News from Brussels – Mars 2019


European Parliament’s adoption of the Copyright Directive: ECSA welcomes an historical decision for European cultural diversity and towards fair remuneration of authors in the digital age.


Fantastic news for all ECSA Members and music authors in Europe and beyond! On 26 March 2019, the European Parliament adopted the provisional agreement on the Copyright Directive (see here the Directive translated in the EU languages) by 348 votes in favour, 274 against and 36 abstentions. You can find here our press release. ECSA President Alfons Karabuda intervened also on Euronews to react to the positive vote (see here).

The Council will now most likely adopt the Directive (probably on 9 April), unless major Member States change their position. The Directive will then be published in the EU Official Journal and Member States will have two years to transpose the provisions of the Directive into national law. Since the Directive leaves a wide margin of interpretation to Member States, it will be essential for ECSA and its Members to closely monitor the implementation process and advocate for an ambitious transposition that takes into account the views and the needs of music authors.

The ECSA team has been very active to advocate for such a positive result in the run up to the vote – with many meetings, letters (see for example here, here and here), statements (also here and here), Op-ed, and Coms activities (notably on twitter) in the last weeks. With many thanks to all ECSA Members for their support, let’s now celebrate and congratulate all Members of the European Parliament who voted in favour of the Directive!


The European Parliament adopts the Satellite and Cable Directive!



On 28 March 2019, the European Parliament adopted the provisional agreement on the Satellite and Cable Directive (see here), with 460 votes in favour, 53 against and 8 abstentions. You will recall that ECSA welcomed the provisional agreement in December (see here) since it includes positive provisions (retransmissions of TV and radio programmes and transmission of programmes through direct injection) for author’s remuneration through CMOs. The Council will now formally approve the Directive in the coming days/weeks before it enters into force. Note that Member States will have two years to transpose the provisions of the Directive into national law.


The European Parliament adopts its position on the next Creative Europe programme (2021 to 2027): All good things come in three!


On 28 March 2019, the European Parliament adopted its position on the next Creative Europe programme (2021 to 2027) – as adopted in the Culture and Education committee on 20 February – with 501 votes in favour, 51 against and 42 abstentions. This report (see here – amendments 1-50) is largely positive and includes good provisions, in line with the position adopted by ECSA (see here) and our voting recommendations. Most notably, the draft report includes amendments striving for a better reflection of the importance of the music sector, a higher budget dedicated to Creative Europe, a larger budget dedicated to the CULTURE sub-programme, the mobility and visibility of creators and repertoires, as well as positive language on the support to artistic freedom, cultural diversity and gender equality. Negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council will start after the European elections in May. The final budget allocated to the next Creative Europe Program will depend on the future general EU budget for 2021-2027 (Multi-Financial Framework).


Capacity Triangle “We are music” edition



On 25th March 2019, the Capacity Triangle “We are music” edition took place at Beursschouwburg in Brussels. In a close collaboration with GALM, and supported by SABAM for culture and PlayRight+, ECSA organised this second round of training sessions in a full-day dedicated to composers and musicians wanting to be stimulated and develop their digital, entrepreneurial and publishing skills. Throughout the day, more than 80 participants came from all over the world (Belgium,The Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Iran) to attend the following panels: “Time for the Copyright Directive”, “Be your own entrepreneur”, “Digitalisation & the Music Industry”, and “How music licensing works”. Speakers coming from different backgrounds related to the music industry joined us to share their insider knowledge on the stage discussions. You can have access to the live streaming recordings by clicking here.

© Auke Braem


TDSM Creators’ Roundtable LA 2019



On 13th March 2019, the Creators’ Roundtable took place in Los Angeles hosted by ECSA and the Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL) (see the press release here ). The ECSA delegation met with representatives of various American songwriter societies like SCL, Music Creators North America (MNCA), the Alliance of Women Film Composers (AWFC), the Songwriters Guild of America (SGA), the Society of Music Arrangers and Composers (ASMAC) and other stakeholders in the music business such as the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Society of European Stage Authors and Composers (SESAC). It provided a good opportunity for reciprocal updates on political developments relevant for composers and songwriters, like the EU Copyright Directive and the Music Modernization Act in the US. In this regard, the ECSA delegation had a fruitful exchange of views with the US Copyright Office during the roundtable. Furthermore, the topics that were discussed were about work for hire contracts for composers and songwriters in the streaming as well as video game business. ECSA is pleased to say that the Creators’ Roundtable successfully built and strengthened the relationship with American composer and songwriter associations for future collaborations and as a first outcome, MNCA released a letter supporting the European Copyright Directive that you can find here.

© Jennifer Harmon


ECSA Gender Equality Charter


Endorsed by the ECSA General Assembly, the Working Group on Gender and Equality published the ECSA Gender Equality Charter, a set of commitments aimed at improving the conditions and advancement of women composers and songwriters in the music industry. The charter is the result of collaboration, discussion and debate among the Working Group and the community of ECSA’s members and it is meant to inspire ECSA Member Organisations and other stakeholders to take action and act to change the gender imbalance we experience in the music industry today.


Get to know the New Board



The ECSA Office is pleased to present the newly elected members of the Board of ECSA. The Board is composed of nine elected members who are the three chairmen and vice-chairmen of the committees APCOE, ECF and FFACE. The Board meets twice a year and is involved in regular teleconferences to best shape ECSA’s activities and future. Don’t hesitate to click here to take a look at who they are.

© François de Ribaucourt


ECSA welcomes its 58th member, Magyar Könnyűzeneszerzők és Szövegírók Egyesülete



The Association of Hungarian Pop/light Musical Composers and Lyricists – Magyar Könnyűzeneszerzők és Szövegírók Egyesülete (SZERZOK) has recently joined ECSA network as its 58th member organisation.

SZERZOK is a non-profit organisation representing the general interests of popular and light music composers, striving to broaden the rights of songwriters and music creators, by communicating with decision makers concerning authors’ rights and by informing its members about their rights. Furthermore, this association strives to be a network with other music organisations and policy makers to build strong cooperation between the different stakeholders to help the talents to be empowered and to provide them with professional and creative opportunities. Besides, SZERZOK plays an active role in disseminating the Hungarian music culture in the audio-visual media through the organisation of music events and lobbying campaigns.

ECSA is delighted to welcome SZERZOK amongst its members and is convinced that, in its new position, SZERZOK will further strengthen the voice of ECSA, to the benefits of all music authors and beyond.


42 Edition of the UNAC Grand Prix ceremony



On Monday, March 25, the UNAC 2019 Grand Prix ceremony was held at the Sacem headquarters in Neuilly-Sur-Seine near Paris. It is in a desire for valorization that this ceremony, orchestrated by the international Valli, honored the winners of the six categories represented. Under the chairmanship of Olivier Delevingne, the 2019 Academy wanted to highlight an ever-wider range of registers in its selection, including the entry of the profession of author-director and repertoire of humor this year.

This annual event that has become a must for the music industry was held in front of a full auditorium and was followed by a reception to allow a moment of exchange to those present.


Norwegian Society of Composers



The Norwegian Society of Composers, founded in 1917, is a professional organization for working composers. The members of today reflect the many different roles of the composer in the community. The society is continually expanding – both in numbers and in artistic diversity and breadth of genres represented. We work to ensure better conditions for all who are involved with music and sound as an art form, and for a dynamic music life in general. We believe that the versatile arts field we represent counteracts polarization, instead promoting innovation, debate and sensory experiences. We hope to create opportunities for the many different forms of expression which together make up the penetrating power of our music life. At the same time, we want to show the extent of the field with regard to how many works with, are affected by and are engaged in this diversity of expression. Because art is created from a subjective standpoint, we wish to ensure that a great variety of voices are given a chance to be heard, regardless of gender, political standing, geography or birth. We work for equality in all senses of the word. The Norwegian Society of Composers has nearly 300 members and an administration of four.

© Renate Madsen


BASCA Rebranding



On Monday 25 March, BASCA (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors), the body representing the UK’s songwriters and composers, has changed its name to The Ivors Academy, to strengthen and amplify its voice in the music industry for a new era. Songwriter and Chair of The Ivors Academy, Crispin Hunt says: “The future needs a powerful collective voice for music writers. The Ivors Academy of Music Creators is the future-facing, fit-for-purpose evolution of BASCA’s great legacy. Our mission is to innovate, inspire, inform, empower and celebrate musical creativity: connecting a global membership towards a flourishing musical future for every genre and every future genre”. Find out more about the Ivors Academy and the Ivors 2019 by clicking here.


Synthetis (summer course 4 composers)



Composers from all over the world and with no age limit are invited by the the Music Gardens Foundation to participate in the 2019 edition of the International Summer Course for Composers “SYNTHETIS”, which will be held in Radziejowice (near Warsaw, Poland) between July 15 and 27, 2019. The International Summer Course for Composers, created and directed by Zygmunt Krauze, is a successful reactivation of the legendary composition courses initiated in 1980 by the Polish Society for Contemporary Music. The key objective of the Course is to allow each and every participant not only to develop his or her artistic skills, but also to work in an environment where exchange of experience is essential. Deadline for application is May 20. More information and on-line application form available at:


Take part in the progressive classical music award 2019



Compose new music for two violins that goes under the skin and sweeps audiences off their feet. There is no limit to your imagination. Using virtuosity or simply great emotionality– always remember that the audience has to be touched or carried away! The style does not matter. Playing technique should be challenging, unconventional, with new effects, nice melodies, extreme sounds or hot rhythms – let your imagination run wild. Find out more by clicking here.

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