NEW EUROPEAN COMMISSION (EC) DELAYED FOR AT LEAST A MONTH
Following the European Parliament’s rejection of three Commissioners designate – Sylvie Goulard (France), Rovana Plumb (Romania) and László Trócsányi (Hungary) – the entry into function of the new EC, initially planned on 1st November, has been delayed. It will not take place until 1st December 2019, at the soonest. Once those three Member States have designated new candidates, the European Parliament will carry out new hearings with them, before finally approving or rejecting the new European Commission as whole. Olivér Várhelyi has been nominated by Hungary whereas France designated Thierry Breton, who is expected to take over the portfolio initially foreseen for Mrs. Goulard, including copyright and audiovisual policies. However, Mrs. Von der Leyen, President elect of the new European Commission, is still expecting the nominees for Romania (which has no government at the time being) and for the UK, which will also need to designate a Commissioner, due to the “Brexit” extension granted to the UK. From 1st November 2019 to the entry function of the new EC, the current Juncker’s Commission will still be in place but only as a “caretaker” Commission (dealing with “current business”/”affaires courantes”).
COPYRIGHT DIRECTIVE: ECSA AT THE FIRST STAKEHOLDERS’ DIALOGUE ON ARTICLE 17
On behalf of ECSA, Anselm Kreuzer (German composer for film music, TV music and music for new audiovisual media, and an active board member of the Composers Club since 2014) participated to the first EC stakeholder’s meeting on Article 17 of the Copyright Directive on 15 October 2019. This meeting was focused on music, software and gaming whereas the next meeting (5 November) will cover audiovisual, sports, visual and text (books, press, news). Anselm presented ECSA’s views regarding the current practices and experiences concerning the cooperation between rights-holders and online content sharing service providers. The outcome of this dialogue will feed into the preparation of the Commission’s guidance on the application of Article 17, as referred to in the Directive. The next stakeholders’ dialogue meetings will take place on 5 and 25 November and on 16 December 2019.
MUSIC MOVES EUROPE PREPARATORY ACTION: THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ADOPTS A SIGNIFICANT BUDGET FOR 2020
On 23 October 2019, the European Parliament (EP) adopted its position for the 2020 EU budget. In particular, the EP approved an amendment supported by the EP Budgetary and Culture committees for a budget of 2,5 million euros for the 3rd edition of Music Moves Europe, the overarching framework for the European Commission’s initiatives and actions in support of Europe’s music sector. In addition to the resources not spent in 2019, the total budget for the 2020 edition could amount to €3.5 million euros. However, this budget is not final yet and could be impacted by the Brexit or the forthcoming negotiations with the Council. Together with a large number of organizations in the music sector, ECSA has expressed its support for such a budget (see here) and warmly welcomes this strong support for Music Moves Europe.
ECSA AT DEEDS NOT WORDS
On 15 October, the ECSA Executive Officer attended “Deeds not Words” event, organized by UK Permanent Representation to the EU, together with Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Regions. The symposium highlighted best practices of gender equality in music and art across Europe and discussed ways to promote change in the creative sector. Many inspiring initiatives were presented during the panels: among them, RISE Liverpool, a platform supporting and connecting female artists, producers and policy makers at local and international level in order to create artworks and projects which can inspire the next generation of women artists; Both Sides Now, a programme of talent development for young and emerging female musicians, Women in Live Music, a platform for women working behind the scenes in the live music sector, such as sound engineers, light designers, stage managers, tour managers, etc.; the WeAreEquals – Music Academy, taking place this year in Spain and training future leaders of electronic music in developing their careers in order to contribute to the achievement of gender equality and social diversity in the music sector. The symposium then debated major issues affecting the cultural and creative sector, with a special focus on the lack of welfare protection that affects freelance female artists and other professionals, and the need of promoting role models to achieve a better gender balance.
ECSA SESSION – STOCKHOLM EDITION
Another successful ECSA Autumn Session was held in Stockholm from 7 to 9 October 2019, hosted by Skap (The Swedish Society of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) and FST (The Swedish Society of Composers). The welcome reception at the Stockholm City Hall has been followed by two intense and productive days of debates on strategic issues within the Committee Meetings, the General Assembly and the Future Lab. On 8 October, an open rehearsal of the ECCO concert with the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet was held, with the attendance of music students and music enthusiasts to discuss with the ensemble and composers about their music and the composition process. In the evening, the ECCO concert took place at the Royal College of Music, where ECSA, FST and Skap with the support of Creative Europe presented pieces from 6 European countries.
ECCO CALL FOR WORKS!
The call for works for the next ECCO concert in Brussels 2020 is here. ECSA’s ECF committee members are kindly invited to participate in the call for works for the 13th ECCO concert that will feature the Ensemble Fractales on 4th February 2020 at Flagey. Deadline for submission is Tuesday 3rd December 2019 – 12:00pm (CEST). See here for the submission information.
INTERNATIONAL MUSIC, ARTS & BUSINESS FORUM 2019
ECSA delegates John Groves and Micky Meuser participated at the 2019 International Music, Arts & Business Forum which took place in Vienna on 11th October. The event was organised by the Wirtschaftskammer Österreich in collaboration with the Donau-Universität Krems, Zentrum für Angewandte Musikforschung. The day brought discussions on how the massive changes in the music industry over the last 20 years require pragmatic solutions and rapid action to create sustainable and fairer business models for all stakeholders: music creators, distributors and digital platforms. The experts explored how digitalization and new technologies could be used in business in a meaningful way and what could the music industry learn from the film and media industry. Click here for the official programme.
ECSA is offering a new job opportunity at our office in Brussels, Belgium. We are looking for a trainee in Communication! Ideally, the candidate will have a strong background in communications, social media and European affairs. See here for the submission information.