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

NEWS FROM ECSA – March edition

Message from the ECSA President:

Throughout the years, ECSA has continued to tirelessly advocate for equitable commercial conditions for composers and songwriters and has strived to improve the social and economic development of music creation in Europe. Thanks to a unified collective of authors, ECSA has become a strong voice for music creators both at European and International level. We celebrate this 100th edition by reminding the ECSA community that we will continue defending and promoting the rights of music authors and creating new capacity building and networking opportunities for music creators. – Alfons Karabuda

by Olga Lionart




In this difficult time, ECSA assures its members that we stand with them, their families and friends. The unprecedented circumstances brought by the Corona Virus epidemic are strongly affecting our societies, including the composers and songwriter community. We are committed to do our part in trying to alleviate the disastrous economic and social consequences this crisis has brought upon music creators. Together with the ECSA Board, we have been monitoring developments related to COVID-19 and music creators. Here you can find a first list of initiatives taken by ECSA members, CMOs, public authorities and other stakeholders in the cultural and creative sectors. All ECSA members are welcome to share their own experience and practices with the ECSA Office.






On 26th March, ECSA, together with FERA (Federation of European Film and TV Directors), FSE (Federation of Screenwriters in Europe), EWC (European Writers Council) and IMAGO (International Federation of Cinematographers) published a joint statement on the COVID-19 crisis. In this statement, we collectively stand in solidarity with all those affected by the current crisis and urge decision-makers to include specific measures to help self-employed and freelance authors as they devise much-needed emergency measures in support of the Cultural and Creative industries heavily impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The statement explains the specific challenges faced by authors and puts forward emergency measures to be taken by public authorities. It also welcomes the emergency social funds from collective management organisations (CMOs) and encourages the use of non-distributable funds, private copying levies or cultural deductions to support authors during this unprecedented crisis. In this regard, you can find here GESAC’s statement on the COVID-19 crisis.






Together with many other European Cultural networks, platforms and cultural organisations, ECSA signed a joint statement (together with a letter to Commissioner Gabriel), sent to the European Commission on 20th March. The letter asks for 1) flexibility measures for Creative Europe beneficiaries (eligibility period, eligibility of costs, replacement of activities, additional funding) 2) EU support to the Cultural and Creative Sectors.



by Dan Johnston




On 27th March, the European Parliament’s Culture and Education committee published MEP Sabine Verheyen (EPP, Germany)’s message on the COVID-19’s impact on culture. As the Chair of the EP Committee on Culture and Education, she warns that the cultural and creative sectors have been ravaged by the impact of stringent public health measures and calls on new EU funds to reach creative sectors immediately. Commenting on the EP’s approval of the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative, which will free up a total of 37 billion EUR to help efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and the social and economic ramifications of the essential public health measures that have been put in place, she said that “it is imperative that businesses and individuals in the cultural and creative sector ‑ whose livelihoods are under existential threat – get access to this financial support” (…) The Committee on Culture and Education stands with the cultural and creative sector in these difficult times. We will continue to monitor developments closely and do everything we can to mobilise further support for these critical sectors“.






ECSA has decided to make this Capacity Triangle edition a virtual one. Join us today from 14:00 to 17:00 for a webinar on digital, copyright and entrepreneurial skills! Various Dutch composers and music professionals will exchange their views on topics such as music and entrepreneurship, digital skills for music creators and the application of copyright online. You can still register here. #CreativeEuropeAtHome






The Creators’ Roundtable with IBM on the topic of Artificial Intelligence is postponed due to COVID-19. A new date will be announced early this summer. The Transatlantic Dialogue for Sustainable Music offers a platform for capacity building, exchanging information and advocacy among European and International music creator groups, as well as establishing a dialogue with key consumer organisations and music service providers in order to elaborate common views for a more sustainable market for music.






ECSA remains dedicated to providing opportunities for composers, especially in these difficult times. We encourage all composers who are members of a composer association to respond the new ECCO call for works. See here for more information. If you have a piece corresponding to the call send it to your composer association!






As the 2020 Cannes Film Festival has been postponed to the end of June/ beginning of July, the European Film Music Day, which was planned to take place in the frame of the Film Festival has been postponed as well. We will keep you informed about a new date and a possible new format!






We need your input for a future study commissioned by the European Commission on the status and working conditions of artists and creative professionals in Europe. You can find the survey here. Deadline: 3 April. Thank you to everybody who has already shared their opinion with us!






Due to the general ban of all events, SoundTrack_Cologne will be split: the congress will move to August 19th – 22nd, 2020. The accreditations remain valid. Participants who are unable to attend the new date are asked to contact SoundTrack_Cologne from April 6th at this e-mail address: The film festival SEE THE SOUND will take place as planned in April (April 22nd – 26th, 2020)  – with some restrictions.






The Inferno Music Conference connected to the Inferno Metal Festival 2020 were both cancelled. While the festival shifted their programme to next year, the conference is looking into streaming solutions. Follow us on Facebook to stay updated on the developments.

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