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News from Brussels – December 2017

ECCO Artistic Committee selection results

Out of more than 56 works from 17 European countries the ECCO Artistic Committee selected the following works to be performed during ECSA’s Winter session in Brussels:

- Andrea Tarrodi – Light Scattering, String Quartet N°3 (Sweden)
– Helena Tulve – nec ros, nec pluvia (Estonia)
– Kimmo Hakola – String Quartet N°4 Op. 95 (Finland)
– Malte Giesen – unisono 1 für Streichquartett (Germany)
– Mihailo Trandafilovski – Fibers AND Coils (Macedonia)
– Paul Pankert – J. S., my friend (Belgium)

logo-ecco-final_dark-redThe ECCO concert will take place at Studio 1 at Flagey in the framework of the ECSA Winter Session on 20 February 2018 at 19:00. The concert will be performed by the renowned Quatuor Diotima.

ECCO Working Group chair Dušan Bavdek expressed that ‘the ECCO Artistic Committee was very pleased by the greatest amount of responses to the ECCO Call for Works so far. The high level of the selections by the 17 members helped us to shape a high-quality and colourful programme for the concert of the Quatuor Diotima in February 2018.’

Capacity Triangle kicks off in Warsaw

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ECSA’s tailor-made training sessions focusing on entrepreneurial, copyright and digital skills of songwriters and composers were kicked-off on 27 November in Warsaw. The session was organised by ECSA in close cooperation with Zwiazek Polskich Autorow i Kompozytorow (ZAKR) and Zwiazek Kompozytorow Polskich (ZKP) as well as ZAIKS and attracted up to 50 music creators exchanging with experts on issues such as the complex Polish regulations regarding self-employment and how different forms of self-employment are differently taxed. It was further discussed how and when to find a good manager and what to look when signing contracts. The workshop on the digital skills focused on the new digital environment for composers and songwriters and how to navigate it best.

‘The Capacity Triangle workshops are a great way of giving composers and songwriters tools to develop their career as they are specifically designed to their needs. Especially, the workshop on digital skills is a good idea and sparked a lot of interest with the participants’ said Marek Hojda, Vice-president of ZAKR.

Capacity Triangle 27 11 17 WarsawCapacity Triangle sessions in Warsaw, November 2017. Photo © : Anna Wysocka

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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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The first session of ECSA’s Capacity Triangle is here!

Together with Marek Hojda, Vice- chair of ZAKR (Association of Polish Authors and Composers), ECSA is organising the first round of training sessions of the Capacity Triangle in Poland. It will take place 27 November 9-17:00 at auditorium of the ZAiKS premises in Warsaw.

For the programme and for further information on how to register, please click here.

The Capacity Triangle is a training session for composers targeting the improvement of three types of skills: entrepreneurial, copyright and digital skills.

Depending on the hosting country, the training sessions will be tailored to the specific needs of the music authors of that country.

Capacity Triangle is supported by Creative Europe.

If you want to host our next session, please contact Alicja.

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French Music Creators and Publishers Co-Sign “Code of Good Practice” to Forge Significant New Relationship

On 4 October 2017, the ECSA members SNAC, UCMF and UNAC joined the publishers’ organisations CSDEM, CEMF and ULM under the auspices of France’s culture minister, Françoise Nyssen to sign a “Code of Good Practice for the Publishing of Musical Works”.

Among the signatories was ECSA board member Jean-Marie Moreau.

The code of good conduct aims to govern and ameliorate the contractual relations music creators have with publishers.

ECSA encourages its’ members to establish similar code of conducts with the respective music publisher association.

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News from Brussels – October 2017

Legendary guitarist, songwriter and producer Phil Manzanera (ROXY MUSIC) at high-level copyright meeting in the European Parliament – Brussels, 18.10.2017

 Musician and Roxy Music member Phil Manzanera joined MEP Helga Trüpel (Greens) and ECSA President Alfons Karabuda in a call to close the value gap and make sure that user generated content platforms are held liable in terms of copyright. The necessity to include a rights reversion mechanism in EU law was also stressed several times. Axel Voss (EPP), Rapporteur on the directive on copyright in the digital single market was among the participants.

During the two-hour meeting with the MEPs, Council and Commission representatives, Mr. Manzanera underlined the necessity of allowing artists to terminate their contracts if their works are not promoted or the shares are obviously unfair. Mr. Manzanera highlighted that copyright must work for creators in order for musicians to further create music. “The value gap must be closed and transparency and money must flow to the creators from the exploitation of music on all digital platforms”, pointed out legendary guitarist Phil Manzanera.

“Digital capitalism must be regulated in a smart way. As a simple general principle, new digital monopolies must always acquire licenses for copyright protected material. Then we don’t need general filtering”, said MEP Helga Trüpel, who hosted the ECSA seminar.

“The meeting today gave fuel to those trying to modernize the copyright in the way it was first intended, that is safe guarding the authors enabling their future creativity. It also provided strong arguments against those seeing fair remuneration for creators as a threat to their own profit. With the help of Mr. Manzanera giving concrete examples from his own career, no one was left uncertain,” pointed out Alfons Karabuda, President of ECSA.

 Phil Manzanera is one of the UK’s best-known musicians and record producers, having shot to prominence in the early ‘70’s as the lead guitarist with the seminal band, Roxy Music. He is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading guitarists and is in much demand both as a performer and record producer.
Over the last four years, he has co-produced Pink Floyd’s ‘The Endless River’, which was a global hit, achieving No 1 in over 20 countries. He released, ‘The Sound of Blue’, his own autobiographical album, co-produced David Gilmour’s new album, ‘Rattle That Lock’, which again topped the charts in 12 countries, including the UK, and was Maestro Concertatore of La Notte della Taranta, Italy’s largest free festival. He also took part in ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ a tribute concert to Jack Bruce. Manzanera also toured with David Gilmour, having already played sell-out shows in Europe and the UK: in December 2015, the band headed for South America, playing dates in Brazil, Argentina and Chile.
Phil Manzanera was born in London to a Colombian mother and English father, and spent most of his childhood in different parts of the Americas: Hawaii, Venezuela, Colombia and Cuba. It was in Cuba that the young Manzanera, aged six, encountered his first guitar, a Spanish guitar owned by his mother. Phil’s early musical accomplishments were Cuban folksongs learnt against the upheaval of the Cuban Revolution.
Phil Manzanera is member of ECSA’s UK member BASCA, the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.

 British and EU music creators united in calling for an
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Open letter to the European Parliament

We represent songwriters, composers, musicians and featured artists at both EU and UK level. Together we call upon EU policy makers to complement articles 14-16 in the copyright directive with a rights reversion mechanism. The latter would allow our members to regain their rights under certain conditions.
Authors and performers are at the very heart of copyright and the creative industries. Without our members, labels and publishers would have no works to market and no music to license. Without music creators, Europe would be silenced. Still, music creators face difficulties in making a living. Rights are transferred or assigned for a very long time, in many instances for the entire duration of the copyright term. When rights are transferred or assigned, the true value of rights is not known and the remuneration received in return is not proportionate. Therefore, several copyright laws throughout the world have a rights reversion mechanism in order to protect authors and performers who have assigned rights before the true commercial value was known. Most notably the United States, Germany and Denmark to name a few. It is therefore essential that policy makers act and follow the recommendations of EU studies for a rights reversion mechanism.

The copyright review is unique and a once in a generation opportunity to establish a system of greater fairness in the contractual relationship that authors and performers have with publishers and producers. We count on you to act in the interest of European music creators.

Best regards,

European Composer & Songwriter Alliance (ECSA)
British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA)
Musicians’ Union (MU)
Featured Artists’ Coalition (FAC)
Music Managers Forum (MMF)
Music Producers’ Guild (MPG)

ECSA’s Autumn session in Vienna, Austria

 Hosted by ECSA’s Austrian member OekB composers and songwriters from all over Europe met in Vienna, Austria on 11 October in the framework of ECSA’s Autumn session and 10 years anniversary act. The festivities were kicked-off with an evening reception at the famous jazz club Music Club Porgy and Bess with “music made in Austria” and four different genres were performed.
ECSA’s three committees, apcoe (popular music), ecf (contemporary music) and fface (audio-visual music) held their bi-annual committee meetings to discuss committee-relevant projects.

ECSA’s celebrated its’ 10-year anniversary at the Theatermuseum with speeches of Thomas Trabitsch (Theatermuseum) Alexander Kukelka (OeKB) and Alfons Karabuda (ECSA) commemorating the early days of ECSA and shedding light on the organisation’s accomplishments over the past ten years. The Austrian Jazz composer Mathias Rüegg addressed the current situation of composers and how important ECSA’s advocacy activities are nowadays, which was echoed in the speech of Mrs. Alice Weihs from the Arts and Culture department of the Austrian Federal Chancellery.

 ECCO concert in Vienna

 The eight edition of the ECCO concert (European Contemporary Composers Orchestra) took place at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna on 12 October 2017. The renowned Wiener Concert-Verein ensemble performed the following string orchestra pieces:

  • ’Sinfonietta – The Night of Fireworks’– Aleksandra Chmielewska (Poland)
  • ’Respectus’ Rene Eespere (Estonia)
  • ’Brittle Fluid’ – Tyler Futrell (Norway)
  • ’Plainsongs for Strings’– Jennifer Fowler (UK)
  • ’Fenster’ – Gerald Resch (Austria)
  • ’Lacrimae’ Krešimir Seletković (Croatia)
  • ’Per Archi’– Lojze Lebič (Slovenia)

Moreover, the concert was conducted by two student conductors, Lorenz Müller and Svetlomir Zlatkov. The Haydn auditorium was full with 150 seats filled. The ensemble, conductors and composers received a tossing applause.

“This particular ECCO project, realized with an enormous input by the ÖKB and the mdw- University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, once again stresses the necessary key elements of our joint power as music creators on all levels: collaboration, open-mindedness, respect both for music history and innovation, both youth and experience. All this was done in the name of praising diversity which is, and hopefully will remain so crucial for the vitality of European culture.”
(Jana Andreevska, Chair of the ECCO Artistic Committee)

ECCO is a project ECSA’s Creative Europe Programme. It aims to establish itself as a pan-European “body of sound” dedicated to the performance, circulation and promotion of contemporary art music. In practice, it is a network of active ensembles, orchestras and young professionals, supporting creative dialogue among composers and performers and offering young professionals the opportunity to develop their skills with ensembles experienced in contemporary performing practices on an international level. By its educational dimension, ECCO serves as a pro-active development and networking arena for professional composers and performers, especially young and emerging ones.
ECCO is among the projects currently supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

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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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PRESS RELEASE – ECCO concert in Vienna

7 composers from 7 different countries: special performance by ECCO featuring the Wiener Concert-Verein ensemble

Following a Europe-wide call disseminated among 27 European countries, 7 outstanding composers made it to be performed on 12 October by the Wiener Concert Verein. The concert was conducted by two student conductors of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna- Svetlomir Zlatkov and Lorenz Müller. ECCO’s Artistic Committee consisting of Jana Andreevska (Macedonia), Dušan Bavdek (Slovenia) and Martin Lichtfuss (Austria) selected the works along highest artistic standards:

  • ’Sinfonietta – The Night of Fireworks’– Aleksandra Chmielewska (Poland)
  • ’Respectus’– Rene Eespere (Estonia)
  • ’Brittle Fluid’– Tyler Futrell (Norway)
  • ’Plainsongs for Strings’– Jennifer Fowler (UK)
  • ’Fenster’ -Gerald Resch (Austria)
  • ’Lacrimae’– Krešimir Seletković (Croatia)
  • ’Per Archi’– Lojze Lebič (Slovenia)

“This particular ECCO project, realized with an enormous input by the ÖKB and the mdw- University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, once again stresses the necessary key elements of our joint power as music creators on all levels: collaboration, openmindedness, respect both for music history and innovation, both youth and experience. All this was done in the name of praising diversity which is, and hopefully will remain so crucial for the vitality of European culture.”          (Jana Andreevska, Chair of the ECCO Artistic Committee)

ECCO is a project ECSA’s Creative Europe Programme. It aims to establish itself as a pan-European “body of sound” dedicated to the performance, circulation and promotion of contemporary art music. In practice, it is a network of active ensembles, orchestras and young professionals, supporting creative dialogue among composers and performers and offering young professionals the opportunity to develop their skills with ensembles experienced in contemporary performing practices on an international level. By its educational dimension, ECCO serves as a pro-active development and networking arena for professional composers and performers, especially young and emerging ones.

ECCO is among the projects currently supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

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News from Brussels – August 2017

Busy times ahead in Brussels

In July 2017, the CULT and ITRE Committees in the European Parliament adopted their opinions with respect to the European Commission’s proposal for a copyright directive in the framework of the Digital Single Market Strategy. ECSA welcomed those opinions as they reflected a strong commitment to ensure that value is transferred to creators from online user-generated content platforms. Music creators also very much welcomed the positive vote on a rights reversion mechanism in the ITRE Committee. A set of strong exclusive rights and mechanisms for fair contracts with those to whom authors assign their rights is fundamental as it strengthens the position of authors and ensures fair remuneration. ECSA therefore encourages the European Parliament to continue this positive development ahead of the LIBE and JURI votes later this autumn. It is a once in a generation opportunity to ensure that online internet giants pay their fair share to Europe’s creators.

Happy birthday! ECSA  is 10!

ECSA’s 10th anniversary will be celebrated with all ECSA members from across Europe and beyond in the framework of the autumn session in Vienna from 11 to 13 October 2017. A special anniversary act will be held in the Eroica Hall of the Theatermuseum on 12 October 2017 with opening speeches and live music performed by the Koehne Quartet.

ECSA was initiated in 2006 in Vienna and officially founded a year later in Madrid. Today, ECSA is a single and unique European organisation representing exclusively composers, songwriters and lyricists in 26 European countries as well as in Israel.

ECSA Autumn Session in Vienna

This year’s ECSA autumn session will feature a full programme of cultural events around the committee meetings and the General Assembly. Hosted by the Austrian Composers’ Society (ÖKB) the gatherings will take place from 11 to 13 October 2017 and will bring together music creators from all over Europe. The programme includes public concerts at the legendary Viennese jazz club Porgy&Bess, as well as internal meetings at the Museumsquartier and a meeting of ECSA’s highest decision making body, the General Assembly, at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

ECCO – back to where it started

The 7th edition of ECCO will take place at the city of its first edition – Vienna. ECSA is delighted to host the concert which will be held at the mdw- University of Music and Performing Arts on 12 October 2017. The ECCO concert, conducted by two students, Lorenz Müller and Svetlomir Zlatkov, will feature the string orchestra of the renowned Wiener Concert-Verein who will perform seven pieces selected by the ECCO Artistic Committee. The seven selected composers and pieces are:

  • Sinfonietta - The Night of Fireworks’ by Aleksandra Chmielewska (PL)
  • Respectus by René Eespere (ET)
  • ‘Brittle Fluid’ by Tyler Futrell (NO)
  • Fenster by Gerald Resch (AT)
  • Lacrimae by Krešimir Seletković (HR)
  • ‘Plainsong for Strings’ by Jennifer Fowler (UK)
  • ‘Per Archi’ by Lojze Lebič (SL)

For more information on the concert, please click here.

New Music Incubator – Phase I

20 music professionals have been selected to participate at the New Music Incubator!  The selected participants will meet from 18-23 September 2017 in Konstancin near Warsaw for a range of artistic and networking courses. The result of this creative process will then be performed as a fringe event during the Warsaw Autumn festival on 21 September 2017 which concludes phase I of NMI.  For more information, 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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NMI performance BXL 2017

Press Release – New Music Incubator participants chosen

Brussels, 29 August 2017

This year’s edition of the New Music Incubator is well under way. The call for participation has been closed and the 20 final participants have been chosen.

Congratulations to: Stéphane Orlando (BE, composer/piano/improviser), Sara Glojnarić (HR, composer) Liina Saar (EE, voice/composer), Jukka-Pekka Lehto (FI, flute), Neff Irizarry (FI, guitar), Yoanna Ayers (GE/PL, mezzo/Georgian instruments), Sylvia Hinz (DE, recorder), Balint Komenczi (HU, sound artist), Stephen McEvoy (IE, sound artist), Massimo Varchione (IT, composer), Aleksandra Popovska (NL/MK, voice/composer), Kamila Olas (PL, accordion), Anna Szmatoła (PL, cello), Przemysław Michalak (PL, composer/percussion), Krzysztof Ratajski (PL, composer/piano), Tomasz Sośniak (PL, piano), Madeleine Jonsson Gille (SE, voice/composer), Lars Carlsson (SE, composer), Henrik Denerin (SE, composer), Rebecca Hardwick (UK, soprano)

In the first phase of NMI, the participants will come together for five days of artistic and networking courses in Konstancin, Poland. The result of their creative process will be performed during the Warsaw Autumn festival as a fringe event:

When: 16:00, 22 September 2017
Where: Sala Widowiskowa Domu Pod Krolami, Warsaw
Free entry

The second phase consists of a second performance in Brussels, where the participants can perform together for a second time.

When: 19 February 2018
Where: Q-O2 in Molenbeek (tbc), Brussels
Free entry

This edition is funded by Creative Europe, ECSA, the Nordic Council of Ministers and Zaiks.

For press contact or further questions, please contact Martin Q. Larsson (NMI) martinq@martinq.com or Alicja Swierczek (ECSA) alicja.swierczek@composeralliance.org

For further information please visit http://newmusicincubator.com/nmi-konstancin-2017/

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ECCO Brussels 2018 – Call for Works

ECSA’s ECF committee members are kindly invited to participate in the Call for Works for the ECCO String Quartet concert that will feature Quatuor Diotima and will take place in Flagey’s Studio 1 in Brussels on 20 February 2018.

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

Deadline for submission is Tuesday, 31 October 2017– 12:00pm (CEST).

 

From the left: Patrick Ager (ECSA), Guillermo Diaz (Ciudadanos), Ivan Garcia-Pelayo (FEMA), José Andres Torres Mora (PSOE), Maria José Garcia-Pelayo (PP), Rosana Pastor (Podemos), Alfons Karabuda (ECSA), Bernard Grimaldi (ECSA), Antonio Narejos (FAIC), Javier de Juan (AMA), Luis Ivars (Musimagen), Santiago Perez Lopez (PP), John Groves (ECSA). Photo by: ECSA

News from Brussels – July 2017

Board meeting in Madrid

Last week, the ECSA Board convened for a meeting in Madrid, the official birth place of ECSA in 2007, a year after a European Composers Congress in Vienna expressed the intention to create a European Federation of Composers’ Associations.

The ECSA Board reviewed current developments on the proposed copyright directive in the European Parliament and assessed the ECSA work plan with respect to ECSA projects such as the Transatlantic Dialogue for Sustainable Music, video game music or cultural events such as Grand Scores.

ECSA Board and staff. Photo by: Luis Camacho/SGAE

ECSA Board and staff. Photo by: Luis Camacho/SGAE

Whilst in Madrid, a high-level ECSA delegation met with representatives from different political parties of the Culture Committee in the Spanish Parliament. This meeting served to discuss Spanish legislative initiatives on the status of the artists and contractual remuneration of creators. The ECSA delegation also met with the Director General of INAEM (Instituto Nacional de Las Artes Escenicas Y de la Musica) in order to exchange views on ECSA’s and INAEM’s cultural activities dedicated to fostering the skills and capacities of music creators with respect to the digital environment.

From the left: Patrick Ager (ECSA), Guillermo Diaz (Ciudadanos), Ivan Garcia-Pelayo (FEMA), José Andres Torres Mora (PSOE), Maria José Garcia-Pelayo (PP), Rosana Pastor (Podemos), Alfons Karabuda (ECSA), Bernard Grimaldi (ECSA), Antonio Narejos (FAIC), Javier de Juan (AMA), Luis Ivars (Musimagen), Santiago Perez Lopez (PP), John Groves (ECSA). Photo by: ECSA

From the left: Patrick Ager (ECSA), Guillermo Diaz (Ciudadanos), Ivan Garcia-Pelayo (FEMA), José Andres Torres Mora (PSOE), Maria José Garcia-Pelayo (PP), Rosana Pastor (Podemos), Alfons Karabuda (ECSA), Bernard Grimaldi (ECSA), Antonio Narejos (FAIC), Javier de Juan (AMA), Luis Ivars (Musimagen), Santiago Perez Lopez (PP), John Groves (ECSA). Photo by: ECSA

The Board meeting was also the occasion to kick off the ECSA 10th anniversary celebration with an official anniversary act at the SGAE premises. SGAE President Jose Miguel Fernandez Sastron welcomed the ECSA delegation and various Spanish composers and songwriters. ECSA President Alfons Karabuda and Spanish Board member Luis Ivars recalled highlights of ECSA’s achievements and outlined the main objectives of the European alliance. SGAE Vice-President Javier Losada once again underlined the important relations between the Spanish community of composers and songwriters with their European colleagues.

ECSA’s 10th anniversary will be celebrated with all ECSA members from across Europe in the framework of the autumn session taking place in Vienna from 11 to 13 October 2017. Apart from the committee meetings and the General Assembly, highlights will be a concert at the Porgy & Bess Music Club, an anniversary reception and the 8th edition of the ECCO concert featuring the Wiener Concert-Verein.

Furthermore, ECSA is delighted to welcome the new member Belgian Screen Composers Guild and new supportive member Israel Composers’ League.

 

Two EP Committees adopt their opinion in support of creators

On 11 July 2017, the CULT Committee as well as the ITRE Committee adopted their advisory opinion on the copyright directive. ECSA welcomes these opinions, particularly the explicit strengthening of the Commission’s proposals regarding online platforms and the transparency obligation which is complemented with the rights reversion mechanism in the ITRE opinion.

ECSA will continue its advocacy efforts and focus on the remaining committee votes in the European Parliament following the summer break. The LIBE Committee vote will most probably take place at the end of September whilst the JURI vote is set to take place on 9 or 10 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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Photo credit: Francois de Ribeaucourt

New Music Incubator – Call for Participants

New Music Incubator Konstancin is a project that brings together professional new music practitioners (musicians, composers, improvisers, electronic music artists, sound artists, etc.) from different EU countries for a period of collaborative creative research. It is aimed at professional artists who collectively employ a range of approaches to music and sound production including improvisation, composition and sound art, as well as classical and non-classical performers and composers.

The New Music Incubator thus promotes mutual professional development, skill sharing and the development of strong networks for future projects.

The New Music Incubator Konstancin is organised in 2 phases:

Phase I will take place in Konstancin (near Warsaw) from 18-23 September 2017. For three days, 20 selected new music practitioners from various EU countries will create music together. On 22 September 2017, the groups will perform a public concert as a fringe event at the Warsaw Autumn festival.

Phase II will take place for three days in Brussels in February 2018. The participants meet again in Brussels to re-develop, rehearse and perform some of the works for a public concert at Q-O2.

Call for participants is now open. Deadline is 15 August 2017 (23:59).

For more information, please see here.

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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