September 17, 2018

 The 2018 edition of the Creators Conference will take place on September 19that the Kolarac Hall in Belgrade and will bring together international and local creators, local businesses and representatives of the local administration allowing the creation of closer co- operation and direct synergies.

This year’s edition is organized with the support of the Composer Association of Serbia (CAS) and it will be exploring “Serbian Music and Innovative European Programs of Synergy, Creativity and Business”. Throughout this afternoon, panel discussions will be held on the development of the Creative Industries, on music tourism strategies and on the situation of the music sector in Serbia. The goal is to showcase the diversity of needs of the music industry throughout Europe, to provide a platform for the multiplicity of voices in the music world to be heard and to ultimately reinforce the perception of the cultural and economic value of music.


Welcoming words will be held by ECSA President Alfons Karabuda, Mateja Norčič Štamcar, Deputy Head of Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia and Ivana Trišić–President of Composers Association of Serbia (CAS) and welcoming words fromPrime Minister Ana Brnabić will be read.


After that a panel on Creative Industries will give opportunity for the following speakers to contribute to this topic: Ana Ilić (Advisor to the Prime Minister of Serbia for digital and creative industries, film and tourism), Dr Petya Koleva (Director of Intercultura Consult, co-founder of the Cultural Policy Designers Network), Dr Milena Dragićević Šešić(professor of Management in Culture and Theory of Media at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Belgrade) and Antun Tomislav Šaban(Secretary General of the Croatian Composers’ Society, Vice- President of ECSA, composer and conductor).


The second panel will focus on Creative Industries and Music in Tourism. The panellist will be Martin Cuff(strategist, marketer, speaker, writer and trainer in the development and marketing of Creative Industries),

Andrea Minnich(Sales & Marketing Manager, Salzburg Tourism), Miodrag Popović(CEO of the Tourist Organization of Belgrade) and Olaf Furniss(Managing Director of Music Tourist).


The last panel will focus on the music sector in Belgrade with presentations from Srđan Hofman (composer, professor emeritus of composition at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade and president of the governing board of SOKOJ), Aleksandar Kovačević(CEO of SOKOJ), Vladimir Grajić(composer, Head of RTS Music Production) and moderated by Dr Ivana Medić(Research Associate, Institute of Musicology SASA, Belgrade and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Muzikologija/Musicology).


Click here to access the whole programme of the conference with the list of speakers.


About the Creators Conference

The Creators Conference was initiated in 2009 by ECSA President Alfons Karabuda as a project of SKAP, the Swedish Association of Popular Music Composers. The first Creators Conference took place in 2009 in Stockholm, with two further editions in 2012 and 2013 in Brussels. The purpose of the event is to create new and unique synergies for music composers and European policy makers.

Throughout the years this event has developed as a high-level European Platform for creators, music business representatives and EU policy-makers to exchange views on on-going issues affecting music authors such as freedom of expression, author’s rights, new economic models, international cooperation or fair remuneration.

About ECSA

ECSA is an umbrella association of over 50 professional guilds of songwriters and composers of any genres of music. ECSA’s core mission is to defend and promote the rights of composers and songwriters with the aim of improving their social and economic condition as well as their artistic freedom. ECSA is registered under Belgium law as international non-profit organization and is financed by contribution of members, as well as by Creative Europe.

For more information, please contact:

Alicja Swierczek, EU Affairs and Programme Manager

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