THE VON DER LEYEN COMMISSION
On 10 September 2019, the President elect of the European Commission (EC), Mrs. Von der Leyen, presented her team for the new European Commission expected to enter into office on 1st November 2019. At present, the European Parliament is organising hearings to test this team and will eventually have to approve the new EC before it takes its function. Together with other organizations active in the cultural sector, ECSA voiced its concerns regarding the absence of the word “Culture” in the titles of the 27 Commissioners. Culture features however in the letters of missions under the leadership and responsibilities of Mr. Schinas and, more importantly, Mrs. Gabriel. Her portfolio would cover the “full implementation of the New European Agenda for Culture”, the promotion of creative industries as well as a leading role “for an ambitious Creative Europe Programme”. As for authors’ rights and digital issues, Mrs. Margarethe Vestager (Renew-Denmark), current Commissioner for Competition,inherits from an important position of Executive Vice President “Europe fit for the Digital Age”, which would encompass all digital policies. Mrs. Sylvie Goulard (France – Renew) will be competent on copyright and audiovisual policies and have an important role in that regard.
ECSA UPDATED POSITION ON CREATIVE EUROPE
As the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission are now engaging in interinstitutional negotiations on the future Creative Europe Programme, the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) recently release its final position to contribute to the debates on the EU’s framework programme supporting the cultural and creative sectors. ECSA also published a joint statement with other organisations of creators – film directors, screenwriters, actors – in the audiovisual sector to push specifically for amendments 131 and 132 (also included in the ECSA position), which are favorable to all audiovisual creators – including audiovisual composers, and their fair treatment. ECSA is also currently very active to defend its position in the context of the ongoing negotiations between the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission with Mrs. Gabriel as the responsible Commissioner.
ECSA GENDER EQUALITY CHARTER IN THE EENCA STUDY ON GENDER GAP IN THE CULTURAL AND CREATIVE SECTORS
The ECSA Gender Equality Charter has been mentioned in the study Gender Gap in the Cultural and Creative Sectors published by the European Expert Network on Culture and Audiovisual (EENCA). The Charter is quoted as a best practice example in addressing gender gaps in the music sector and described as “…the result of collaboration, discussion and debate among the ECSA Gender Equality Working Group and the community of ECSA’s members […] meant to inspire ECSA Member Organisations and other stakeholders to take action and act to change the gender imbalance women experience in the music industry today”.
ECSA AUTUMN SESSION
From 7th to 9th October, ECSA members’ representatives will meet at the ECSA Autumn Session in Stockholm. ECSA committee meetings, General Assembly and Future Lab will be hosted by Skap (The Swedish Society of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) and FST (The Swedish Society of Composers). ECSA delegates will be officially welcomed by the city of Stockholm with a welcome reception at the city hall on 7th October. The next day will bring discussions within the three Committees on relevant developments within their music genre as well as ECSA’s activities. In the afternoon, an open rehearsal of the ECCO concert with the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet will be held, inviting music students and music enthusiasts to follow the discussions between ensemble and composers. In the evening, the ECCO concert will take place at the Royal College of Music, where ECSA, FST and Skap with the support of Creative Europe will present pieces from 6 European countries. On the last day, ECSA will hold its General Assembly and a Future Lab at the Ljusgården.
SAVE THE DATE: CREATORS CONFERENCE !
The Creators Conference changed date and venue. ECSA is pleased to announce that the Creators Conference will take place on 3rd February 2020 in the afternoon at Theatre de Vaudeville in Brussels. Current and future EU policies that are relevant for creators will be discussed with high level EU policy makers. The conference will be followed by a special Camille Awards ceremony. Stay tuned for more information!
NEW WELCOME HUB: PARIS!
ECSA is glad to announce a new Welcome Hub has been established in Paris in partnership with its French member SNAC (Syndicat National des Auteurs et des Compositeurs). The hub will provide a first contact point together with information and assistance for composers and songwriters in the ECSA network. The Welcome Hubs are also meant to facilitate collaborations among composers and songwriters and attract diverse members with heterogeneous knowledge.
ALFONS KARABUDA IS THE NEW PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COUNCIL
ECSA joins the international community in congratulating Mr. Karabuda on his election and wish him all the best as he begins this new chapter. ECSA looks forward to continuing to work closely with the International Music Council as we advance our shared mission of improving to promote the rights of authors of music at the national, European and international level. Check our Press Release on the election here.
PC: Ola Jacobsen
ECSA MEMBERS AT REEPERBAHN FESTIVAL
ECSA’s European Affairs and Programme Manager Alicja Swierczek attended the Reeperbahn Festival 2019 in Hamburg in order to follow the panel on the EU Copyright Directive, moderated by Ivors Academy board member and ECSA delegate Helienne Lindvall. Moreover, she followed the press conference on the Keychange initiative and various panels on rights management amongst others on the topic how to live from music, where Alexander Zuckowski, chair of ECSA’s new member VERSO was a panellist. Other panels dealt with the state of play of blockchain, mapping the royalty chain, the development of digital music distribution, the value of music and copyright in the digital age, fingerprinting technology of GEMA and the presentation of user centric distribution from Deezer.
ECSA WELCOMES VERSO & APC
ECSA is very happy to welcome two new members: German organisation VERSO Vereinigung Deutscher Songwriter (now an integral part of DKV for pop music) and its first member organisation from Portugal: the APC. The recently reactivated Portuguese Association of Composers (APC) is joining ECSA as from October 2019. APC has the mission of enhancing conditions, means and necessary circumstances for the creation of contemporary music. APC is currently supporting music formations dedicated to the repertory of the 20th and 21st century, offering resistance to any form of cultural inertia through the expansion of access to sound experimentation to a wide variety of composers, interpreters and audiences.
NEW TEAM MEMBER
We are very happy to introduce you to our new trainee. Tugce Akkoyun is a Turkish student, currently in her Master Degree in Communication Studies: New Media and Society in Europe. Tugce joined in September to help the ECSA Office on communication activities and the upcoming projects. Let’s make her feel welcome!