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Transatlantic Dialogue for Sustainable Music

ESCA collaborates with the North American colleagues and music industry representatives. This Transatlantic Dialogue for Sustainable Music (TDSM) offers a platform for capacity building, exchanging information, and advocacy among North American and European 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 online music.

Creators' Roundtable in LA 2019

In the framework of the TDSM, on 13th March 2019, ECSA organised an edition of the Creators’ Roundtable in LA (United States) in collaboration with The Society of Composers and Lyricists. 

The event provided an opportunity for reciprocal updates on relevant political and legal developments in the EU and US for composers and songwriters and exchanged on contractual terms of video game music composers.

© Jennifer Harmon 

In the framework of the Berlin Roundtable on 25th October 2016, ECSA and the AFM & SAG-AFTRA IPR Distribution Fund agreed to partner up in order to strengthen the collaboration of music creators in Europe and the United States of America. 

In a Memorandum of Understanding, both parties agreed to exchange privileged information regarding creators’ rights and music industry developments in the US and in the EU, as well as to represent each other on specific occasions.

Dennis Dreith, Executive Director of AFM & SAG-AFTRA IPR Distribution Fund (left) and ECSA President Alfons Karabuda (right) sign the Memorandum of Understanding in Berlin on 25 October 2016 © ECSA

For the Roundtable discussion international creators and YouTube representatives exchanged views on how to empower music writers in the digital future.  

Among the issues addressed were rights management, content ID and transparency.