reaching new and wider audiences. Further Welcome Hubs will be established in the course of the year.

Re-launch of the Composers’ Directory

Following a collaboration with French based tech platform Lalo (Les Auteurs et leurs Œuvres), ECSA is excited to present an updated and improved version of the Composers’ Directory. The online platform, which was launched by ECSA last year, now makes it possible for composers and songwriters to upload their sheet music and lyrics to the platform. The Directory works as  a digital distribution tool and the aim of the platform is to empower creators by facilitating the digital distribution of their works and ensure fair remuneration in return. In order to promote the platform, ECSA and Lalo have created an official Composers’ Directory LinkedIn page to reach not only composers but also conservatories, music schools and music enthusiasts in general. Whilst the Directory initially was an ECF (ECSA’s committee for classical and contemporary art music) project, the Directory now makes it possible for composers and songwriters within all of ECSA’s genres (audio-visual and popular music) to use the platform and digitally circulate their works.

To sign up to the Directory, please click here.

 

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About ECSA:

The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) represents over 30,000 professional composers and songwriters in 26 European countries. With 54 member 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.

www.composeralliance.org

For the News from Brussels in pdf format, please click here.

 

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Frank Dostal at the Creators Conference 2012.

In Memoriam – Frank Dostal (1945-2017)

It is with great sadness that ECSA mourns the sudden loss of Frank Dostal who passed away in Hamburg on 18 April 2017 at the age of 71. Being an active ECSA member since the beginning, Frank Dostal was a great defender of authors’ rights and steadily participated in ECSA’s APCOE (popular music committee) activities in his capacity as President of DTV, Deutscher Textdichter-Verband.

Frank Dostal was an internationally acclaimed songwriter, singer, bass player and producer and worked with renowned artists such as Nana Mouskouri, the Goombay Dance Band and Baccara. One of his greatest success was Baccara’s hit “Yes, Sir, I can boogie” which he co-wrote with composer Rolf Soja.

ECSA President Alfons Karabuda: “I have the utmost respect for Frank. Intelligent with a warm heart and brave enough to always speak his mind. Always with the intention of helping the author community as a whole rather than himself. He will truly be missed.”

We will greatly miss Frank’s sweeping passion for music and authors’ rights, his smart thoughts and his warm and positive character. Our thoughts go out to his family.

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Frank Dostal at the Creators Conference 2012.

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Composers’ Directory Re-Launch

Following a collaboration with French based tech platform Lalo (Les Auteurs et leurs Œuvres), ECSA is proud to present an updated and improved version of the Composers’ Directory. The online platform, which was launched by ECSA last year, now makes it possible for composers and songwriters to upload their sheet music and lyrics to the platform. The aim of the platform is to empower creators by facilitating the digital distribution of their works and ensure fair remuneration in return.

In order to sign up to the Directory, please visit www.composersdirectory.eu

We also invite you to visit the official Composers’ Directory LinkedIn page by clicking here.

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News from Brussels – April 2017

Creative Europe Programme 2017-2020

ECSA selected as ‘European Network’

ECSA has the pleasure to announce that it has been selected for the Creative Europe Programme 2017-2020! Among the key priorities set out in the ECSA application are fostering transnational mobility, strengthening capacities of composers and songwriters and audience development.

In its application ECSA focused on both advocacy and cultural projects. With regards to advocacy, ECSA will continue its work with the European Parliament and Council to ensure that fair copyright contracts and fair remuneration from user-uploaded-content-platforms are reflected in EU policy making. ECSA will also continue its coordinated efforts by working with the Authors’ Group, an informal alliance consisting of ECSA, EFJ (European Federation of Journalists), EWC (European Writers’ Council), FERA (Federation of European Film Directors) and FSE (Federation of Screenwriters in Europe).

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Creators Conference, Brussels, 31 May 2016. Photo by John Staples.

As for the cultural projects, projects such as European Film Music Day (EFMD), the European Contemporary Composers Orchestra (ECCO) and the Composers’ Directory will be further developed in order to meet their objectives. ECSA is also excited to launch the Composer’s Directory platform this spring, a sheet music and lyrics digital distribution platform, empowering creators with new digital tools.

The ECSA Creative Europe Action Plan will also implement a new project which aims at building the capacities of music writers with regards to entrepreneurial, publishing and copyright skills (the so-called ‘Capacity Triangle’). Finally, ECSA will work with members and international partners to establish Welcome Hubs for individual music creators travelling abroad or within the EU. The latter aims at promoting transnational mobility by making it easier for creators to make use of the ECSA network throughout Europe. Welcome Hubs will be set up in different cities with the help of ECSA members and partners to ensure that composers and songwriters travelling to a new city can have someone to turn to receive necessary information about where to for example look for apartments, where to get legal advice or how to apply for temporary residence, or information and recommendations for recording studios. With this offer, ECSA hopes that the hubs will be an opportunity for new residents to not only get an overview of a new city but also to meet with colleagues and to establish new transnational professional opportunities.

ECSA is very excited to continue its ongoing work under the Creative Europe Programme for the benefit of Europe’s composers and songwriters!

Upcoming events:

  • Creators’ Roundtable for ‘Video game composers’  –  Los Angeles, 28 April 2017
  • European Film Music Day – Cannes, 22 May 2017
  • Board meeting – Madrid, 6 July 2017
  • ECSA Autumn Session – Vienna, 11-13 October 2017

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About ECSA:

The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) represents over 30,000 professional composers and songwriters in 26 European countries. With 54 member 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.

www.composeralliance.org

For the News from Brussels in pdf format, please click here.

 

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ECSA and ICMP urge CRB to set fair rates for composers, songwriters and publishers

Brussels, 22 March 2017

The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) and the International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP) are calling on big tech companies to pay composers, songwriters and publishers a fair mechanical rate for their work.

We, the representatives of authors, composers and music publishers are following proceedings at the US Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), which will determine the royalty rates that digital streaming services will pay over the next five years. The outcome of these proceedings will not only impact the US music sector; the entire industry will also be affected.

The CRB is hearing proposals from big tech companies like Google and Amazon, while the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) and the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) are representing the music industry.

At a time when the EU is looking at establishing a fair licensing environment for rightsholders, we salute our colleagues at the NMPA and NSAI and call on the CRB to adopt a structure that recognises the true value of composers’ and songwriters’ works. As a result of advances in technology, there is more music on offer than ever before, but the tech companies want to lower the price they pay for this music.

Meanwhile, composers, songwriters and publishers are being forced to fight for royalty rates through a taxing and expensive CRB trial. The tech companies have for years shown disrespect for the value of music and with that the livelihoods of the composers and songwriters. If they don’t stop, composers and songwriters will soon be unable to continue creating the music that enriches the lives of millions across the world.

Make your voice heard by asking the tech companies to pay us a fair price for our works. It’s a simple ask and it’s in your interests to do so.

Thank you.

Sign the petition here: https://www.gopetition.com/petitions/songwriters-to-big-tech-stop-fighting-us-in-crb.html

 

 

From the left: Gaute Storaas (Best Orchestral), Dennis Dreith on behalf of Lalo Schifrin (Outstanding Contribution), Sophia Ersson (Best Electro-Acoustic), Victor Reyes (Best Original Music for a Series); photo credit: Blair Mowat

Grand Scores Clip

Following the Grand Scores event that took place in Berlin on 2 February 2017 (see more information here), we are proud to present a short clip that has been produced to showcase the event and to reflect the atmosphere of what was a very successful evening.

Check out the Grand Scores clip here:

 

ECSA contact
Francisca Aas | francisca.aas@composeralliance.org | Tel. +32 (0) 2 544 03 33

Header photo from the left: Gaute Storaas (Best Orchestral), Dennis Dreith on behalf of Lalo Schifrin (Outstanding Contribution), Sophia Ersson (Best Electro-Acoustic), Victor Reyes (Best Original Music for a Series); photo credit: Blair Mowat

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News from Brussels – special edition – March 2017

Happy Birthday! ECSA is 10!

Today, exactly 10 years ago, ECSA was established as a European federation representing composers and songwriters from all musical genres at European and international levels. Initiated in Vienna upon the invitation of the Austrian Composers’ Society (ÖKB), music creators from all over Europe signed a ‘letter of intent’ stressing the necessity to create an independent representative body of composers and songwriters at European level. A year later, on 6 March 2007, ECSA was finally launched in Madrid.

After 10 years of existence it is time to celebrate and assess the work done by the association. This will happen in Vienna this autumn (see below).
However, on the occasion of the actual 10th birthday this special News from Brussels edition wishes to highlight – without exaggeration – some of the milestones achieved by ECSA.

  • Uniting the voice of composers and songwriters on European level with today 54 member associations in 26 European countries
  • Launching a complaint against coercive practices of public and private broadcasters when commissioning music (2012) and raising public knowledge of unfair copyright contracts
  • Successfully implementing 4 Creators Conference editions (2012, 2013, 2015, 2016) raising the profile of Europe’s music writers and stressing the importance of authors’ rights, collective management, digital opportunities and freedom of speech
  • Safeguarding the exclusive assignment of rights to CMO’s in the context of the CRM directive
  • Co-initiating a European Parliament Study on Contractual Arrangements of Creators (2014) and  European Commission study on remuneration of authors and performers (2015)
  • Successfully advocating for the introduction of a separate chapter addressing the problem of contractual remuneration of creators in the context of the EC 2016 copyright directive
  • Programming and executing an ambitious Cultural Programme, co-financed by Creative Europe, and performing musical works of more than 50 composers from more than 15 European countries in the framework of ECCO
  • Establishing a transatlantic dialogue for sustainable music and helping in the creation of a North-American alliance of music creators

All this and many more activities will be assessed and celebrated when ECSA delegates will meet in Vienna in October 2017 for the annual autumn session and actual birthday party. Delegates will be welcomed to Vienna on 11 October 2017 with a ‘Composers’ Lounge’ featuring a concert at the Jazz & Music club Porgy & Bess. Board and committee meetings will take place at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna on 12 October 2017 followed by the ECCO concert featuring the Wiener Concert-Verein, which will take place at the University’s Haydn-Hall. The ensemble will perform string orchestra pieces selected by the ECCO Artistic Committee which followed a Europe-wide call for scores.

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About ECSA:

The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) represents over 30,000 professional composers and songwriters in 26 European countries. With 54 member 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.

www.composeralliance.org

For the News from Brussels in pdf format, please click here.

 

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ECCO Vienna 2017 – Call for Works

ECSA’s ECF committee members are kindly invited to participate in the Call for Works for the ECCO String Orchestra concert that will feature the Wiener Concert-Verein and will take place at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna on 12 October 2017.

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

Deadline for submission is Tuesday, 16 May 2017 – 12:00pm (CEST).

 

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News from Brussels – February 2017

General Assembly concludes with a united front to fight safe harbor and unfair copyright contracts

Delegations from more than 50 composer and songwriter associations from all over Europe gathered for ECSA’s annual General Assembly in Brussels on 14 and 15 February 2017. High on the agenda were updates on the current review of the EU copyright rules, particularly the work of the European Parliament and the Council who are currently examining the European Commission’s draft copyright directive proposed on 14 September 2016. ECSA President Alfons Karabuda briefed ECSA members on the state of the art of two crucial issues for composers and songwriters, notably the provisions in the draft directive to ensure fair remuneration from online services such as YouTube and mechanisms helping creators in their contractual negotiations with publishers and producers. Delegations from songwriters and composers raised the importance of ensuring that the proposals of the European Commission with regards to online service providers are supported and not weakened by the European Parliament. Secretary General Patrick Ager outlined in this regard the ECSA strategy for the next couple of months.

Regarding unfair copyright contracts, the General Assembly welcomed the recent ameliorations of the German copyright contract law, especially with regards to the new German rights reversion mechanism. The delegates called upon ECSA executives to urge the European Parliament to introduce a similar rights reversion mechanism on EU level applicable after 5 years of contract duration in order to create a level playing field for all creators in Europe.

Further items on the ECSA agenda were a presentation on the implementation of the Collective Rights Management Directive from Burak Özgen, Senior Legal Advisor of GESAC, an in depth assessment of the third year of ECSA’s Creative Europe Programme and a presentation of the new application for the years 2017-2020.

The ECSA General Assembly took place in the framework of the ECSA Winter Session which included meetings of ECSA’s three genre specific committees (APCOE – popular music, FFACE – audiovisual music, ECF – contemporary art music) and performances in the framework of the ECCO (European Contemporary Composers Orchestra) and NMI (New Music Incubator) concert.

The ECCO performance featured the Sturm und Klang Ensemble conducted by Thomas Van Haeperen who performed works from Kari Beate Tandberg (NO), Geir Sundbø (NO), Grégory d’Hoop (BEL), Denis Bosse (BEL) and Jukka-Pekka Lehto (FIN) in the presence of four out of the five selected composers and over 100 guests.

Finally, ECSA wishes to once again welcome its new members GALM – Genootschap voor Artiesten Lichte Muziek (Belgium), DKV – Deutscher Komponistenverband (Germany), ECU – Estonian Composers’ Union (Estonia) as well as supportive members FACDIM – Fondazione Adkins Chiti. Donne in Musica (Italy) and LALO – Les Auteurs et leurs Oeuvres  (France). ECSA is delighted to now represent 54 composer and songwriter organisations from all over Europe.

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About ECSA:

The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) represents over 30,000 professional composers and songwriters in 26 European countries. With 54 member 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.

www.composeralliance.org

For the News from Brussels in pdf format, please click here.

 

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From the left: Gaute Storaas (Best Orchestral), Dennis Dreith on behalf of Lalo Schifrin (Outstanding Contribution), Sophia Ersson (Best Electro-Acoustic), Victor Reyes (Best Original Music for a Series); photo credit: Blair Mowat

Grand Scores 2017

A special evening for international film music

Berlin, 3 February 2017

For the fourth time, Moët & Chandon together with ECSA (the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance) honor some of the greatest composers in international film music.

On Thursday evening, it was time again for a big spectacle with a grand orchestra! ECSA President Alfons Karabuda and Jens Gardthausen, CEO of Moët & Chandon in Germany greeted 250 invited guests. They celebrated international film music and its distinguished composers with a glamourous award show followed by a celebration at the “Umspannwerk” in Berlin.

The highlight was the Grand Scores award ceremony honoring the noble art of film music composition and its significance to the film world.

As official content partner of the Grand Scores, ECSA was in charge of providing a high class international jury consisting of film composers to ensure a fair and committed selection procedure in what is considered to be the most renowned peer-to-peer film music award.

In addition to an exciting and emotional Grand Scores award ceremony, the guests enjoyed a grand show that evening: as “aperitif” and also to set the mood for the award, the digital influencer André Hamann and his band Faelan took the stage. During the award ceremony the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg consisting of 60 musicians presented an impressive medley of famous film classics as well as an interpretation of “Writings on the Wall” (“James Bond”) together with singer Marzenka Nowinski. The last performance of the evening gave the British singer Anne-Marie. Last year, she was the most successful female newcomer selling 4.5 million singles and was nominated for the MTV European Music Award. This year, she is already nominated in four categories for the Brit Awards in February. Her performance prompted a hurricane of applause and a fantastic atmosphere amongst the guests.

The Winners

On the evening of the award show, the following artists were chosen as winners and honored for their work:

Best Orchestral Score

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Gaute Storaas for “En Man Som Heter Ove” (A Man Called Ove)

Best Orchestral Score

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Clint Mansell for “High Rise”

Best Electro-Acoustic Score

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Sophia Ersson for “Pojkarna” (Girls Lost)

Best Original Music for a Series

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Victor Reyes for “The Night Manager”

Outstanding Contribution

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Lalo Schifrin

 

The 2017 Grand Scores International Jury, consisting of Patrick Doyle, Ludovic Bource, Frans Bak and Fernando Velazquez selected the awardees of each competition category.

From the left: Frans Bak, Patrick Doyle, Ludovic Bource, photo credit: Blair Mowat

From the left: Frans Bak, Patrick Doyle, Ludovic Bource, photo credit: Blair Mowat

Due to the high quality and uniqueness of the compositions, the international jury decided to award two composers in the category of “Best Orchestral Score” this year.

The winner of the honorary category for Outstanding Contribution, Lalo Schifrin, has been chosen by ECSA’s Grand Scores Steering Committee with Moët & Chandon’s support.

Dennis Dreith, an old friend and colleague of Lalo Schifrin accepted the prize on his behalf.

 

About ECSA

The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) is the official partner of the Grand Scores. ECSA’s role consisted in creating a fair and professional selection procedure beforehand and in putting together a jury, who selected the winners for the following three categories: Best Orchestral Score, Best Electro-Acoustic Score und Best Original Music for a Series. An expert group within ECSA selected the winner for Outstanding Contribution – for the composer who has made a special and long-standing contribution to film music in general.

About Moët & Chandon

Success and Glamour since 1743: Moët & Chandon introduced champagne to the world and since then it stands equally for honorable tradition and modern enjoyment. The style of this House is legendary as well as its creativity and pioneering spirit. For centuries, the Champagne House has been passionately connected with the world of film. Thus, Moët and Chandon does not only have its exclusive place in legendary movies – but there is also no internationally renowned film festival, in which extraordinary achievements of great actors and directors have not been celebrated with Moët & Chandon.

 

ECSA contact
Francisca Aas | francisca.aas@composeralliance.org | Tel. +32 (0) 2 544 03 33

Header photo from the left: Gaute Storaas (Best Orchestral), Dennis Dreith on behalf of Lalo Schifrin (Outstanding Contribution), Sophia Ersson (Best Electro-Acoustic), Victor Reyes (Best Original Music for a Series); photo credit: Blair Mowat

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News from Brussels – January 2017

Eventful weeks ahead for ECSA

2017 started very busy as ECSA is organising three major cultural events in February while also preparing for the ECSA winter session. The first upcoming event is the Grand Scores Film Music Awards in Berlin on 2 February 2017. Two weeks later, on 13 February 2017, ECSA kicks off its winter session with the New Music Incubator (NMI) concert. The ECCO concert will take place the following evening, on 14 February 2017, at Flagey. For more information, click here.
Meanwhile, ECSA’s advocacy activities are going full steam ahead in the context of the EC draft copyright proposal. A meeting with the rapporteur for the copyright directive Therese Comodini Cachia as well as an intervention at the EPP copyright hearing were among the items on January’s agenda.

Grand Scores Film Music Awards

This exclusive event will celebrate film music and its composers in Berlin on 2 February 2017. For the fourth time, ECSA is the official content partner collaborating with Moët & Chandon to award film music composers during a high-end event. The Grand Scores Film Music Awards are unique as film music composers are honoured by their peers. Following a first nominee selection by ECSA’s audio-visual and film composers acting as the Grand Scores Selection Committee, the International Jury consisting of Patrick Doyle (UK), Ludovic Bource (FR), Frans Bak (DK) and Fernando Velazquez (ES) voted on the final awardees to be announced during the award ceremony.

New Music Incubator (NMI) concert

On 13 February 2017, a new concert edition of the New Music Incubator (NMI) will be held at the artistic workspace Q-O2 in Molenbeek. The concert will feature seven performers from six different European countries. NMI is an initiative aiming to connect composers and performers from all over Europe, fostering the sharing of skills, ideas, and networks. For more information on the concert, see here.

ECCO concert

ECSA is delighted to invite to this year’s first ECCO concert which will be held at Studio 1 in Flagey on 14 February 2017. The ECCO Symphony Wind Orchestra concert, conducted by Thomas Van Haeperen, will feature the
Sturm und Klang ensemble who will perform five pieces that have been selected by the ECCO Artistic Committee.
The five selected European composers and scores are:

  • ‘NOX’ by Jukka-Pekka Lehto (FIN)
  • ‘Il mange la tête des gens’ by Gregory D’Hoop (BEL)
  • ‘Pestro Strepitoso’ by Denis Bosse (BEL)
  • ‘Gravitation’ by Geir Sundbø (NOR)
  • ‘Modes & Moves’ by Kari Beate Tandberg (NOR)

For more information on the concert, see here.

ECSA winter session

The ECSA winter session will take place in Brussels on 14 and 15 February 2017. All committee meetings as well as the ECSA Board meeting will be held at Flagey on 14 February 2017. On 15 February 2017, ECSA delegates from 25 European countries will convene on the occasion of the Annual General Assembly to discuss the copyright directive proposal, ECSA internal business, cultural projects and activities to come in 2017. ECSA members will also discuss the autumn session in Vienna, which will celebrate the 10th ECSA anniversary .

EPP group hearing on copyright

On 11 January 2017, the  Group of the European People’s Party (EPP) held a hearing on copyright in the European Parliament. ECSA Secretary General Patrick Ager was invited to present the Authors’ Group views with respect to the value gap proposals of the copyright directive.  Patrick Ager’s main argument focused on the necessity to strengthen the directive’s provisions with respect to fair contractual remuneration of authors and to support the elements of the directive related to the liability of online platforms.

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About ECSA:

The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) represents over 30,000 professional composers and songwriters in 25 European countries. With 50 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.

www.composeralliance.org

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News from Brussels – December 2016

ECSA position paper on draft copyright directive

The draft copyright directive published this autumn by the European Commission was welcomed by ECSA as a first step in the right direction. The ECSA board of directors sets out a more comprehensive feedback on behalf of the community of European music creators in a new position paper. The position paper can be accessed here.

Statement of the ECSA Board of Directors: Berlin Higher Regional Court in Kramm vs GEMA

Decision of German Regional Court 24 U 96/14 – Kramm
Bruno Kramm and Stefan Ackermann v. GEMA Gesellschaft für musikalische Aufführungs- und mechanische Vervielfältigungsrechte

On 14 November 2016, the Higher Regional Court of Justice in Berlin decided that GEMA may no longer automatically distribute to GEMA publishers on the basis of the existing distribution rules because the distribution rules do not sufficiently take into account the flow of rights or the provisions of the individual publishing contract. Two GEMA members claimed that GEMA violates its fiduciary relationship with its author members when distributing 40% of the mechanical right and 33,33% of the performing right to publishers, as well as compensations due to exceptions to exclusive rights. The Higher Regional Court took into consideration previous case law, notably the German Federal Court decision in the Vogel case (I ZR 198/13) and concluded, in essence, that as publishers do not bring any rights to the collecting society GEMA cannot distribute the publishers’ share.

The ECSA board of directors takes note of the Kramm decision and wishes to transmit the following views: As a high-level principle ECSA supports the collective management of rights of music writers and publishers. ECSA believes that publishers have an important role in promoting composers and songwriters, in marketing their music and amplifying the exploitation of the works created by composers and songwriters. In the context of this exercise, publishers are and should continue to be entitled to a share of the distributions of CMOs.

However, in many instances music writers are forced to sign a publishing contract in order to get a commission to compose music (i.e. music writers must sign a contract in which the writer agrees that the publisher gets a share of the CMO distributions). This practice, also known in the business as coercive publishing, is a practice especially widespread in the audio-visual sector. ECSA believes that the Kramm ruling should help composers, who were coerced into publishing, to claw back the publishers’ share which were wrongfully and with no justification assigned in the first place. Furthermore, in many instances publishers stop fulfilling their duties to promote their writers, whilst continuing receiving their share (in most instances for the entire duration of copyright which is 70 years after the death of the author). The Kramm ruling should also help to retract these shares, when no active publishing is taking place.

Therefore, the Kramm ruling should be considered as a wake-up call for those publishers, who use coercive practices and do not fulfil their promotional obligations. Publishers must value the trust and assignment of rights from composers and songwriters. Consequently, it must be a publisher’s moral and legal obligation to ambitiously engage in publishing activities for the entire duration of the rights assignment. Otherwise music writers should be entitled to claw back the publishers’ share.

To download the ECSA statement, please click here.

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About ECSA:

The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) represents over 30,000 professional composers and songwriters in 25 European countries. With 50 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.

www.composeralliance.org

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News from Brussels – October 2016

International creators delegation exchange views with YouTube at Google Germany, Berlin

European and international creator representatives met with YouTube in Berlin for an exchange of views in rapid changing times of the music business. High on the agenda of the roundtable discussion was how to empower music writers in the digital future. Among the issues addressed were rights management, content ID and transparency. The meeting was organized by ECSA in the framework of the Creative Europe programme and within ECSA’s Creators’ Network.

The meeting was chaired by ECSA President Alfons Karabuda, with the participation of the ECSA delegation Bernard Grimaldi, Niels Mosumgaard, Helienne Lindvall, Markus Nordenstreng, Patrick Ager, Francisca Aas and Mårten Karlsson as well as Dennis Dreith, Executive Director of the AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund.

Representing YouTube were Victoria Campoamor, Kiki Ganzemueller and Sonia Khan.

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From the left: Francisca Aas, Helienne Lindvall, Sonia Khan, Niels Mosumgaard, Kiki Ganzemueller, Alfons Karabuda, Victoria Campoamor, Markus Nordenstreng, Dennis Dreith, Marten Karlsson, Bernard Grimaldi and Patrick Ager, 25 October 2016, Berlin (photo: Stefan Riedel)
 

ECSA and AFM & SAG-AFTRA IPR Distribution Fund set out structured transatlantic dialogue

On the occasion of the meeting with YouTube, ECSA and the AFM & SAG-AFTRA IPR Distribution Fund agreed to partner up for intensifying the collaboration of music creators in Europe and the United States of America. In a Memorandum of Understanding, both parties agreed to exchange privileged information regarding creators’ rights and music industry developments in the US and in the EU, as well as to represent each other on specific occasions.

ecsa-afm-sag-aftra-ipr-distribution-fund-agreement-signingDennis Dreith, Executive Director of AFM & SAG-AFTRA IPR Distribution Fund (left) and ECSA President Alfons Karabuda (right) sign the Memorandum of Understanding in Berlin on 25 October 2016 (photo: ECSA)
 

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About ECSA:

The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) represents over 30,000 professional composers and songwriters in 25 European countries. With 50 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.

www.composeralliance.org
 

For the News from Brussels in pdf format, please click here.

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News from Brussels – October 2016

ECSA Autumn Session 2016
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Composers and songwriters from all over Europe united in welcoming the EU copyright directive as an essential first step to establish fairness in the value chain.

Delegates from 50 European associations of composers and songwriters gathered for their traditional Autumn Session from 28 to 30 September 2016 and assessed the recent copyright proposals from the European Commission released on 14 September 2016. The ECSA Autumn Session was hosted by the Society of Slovene Composers (DSS).

ECSA members were pleased to see that the work of ECSA in the last years provided concrete results with several provisions set out in the copyright directive aiming at establishing more fairness for music writers in the value chain.

“I am very pleased to see that the Commission’s proposals are solution-oriented, looking at problems in the market and identifying mechanisms establishing a more sustainable environment for songwriters and composers. The liability of internet service providers must be clarified in copyright terms to ensure that composers and songwriters are fairly remunerated and the Commission’s proposals are a very good first step in this regard” comments Alfons Karabuda, President of ECSA.

“A solution-driven approach is truly appreciated. Composers and songwriters are pleased to see that the Commission also assesses the contractual situation music creators face when assigning their rights to first intermediaries. Here is where the first value gap appears and the different rules applicable to copyright contracts in EU member states create an unlevel playing field for creators,” adds Patrick Ager, Secretary General of ECSA.

The ECSA Autumn Session also show-cased a core project of ECSA’s Creative Europe Programme – ECCO, which included a special collaboration with RTV Slovenia producing extraordinary performances of the Big Band of RTV Slovenia led by Sigi Feigl (Austria) and by the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra led by conductor Jessica Cottis (UK). Both concerts followed a Europe-wide call for scores assessed by the ECCO Artistic Committee and “highlighted the variety of aesthetic approaches of Europe’s contemporary music repertoire with a breath-taking effect on the audience” comments composer Dusan Bavdek, ECSA’s Slovenian representative for contemporary music and member of the ECCO Working Group and Artistic Committee.

The ECCO concert featuring the Big Band of RTV Slovenia took place at Kino Šiška on 28 September 2016. The Big Band performed pieces by Michel Herr (BE), Piotr Wróbel (PL), Outi Tarkiainen (FIN), Nikki Iles (UK), Mark Lockheart (UK), Matjaž Mikuletič (SI), Krešimir Herceg (HR), Helge Sunde (NO), Klemen Smolej (SI) and Jukka Linkola (FIN). The following day at the Slovenian Philharmonic, the Symphony Orchestra of RTV Slovenia performed pieces by Benjamin de Murashkin (DK), Ignacy Zalewski (PL), Knut Vaage (NO), Jani Golob (SI), John Casken (UK) and Indra Riše (LAT).

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About ECSA:

The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) represents over 30,000 professional composers and songwriters in 25 European countries. With 50 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.

www.composeralliance.org

About ECCO:

ECCO is an ECSA project dedicated to the performing and promoting contemporary art music and to reaching new audiences. It operated as a network of active ensembles, orchestras and young professionals, supporting the creative dialogue between composers and performers and offering young professionals the opportunity to develop their skills with the ensembles experiences in performing contemporary music on an international level. ECCO is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

 

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Authors’ Group statement on EC copyright directive

 

STATEMENT FROM THE AUTHORS’ GROUP ON:

European Commission’s proposal for Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on “Copyright in the Digital Single Market”

BRUSSELS, 14 September 2016

The Authors’ Group is Europe’s leading Authors’ network representing more than 500 000 authors, including writers, literary translators, composers, songwriters, journalists, photographers, film/TV directors and screenwriters in Europe. Attached to this statement is a list of the authors’ associations represented by the Authors’ Group.

Today the European Commission presented its proposal for a Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market. The Authors’ Group welcomes the directive, in particular the proposal to address the key issue of creators’ weak bargaining position in their contractual relationships and fair remuneration in contracts.

The Authors’ Group supports the European Commission’s commitment to address problems related to the forced transfer of rights of authors to publishers, producers and broadcasters. Achieving a well-functioning market-place for copyright must start with establishing a system that allows fair contractual practices for authors and performers, who are affected by a weak bargaining position when assigning their rights to publishers, producers and broadcasters.

The introduction of a mandatory reporting obligation detailing the revenues generated and remuneration due will create more transparency and is a prerequisite for authors and performers to adjust unfair contractual agreements. These new provisions will constitute together with a dispute resolution mechanism an indispensable first step in order to create more sustainable conditions for Europe’s creators, who are the origin of Europe’s cultural and creative industries. However, authors need further mechanisms against unfair copyright contracts and the undersigning organizations are looking forward to working with the European Parliament and Council in this respect.

The Authors’ Group also welcomes the provisions of the directive clarifying the liability of online platforms but considers that substantial work remains to be done with regards to proportionate remuneration of authors, particularly for the online exploitation of their works.

The Authors’ Group looks forward to working constructively with all EU institutions and interested parties in this regard.

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About the Authors’ Group

The Authors’ Group represents more than 500 000 authors, including composers, film directors, journalists, literary translators, songwriters, screenwriters and writers in Europe. Members of the Group are ECSA (European Composer & Songwriter Alliance), EFJ (European Federation of Journalists), EWC (European Writers’ Council), FERA (Federation of Film Directors in Europe) and FSE (Federation of Screenwriters Europe). The Authors’ Group’s main objective is to ensure that the voice of authors is taken into account in the framework of the modernisation of EU copyright rules, particularly with regards to fair contractual conditions for authors and fair remuneration for the exploitation of copyright protected works.

For the joint statement in pdf format, please click here.