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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.

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.

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

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 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

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.

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.

ECSA London Declaration

ECSA members from all over Europe adopted the London Declaration on the “EU digital single market and the necessity of a fair music value chain” on the occasion of ECSA’s General Assembly in London on 1 October 2015.

The London Declaration sets out what music creators request from EU policy makers as well as music industry stakeholders.

To read the declaration in full length, click here.

ECSA Autumn Session: 29 September – 1 October 2015, London

Composers and songwriters from all over Europe will gather for the yearly autumn meetings in London in order to discuss recent developments in the music industry, the EU digital single market and ECSA-related cultural activities. The General Assembly is hosted by BASCA, the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors and includes meetings of the ECSA committees on film and audiovisual music, as well as on contemporary and popular music (apcoe, ecf, fface). On the occasion of the General Assembly, the European Contemporary Composers Orchestra (ECCO) will perform nine new works of contemporary music from the UK, Finland, Norway, Slovenia and Poland. The composers are:

  • Lasse Thoresen with “Mon Dieu”
  • Mikko Heinio with “Mater fon amoris”
  • Perttu Haapanen with “Readymade Alice”
  • Milosz Bembinow with “Shakespired”
  • Cecilia McDowall with “Standing as I do before God”
  • Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred with “Still in Silence”
  • Jonathan Dove with “It sounded as if the streets were running”
  • Andrej Makor with “Paisaje”
  • Crt Sojar Voglar with “Salve Regina”