News from the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance on Advocacy work and activities in the music and culture sector - January edition

NEWS FROM ECSA – January edition


Happy New Year from the ECSA team!




Call for Proposals – Music Moves Europe: CO-CREATION and CO-PRODUCTION scheme for the music sector


Music Moves Europe‘s new call of proposal with the objective to identify and support at least 10 innovative and sustainable pilot co-production and co-creation programmes for emerging songwriters and musicians is open until March 30th 2020. Click here for more information.



Creators Conference & Camille Awards 2020


The Creators Conference 2020 is approaching: on February 3rd at the Théâtre du Vaudeville, creators, policy makers and stakeholders will focus on the current and upcoming EU policies affecting the lives of creators like the Creative Europe Programme and the implementation of the EU Copyright Directive as well as the topic of buy-out contracts in the music and audiovisual sector. For those based outside of Brussels, we will provide a live streaming of the conference on The conference will be followed by a special Camille Awards ceremony. We will celebrate the career and contribution of a renowned Academy Award winning film composer with a “Lifetime Achievement” Award. For this special edition, an ensemble will perform a selection of the composer’s most significant pieces.







On 4th February 2020 the ECCO concert will take place in Studio 1 at Flagey in Brussels. Organised by ECSA and funded by Creative Europe, the concert aims to promote contemporary classical repertoire across national borders and highlight the European diversity in music. The ensemble Fractales will perform pieces from Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Romania, North Macedonia, Poland and Switzerland. Visit the website for more information.



HARPA- Nordic Film Music Day


Nordic Film Music days is a two day gathering of film and media composers from all the Nordic countries. 2020 will be the 10th year anniversary of NFMD and the event will be at Nordische Botschaft in Berlin. This year will also be the 10th year that the HARPA Award will be handed out. You will be able to participate to screenings of the nominated films for HARPA 2020, seminars and the HARPA Award show. All events are open to the public and free of charge. The detailed program will be announced Monday February 3rd! 





Natalie! ECSA’s new trainee


The ECSA team is excited to introduce to you our new project and communication intern. Natalie Bock is an Austrian student, currently in her Master’s degree in European Affairs at Sorbonne University. Natalie will assist the Communication Officer and Programme Manager with communication and the organisation of ECSA’s cultural events: the Camille Awards, the European Film Music Day and the Capacity Triangle.





PEER RABEN MUSIC AWARD: SoundTrack_Cologne is looking for the best music in a short film!


Awarded for the first time in 2009 – SoundTrack_Cologne 17 is now looking for the 12th winner of the PEER RABEN MUSIC AWARD for the best music in a short film. Film composers and film makers are cordially invited to submit their short films including the original composition!
The prize money worth 1.500 euros is donated from the estate of the great German film composer Peer Raben. The award will be given to film scores with innovative and dramaturgically coherent use of music and sound in relation to narration.
The closing date for the competition is 2 March 2020. Click here to submit.




The International Songwriters Day Song Contest


opened Dec. 19 and runs until April 2, 2020. They are seeking songs of “inspiration” and have added an indie music video category. Winners will be announced on International Songwriters Day, April 9! For more contest details you can check out some cool judges and sponsors and stay tuned for more details on Twitter and Facebook.




The International Women’s Freedom Song Contest


a looking for the next “female anthem.” Contest opens Dec. 19 and runs until March 1. Winners are announced on International Women’s Day, March 8. (open to all genders) There is now a new category for “indie music videos” and documentary shorts under 10 minutes. You can learn more at the contest website and stay tuned on Twitter and Facebook for updates.


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