Who we are
The ECSA Board is composed of nine elected members who are the chair and vice-chairs of the APCOE, ECF, and FFACE committees.
Helienne Lindvall (Sweden) was elected to the position of ECSA President in February 2022. Helienne Lindvall is an award-winning professional songwriter, musician, and columnist. She's the former Chair of the Songwriter Committee and Ivor Novello Awards & Board Director of the Ivors Academy, as well as Trustee of the Ivors Academy Trust.
The secretariat is in charge of ECSA’s permanent representation in Brussels and of the daily management of the organisation. The ECSA Office was established in 2010.
To have one united group and voice of songwriters and composers in Europe is essential to create some countervailing power to the well-organised market where we bring our art to the public. Especially in these times it's essential for us to share knowledge, to exchange information on policies, and to organise combined actions and efforts. ECSA is this place, a place where we meet up, share, and are actively involved, to ensure that creators have a fair chance at being able to do what they do best: create beautiful musicArriën Molema
If ECSA didn't exist we would have to invent it – that's how important our alliance is! For me, ECSA is primarily a representations organisation that distils the needs and opinions of European composers and presents them in a unified voice. In this opinion building process there is a wonderful exchange of knowledge and information that enriches the lives of all composers and often alleviates the necessity of consistently reinventing the wheel. After meeting with politicians in Brussels I was shocked to discover that, before ECSA existed, there were other people speaking in the name of European Composers who unfortunately were not aligned with our position. Now we are visible and we are always consulted in European stakeholder impact assessments and other relative issues.John Groves
Protecting authors' rights and safeguarding the dignity of music creators, as one of the main missions of ECSA, are more important than ever before. ECSA’s wide-European membership, including many non-EU countries such as mine, North Macedonia, additionally emphasises the universality of these issues for all creators, as well as the necessity of intercultural cooperation and exchange as a means for achieving these goals.Jana Andreevska