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Appointment of ECSA Gender Working Group

Following ECSA’s call for nominations to the ECSA Working Group on Gender, it is now with pleasure we announce that the ECSA Board appointed three members to the WG in order to address the issue of gender balance and equality of chances within the wider music community and also in its membership network, Boards and CMO’s.

ECSA is aware of the fact that the representation and promotion of female composers is still very poor within the European community of composers and songwriters. In order to address these challenges and to critically examine what must be done in order to foster the development of female music creators, the ECSA General Assembly decided to establish a Gender Working Group. The WG shall examine the situation and provide critical recommendation as to what ECSA needs to do within its network to foster the development of female composers.

The following persons have been appointed and will work on the above mentioned issues in the upcoming months:

  • Elizabeth Anderson (Forum des Compositeurs – Belgium)

Elizabeth is a Brussels-based American composer specialized in electro-acoustic composition. Her artistic production comprises acousmatic, mixed and radiophonic works as well as works for multimedia and sound installations. Elizabeth is the initiator of a new festival devoted to acousmatic music in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (the Netherlands). In her work, Elizabeth is engaged in helping to create and support more opportunities for women in the music community.


  •  Sine Tofte Hannibal (Dansk Komponist Forening – Denmark)

Sine is the General Manager of the Danish Composers’ Society. She has a long-time background as project manager; for projects engaging children and young people in music in different ways, for festivals and ensembles for contemporary music as well as a Nordic network for audience development. Gender and gender equality is a theme that Sine continuously focuses on in her work in the Danish Composers’ Society.


  • Natalia Vergara (Autores de Música Asociados – Spain)

Natalia is Owner, Producer and Director of “Señoritas On Fire” (, the only collective of female composers in the world, whose aim is to promote talented female songwriters . She is and Member of the Board of Directors of AMA (Autores de Música Asociados) as well as co-author of the book: “Procedural Aspects of Domestic Gender Violence”. As a singer and songwriter herself she tries to promote equality and independence in her songs.


ECSA congratulates the three members to their appointment to the Gender Working Group and is looking forward to working closely together.


Creators Conference 2016 – joint press release

VP Ansip confirms Commission’s focus on authors’ remuneration in upcoming copyright review at 2016 Creators Conference

Brussels, 1 June 2016 –

The Creators Conference 2016 concluded yesterday after a productive day of panels, interviews and speeches by prominent artists, experts and policy makers discussing the current issues faced by the European creators’ community and the cultural and creative industries.

The Authors’ Group welcomed European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip in charge of the Digital Single Market for a keynote speech in which the Commissioner confirmed the “need to look closer at the conditions for remunerating creators and getting a fair share of the value generated”. Vice-President Ansip also stressed the “follow the money approach” and “widening access to content” for consumers as key elements to fight piracy, as well as the challenges related to online platforms. As for the latter, Vice-President Ansip stressed the “plan to ensure a fair level playing field”.

The Authors’ Group took the opportunity to present Commissioner Ansip with its newly adopted declaration « Towards a modern, more European copyright framework and the necessity of fair contracts for creators » (available here) in which the unified different cultural sectors’ creators call the European Commission to take action for fair remuneration, fair contracts and transparency in its upcoming copyright legislative proposal.

The different sessions of the day prompted lively discussions about artistic freedom, digital opportunities, and fairness in authors’ contracts as well as sustainability in the exploitation of authors’ works online, where European creators shared their views and experience of the digital shift.

Experts and policy makers shed light on possible developments of the cultural and creative industries, and recognized that authors have found their rightful place in the current debate on the copyright legislative framework review.

This year’s edition of the Creators Conference was hosted by the European Composer & Songwriter Alliance (ECSA), in alliance with the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the European Writers’ Council (EWC), the Federation of European Film Directors (FERA), the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE), and Freemuse.

Held under the High Patronage of the European Parliament and supported by the Creative Europe Programme, the high-level event brought together over 200 participants to reinforce the dialogue between creators, consumers and EU policy makers about European authors’ essential needs with regards to their rights and the digital future.

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About the Authors’ Group

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



Patrick Ager (on behalf of the Authors’ Group)

+32 2 544 0333

For the joint press release in pdf format, please click here.


Photo credit: John Staples



ECSA welcomes EC Communication on online platforms


Brussels, 27.05.2015

The European Commission published on 25 May 2016 a Communication on online platforms with the aim to achieve a fairer allocation of value generated by the online distribution of copyright protected content by online platforms. ECSA welcomes this step, in particular as the Commission also aims to address the issue of fair remuneration of creators in their relations with other parties using their content.

“I am very pleased to see that the Commission works on a solution driven approach, looking at problems in the market and identifying possible solutions. The transfer of value from online platforms is a problem, as much as is the question of unfair contracts, which authors are confronted with when assigning their rights to first intermediaries. Fairer contracts and more transparency will ensure more choice for creators whom to assign their rights to, resulting in a flourishing competitive market of music creation,” comments Alfons Karabuda, President of ECSA.

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

About ECSA
The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) represents over 30,000 music creators in 25 European countries. With 50 member organizations across Europe, the Alliance speaks for the interests of composers of art & classical music (contemporary), film & audiovisual music, as well as popular music.

Patrick Ager
Secretary General
+32 2 544 0 333

Find the ECSA press release as pdf document here.


European Film Music Day 2016 – Nordic focus confirmed

ECSA is, in collaboration with FERA (Federation of European Film Directors), FSE (Federation of Screenwriters in Europe) and the Directors’ Fortnight organising the European Film Music Day (EFDM) which will take place on 17 May 2016 in the framework of the Cannes Film Festival.

This year’s edition will be held under a Nordic focus in order to raise visibility of the Nordic film music and its creators. Confirmed partners are FTT (Icelandic Society of Authors & Composers) and SKAP (Swedish Society of Songwriters, Composers and Authors).

Designed as a day-long event, the EFMD programme will include roundtables, workshops and panel discussions on the creative collaboration between film music composers, film directors and screen writers as well as the European legislative dimension regarding the modernisation of the EU copyright rules (fair contracts, transparency), and new business models. The day will close with an evening reception at la Plage Quinzaine – the Directors’ Fortnight’s private beach. This event will again offer an exceptional opportunity for the invited composers to network with film directors, film producers, and other key representatives of the audio-visual industry.

More information on the programme to follow shortly.


ECSA letter on ICMP’s press release of 7 March 2016

ECSA has sent a letter to the International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP) addressing its public statement of 7 March 2016, in which the ICMP Board recommends “[…] that ICMP members also consider other licensing possibilities outside of SGAE in order to protect their repertoire in Spain”. SGAE is the Spanish collecting society.

Read the full ECSA letter here.

Photo credit: John Staples

ECCO Ljubljana 2016 – Call for Works

ECSA’s ECF committee members are kindly invited to participate in the Call for Works for the ECCO Symphony Orchestra concert taking place in Ljubljana 2016.

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

Deadline for submission is Friday 20 May 2016 – 12:00pm (CEST).

The ECCO Big Band Call for Works will be published soon.

2016: Patrick Doyle, Gary Yershon, Timo Hietala, Eric Serra (photo credit: Moet Hennessy Germany)

Grand Scores 2016



The Grand Scores 2016, initiated and curated by Moët & Chandon Germany, were organised in Berlin on 10 February 2016 as an intimate award ceremony dedicated to the celebration of international film music and its composers – casting the light on the value of film music composition and its unique contribution to the most emotional cinematic experiences.

ECSA, as the organisation representing film and audio-visual composers and songwriters on the European level, was the official content partner of this high-end event whose role was to develop a fair and well thought-out selection procedure ahead of the award ceremony. The Grand Scores International Jury with its members Anne Dudley, Javier Navarette, Philippe Rombi and Stephen Warbeck was in charge of selecting the winners for the Best Orchestral and the Best Electro-Acoustic score. The awardees of the honorary categories Outstanding Contribution and Exceptional Creative Partnership have been handpicked by an ECSA expert group.

The award ceremony was held at the beautiful Ballroom of the Hotel de Rome in Berlin where about hundred invited guests enjoyed the celebrations in form of a seated dinner.

The ceremony reunited renowned international film music composers, film directors, actors and representatives of the film music industry to honour film music and its multiple facets created by gifted composers.

The nominees for the Best Orchestral Score announced during the night were:

  • Bruno Coulais (France) for Le chant de la Mer (Song of the Sea)
  • Pascal Gaigne (Spain) for Loreak (Flowers)
  • Gary Yershon (United Kingdom) for Mr Turner

Gary Yershon was presented with the Grand Scores Best Orchestral Score Award by Chris Smith, film music composer and member of the Grand Scores steering committee from the very beginning.

The nominees for the Best Electro-Acoustic Score were also announced during the night:

  • Trond Bjerknes (Norway) for Operasjon Arktis (Operation Arctic)
  • Timo Hietala (Finland) for Aikuisten Poika (Boy Upside Down)
  • Jonas Struck (Denmark) for Idealisten (The Idealist)

Timo Hietala was presented with the Grand Scores Best Electro-Acoustic Score Award by Anne Dudley, Oscar-award-winning film music composer from Great Britain.

The award for Exceptional Creative Partnership, one of the honorary categories, was presented to film music composer Patrick Doyle and film director Kenneth Branagh by the renowned British film music composer Stephen Warbeck for their long-time collaboration. The ceremony ended with the Outstanding Contribution award presented to Eric Serra by ECSA Vice-President Bernard Grimaldi for his impressive career and talent composing so many well-known film scores.


About ECSA:

ECSA is the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance representing over 30,000 professional composers and songwriters in more than 20 European countries. With 45 member organizations all across Europe, the Alliance speaks for the interests of music writers of art & classical music, film & audio-visual music as well as popular music.

ECSA has been appointed as sole content partner for the Grand Scores celebrations. In its capacity, ECSA is responsible for nominating the composers who will be celebrated for their work and talent during the Grand Scores night.


About Moët & Chandon:

“Glamour” and “success” have been Moët & Chandon’s core values since 1743. These values have been at the heart of Moët & Chandon’s activities for years, through the creation of exclusive, red carpet moments at international film award ceremonies.

With their involvement as initiator, host and main partner of the Moët & Chandon Grand Scores, Moët & Chandon are now aiming at creating an exceptional evening fully dedicated to film music and its exceptional composers.

For more information on the Grand Scores, please contact:
Beatrice Hamann, Executive Officer
Office: +32 2 544 03 33


Photo from the left: Patrick Doyle, Gary Yershon, Timo Hietala, Eric Serra

Photo credit: Moët & Chandon

NFB pic edition 58

Latest News from Brussels available

Our first News from Brussels in 2016 is available now. Click here to read about the following issues:

  • Authors and Consumers in Dialogue
  • EC announces preliminary online platforms and geo-blocking consultation results
  • ECSA February Session 2016 fast approaching


Photo from left to right: Isabelle Buschke (VZBV), Magnus Franklin (Mlex), MEP Pavel Svoboda and ECSA President Alfons Karabuda ©ECSA


ECSA February Session in Brussels, 15 – 17 February 2016

ECSA members will soon come together on the occasion of the ECSA Annual General Assembly and meetings of the popular, contemporary as well as film and audiovisual music committees. This gathering of composers and songwriters from all over Europe will be a special one as ECSA members will also elect a new Board and assess developments of the music industry, the European legislative agenda as well as ECSA’s activities for the upcoming years.

In the framework of the February session, ECSA will host the New Music Incubator (NMI) opening concert on 15 February 2016 at Q-O2 in Molenbeek. Another highlight will be the ECCO concert taking place at Flagey Cultural Centre on 16 February 2016, featuring The Sturm und Klang Ensemble performing six contemporary musical works from the following composers:

–        Michael Berkeley (United Kingdom)

–        Moritz Eggert (Germany)

–        Julian Grant (United Kingdom)

–        Peter Helmut Lang (Germany)

–        Olli Virtaperko (Finland)

–        Philippe Leroux (France)

Authors and Consumers

Authors and consumers in dialogue

Come and join our event ‘Authors and consumers in dialogue’ hosted by MEP Pavel Svoboda and jointly organized by the Authors’ Group (ECSA, EFJ, EWC, FERA, FSE) and BEUC at the European Parliament on 27 January 2016 from 16:00-18:00. Watch out for the programme to be published soon. Authors and Consumers


Authors’ Group statement on EC Communication

The Authors’ Group consisting of the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the European Writers’ Council (EWC), the Federation of European Film Directors (FERA) and the Federation of Screenwriters of Europe (FSE) released a joint statement on yesterday’s EC Communication “Towards a modern, more European copyright framework”, available here.


Paris attacks – #NousSommesUnis

Music will not be silenced. ECSA condemns the Paris attacks and their attempt to silence music, freedom of expression and our common universal values – all constituting key pillars of democracy. Our thoughts are with all the victims, their families and friends.


Photo credit Eiffel Tower: Jean Jullien

Alfons Karabuda by Johan Olsson

ECSA President Alfons Karabuda elected Executive Vice President of IMC

Yesterday, ECSA President Alfons Karabuda was elected Executive Vice President of the International Music Council, IMC, during its General Assembly in Rabat, Morocco. Alfons Karabuda has been a member of the executive board since 2013.

– “IMC promotes values ​​well in line with those of ECSA. It is therefore with great enthusiasm and gratitude I continue my work within the IMC executive board as Executive Vice President”, says Alfons Karabuda.

During the ongoing IMC General Assembly in Rabat, the preparation of a digital agenda for music was prioritized and sharing the objectives of ECSA, IMC will participate in the ECSA Creators’ Roundtables in USA next week.

IMC, founded by UNESCO in 1949, is the world’s largest network of music organizations and institutions. IMC comprises over 1 000 organizations with 200 million members in 150 countries, promoting access to music for all and the value of music in the lives of all peoples.

(photo credit: Johan Olsson)


Creators’ Roundtable in November 2015 – FLYERS available

Key Stakeholders’ Legislative And Music Industry Roundtables

Washington DC and New York,

November 18-20 2015:


Long-term Sustainable Development of Digital Music Services

Whilst copyright law in the US and in the EU vary in many aspects, both the US and EU governments have established certain exclusive rights for authors in order to promote the progress of science and the arts and therefore of society in general. In light of the digital future and challenges related to the digital environment, the US and EU governments are aiming at modernizing copyright and adapting it for the digital future.


The roundtable in Washington DC on November 18 will therefore start with a focus on legislative issues as well as discussions on how to ensure fair remuneration in the digital environment. It will bring together key US and European creator groups, music industry representatives, representatives of the UN and the US Congress as well as representatives from the United States Copyright Office In order to assess the upcoming review of copyright law in the US and in the EU.

→ Flyer for Washington DC available here

The roundtable in New York on November 20 will focus on music industry related issues as well as fair and sustainable business models regarding streaming services and revenues. Stakeholders such as ASCAP, American Society of Composers, Songwriters and Publishers, as well as representatives from TIDAL, Spotify, Apple Music and the creators groups SGA (Songwriters Guild of America), CIAM, MCNA as well as A2IM, American Association of Independent Music, are expected to attend.

→ Flyer for New York available here 

All partaking stakeholders are invited to present their view of the current situation and the future of digital music services from their specific perspective. The roundtables are hosted by ECSA, European Composer & Songwriter Alliance, and SKAP, Swedish Society of Songwriters, Composers & Authors, organized with the support of CIAM, MCNA and IMC (tbc).


The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance, ECSA, represents over 30,000 professional composers and songwriters in 23 European countries. With 45 member organizations across Europe, the Alliance speaks for the interests of music creators of art & classical music (contemporary), film & audiovisual music, as well as popular music.

The Swedish Society of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, SKAP, is the Swedish interest group for professional songwriters, composers, lyricists and adaptors of all genres. SKAP works for the rights of individual music creators and for good conditions in the field of professional music creation.

The International Council of Music Authors, CIAM, was created in 1966 to protect the rights and assert the cultural aspirations of music creators, CIAM focuses on the key issues directly concerning the moral rights of composers and creators of music. It promotes their professional, economic and legal interests and serves as a forum for cooperation and networking. It facilitates the exchange of information, ideas and best practice, and provides practical advice to help musical creators defend their professional environment.

Music Creators North America (MCNA) provides a voice for music creators in the ongoing discussions that will reshape national and international copyright law and policy. In addition, we wish to draw attention to the issues that matter, not only to us, but also to all those who love music and hope for a fair and vibrant marketplace for this essential cultural and economic endeavor.

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News from Brussels edition 56 available

We are back in the office from our autumn meetings in London providing you with our recent News from Brussels. Edition 56 includes articles about the ECSA London Declaration as well as the ECCO with BBC Singers Concert.

We would like to take this opportunity to warmly thank our British host BASCA for having us.

Click here and read our news in full length.