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Press release- European Authors welcome MEPs’ support for authors

20 June 2018, Brussels – European organisations representing authors have welcomed the European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee’s strong support for a fair and proportionate remuneration for authors and called upon all Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to support the Legal Affairs Committee mandate.

The Authors’ Group represents more than half a million writers, composers, journalists, film directors, screenwriters and songwriters in Europe.

Today, the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) adopted its position on a Proposal for a Directive on copyright in the Digital single market. JURI MEPs backed by an overwhelming majority our European authors’ call for strong authors’ rights by strengthening the transparency triangle (Articles -14a to 16a), ensuring regular reporting by publishers, broadcasters and producers on the exploitation that is made of creative works, thus reinforcing  the contractual position of authors in Europe.

The Authors’ Group said: “We thank all JURI MEPs that have made this success possible and encourage all MEPs to support the Legal Affairs Committee mandate. We also call on Member States and the European Commission to follow the leadership of the European Parliament and show a similar support for improving the remuneration of authors. The Copyright Directive represents a once in a decade opportunity to establish a general principle of proportionate remuneration for authors and rebalance their contractual position in Europe and we cannot miss this chance. “

The Authors’ Group is composed of:

ECSA (European Composer and Songwriter Alliance)

EFJ (European Federation of Journalists)

EWC (European Writers Council)

FERA (Federation of European Film Directors)

FSE (Federation of Screenwriters in Europe)

 

Please find the PDF version of the press release here.

Press release: ECCO selection for the Belgrade concert

ECSA is pleased to announce that the ECCO concert will be performed by the RTS Symphony Orchestra. The concert will take place on September 18th 2018 in the “Kolarac” Concert Hall, Belgrade, and will be conducted by Serbian conductor Bojan Sudjić.

The ECCO Artistic Committee selected the following works to be performed during ECSA’s Autumn session in Belgrade:

  • “Symphonic Slices” by Ülo Krigul (Estonia)
  • “Ein (kleiner) Winternachtstraum” by Jacqueline Fontyn (Belgium)
  • “Tre piccolissime musiche notturne” by Nicola Campogrande (Italy)
  • “Vellamon neidot” by Mikko Nisula (Finland)
  • “The Horses of Saint Mark” by Isidora Zebeljan (Serbia)
  • “Memento” by Milan Mihajlovic (Serbia)

 Dušan Bavdek, the chair of the ECCO Working Group, commented on the selection as follows:

“It is with great pleasure that we are ready to announce the final choices made by the Artistic Committee of ECCO for the ECCO concert by the RTS Symphonic Orchestra which will take place on 18th September this year, in Belgrade.

In addition to the final decision which is sent to you from the ECSA’s office, as a Chairman of the ECCO Artistic Committee – together with Jana Andreevska (Macedonia), Lorenzo Carola (Belgium) and Bojan Sudjic (conductor of the RTS Symphonic Orchestra), I want to sincerely thank you all for submitting your great music to the call. Also personally, as a composer, I felt privileged and thankful for the opportunity to listen to about 47 exciting symphonic pieces submitted to the call from all over Europe (Serbia, Slovenia, Belgium, Croatia, Finland, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Spain, UK, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Estonia and the network FACDIM- Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica) and Israel.

Congratulations to the selected composers!

Furthermore, I sincerely hope that those whose pieces were not selected this time for the ECCO Belgrade concert will not be discouraged to submit in the future. On the contrary, we all strongly encourage a wider response from all ECSA member societies, which would also give the ECCO concerts a greater value representing the exciting variety of the contemporary music in Europe.”

News from Brussels – May 2018

 

EU Affairs update

 

The Council of the European Union has finished its proposal of the copyright directive and received the mandate from COREPER on 25th May 2018 to start inter-institutional negotiations with the European Commission and the European Parliament. The Council’s version has watered down the provisions on the liability of online platforms in article 13 and is not as strong as the Commission’s proposal. The transparency triangle (articles 14 – 16) however remain very closely to the original proposal of the directive. At this stage, the European Parliament still needs to finalise its own proposal. A vote on it is scheduled on 20th or 21st June in the JURI Committee. The vote will very likely be positive. This means that the plenary will vote on it in July. However, the outcome in the plenary cannot be predicted as there are no clear party lines within S&D and the Greens. Should the vote go through, then the trilogues will start in September 2018 in hope of a quick finalisation before a new European Parliament gets voted in May 2019.

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ECCO Concert

ECSA is pleased to announce that the ECCO concert will be performed by the RTS Symphony Orchestra. The concert will take place on September 18th 2018 in the “Kolarac” Concert Hall, Belgrade, and will be conducted by Serbian conductor Bojan Sudjić.The ECCO Artistic Committee selected the following works to be performed during ECSA’s Autumn session in Belgrade:

  • “Symphonic Slices” by Ülo Krigul (Estonia)
  • “Ein (kleiner) Winternachtstraum” by Jacqueline Fontyn (Belgium)
  • “Tre piccolissime musiche notturne” by Nicola Campogrande (Italy)
  • “Vellamon neidot” by Mikko Nisula (Finland)
  • “The Horses of Saint Mark” by Isidora Zebeljan (Serbia)
  • “Memento” by Milan Mihajlovic (Serbia)

 

European Film Music Day 2018

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The European Film Music Day 2018 successfully took place on Tuesday the 15th of May 2018 in the framework of the Cannes Festival. Experts from all over Europe and the US gathered on three panels to exchange on the particularities of scoring music for video-games, on the relationship between composers and agents or PR agencies and on the creative process of composing film music. The panels took place in the afternoon at FNACE and were followed by a reception at Plage Quinzaine to further discuss topics of interest and to meet other professionals from the music and audio-visual sector.

EFMD Participants ©Guillaume Lutz/Quinzaine des Réalisateurs

We are most thankful to all of our partners and supporters for making possible this inspirational day: the Creative Europe programme, La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, SKAP, NOPA, UCMF, DEFKOM, ÖKB, BASCA, Musimagen, SoundTrack Cologne, Braunschweig International Film Festival, FERA, and Fnac.

You want to know more? Have a look at the programme for the 2018 edition, get in touch with us, or check out the pictures on Facebook or our website europeanfilmmusicday.eu. See you next year!

 

ECSA Camille Awards 2018 Pre-selection

ECSA is happy to announce the official preselection for the European Film Composer Award – The Camille Awards, given to composers of exceptional pieces of film and series music by their peer composers. Delegates of ECSA Film and Audiovisual music committee (FFACE) preselected 21 compositions in three categories:

Best orchestral score

  • Peter Baert for “Façades” (BE)
  • Lasse Enersen for “Tuntematon Sotilas” (FI)
  • Ginge Anvik for “Askeladden: I Dovregubbens Hall” (NO)
  • Pascal Gaigne for “Handia” (ES)
  • Peter von Poehl for “Korparna” (SE)
  • Dario Marianelli for “Paddington 2” (UK)

Best electro-acoustic score

  • Johnny Jewel for “Home” (BE)
  • Jonas Struck for “QEDA” (DK)
  • Marko Nyberg for “Paha Poliisi” (FI)
  • Ola Fløttum for “Thelma”(NO)
  • Lucio Godoy & Adrian Foulkes for “La Niebla y la Doncella” (ES)
  • Karl Frid & Pär Frid for “Citizen Schein” (SE)

Best original music for a series

  • Lachlan Anderson for “Tabula Rasa” (BE)
  • Jacob Groth for “Modus S02” (DK)
  • Timo Hietala for “Love and Law” (FI)
  • Rob for “Le Bureau des Légendes S03” (FR)
  • Helmut Zerlett for “Borderland” (DE)
  • Marius Christensen for “Valkyrien” (NO)
  • Ivan Martinez Lacámara & Manuel Santisteban for “La Casa de Papel” (ES)
  • Olle Ljungman & Erik Lewander for “Jordskott” (SE)
  • Rupert Gregson-Williams & Lorne Balfe for “The Crown S02” (UK)

In each category, representatives of European composers organisations will now elect three nominees to be reviewed by an international jury of composers (to be announced soon, stay tuned!). The ceremony will take place October 20th 2018 in the frame of the International Sound & Film Music Festival (ISFMF) in Pula (Croatia).

 

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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 – April 2018

European Film Music Day 2018

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The European Film Music Day 2018 will take place on Tuesday, the 15th of May 2018 in the framework of the 71st Cannes Festival.This year again, experts coming from all over Europe and the United States will have the opportunity to discuss key issues at stake.

The three panels will focus on:
• Composing Music for Video Games: New Opportunities;
• Working with Agents and PR Agencies;
• Composing For Film Music: Focus on the Creative Process.
The discussions will be followed by a Happy Hour at La Plage Quinzaine from 18:00 to 20:00.

ECSA Autumn Session 2018 in Belgrade

This year’s ECSA Autumn Session will take place in Belgrade and it will be hosted by the Composers’ Association of Serbia, from 17th-19th of September 2018. Alongside ECSA’s internal meetings, Board meeting and General Assembly, the programme will include the ECCO Concert, followed by the Creators Conference, which this year will put Balkan culture in focus. ECSA Autumn Session meetings and events will take place at the Kolarac Hall, one of the most important culture hubs in Belgrade.

ECCO concert in Belgrade – Call for works

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Don’t forget to send us your entries for the ECCO concert which will be performed on the 18th of September 2018 at the Kolarac Hall in Belgrade. The concert will be conducted by Mr. Bojan Sudjic and performed by the RTS Symphony Orchestra. The deadline for submission is Monday 14th of May 2018, 12:00 CET. For more information, please see here.

EU Affairs update – Copyright Directive

The co-legislators are moving fast now. Mr. Axel Voss (EPP) rapporteur on the copyright directive in the European Parliament has set the date for the vote in the JURI committee for either the 20th or 21st of June. The plenary vote will then probably take place in July or latest in September. The Council of the European Union is also almost ready to go into the next phase – the inter-institutional negotiations (also called trilogue) as the Bulgarian Presidency will request the mandate for the negotiations on 27th April 2018 at the COREPER meeting. The proposal of the Presidency is in every aspect weaker than the Commission and even the Parliament proposal. Article 13 that deals with the value gap includes mitigation measures that give platforms the option not to obtain licenses but just take the content down. No major changes have been made to the transparency triangle except for including an unhelpful paragraph in article 14 where an author may need to request information from third parties directly when the first contractual partner has no information on the exploitation of the work. The European Parliament, on the other hand, has not yet finalized the value gap provision in article 13. Articles 14-16 have been more or less finalised. The same provision regarding the information obligation towards third parties has been added as in the Council. On a positive note, it seems very likely that a mechanism to claim back the rights to a work (revocation right) may get introduced into the proposal of the Parliament. It is likely that the inter-institutional negotiations between the Council, Commission and Parliament will start in October 2018.

“Help European culture shine even better”

ECSA is proud signatory of a call uniting more than 60 European organisations in advocating for more funding to the cultural and creative sectors.

Considering culture’s massive contributions to social, economic and artistic development of Europe, we urge the European Union to double the budget directly allocated to its support. Furthermore, as one of its horizontal priorities, we call on the European Commission to make sure other sources of funding (e.g. the Structural and Investment Fund, COSME, education and enlargement/neighbourhood  programmes) are accessible to the cultural and creative sectors.

Make sure you are part of the movement by signing the petition started by Culture Action Europe.

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New ECSA staff members

Loredana Picture2Bucseneanu (Romania) has joined ECSA as Executive Officer in March 2018. Prior to her appointment at ECSA, Loredana worked on different topics related to European affairs such as SMEs, EU funding, digital agenda etc. Loredana holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in European Economic Policies.

Brussels-native, Louis Absil graduated in Political Science and Cultures and Development studies before working at the International Music Council secretariat for six months. He recently joined ECSA team to assist Laura Gardes in organising and communicating on the European Film Music Day and the Camille Awards until early June. Fluent in French and English, he has an intermediate knowledge of Dutch.

News from our members:

 

DPA celebrated its 100th anniversary in Copenhagen

DPA, the Danish Songwriters Guild, hosted a celebratory and reflexive event for their 100th anniversary. The mindset was that tradition and continuity are good, but foresight is better. The Danish Minister of Culture and a series of DPA members discussed on the future of Danish music sector, with a focus on music exports, education and how music can help market a city or area.

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BASCA Chair Crispin Hunt delivers an address to the EU in Brussels on the growing ‘Value Gap’

For 3 years, BASCA has been campaigning publically for the removal of safe harbour provisions for certain online platforms such Facebook and YouTube. Crispin, along with a delegation of European musicians, songwriters and their representatives met with the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel in March to press home their case. See more details here.

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BASCA Responds to Facebook’s Music Rights Deals and launches #soldforasong Campaign

BASCA is calling for commitments from music publishers that any revenue generated from the recent Facebook and Spotify agreements will be shared transparently and fairly with the writers they represent. Read here more information about the campaign.

Ivor Novello Awards 2018

Picture5BASCA, in association with PRS for Music, present the 63rd Ivor Novello Awards on Thursday, 31st of May at the Grosvenor House in London. The Ivors celebrate, honour and reward excellence in songwriting and composing. For more information, please visit http://theivors.com/

UNAC Awards

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On the 19th of March, the UNAC Awards granted prizes to a selection of authors and composers that are representative of today’s French diversity and talent. This year, five categories were rewarded: Author-Composer of the song of the year (Juliette Armanet and Antoine Pesle for the song “L’Amour En Solitaire”), Autoproduction (Arnold Turboust and Rico Conning), Repertoire: Author-Composer for the youth (Alain Schneider), Music library composer of the year – i.e. music production (Frédéric Sans), and Tribute to a career (Richard Gotainer). The ceremony, which took place at Sacem, was followed by a cocktail where members of UNAC, award winners and many actors of the French music industry gathered to celebrate.

First UNAC Masterclass successfully delivered

Picture7Olivier Delevingne & Wally Badarou – Photo credits: Laurent Juillet

What is it really like to be a professional author and composer? What are your rights and obligations? “30 Ways To Earn A Living in The Music Industry” was the theme of the conference held by Olivier Delevingne and Wally Badarou at the first UNAC Masterclass organized on the 27th March 2018 in Saint-Germain-En-Laye near Paris. The conference also included a show and will happen all over France on a regular basis.

Second edition of the Gil Family Estates International Soundtrack Composition Prize

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There is an incredible opportunity for a young composer to win 50.000€ thanks to the Gil Family Estates International Soundtrack Composition Prize.

What: Creation of a soundtrack to the short film Essence;

Who: composers between 18 and 35 years old;

Deadline: 9th of June 2018.

The winning score will be premièred simultaneously with the screening of the short film on November 15th 2018 at Auditorio Víctor Villegas (Murcia, Spain) during the Film Symphony Orchestra’s concert, where the prize will be awarded.

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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 call for works Belgrade 2018

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

ECSA’s ECF committee members are kindly invited to participate in the Call for Works for the ECCO philharmonic orchestra concert that will feature RTS Symphony Orchestra and will take place in the Kolarac Concert hall in Belgrade on 18 September 2018.

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

Deadline for submission is Monday, 14 May 2018– 12:00pm (CEST).

News from Brussels – March 2018

ECSA Winter Session 

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The ECSA Winter Session took place in Brussels from 19-21 February. About 70 delegates from ECSA’s 56 members were welcomed by the New Music Incubator concert in Maison Haute of Watermael-Boitsfort. The next day ECSA’s three committees, apcoe (popular music), ecf (contemporary music) and fface (audio-visual music) held their bi-annual committee meetings to discuss ECSA’s Creative Europe work plan for 2018-2019. In the afternoon a workshop on the evolution of the Composers’ Directory was held to exchange future perspectives of the platform with interested members.

The evening programme consisted of the ECCO concert featuring the brilliant Diotima quartet. The ECSA Winter session concluded with the General Assembly, where important ECSA issues were discussed. The delegates welcomed ÖGZM (Österreichische Gesellschaft für Zeitgenössische Musik) and ECPNM (European Conference of Promoters of New Music) as two new supportive members of ECSA.  Furthermore, ECSA’s members were informed about the state of play of the copyright directive, international music business issues and a study on user-centric versus pro-rata model in Spotify distribution, presented by Jari Muikku, consultant at Digital Media Finland.

ECSA members voiced once again the importance to close the value gap and ensure that a meaningful rights reversion mechanism is introduced in the copyright directive.

In addition, ECSA members addressed the problem of sexual harassment in the music sector as revealed in relation to stories of #MeToo. The General Assembly therefore adopted the following the resolution which will be circulated among the wider music sector:

“The main objective of the European composer and songwriter alliance – ECSA – is to defend and promote the rights of authors of music at the national, European and international levels by any legal means. ECSA advocates for equitable commercial conditions for composers and songwriters and strives to improve social and economic development of music creation in Europe.
ECSA enshrines equal treatment and freedom from sexual harassment as fundamental human rights. Every composer and songwriter have the right to a safe working environment in which they can provide the best possible performance, and to be free from harassment, discrimination or retaliation. All of the stories of #MeToo show that is not the case today.
European composers and songwriters must stand united. Sexual harassment, abuse and all manner of offensive behaviour is unacceptable and must cease immediately. Our belief is that in a diverse and inclusive industry, there exists no culture of silence and no room for structural oppression. 
Now is the time to make a change. The goal is to have an industry free from oppression, sexual harassment and abuse. Not in fifty years, not in ten years – but now!”

ECCO concert with Quatuor Diotima in Brussels

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On 20th February 2018 Quatuor Diotima performed six pieces from six different European composers in the framework of the ECCO concert in Studio 1 of Flagey in Brussels.

These pieces have been chosen from a pool of 47 submissions from seventeen different countries. The jury that carried out the selection consisted of the ECCO Artistic Committee which was formed, for this concert, by Jana Andreevska, Dusan Bavdek, Christian Diemer and Pierre Morlet from Quatuor Diotima.

Photo credits: François de Ribaucourt, De Ribaucourt Photography

Photo credits: François de Ribaucourt, De Ribaucourt Photography

The ECCO concert presented a wonderful performance by Quatuor Diotima consisting of Yun-Peng Zhao, Constance Ronzatti, Franck Chevalier, Pierre Morlet who featured the following pieces and composers:

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

The event appeared on Flagey’s digital programme resulting in a well-attended concert.

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As Jana Andreevska, member of the ECCO Artistic Committee and ECCO Working Group, outlined in her welcome speech ECCO’s aim is to perform and promote contemporary art music and to reach new audiences as well as share the European repertoire across national borders.  This mission of promoting European contemporary art music is only possible thanks to the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

Second concert of NMI Konstancin in Brussels

The second phase of the New Music Incubator (NMI) Konstancin edition took place on Monday 19th February 2018 in Brussels. Twenty professional music practitioners gathered at Maison Haute, a beautiful venue located in Watermael-Boitsfort, to surprise and engage the audience with their performance. The following original eleven pieces were performed: Uncanny Remix, DeLAys, Two days before…, Barbershop II, The Tower Behind the Babble, exagium 1, Topsy, 100, Let the square be the circle, Whater, Concerto for envelopes. The names of the participants can be found here.

Photo credits: François de Ribaucourt, De Ribaucourt Photography

Photo credits: François de Ribaucourt, De Ribaucourt Photography

NMI is a project facilitated by Martin Q. Larsson and supported by ECSA, Creative Europe, ZAiKS, Nordic Council of Ministers, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Music Academy of Watermael-Boitsfort and the municipality of Watermael-Boitsfort.

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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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NEW MUSIC INCUBATOR concerts in Brussels

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ECSA and the music academy of Watermael- Boiforts are happy to present the NMI concert at Maison Haute, Place Antoine Gilson 1, 1170 Brussels on 19.02.2018 at 19:30. This concert will show 5 newly created pieces of contemporary music- the creative product of 20 music practitioners who under the directions of Martin Q. Larsson came together in the spirit of music, creativity and cooperation.

New Music Incubator is an international exchange of professional composers and performers that meet for a week of creative collaboration (phase 1). Six months later they meet again for a public performance (phase 2). New Music Incubator encourages collaboration among artists in European countries; it inspires European cultural exchange.

For phase 1 of this NMI edition participants met in Konstancin, Poland from 18-23 September 2017. For three days, 20 selected new music practitioners from various EU countries created music together. On 22 September 2017, the groups performed a public concert as a fringe event at the Warsaw Autumn festival. See here for a clip with some impressions.

Phase 2 will take place in Brussels on 19.02.2018. Please see here for more details.

Seats can be reserved per email at alicja.swierczek@composeralliance.org

This project was co-funded and supported by Creative Europe, Nordic Council of Ministers, Académie de Musique & des Arts de la Scene Watermael-Boiforts, municipality of Watermael-Boifort, ZAiKS, Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw.

 

16.02.2019

The first result of NMI’s collaborative spirit can be experienced at the NMI: Sepia ensemble concert organised by the Forum des Compositeurs and supported by ECSA. The NMI participants Tomasz Sośniak (piano) and Anna Szmatoła (cello) from Poland will perform pieces of European contemporary composers at Maison des Musiques on 16.02.2018 at 20:00.

The following composers and pieces will be performed:

Lutosławski Grave, Métamorphoses
Hao-Fu. Zhang – Crépuscule
Martin Q. Larsson – Meditation
Claude Ledoux – Prelude
Alfred Schnittke – Sonata no. 1

For more information see here.

News from Brussels – January 2018

BYE BYE 2017!

Looking back at a fruitful year

2017 has been a very special year for ECSA, celebrating its 10th Anniversary! The year has been filled with successful advocacy activities, strong cultural projects and fruitful international collaborations.

From left to right: MEP Axel Voss, Björn Ulvaeus, Mairead McGuiness (European Parlement vice-president), Alfons Karabuda (ECSA President). Picture©Gilda Romero

From left to right: MEP Axel Voss, Björn Ulvaeus, Mairead
McGuiness (European Parliament vice-president), Alfons Karabuda (ECSA President). Picture©Gilda Romero

Advocacy

Thanks to the high involvement of our members, ECSA has managed to make significant steps towards fair remuneration within the copyright directive. Key moments of 2017 were also the organisation of two discussions within the European Parliament with Björn Ulvaeus (ABBA) and Phil Manzanera (ROXY MUSIC), strengthening ECSA’s voice within the copyright discussion.

Cultural Projects

In 2017, ECSA has been selected to receive the Creative Europe Grant 2017-2020 from the European Union to foster transnational mobility, strengthen capacities of composers and songwriters, as well as to increase diversity in repertoires.

2017 also saw the launch of the Capacity Triangle project with its very first edition taking place in Warsaw on 27 November.

In collaboration with HARPA and in the framework of the Cannes festival, ECSA also organised the European Film Music Day with a special focus on the video game music and the cooperation of directors and composers.

From left to right: Dan Clifton, Christine Aufderhaar, Alexandra-Therese Keining, Sophia Ersson and Thor Joachim Haga

From left to right: Dan Clifton, Christine Aufderhaar, Alexandra-Therese Keining, Sophia Ersson and Thor Joachim Haga

International Collaboration

The Creators’ Roundtable in Los Angeles also took place in April 2017. An ECSA delegation 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 opened up discussions about remuneration models and best practices of one of the fastest growing sectors in the music industry.

Creators Roundtable, 28 April 2017, Los Angeles. Picture©Coi Nguyen and Brian Stewart.

Creators Roundtable, 28 April 2017, Los Angeles. Picture©Coi Nguyen and Brian Stewart.

WELCOME 2018!

Towards an exciting year

2018 already promises to be very exciting! Here is a little sneak peak of ECSA’s upcoming activities.

Advocacy Activities

Careful attention will be given to concluding the co-legislative process for the copyright directive in the European Parliament and the Council. The  work in partnership with the Authors Group for fair contracts as well as the coalition with other networks in regards to the value gap will also continue this year.

ECSA Winter Session

19 – 21 February

In a few weeks, composers and songwriters representing ECSA’s 56 member organisations will meet in Brussels, at Flagey, for the annual Winter Meeting. The gathering includes a session of ECSA’s General Assembly, the board of directors and ECSA’s three genres specific committees – APCOE (popular music), FFACE (audio-visual music) and ECF (art & contemporary music). ECSA members will review the organisation’s activities and assess the progress on the advocacy front, mostly with respect to questions of transfer of value from online platforms and transparency and fair remuneration in copyright contracts.

ECCO Concert
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The next ECCO concert is nearing with its first edition of the year taking place on 20 February 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. For ECSA’s biggest enjoyment, the renowned Quatuor Diotima will be playing a very colorful programme carefully selected by the ECCO Artistic Committee featuring the following composers and pieces:

 •Fibers and Coils– Mihailo Trandafilovski (Macedonia)

nec ros, nec pluvia– Helena Tulve (Estonia)

J. S., my friend – Paul Pankert (Belgium)

unisono 1 für Streichquartett – Malte Giesen (Germany)

String Quartet N°4 Op. 95 – Kimmo Hakola (Finland)

Light Scattering, String Quartet N°3 – Andrea Tarrodi (Sweden)

The ECCO concert is featured on Flagey’s digital programme. Please be so kind as to register to   alicja.swierczek@composeralliance.org by 5  February 2018 at the latest.

ECCO concert Vienna 2017. Picture©ÖKB Markus Sepperer

ECCO concert Vienna 2017. Picture©ÖKB Markus Sepperer

New Music Incubator

With the concert in Warsaw in September, phase I of the New Music Incubator concluded. Now, NMI is heading towards phase II, which will take place in Brussels in February. For three days, 20 participants of NMI who come from 13 different European countries will rehearse, develop and consolidate their previous creations and present them at their concert on 19 February at Maison Haute, in Watermael-Boitsfort, Brussels.

ECSA/ISFMF Film Music Award

This year again, European Film Music will be greatly celebrated with the ECSA/ISMF Film Award (previous Grand Scores). As in previous editions, selected composers will be awarded by their peers for their outstanding contribution to the musical landscape. The award is to take place on 20 October in the framework of the International Sound and Film Music Festival (ISFMF) in Pula, Croatia.

New Team Member

We are very happy to welcome Laura Gardes (Programme Manager) on the ECSA team. Laura previously worked for the Goethe-Institut as project manager of the European Structured Dialogue between the European Commission and the cultural sector. She holds a double master degree in European Culture, is a French native speaker, fluent in English and German and has an intermediate knowledge of Swedish.

 

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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

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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

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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.

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.

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
EU-wide
rights reversion mechanism

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

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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.

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

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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/

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).

 

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

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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.

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.

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