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NEWS FROM ECSA – September Edition

photo of European Commission in Brussels by Dimitris Vetsikas

Margaritis Schinas, Vice President of the European Commission replies to ECSA and the cultural and creative sectors

On 3rd September, in reply to the joint letter sent in June (Investing in Europe’s next generation by investing in culture) Margaritis Schinas, Vice President of the European Commission sent a letter to ECSA Secretary General. In his reply, Mr. Schinas recognizes the very hard impact of the crisis on the cultural and creative sectors and lists the different measures that have been agreed in the recovery plan, both specifically for the cultural and creative sectors (such as Creative Europe) or available to them.

 

The European Parliament adopts a resolution on the cultural recovery which firmly supports the cultural and creative sectors

The European Parliament adopted on 17th September a resolution on the cultural recovery of Europe, which reflects several points made by ECSA and the cultural and creative sectors in the last months. Although not binding, it includes very good provisions such as i) an EP message of solidarity with creators ii) the need to earmark for the cultural and creative sectors at least 2% of the economic recovery measures iii) the need to raise the overall budget of Creative Europe to €2.8 billion iv) a call on the Commission to introduce a European framework for working conditions in the cultural and creative sectors and industries at EU level v) the need to transpose the Copyright, AVMS and SatCab Directives, stressing that “the implementation of those directives and forthcoming legislative proposals must preserve and promote collective mechanisms to ensure adequate protection of individual creators”. ECSA sincerely thanks all MEPs for this resolution and for their support to the cultural and creative sectors in those very difficult times.

 

ECSA, AEPO-ARTIS and FIM condemn Epidemic Sound’s malpractices and its profound disrespect for authors and performers’ rights

On 23rd September, ECSA, together with the Association of European Performers’ Organisations (AEPO-ARTIS) and the International Federation of Musicians (FIM), has issued a statement which “strongly denounces Epidemic Sound’s malpractices and its profound disrespect for authors and performers’ rights”. In a context where creators activities are under existential threat because of COVID-19 and its consequences, the development of buyout contracts and the expansion of Epidemic Sound represents yet another threat against the fair remuneration of music creators around the world. Several press articles (herehere and here) mention this statement.

 

ECSA response to the European Commission public consultation on the Digital Services Act Package

On 8th September, ECSA submitted its position to the European Commission’s public consultation on the Digital Services Act package. In its response, the Alliance first calls on the EU to respect the 2019 Copyright Directive and to better address copyright infringements and unlicensed platforms. It also encourages efficient measures to increase transparency and diversity online and asks for an assessment on the functioning of music streaming services. Finally, we urge the European Commission to ensure that the application and interpretation of EU competition law no longer prevents authors to engage into collective bargaining agreements.

 

ECSA response to the targeted consultation on Article 17 of the Copyright Directive

Following the stakeholder’s dialogue, which took place between October 2019 and February 2020, the European Commission published a consultation document and a targeted public consultation to hear the views of stakeholders on Article 17. On 10th September, ECSA submitted its response to communicate certain important concerns raised by this document. Together with many other stakeholders in the cultural and creative sectors, the Alliance also sent a joint letter to Commissioner Breton, to communicate joint views and concerns.

 

ECCO concert Luxembourg

The 15th edition of the ECCO concert will take place at the Philharmonie in Luxembourg on 6th October 2020 Co-organised by ECSA and FLAC (the Luxembourgish Federation of Authors and Composers), funded by Creative Europe, the concert aims to promote contemporary classical repertoire across national borders and highlight the European diversity in music. Conducted by Thomas Goff the ensemble United Instruments of Lucilin will perform pieces from Roland Wiltgen (Luxembourg), Ziv Cojocaru (Israel/Austria), Krzysztof Ratajski (Poland), Jouni Hirvelä (Finland), Jan Martin Smørdal (Norway), Henrik Strindberg (Sweden).

Visit the website for more information.
To register, click here.

 

ECSA at the Reeperbahnfestival

On 16th September 2020 ECSA held a panel entitled “Let’s get political. Fair remuneration for audiovisual composers and songwriters” at the online conference of the Reeperbahnfestival. Moderated by ECSA’s EU Affairs and Programme Manager Alicja Swierczek, the panelists Micki Meuser and Tina Pepper from DEFKOM, John Groves from Composers Club and Alexander Freund and Michelle Leonard from VERSO discussed why they founded and joined their respective music authors association. The discussion ended by explaining current issues in their genres and how they address them through their associations. The panel is part of ECSA’s Creators Talks series and is supported by Creative Europe.

 

BAM! Popauteurs

BAM! and Popauteurs have merged to become the largest pop music association in the Netherlands. BAM! Popauteurs represents songwriters from all genres: from dance to hip hop and indie. Especially during this uncertain period, it is important that pop musicians interests are well and clearly defended, and to ensure that necessary measures are taken so that pop musicians can continue to work on a sustainable career in the future. Arriën Molema comments: “With the experience of Popauteurs.nl and the energy of BAM! we have a powerful combination. In the coming years, we’ll fight for a better position for songwriters and pop musicians including fair remuneration for online music use. Also, we are committed to make sure that the specific problems of this group of musicians, who are vulnerable to the many market parties and often have difficulties in receiving government support, get noticed and dealt with. During this period, characterised by COVID-19, the necessity of this has become extra clear”.

 

SoundTrack_Zürich 1st Edition!

SoundTrack_Zürich is a new Swiss and European film music conference taking place during the Zürich Film Festival. The conference is organised by SMECA (Swiss Media Composers Association), curated by Michael Aust (SoundTrack_Cologne) and organised in cooperation with FFM (Forum Filmmusik), ZHdK (Zurich University of Arts) and SoundTrack_Cologne. The primary goal of the event is to present the work of Swiss and European composers at eye level with their international colleagues. For all those who cannot take part in the physical event, the conference offers an online alternative. 

 

SoundTrack_Cologne 17

SoundTrack_Cologne is Europe’s leading congress for music and sound in film, games and media, and a source of inspiration for the growing landscape of festivals and congresses in Europe. In over 40 round tables, panels, workshops and networking events, SoundTrack_Cologne focuses on current developments in culture, law, marketing and technics of media music and offers business cases and networking events. It will take place for the 17th time in 2020. SoundTrack_Cologne is a film event – from the music perspective. The event addresses business professionals, music students and everyone interested in film and music. Due to the remaining restrictions, especially regarding travel, SoundTrack_Cologne 17 will move to October 14 – 17, 2020. Take a look at the programme here!

 

Conference “Looking ahead – New Opportunities & Visions within EU Funding for Culture after Covid-19”

The Creative Europe Desk KULTUR organises this online conference in the context of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The event will take place via zoom on October 8th 2020, 16:30-19:30 CET. The conference will focus on the support measures during and after Covid-19 but also on the new cycle of EU programmes. The access link will be available on the CED KULTUR website on the day of the event. No prior registration is necessary.

 

 

SAVE THE DATE!

6th October: ECCO Concert
6-7th October: ECSA Autumn Session
8th October: #LookingAheadEU2020 Conference

14-17th October: SoundTrack Cologne

MUSIC AUTHORS AND PERFORMERS STRONGLY DENOUNCE EPIDEMIC SOUND’S MALPRACTICES AND ITS PROFOUND DISRESPECT FOR THEIR RIGHTS

 

23rd September 2020

 

The Association of European Performers’ Organisations (AEPO-ARTIS), the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA), and the International Federation of Musicians (FIM) collectively represent over 500 000 composers, songwriters and performers. We feel compelled to speak out against the harmful development of Epidemic Sound for the ability of these professionals to make a living from their creations.

Over the recent years, the Swedish company Epidemic Sound has grown extensively by selling “royalty-free music” to various commercial companies, like video-on-demand platforms and TV stations. It uses 100% buy-out contracts – whereby music authors and performers sell their rights for the full term of protection in exchange for a lump sum payment – depriving them from payment of royalties and equitable remuneration, which are essential to their livelihoods. It also often substitutes the name of music creators with the company’s name in their credits, showing a profound disrespect for our members’ moral rights to be properly credited for their works and performances.

While our organisations regularly receive complaints from music creators about these malpractices, the tech company Adobe has recently partnered with Epidemic Sound and Jamendo to launch a library of “royalty-free” music. This partnership further hinders the music creators’ ability to earn a living from the exploitation of their works and performances. In a context where our members’ activities are under existential threat because of the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences, the development of buy-out contracts eludes the collective rights management system and prevents guaranteed payments based on remuneration rights. The expansion of Epidemic Sound represents yet another threat to the fair remuneration of authors and performers in the music sector and their ability to develop sustainable careers.

We therefore firmly condemn this partnership, which relies on the expropriation of music authors and performers from their rights and legitimate revenues. We call on any public or private company to refrain from collaborating with an entity that disrespects authors and performers and their basic economic and moral rights. Moreover, we urge all authors and performers in the music sector to carefully consider all the potential consequences of buy-out agreements, whereby all their exclusive rights are transferred in perpetuity against no future revenue. The development of such buy-out malpractices, which do not even give credit to authors and performers, have nothing modern nor innovative. They simply prevent music creators from being paid fairly for the use of their works, which should no longer occur in the 21st century.

 

AEPO-ARTIS is a non-profit making organisation that represents 36 European performers’ collective management organisations from 26 different countries. The number of performers represented by the 36-member organisations of AEPO-ARTIS can be estimated at between 400,000 and 500,000. www.aepo-artis.org

The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) represents over 30,000 professional composers and songwriters in 27 European countries. With over 60-member organizations across Europe, the Alliance speaks for the interests of music creators of art & classical music (contemporary), film & audiovisual music, as well as popular music.  composeralliance.org/

The International Federation of Musicians (FIM), founded in 1948, is the only body representing musicians’ unions globally, with members in about 65 countries covering all regions of the world. FIM is recognised as an NGO by diverse international authorities such as WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation), UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation), the ILO (International Labour Office), the European Commission, the European Parliament or the Council of Europe www.fim-musicians.org/

 

Click here for the pdf version of this statement.

COMPOSERS ANNOUNCED FOR ECCO, LUXEMBOURG 2020

The 15th edition of the ECCO concert will take place on October 6th at the Philharmonie in Luxembourg. Co-organized by ECSA and FLAC (Fédération Luxembourgoise des Auteurs Compositeurs), this year’s edition will feature the works of 6 amazing composers, performed by the ensemble United Instruments of Lucilin and conducted by Thomas Goff.

Pieces were selected by chair Dušan Bavdek (Slovenia), Jana Andreevska (North Macedonia), Irina Hasnas (Romania) and Olli Virtaperko (Finland) and by a member of the ensemble United Instruments of Lucilin, Guy Frisch (Luxembourg).

Below the list of the composers and the respective pieces which will be performed:

The ensemble

This ECCO edition features the ensemble United Instruments of Lucilin. Founded in 1999 by a group of passionate and committed musicians, it is the only Luxembourgish chamber music ensemble specialised in contemporary music. Dedicated exclusively to promoting and commissioning works of the 20th and 21st century, United Instruments of Lucilin is now known for its outstanding programs around the world.

Credits : Léa Giordano

Ensemble United Instruments of Lucilin
André Pons-Valdès, Winnie Cheng, violins
Danielle Hennicot, viola
Jean-Philippe Martignoni, cello
Gonzalo Jimenez, double bass
Sophie Deshayes, flutes
Marcel Lallemang, Max Mausen, clarinets
Olivier Sliepen, saxophone
Adam Rixer, trumpet
Steve Boehm, horn
Pascal Meyer, piano
Guy Frisch, percussions

The conductor

Pieces will be conducted by Thomas Goff, a British musician living in The Hague, Netherlands. Having studied as a composer, cellist and jazz pianist, he is now quickly becoming recognised as a conductor who excels in a vast range of repertoire. In different contexts, he has conducted the Netherlands Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Ulster Orchestra, Residentie Orkest, Cadaqués Orchestra, Orkest van het Oosten, and Philharmonie Zuidnederland.

Credits : Jan Hordijk

Time and location

ECCO concert
6 october 2020, 19:00
Philharmonie Luxembourg
1, place de l’Europe, L-1499 Luxembourg

Please reserve your tickets here.

For more please visit the website eccoconcert.eu or contact European Affairs and Programme Manager Alicja Swierczek alicja.swierczek@composeralliance.org

 

NEWS FROM ECSA – August edition

 

Berlin, Germany – April 25: Symbolic photo on the topic of upload filter. An youtube icon for blocked content can be seen on a screen on April 25, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo Illustration by Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images)

Google threatens to remove all Danish music from YouTube

On 30 July, Google has threatened to take down all Danish music from YouTube in the middle of negotiations with the Nordic alliance of collecting societies, Polaris Nordic on the use of music on YouTube. The reason is that Koda refuses Google’s demand which asks for a 70% reduction in the payments provided to composers and songwriters for the interim extension of its existing agreement. . Koda’s media director, Kaare Struve, says in their press release: ‘Google has always taken an “our way or the highway” approach, but even for Google, this is a low point.’ ECSA stands with Denmark’s music creators in those negotiations and condemns Google’s attempts to leverage its market dominance over the music market. In that regard, ECSA calls once again for a swift and ambitious implementation of Article 17 of the Copyright Directive to clarify and strengthen the obligations of digital platforms regarding music authors’ rights. See here what we demand. 

 

ECCO Call for Works still ongoing

The next ECCO concert will take place as planned in Luxembourg on 6th October at the Philarmonie. While we’re tirelessly working with our member organisation from Luxembourg, FLAC to prepare to hold the concert with all the appropriate safety measures, we want to remind you that the call for works for the next ECCO concert is still ongoing.

 

Open call – Developing & promoting European music export

This call for tenders builds on the study on European music export under the 2018 Preparatory action “ Music Moves Europe: Boosting European music diversity and talent”. The general objective of this Call is to increase knowledge of and experiment with new approaches to European music export through the pilot implementation of certain elements of that proposed strategy. The results will inform possible future actions to implement the sectorial support for music and international dimension of the future Creative Europe Programme 2021-2027. The implementation of the activities of this tender is expected to take place in a post-Covid-19 environment and therefore take into consideration the feasible options and potential limitations related to it.

Call for proposal: Music Moves Europe

To implement the 2020 Preparatory action “Music Moves Europe: Boosting European music diversity and talent” (with a budget of €2.5 million), the Commission will select one consortium that will implement a support scheme that redistributes grants to recipients in the music sector, based on a needs assessment. The actions to be implemented should contribute to a green, digital, a just and resilient recovery of the European music ecosystem after COVID-19. Read more here. Deadline to apply is 30th September.

 

The International Composers’ Competition

Due to the epidemic in Poland and sanitary regime in cultural institutions, the final concert of the Mieczysław Karłowicz International Composers’ Competition cannot take place on the initially scheduled day. The organizers of the Competition, ZAiKS and the Philharmonic in Szczecin, decided to change the date of the final concert to 19th March, 2021. The time for submitting applications is extended until 31st October, 2020 (until 23h59 UTC+01:00). Results of the first stage will be announced by 15th December, 2020, and the new deadline for the submission of the orchestral parts is 1st February, 2021. Amendments remain in force in the Regulations.

 

The ECSA Gender Equality Charter is now available in Spanish!

The charter is a set of commitments aimed at improving the conditions and advancement of women composers and songwriters in the music industry and 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. Please have look here to read the charter in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish, as well as to find out more on ECSA gender policies.

 

Webinars from the Center for Applied Music Research

The Center for Applied Music Research of the Danube University Krems deals with all forms of contemporary music creation in teaching and research. The Center also offers different online workshops for music professionals surveying key aspects of international music business developments. On 3rd September, there will be a one-day webinar on “ IP & Entertainment Law for Music Professionals” to examine important aspects of international intellectual property and entertainment law relevant to many areas and professional roles in the music industry. On the 18th September, instead, a webinar on “ Artist Management in 2020” will focus on highlighting the challenges artist managers have to face nowadays

 

NEWS FROM ECSA – July edition

 

ADVOCACY


OP-ED: A CALL TO INVEST IN OUR CREATIVE FUTURES

Before the mid-July MFF negotiations, ECSA, together with many other organisations from the CCS, coordinated an op-ed signed by a group of artists, among which are singer Bjork, film director Agnieszka Holland, award-winning bookseller Nina George, composers Jean Michel Jarre, Alberto Iglesias and Benny Andersson and many others. The letter addressed to the EU and national leaders urged them to invest in culture at the EU level after the disappointing budget proposal of only €1.5 billion for the Creative Europe programme brought forward by the Commission in May 2020. Recalling the impact the COVID-19 shutdown has had on the creative and cultural industries across the continent, the letter states that “European culture is in the midst of a crisis”, adding that: “How decision-makers choose to respond now will set the scene for the next decade of cultural and creative life in our union”. Read the letter here.

 

THE EU PACKAGE & CREATIVE EUROPE BUDGET

On 21st July, after long days of difficult negotiations at the European Council, EU leaders agreed on a comprehensive package of €1 824.3 billion which combines the €1 074.3 billion multi-annual financial framework (MFF) and an extraordinary €750 billion recovery effort, Next Generation EU (NGEU). The financial envelope for Creative Europe is brought back to €1,64 billion, as in the 2018 Commission’s proposal. While this is lower than the European Parliament position (€2,8 billion), this is higher than the latest 2020 Commission proposal (€1,5 billion) and represents a significant increase in comparison with the current 2014-2020 budget (€1,4 billion), considering that the UK is no longer contributing to the EU budget. The European Parliament will now have to give its consent to the EU budget. EU leaders also agreed on an extraordinary €750 billion recovery effort, Next Generation EU (NGEU) & ECSA will continue to advocate that a significant part of this fund should benefit creators and cultural stakeholders heavily impacted by the COVID 19 crisis.

 

THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT STRONGLY SUPPORTS CREATORS & THE CULTURAL AND CREATIVE SECTORS

In the run up to the European Council, the European Parliament has been very active to support and ambitious budget for the Creative Europe Programme as well as specific measures to support the cultural and creative sectors to overcome the COVID 19 crisis. This has been demonstrated by a European Parliament plenary debate on the Cultural recovery of Europe on 10th July as well as by the declaration of the Cultural Creators Friendship Group adopted on 16th July. ECSA thanks all MEPs who defended cultural creators and professionals in the new EU budget and recovery plan.

 

AUTHORS RIGHTS

AUTHORS GROUP RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE COPYRIGHT DIRECTIVE

ECSA, together with the European Writers Council (EWC), the Federation of European Film Directors (FERA) and the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE), have sent recommendations on the implementation of the Copyright Directive to competent  ministers of 15 countries that have not started the implementation yet. The recommendations set out concrete guidelines for the implementation of Articles 18 to 23 (“Fair remuneration in exploitation contracts of authors and performers”).

 

ADVOCATE GENERAL SAUGMANDSGAARD ØE’ S OPINION ON THE “YOUTUBE CASE”

On 16 July, Advocate General (AG) Saugmandsgaard Øe delivered his opinion on the major case regarding YouTube’s liability for copyright (joined Cases C‑682/18 and C‑683/18) before the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU). In this case – where Article 17 of the 2019 Copyright Directive is not applicable –  the AG basically takes the view that “online platform operators, such as YouTube and Uploaded, are not directly liable for the illegal uploading of protected works by the users of those platforms” (see the Court’s press release here). The AG also appears to take a critical view at past CJEU judgments which have found primary copyright liability for certain services which enable users to share unauthorised works. While the Court is still due to deliver its final judgement on this case, this opinion tends to demonstrate that the Court can be very unpredictable on this matter and gives even better reasons to justify the specific regime established in Article 17 of the 2019 Copyright Directive and adopted by EU policy makers. You can read more information and analysis from Eleonora Rosati on this AG’s opinion on the IPKat blog here.

 

photo of European Commission in Brussels by Dimitris Vetsikas

TARGETED CONSULTATION ON ARTICLE 17 OF THE COPYRIGHT DIRECTIVE

On 27 July, the European Commission launched a targeted consultation on Article 17 of the Copyright Directive, opened until 10 September 2020. The Commission intends to gather the views of the participants to the stakeholder dialogue on a document which sets out the Commission’s initial ideas for the Article 17 Guidance. This consultation document includes questions on the different aspects that will be covered by the guidance the Commission is planning to adopt before the end of the year. ECSA will submit a response to the consultation.

 

IN MEMORIAM

 

IN MEMORIAM – MAESTRO ENNIO MORRICONE

Oscar-winning Maestro Ennio Morricone passed away in the night between 5th and 6th July 2020 at the age of 91 years old. ECSA wishes to express its deepest sorrow and convey its sincere thoughts and condolences to the Maestro’s family and friends. Earlier this year, ECSA had celebrated Maestro Ennio Morricone’s outstanding career with the Camille Award for his Lifetime Achievement. Although the Maestro left us and will be greatly missed, his legacy will continue living on through his music. Read more here.

 

CALL FOR WORKS & PROPOSALS

 

ECCO CALL FOR WORKS

The call for works for the next ECCO concert in Brussels 2021 is here. ECSA’s ECF committee members are kindly invited to participate in the call for works for the 16th ECCO concert that will feature the ensemble Slagwerk Den Haag on 2nd February 2021 in Brussels. Deadline for submission is Tuesday 3rd November 2020 – 12:00pm (CET). See here for the submission information.

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: MEASURING THE CCS IN THE EU

The European Commission released a call for proposal for measuring the cultural and creative sectors in the EU. Even though CCS are one of Europe’s most dynamic sectors, for many indicators and sectors, there are still data missing at EU level. The purpose of measuring the European CCS is to allow quantifying their full economic value. The deadline for the call for proposal is the 14th September 2020. For more information, see here.

 

CALL FOR PROPOSAL: MUSIC MOVES EUROPE PREPARATORY ACTION

To implement the 2020 Preparatory action “Music Moves Europe: Boosting European music diversity and talent” (with a budget of €2.5 million), the Commission will select one consortium that will implement a support scheme that redistributes grants to recipients in the music sector, based on a needs assessment. The actions to be implemented should contribute to a green, digital, a just and resilient recovery of the European music ecosystem after COVID-19. Read more here.

 

OTHER

ECSA @INFERNO MUSIC CONFERENCE

ECSA’s EU Affairs and Programme Manager Alicja Swierczek will feature at the online Inferno Music Conference with a presentation on the benefits of joining a songwriter society. The conference will stream some of the planned presentations and a videocast that was supposed to be at this year canceled event. The presentations will be available at the Inferno Music Conference YouTube channel. ECSA’s session at the conference is planned to take place on Thursday 13.8 19:00 PM CET.

 

THE IVORS ACADEMY ACTION PLAN ON EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

The Ivors Academy, British member of ECSA, has recently published a twelve-point action plan for 2020-2022 to champion equality, diversity and inclusion across their work. Through the ambitious goals set in this plan, the British organisation commits to achieve equal opportunities and a broad diversity representation within its governance bodies and staff, its panel events and its awards, as well as to partner with socially-engaged organisations for this purpose. More information is available here.

 

#ECSA4CopyrightDirective campaign opening visual

#ECSA4COPYRIGHTDIRECTIVE CAMPAIGN

The #ECSA4CopyrightDirective video campaign showcases the ECSA network coming together to recall the importance of the Copyright Directive and its implementation at the national level. The Copyright Directive must be implemented before 7th June 2021 in all EU and EEA Member States, which means there is less than a year left. Watch the Official Video featuring more than 20 ECSA delegates from all over Europe and have a look at the accompanying statement “ECSA’s  10 steps on how to implement the Copyright Directive for a more sustainable music ecosystem“. Share the video, it is time to finally be fair to creators!

 

A call to invest in all our creative futures

14th July 2020

European culture is in the midst of a crisis. How decision-makers choose to respond now will set the scene for the next decade of cultural and creative life in our union.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, theatres, cinemas, music halls, museums and other venues of cultural expression have remained closed. Many of those venues will simply not reopen.

The result has been to squeeze the life out of the cultural and creative sectors, exacerbating the desperately perilous situation in which culture, the arts and the creative sectors at large find themselves.

Cultural and creative sectors are Europe’s third largest employer. Meaning the economic consequences of a stagnant sector have reached far beyond the realm of culture.

But, despite such a diminished cultural landscape, it is to culture that we have all turned during this time of great personal and societal adversity.

It is music that has brought us together on balconies, films and TV series that have entertained us, documentaries, books, performances, pieces of art that have all truly comforted us in our solitude and helped us to escape intellectually and creatively.

Europe’s most treasured asset is our culture. It is a culture united in its diversity, a culture that draws in millions of people from all over the world every single month.

Cultural expression in all its diversity is at the heart of what is meant to be European.

Despite strong messages from leaders of the European Union that our sectors would be firmly supported, the current proposals for a recovery plan and a European budget strangely fail to consider the needs of the cultural and creative sectors.

As creators and professionals from the sector, we call on the EU leaders to be bold and to invest in culture and the arts, to invest in all our creative futures.

We need a plan that revives our cultural ecosystem and inspires the next generation of Europeans.

This means providing the financial resources at a level which will allow art, culture, cultural and creative enterprises, creators and creative workers to continue their work, to survive and thrive into the future.

This is an opportunity for the EU to amply demonstrate that it can honour its values. The time is now for Europe to be ambitious and invest in its creative future.

Culture is the fertile soil out of which Europe’s next generation will unite and flourish. Let’s show Europe’s next generations what kind of future we want to offer them!

 

List of signatories

  1. Aga Zaryan, jazz vocalist (PL)
  2. Agnieszka Holland, filmmaker (PL)
  3. Agustín Almodóvar, producer (ES)
  4. Alberto Guijarro, director of Primavera Sound and Sala Apolo (ES)
  5. Alberto Iglesias, film music composer (ES)
  6. Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, contemporary dance choreographer (BE)
  7. Benny Andersson, musician, composer (SE)
  8. Bernie Sherlock, conductor (IE)
  9. Björk, singer-songwriter (IS)
  10. Charles Sturridge, filmmaker (UK)
  11. Dame Evelyn Glennie, percussionist and composer (UK)
  12. Daniel Buren, conceptual visual artist (FR)
  13. Isabel Coixet, filmmaker (ES)
  14. István Szabó, filmmaker (HU)
  15. Ivo van Hove, theatre director (NL/BE)
  16. Jaco Van Dormael, filmmaker (BE)
  17. Jean-Michel Jarre, electronic music pioneer, musician (FR)
  18. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, filmmakers (BE)
  19. Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, filmmaker (FR)
  20. Joan Fontcuberta, conceptual artist and photographer (ES)
  21. Lisa Kaindé Diaz Zayas and Naomi Diaz Zayas – IBEYI,  singers, songwriters, and music composers (FR)
  22. Marian Urban, Scriptwriter and Film Producer (SK)
  23. Marina Abramović, performance artist (US/SRB)
  24. Martin Šulík, Film Director and Film Producer (SK)
  25. Maryla Rodowicz, singer (PL)
  26. Michał Urbaniak, musician and composer (PL)
  27. Milo Rau, theatre director (BE/CH)
  28. Mirga Grazinyte, conductor (LT/UK)
  29. MØ, singer, songwriter, and record producer (DK)
  30. Moritz Eggert, composer (DE)
  31. Nele Neuhaus, writer (DE)
  32. Nicola Campogrande, composer (IT)
  33. Nina Bouraoui, writer (FR)
  34. Nina George, writer (DE)
  35. Olga Neuwirth, composer (AT)
  36. Olivier Guez, writer (FR)
  37. Paul Dujardin, CEO & artistic director of BOZAR (BE)
  38. Phil Manzanera, composer, guitarist (UK)
  39. Salvador Sobral, musician (PT)
  40. Sebastian Fitzek, writer (DE)
  41. Stijn Coninx, film director (BE)
  42. Thomas Anargyros, producer (FR)
  43. Tiago Rodrigues, writer, director, artistic director Teatro Nacional D. Maria II (PT)
  44. Tim Etchells, artistic director, artist, writer (UK)
  45. Yuval Weinberg, conductor (IL/DE)

 

Click here for the pdf version.

In Memoriam – Maestro Ennio Morricone


 

In the night between 5th and 6th July 2020, Oscar-winning Maestro Ennio Morricone sadly passed away at the age of 91 years old. 

The great musician and composer was author of some of the most beautiful soundtracks of Italian and World cinema like A Fistful of dollars, The good, the bad and the ugly, Mission or Once upon a time in America. 

ECSA wishes to express its deepest sorrow and convey its sincere thoughts and condolences to the Maestro’s family and friends.

His long artistic career includes a wide range of composition genres, from absolute concert music to applied music, working as orchestrator, conductor and composer for theatre, radio and cinema.

Earlier this year, ECSA had celebrated Maestro Ennio Morricone’s outstanding career with the Camille Award for his Lifetime Achievement. As he was accepting the award, the Maestro thanked ECSA’s community of creators and reminded everyone how “composing film music is difficult because it can be right in so many different ways”. 

The Maestro’s remarkable output and influence across a wide range of musical genres together with his unstinting efforts in defending and promoting authors’ rights will remain a shining light for countless generations of composers across Europe and the world.

We will always remember him with gratitude, thankful for his integrity and solidarity towards the work of thousands of European composers. We commemorate his incredible talent, gentle heart and unwavering support for the cause of music creators.

Although the Maestro left us and will be greatly missed, his legacy will continue living on through his music. 

Our thoughts go to his wife Maria Travia and their children Marco, Alessandra, Andrea, and Giovanni.

Addio Maestro. Grazie per aver incantato il mondo intero.

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NEWS FROM ECSA – June edition

 

 

 

JOINT LETTER: INVESTING IN EUROPE’S NEXT GENERATION BY INVESTING IN CULTURE

 

ECSA has worked on a joint letter, signed by 97 other organisations from the cultural and creative sectors to call on EU Member States and the European Parliament to increase the Creative Europe budget to €2.8billion and to guarantee that the sectors can benefit from the recovery plan’s various instruments. The letter also expresses the disappointment of the sectors on the EU budget measures and the recovery plan announced by the Commission on 27th May, which does not reflect the impact of COVID-19 on the cultural and creative sectors. Read the entire letter here.

 

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GERMAN DRAFT LAW ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE COPYRIGHT DIRECTIVE AND SAT-CAB DIRECTIVE

 

On 24th June 2020, the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection published a discussion draft on the Copyright Directive. The draft includes changes to the contractual provisions for authors and performers within the German copyright legislation as well as a new separate law regulating the responsibilities of online platforms in regard to copyright named the ‘Act on the copyright liability of service providers for sharing online content’. On the Sat-Cab Directive, the German draft law aims at facilitating the acquiring of rights for the transmission of content throughout Europe via collecting societies as a one-stop-shop of the necessary rights in this regard. Comments to these draft regulations can be submitted until the end of July 2020 to the ministry. (PC: Noel)

 

 

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT MARGRETHE VESTAGER AND VICE PRESIDENT MARGARITIS SCHINAS REPLY TO ECSA AND THE CULTURAL AND CREATIVE SECTORS

 

European Commission Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager and Vice President Margaritis Schinas have formally replied on behalf of the European Commission to ECSA’s joint statement “Europe’s Cultural and Creative Sectors Call for Ambitious EU Budgetary Measures to get through the COVID-19 Crisis” (read the statement here). They affirm that the Commission is “fully aware of the depth of this unprecedented crisis for Europe’s cultural and creative sectors” and that they “share the ambition to strengthen cultural and creative industries”. The letter further states the various measures taken to support the cultural and creative sectors, but also refers to the new Creative Europe budget proposal as an “adequate budget for cultural and creative sectors”, an opinion ECSA disagrees with. (PC: Dimitris Vetsikas)

 

 

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#ECSA4COPYRIGHTDIRECTIVE CAMPAIGN

 

The #ECSA4CopyrightDirective video campaign showcases the ECSA network coming together to recall the importance of the Copyright Directive and its implementation at the national level. The Copyright Directive must be implemented before 7th June 2021 in all EU and EEA Member States, which means there is less than a year left. Watch the Official Video featuring more than 20 ECSA delegates from all over Europe and have a look at the accompanying statement “ECSA’s  10 steps on how to implement the Copyright Directive for a more sustainable music ecosystem“. Share the video, it is time to finally be fair to creators!

 

 

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EXCHANGE ON THE IMPACT OF THE COVID-19 CRISIS AND ON THE FUTURE CREATIVE EUROPE PROGRAMME WITH THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

 

On 5th June, ECSA Secretary General participated in an online meeting with Members of the European Parliament sitting in the EP Culture committee and other stakeholders from the cultural and creative sector to discuss the impact of the current COVID-19 crisis, the recent budgetary proposals proposed by the European Commission, and the future Creative Europe Programme. ECSA Secretary General underlined the very severe and long-lasting impact of the crisis on composers and songwriters and the lack of appropriate budgetary support from the European Commission at this stage. He also stressed the need to engage in an ambitious and timely implementation of the Copyright Directive in all EU Member States and advocated for a stronger focus on the music sector in the future Creative Europe Programme. (PC: Dan Johnston)

 

 

 

ECSA AUTUMN SESSION GOES DIGITAL

 

The ECSA Board has decided that the ECSA Autumn Session, which was planned to take place in Luxembourg, will be held online on 6th and 7th October due to the uncertainty and risks related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although we cherish and value our annual exchanges with our members, we believe for the time being, the safest choice is the right choice.

 

 

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ECSA AT JMI’S WORLD MUSIC DAY POP-UP FESTIVAL

 

ECSA took part in JM International’s World Music Day Pop-up Festival with the Training Session “Know your rights as a music creator!” on Sunday 21st June. The training session featured composer and producer Anna Lidell from Denmark and Arrien Molema, songwriter and producer from The Netherlands and was moderated by ECSA’s European Affairs & Programme Manager Alicja Swierczek. The session informed about the rights of songwriters/performers and how to guard one’s authors rights. To watch the recorded training session, click here.

 

 

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PRIX UCMF DE LA MUSIQUE À L’IMAGE 2020

 

On 17th June, the 5th edition of the Prix UCMF awarded exceptional audio-visual composers in eight different categories ranging from Cinema to Animated Short Film as well as for the special prizes “Prix Tandem Réalisateur/Compositeur”, “Prix Hommage” and “Coup de Coeur UCMF 2020”. The ceremony happened virtually on UCMF’s Facebook channel. You can re-watch the ceremony or check out all the winners here.

 

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: THE IVORS COMPOSER AWARDS

 

Entries for the Ivors Composer Awards are open until 9th July 2020. You can submit works for ten categories ranging from classical to jazz and sound arts. To be eligible, composers must be UK born or be ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom. The work must have received its UK premiere performance, either live or broadcast during the 12 months prior to 31st March 2020. For more information or to enter works, please see here.

 

 

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CALL FOR SCORES: 30TH INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF COMPOSERS

 

The Composers’ Association of Serbia is awaiting your submissions for the International Review of Composers 2021 edition that will take place from 2nd to 6th October 2021. Applications are to be sent by email to tribina_kompozitora@composers.rs until 31st October 2020. To find out more, see here.

 

 

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INES#TALENT: APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR YOUNG TALENTS

 

The Innovation Network of European Showcases (INES) has opened applications for its young artist pool INES#talent. Until 31st July 2020 musicians of all genres, solo or in bands can apply. Over 70 talents will be selected to perform at festivals in Europe over the next two year. Read more here.

 

 

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CALL FOR TENDERS OF €2.5 MILLION FOR PERFORMING ARTS

 

The European Commission has published a call for tenders of €2.5 million to support the cross-border circulation and digital distribution of performing arts works and help the sector recover from the covid-19 crisis. The support scheme also addresses the reduction of the sector’s carbon footprint and the innovative use of digital tools. Read more here.

 

 

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ECSA DATABASE FOR GENDER EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY – INVITATION TO CONTRIBUTE

 

To support its members and partners in achieving a better gender balance in panel and event programming, ECSA is creating a contact database for gender equality and diversity. For this, we are looking for contact details of female and non-binary music industry experts. To reflect our society and industry sector at its most inclusive, we encourage a diverse range of experts to be part of the database. Please share and fill in this form if you want to be part of the database by 17th July 2020. (PC: Andrew Martin)

 

 

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INTERNSHIP AT ECSA

 

The ECSA office is currently looking for a new Project and Communication Intern for at least 4 months starting in September. The intern will work under the direction of both the European Affairs and Programme Manager and the Project & Communication Officer and carry out a range of tasks related to communications, social media management; cultural management, advocacy and administrative responsibilities. Deadline of application is 15th July. Find out more here.

 

Investing in Europe’s next generation by investing in culture

 

As the EU has started discussing the proposed recovery plan, 99 organisations from across Europe’s cultural and creative sectors are uniting their voices to alert EU leaders : our sector needs strong and systemic support measures to recover from this crisis.

As it is now well understood, the cultural and creative world is one of the first and hardest hit by the crisis. According to the Commission’s own estimates, some parts of our sector – which accounts for €509bn in value added to GDP and over 12 million full-time jobs – are expected to lose up to 80% of their turnover in the 2nd quarter of 2020.

We have a higher than average percentage of self-employed workers, freelancers, micro-businesses and youth employment, which makes us particularly vulnerable in times of crisis.

As the European economy is slowly restarting, it is far from business as usual. Cultural actors are gradually resuming their activities, but all have to implement strict safety rules which means they won’t be operating at full capacity for the foreseeable future and are therefore facing challenging economic decisions. From individual creators and creative workers all the way to big production and media companies, the whole value chain is impacted.

And yet the recovery package announced by the Commission on 27 May does not reflect the reality of the cultural and creative sector, despite the encouraging messages by the Commission and the strong position taken by the European Parliament. The proposal on the table falls way short of our sector’s expectations:

  • Despite being identified as one of 14 of the hardest hit ecosystems, there is neither a sector specific instrument for culture, nor a clear indication on whether or how we can benefit from different instruments. The section on REACT-EU in the Commission’s Communication (*1) refers to culture, but there is no guarantee that we will receive appropriate support.

As for Creative Europe, the EU’s only programme specifically dedicated to the cultural and creative sector, the Commission’s announcement is a missed opportunity and a real disappointment. Along with the budget dedicated to education and youth, the budget dedicated to culture is the only one to decrease compared to the Commission’s own 2018 proposal, and it is a far cry from the European parliament’ position (*2). Quite ironic for a recovery plan named “Next Generation EU”.

To bring the EU’s support for our sector to a level that is commensurate with its contribution to the EU’s economy and its citizens’ wellbeing, we call on Member States and the European Parliament:

• To push for a substantial increase of the Creative Europe budget. We fully support the European Parliament’s proposal for a budget of €2.8bn.

• To guarantee that the entire sector can benefit appropriately from the recovery plan’s various instruments.

Let’s invest in culture to show the EU’s #NextGeneration that we really care about their future!

 

1. https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/communication-europe-moment-repair-prepare-next-generation.pdf
2. The European Commission is proposing €1.5bn for Creative Europe (€1.7 in 2018 prices) while it proposed 1.85bn in 2018 (€1.6bn in today’s prices ).

 
Please find here the pdf version of this statement.

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The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance’s 10 steps on how to implement the Copyright Directive for a more sustainable music ecosystem

 

For more than 20 years, the music sector has gone through multiple revolutions and has now fully embraced the digital world. Today, European citizens can access music everywhere as they never did before. Many digital platforms have become richer and more popular, but music creators did not reap the benefits of this digital shift. According to a recent survey with ECSA Members, 74% of music authors cannot live from the income from their artistic profession. This situation is intolerable and must urgently change.

The Copyright Directive1, which must be implemented before 7th June 2021 in all EU and EEA Member States2, can improve this situation and contribute to a more sustainable music ecosystem for composers and songwriters. It can also rebalance the systemic weak bargaining power of authors when they sign contracts and allow them to get a fair share of their creative successes.

These goals can only be reached if Articles 17 to 23 of the Directive are properly implemented. Here are our recommendations for an ambitious and faithful implementation which can deliver concrete improvements for music authors:

 

Article 17

1) Close the value gap now!

Article 17 provides that certain user uploaded content platforms, must get a license as other competing services do. In most cases, licences will be available in the music sector. As a result, licensing will be encouraged and blocking of content would be marginal for most musical works.

Today, according to recent UK figures, YouTube has an average pay out of £0.0012 per stream, meaning 833 streams are needed to earn a pound, and 7,267 to make an hour’s UK minimum wage. And this is when you own all the rights, in the best-case scenario. This is clearly not sustainable.

With Article 17 in place, European citizens can enjoy and share music freely as before, but creators will get a fair share of the value created. That is why Member States must implement Article 17 as soon as possible to improve the remuneration of creators.

2) Create a level playing field for all platforms

In order to deliver its benefits and promises, Article 17 must apply to all significant platforms which are giving access to copyright works. Definitions of the entities who do not have to seek licences should be kept as narrow as possible. There should be no escape from fairness!

The “SMEs” exception (paragraph 6) should be narrowly crafted and not abused. SME/start-ups who will invoke this exception should be fully transparent regarding their turn-over and their average number of monthly unique visitors.

The notions of “best efforts” and “high industry standards of professional diligence” should establish a high threshold to demonstrate that the platforms do their utmost, in good faith.

 

3) Exceptions to authors’ rights should not become the rule

The copyright exceptions provided in Article 17 already exist in most EU Member States. As a result, there is no need to put in place new exceptions.

Moral rights should be fully respected in the implementation process, both in the context of Article 17 and for the new mandatory exceptions created by the Directive (Articles 3 to 7).

Chapter 3 – Articles 18 to 23 – “Fair remuneration in exploitation contracts of authors and performers”

4) Be fair to creators – who have very little bargaining power.

Member States should recognise that contractual freedom is most often not a realistic option for authors and therefore they should acknowledge the authors’ systemic weak bargaining power in negotiating their contracts. In that spirit, Member States should ensure that all those provisions (including Articles 18 and 22) are mandatory and cannot be overridden through contracts.

 

5) No buyouts but fair and proportionate remuneration in all contracts

The principle of “appropriate and proportionate remuneration” enshrined in Article 18 enables authors to get a share of the income generated by the exploitation of their works. This provision should be mandatory for all copyright contracts, whether national/European or international, in order to prevent the unfair practice of buy-outs and allow creators to get a fair share of the revenues.

 

6) Authors must be fully and regularly informed on the exploitation of their works…

Without full transparency, authors are not able to assess the value of their works. Transparency on the exploitation of authors’ works and revenues generated enshrined in Article 19 is a pre-requisite for the valuation of the rights transferred/licensed and the basis for Article 20, 21 and 22 to function effectively.

Authors’ contractual counterparts should have the responsibility to notify authors when exploitation of the work has ceased. In such cases, authors should be able to revoke their rights under Article 22.

 

7) … without any sneaky exceptions for sub-licensees, non-disclosure agreements, or certain categories of works and companies.

To be meaningful, the transparency obligation should fully apply, without exceptions for sub-licensees, or non-disclosure agreements. Article 19 neither provides the possibility to exclude a category of works (e.g. smaller budget) or a category of companies (e.g. based on size) from the transparency obligation.

 

8) Give authors an adequate share of their successes

Article 20 (contract adjustment mechanism) allows authors to get “additional, appropriate and fair remuneration” in case the initial remuneration is “disproportionately low” compared to all the revenues made from the exploitation of their works. To function effectively and in a fair manner, the term “disproportionately low” should be understood as “not proportional” and not in a more restrictive manner.

 

9) Allow authors to take back their rights in case their works are not properly exploited…

The right of revocation enshrined in Article 22 will benefit music creators as well as European citizens who would have access to many unpublished works – currently unexploited. Member States should provide that a continuous lack of regular reporting (non-compliance with Article 19) proves as a lack of exploitation in practice. Otherwise, authors would not be able to demonstrate a lack of exploitation.

 

10)… with no exception for most creative works.

Member States should not exclude works from the right of revocation which “usually contain contributions of a plurality of authors or performers”. Excluding those works would result in an empty and ineffective promise, since a wide majority of creative works are in fact works of joint authorship.

 


For the pdf version, please click here.

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NEWS FROM ECSA – May edition

 

We hope you are staying safe and sound throughout these hard times. Although composers and other music professionals are being heavily impacted by this crisis, communities around the world have turned to music, letting their creativity flourish and making us even more aware of the power of music.

Scroll through this newsletter for ECSA’s advocacy updates and inspiring new opportunities for our members. 

Enjoy your read!

 

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EUROPE’S CULTURAL AND CREATIVE SECTOR CALL FOR BUDGETARY MEASURES DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS

 

ECSA, together with many other organisations from the cultural and creative sector, called the European Union to put words into action in a joint letter. The undersigned organisations urge among others for an ambitious budget for the future Creative Europe Programme and the inclusion of the cultural and creative sectors as priority sectors in the EU’s planned Recovery Fund. To read the whole letter, click here.

 

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NEW EU BUDGET AND RECOVERY PLAN

 

On 27 May, the European Commission presented the new budget proposal “EU budget powering the recovery plan for Europe”. The package, which still has to be approved by Member States and the European Parliament, is made up of two strands which consist of:

  1. An updated multiannual financial framework (MFF) for 2021-2027, with €1.1 trillion for 2021 to 2027. In the new MFF, €1,5 billion are allocated to the Creative Europe Programme, which is lower than in the first MFF proposal published in May 2018 with 1.6 billion. It is also much lower than the European Parliament’s position, which asked for a doubling of the current budget, which currently stands at 1,4 billion. The EP Culture and Education committee has published a harsh reaction (see here) to the proposal, saying that the proposal sends “a terrible message for the cultural, creative and media sectors”.
  2. The Commission’s €750 billion plan — dubbed “Next Generation EU” — that would provide €500 billion in grants to countries hit hardest by the pandemic and make another €250 billion available as loans. It is unclear at this stage whether those funds would really benefit the cultural and creative sectors.

Despite those disappointing announcements, ECSA will continue to advocate for an ambitious budget for the future Creative Programme and to enable creators to benefit adequately from EU resources.

 

 

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CREATIVES UNITE – COVID-19 RESOURCE PLATFORM

 

To learn more about initiatives related to the cultural and creative sectors in response to the COVID-19 crisis in Europe, you can go to https://creativesunite.eu. ECSA’s overview of Covid-19 responses from the music sector is also featured on the platform.

 

 

 

DIGITAL LOUNGE FOR ECSA MEMBERS

 

On 27th May, ECSA members got together during an informal ECSA lounge videoconference to exchange about the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on creators. We want to thank all the participants and hope to see you soon for real again!

 

 

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NOPA HAS A NEW CHAIR: OLE HENRIK ANTONSEN

 

Antonsen was elected the new chair of NOPA at the general assembly the 25th of May. Ingrid Kindem had been the chair for the past six years, whereas the newly elected chair had been the deputy of NOPA the past year and has three years of experience form the board of NOPA. Antonsen is a producer and songwriter, and has written for artists such as Shayne Ward, Jamie Scott, Mel C and Teddy Geiger. He is also the editor of the Norwegian music magazine Musikkpraksis and makes a podcast (“Bak spakene”) where he interviews producers about their work and methods.

 

 

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IMC RESILIART: 5 MUSIC RIGHTS DISCUSSION

 

Alfons Karabuda, President of ECSA and IMC (International Music Council), moderated the online debate “5 Music Rights – More than Ever!” between music rights champions and the UNESCO Assistant Director General for Culture, Ernesto Ottone Ramirez organised by IMC in the framework of the UNESCO ResiliArt movement on 27th May. The debate focused on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the five music rights worldwide and how to come out of the crisis stronger than before. Watch it here!

 

 

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Mental Health Awareness Week initiative

For this year’s #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, ECSA organised a talk with delegate John Groves to raise awareness on the importance of mental health for music creators. John Groves, composer and psychoacoustics specialist, shared his thoughts on mental health and his professional experience with Sonic Tonic: an auditory e-Health App that provides quick and effective help for those having problems with sleep, stress, depression, anxiety, and pain. Let’s continue doing our part to raise awareness on mental health for music creators while fostering the exchange of best practices and information. Have a listen to our conversation here!

 

 

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THE SELECTION PROCESS FOR THE CAMILLE AWARDS HAS STARTED!

 

ECSA is currently awaiting the submissions of outstanding works nominated by ECSA member organisations that are part of the Film and Audio-visual Music (FFACE) Committee until 30th June. Each FFACE member organisation can nominate one piece for each of the following three categories: “Best Orchestral Score”, “Best Electro-Acoustic Score” and “Best Original Music for a Series”. For more information about the Camille Awards, please visit camilleawards.eu.

 

 

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BUMA MUSIC IN MOTION AWARDS & CONFERENCE MOVE ONLINE

 

Buma Music in Motion transformed the tenth anniversary edition of BMIM 2020 into a virtual edition and awarded the most outstanding Dutch composers online. On 19th May, the winners were announced in short presentations on BMIM’s Facebook page. You can check out the winners as well as the nominees and the jury on their website.  The BMIM online edition continues with online panels in June. More here.

 

 

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ZAIKS SONGWRITING CAMP

 

From 11th to 18th October 2020, ZAiKS Songwriting Camp will give composers, songwriters, instrumentalists, vocalists and producers the opportunity to create music with composers and producers from all over Europe, share creative experiences and establish musical friendships in Zakopane, Poland. It offers among others professional recording studios, experienced sound engineers, lectures on copyright and discussion panels. You can apply here until 30th June.

 

 

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“MUSIQUE EST UNE FEMME” VIDEO COMPETITION

 

As part of the European project “Musique est une femme”, the Polish foundation TAK together with its European partners has launched a short video competition about the stereotypes around the creative capabilities of women. You can submit your thought on the topic in the form of a short video or a meme until 31st August and get the chance to win monetary prizes. Find out more about the competition here or check out the Facebook page.

 

 

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INTERNATIONAL COMPOSITION COMPETITION FOR FEMALE COMPOSERS

 

The choir Allmänna Sången and Anders Wall together with Gehrmans Musikförlag AB have launched a new edition of the “Allmänna Sången & Anders Wall Composition Award”. Female composers can submit their pieces from 1st June to 31st December 2020. The prize sum is SEK 50,000 and the winning piece will be premiered by Allmänna Sången and published by Gehrmans Musikförlag AB. Find out more here.

Europe’s cultural and creative sectors call for ambitious EU budgetary measures to get through the COVID-19 crisis

 

Time to put words into action!

Europe’s cultural and creative sectors were among the first and hardest hit by the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. They will also be among the last. Across Europe, almost all cultural activities have been cancelled or postponed indefinitely, while venues and retailers have closed with disastrous consequences for all creators’ and cultural and creative professionals’ livelihoods, as well as the ecosystem as a whole. Millions of jobs are on the line.

In its Resolution on how to combat the COVID-19 crisis and its consequences1 , the European Parliament rightly underlines that the cultural and creative sectors “have been hit especially hard by the fallout from the COVID-19” and “calls for the EU and the Member States to provide support to the cultural and creative sectors as they play an important role for our economy and our social life and are severely affected by the current crisis”. Commissioners, Ministers and MEPs are also regularly stressing the vital importance of protecting and supporting the cultural ecosystem and creators all over Europe, to ensure that they can continue to create and invest – for the enjoyment of all Europeans, both during and after the crisis.

So far, the EU has provided much-needed financial support to Member States to protect jobs, workers and businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic, but has failed to adequately address the specific needs of our sectors. The Cultural and Creative Sectors, which stand at €509bn in value added to GDP and over 12 million full-time jobs (7.5 % of the EU’s work force), must be considered as priority sectors and benefit from ambitious budgetary measures. Only a limited number of countries have introduced broad furlough compensation schemes while the majority of professionals working in the cultural and creative sectors were put on unpaid leave as very few employers have the means to continue paying salaries or compensation without state support. In addition, our sectors have a much higher than average percentage of self-employed workers with little to no access to social benefits who find themselves in extremely precarious situations as they are left without resources.

As the European Commission is due to propose a new long-term EU budget and recovery plan, it is now time to put words into action. The undersigned organisations from across Europe’s cultural and creative sectors are calling on the EU:

  • To propose an ambitious budget for the future Creative Europe Programme 2021-2027 – the only EU framework Programme specifically dedicated to the cultural and creative sectors – which represents today a mere 0.15% of the overall EU Budget. The European Parliament’s proposal for a budget of €2.8bn should be considered the absolute minimum for a Programme commensurate with the sector’s contribution to the EU economy and wellbeing, and with its needs and challenges in these times of crisis.
  • To ensure that the cultural and creative sectors, are included as priority sectors in the EU’s planned Recovery Fund, with sector specific funding. Our sectors are among the hardest hit, and our interconnected value-chains are fragile – if they are to get through the crisis, especially SMEs, urgent support is needed, including liquidity/cash flow measures leading into 2021.
  • Boosting the EU’s loan guarantee facility for the cultural and creative sectors under the future Invest EU programme, with increased budget, guarantees and flexibility. Loan guarantee instruments have a demonstrated trigger effect on investment, which is urgently needed in these difficult economic times.
  • To secure a strong budget for Horizon Europe’s new cluster “culture, creativity and inclusive society”. In light of their innovation-driven and risk-taking nature, Europe’s cultural and creative sectors should benefit from a strong budget under Horizon Europe.
  • To ensure that EU funds, notably structural funds, reach the cultural and creative sectors swiftly and effectively.
  • To ensure that a meaningful part of the EU funding is also deployed to support the livelihood of creators, creative workers and freelancers throughout this unprecedented crisis.

In these hard times, as the contribution of Europe’s cultural and creative sectors to the social, economic and artistic development of Europe couldn’t be more tangible, yet our sectors find themselves in danger of partial collapse, it is more important than ever to preserve and support Europe’s arts, culture and heritage and the values they promote.

Investing in our culture is investing in our future.
Now is the time to turn words into concrete measures.
 

Signatories
ACT – Association of Commercial Television in Europe
AEC – Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen
AEPO-ARTIS – Association of European Performers’ Organisations
ANIMATION EUROPE
CAE – Culture Action Europe
CEATL – The Council of European Literary Translator Associations
CEPI – European Audiovisual Production
CEPIC – Centre of the Picture Industry
CICAE – International Confederation of Arthouse Cinemas
CIRCOSTRADA – European Network for Circus & Street Arts
ECA – European Choral Association – Europa Cantat
ECCD – The European Coalitions for Cultural Diversity
ECSA – European Composer and Songwriter Alliance
EDN – European Dancehouse Network
EFA – European Festivals Association
EFFORTS – European federation of fortified sites
EFJ – The European Federation of Journalists
EFNYO – On behalf of the European Federation of National Youth Orchestras
EFP – European Film Promotion
EHTTA – European Historic Thermal Towns Association
EI – Europa International
EIBF – European and International Booksellers
EJN – Europe Jazz Network
ELIA – globally connected European network of higher arts education
EMC – European Music Council
EMCY – European Union of Music Competitions for Youth
EMEE – European Music Exporters Exchange
EMU – European Music School Union
ENCATC – The European network on cultural management and policy
ENCC – European Network of Cultural Centres
EOFed – European Orchestra Federation
ERIH – The European Route of Industrial Heritage
ESNS – Eurosonic Noorderslag
EuroCinema
Europa Cinémas
Europa Distribution – The European Network of Independent Film Publishers and Distributors
Europavox
Eurozine – European network of cultural journals
EVA – European Visual Artists
FEDEC – European Federation for Professional Circus Schools
FEP – Federation of European Publishers
FERA – Federation of European Film Directors
FIA – International Federation of Actors
FIAD – The International Federation of Film Distributors’ Associations
FIAPF – International Federation of Film Producers Associations
FIM – International Federation of Musicians
FSE – Federation of Screenwriters in Europe
GESAC – European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers
IAMIC – International Association of Music Information Centres
IAO – International Artist Organisation of Music
ICMP – The Global Voice of Music Publishing
IETM – International network for contemporary performing arts
IFPI – International Federation of the Phonographic Industry
IFRRO – International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations
IGCAT – International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism
IMMF – International Music Managers Forum
IMPALA – Independent music companies association
IMPF – Independent Music Publishers International Forum
IMZ – International Music + Media Centre
IN SITU – European platform for artistic creation in public space
ISFE – The Interactive Software Federation of Europe
IVF – International Video Federation
JM International
KEA European Affairs
Live DMA – European network for music venues, clubs and festivals
Liveurope – the platform for new European talent
MCA – Michael Culture Association: European Trans-Domain Network for Promotion & Valorization of Digital Cultural Content
NEMO – The Network of European Museum Organisations On the Move
REMA – the European Early Music Network
Res Artis – Worldwide Network of Arts Residencies
SAA – Society of Audiovisual Authors
SHAPE – Sound, Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe
Sistema Europe – The Sistema Europe Association
Trans Europe Halles
UNI MEI – UNI global union – media, entertainment & arts
UNIC – International Union of Cinemas
Yourope – The European Festival Association
 

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NEWS FROM ECSA – April edition

 

We hope you are staying safe and sound throughout these hard times. Although composers and other music professionals are being heavily impacted by this crisis, communities around the world have turned to music, letting their creativity flourish and making us even more aware of the power of music.

Scroll through this newsletter for ECSA’s advocacy updates and inspiring new opportunities for our members. 

Enjoy your read!

 
#saveEUculture campaign cover

 

SUPPORT THE #saveEUculture INITIATIVE!

 

Please sign the petition here! ECSA fully supports the #saveEUculture initiative calling on the European Commission and Member States to support the cultural and creative sectors and particularly the creators impacted by COVID-19. The EU-wide campaign is coordinated by Members of the European Parliament Niklas Nienaß (Greens, Germany) and Salima Yenbou (Greens, France). It has been signed by 105 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), 312 associations and almost 8.000 individuals. 

 

 

statement - music sector urges EU

 

EUROPEAN MUSIC SECTOR CALLS FOR EU EMERGENCY SUPPORT

 

ECSA has signed a letter with many other organisations from the European music sector addressed to the European Commission and EU Member States to call for sustainable public support and structural EU policies to address the current crisis. Read the joint letter here.

 

 
Screenshot of survey about Artists' Working Conditions

 

SURVEY ON ARTISTS’ WORKING CONDITIONS: 68% OF RESPONDENTS CANNOT LIVE FROM THEIR ARTISTIC PROFESSION’S INCOME

 

In the context of a future study commissioned by the European Commission on the status and working conditions of artists and creative professionals, ECSA asked to its members to answer to a survey on their working conditions. The first results show that 68% of respondents cannot live from the income from their artistic profession and that 65% have experienced precarious circumstances in their work. ECSA Members can still answer to the survey until the end of May. Please contact the ECSA office if you wish to do so.

 

 

by Dan Johnston

 

EP RESOLUTION ON COVID-19 IN SUPPORT OF THE CULTURAL AND CREATIVE SECTORS

 

On 17th April, the European Parliament adopted by an overwhelming majority a resolution on EU coordinated action to combat Covid-19 and its consequences. The EP underlined the severe impact of the Pandemic on cultural professionals and called for support to be provided, both at Union and national level, to the cultural and creative sectors. Read the adopted text here (paragraphs 33 and 43).

 

 

European Film Music Day 2020 canceled due to coronavirus

 

EUROPEAN FILM MUSIC DAY CANCELLED

 

Following the French President’s announcement on April 13 banning any festival from taking place until mid-July, and the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs’ cancellation of its 2020 edition (https://www.quinzaine-realisateurs.com/en/), this year’s European Film Music Day in Cannes will not take place. We are currently looking into possibilities of transforming the event and holding it at a later moment and will keep you informed!

 

 

 

REMINDER: ECCO CALL FOR WORKS

 

The new ECCO call for works is still open until 1 June 2020. 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!

 

 

International Composers Competition

 

 

1st MIECZYSŁAW KARŁOWICZ INTERNATIONAL COMPOSERS’ COMPETITION

 

ECSA is happy to share information on a new international composition competition. The contest should inspire the composition for the full philharmonic orchestra, with the duration between 9 and 12 minutes. Only new and original works, neither previously published nor performed or awarded in any other competitions can be submitted. Online submissions are open from 1st April until 31st August 2020. Please find all necessary information here.

 

 

Media Sound Hamburg cover

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: YOUNG TALENT AWARD MEDIA MUSIC

 

Young musicians, composers, game musicians and sound designers up to 35 years are invited to write a birthday piece, which will be premiered by the renowned Kaiser Quartet for the 10-year anniversary of MediaSoundHamburg. Everything is allowed: with beats or without, with effects, with yourself as DJ, implemented as a classical piece or live sampling. Application deadline is 1st June 2020. Apply here!

 

 

Sao Paulo Contemporary Composers Festival

 

SÃO PAULO CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS FESTIVAL

 

The São Paulo Contemporary Composers Festival invites composers to apply to this year’s event, which will happen from 2nd to 11th October. Opportunities include professional ensembles and orchestras to compose for, professional studio recordings, live broadcast of the concerts and lectures/masterclasses with our visiting guests. Participants can apply to have a work premiered with orchestra or chamber music. More information here.

statement pan-European music organisations COVID-19

Music sector joins together to call for EU and national investment to address current crisis and promote diversity

 

2nd April 2020

Music is one of the first sectors hit by the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. It will also be one of the last.

As borders close, venues as well as festivals suspend their activities, performances are cancelled, group activity is stopped, shops close, and new releases are put on hold, the entire creative value chain is stalling. Artists and their management, performers, composers, songwriters, music educators, conductors, booking agents, record shops, labels, publishers, distributors, promoters, manufacturers, technicians, events managers and event staff count among the many actors of the ecosystem whose livelihoods are on the line.

These risks will persist, even after the public health emergency is solved. The stark reality is that profound harm will be felt long into 2021 due to how the music ecosystem operates.

In light of this dire situation, we call for emergency as well as sustainable public support and structural policies at EU, national, regional and local level to consolidate the music ecosystem, and help it thrive again in all its diversity.

The undersigned music organisations urge Member States and the European Commission to take a stance and significantly increase the national and EU budgets dedicated to culture, and within that to music. Secondly, under the EU Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative, it is imperative that each Member State provides Europe’s creative sector with swift and comprehensive access to Structural Funds in order to offset the harm in the shorter term.

The full magnitude of the current turmoil will build for months and the number of casualties will be high. Even when the complete standstill ends, the crisis will continue due to hyper saturation of events and new releases and audiences will be unpredictable.

All this points to a slow recovery, with less job opportunities, less participation in music and less room for artistic risk-taking. Jobs and diversity are at stake.

At the same time, we see how important the cultural sectors are in promoting solidarity and in providing rallying points. Within the confines of their homes, artists and DJs have been streaming their own live performances to fight isolation by engaging online communities. Drawing upon the example of Italy, citizens from across Europe gather on their balconies to play music and regain a shared sense of common purpose.

This reminds us that music is a vehicle to recreate a sense of community. In times of containment and pressure, music builds bridges between individuals and cultures irrespective of social, ethnic, cultural backgrounds.

Music and culture are essential to offer citizens the renewed social and cultural bond that Europe will sorely need.

As decision makers reflect on how to address the crisis, culture must be recognised as a priority sector.

 

The undersigned organisations
  • AEC, Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen
  • CIME/ICEM, International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music
  • DME, Digital Music Europe
  • ECA-EC, European Choral Association – Europa Cantat
  • ECSA, European Composer and Songwriter Alliance
  • EFNYO, European Federation of National Youth Orchestas
  • EMC, European Music Council
  • EMCY, European Union of Music Competitions for Youth
  • EMEE, European Music Exporters Exchange
  • EMMA, European Music Managers Alliance
  • EOFed, European Orchestra Federation
  • ETEP, European Talent Exchange Programme
  • Europavox
  • EJN, Europe Jazz Network
  • EVTA, European Voice Teachers Association
  • FIM, International Federation of Musicians
  • GESAC, the European Authors Societies
  • IAMIC, International Association of Music Centres
  • IAO, International Artist Organisation of Music
  • ICAS, International Cities of Advanced Sound
  • ICMP, International Confederation of Music Publishers
  • ICSM, International Society for Contemporary Music
  • IFPI, International Federation of the Phonographic Industry
  • IMMF, International Music Managers Forum
  • IMPF, Independent Music Publishers International Forum
  • IMPALA, Independent music compagnies associations
  • INES, Innovation Network of European Showcases
  • JMI, Jeunesses Musicales International
  • JUMP, European Music Market Accelerator
  • Keychange
  • Live DMA, European network for music venues and festivals
  • Liveurope, the platform for new European Talent
  • Pearle*, Live Performance Europe
  • SHAPE, Sound Heterogenous Art and Performance in Europe
  • REMA, European Early Music Network
  • We are Europe
  • Yourope, the European festival Association
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

 

COVID-19 MESSAGE TO ECSA MEMBERS

 

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.

 

 

 

AUTHORS’ ORGANISATIONS STATEMENT ON COVID-19

 

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.

 

 

 

JOINT STATEMENT WITH CREATIVE EUROPE BENEFICIARIES

 

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

 

EP CULTURE AND EDUCATION COMMITTEE ON COVID-19

 

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“.

 

 

 

CAPACITY TRIANGLE 2020 – JOIN TODAY!

 

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 POSTPONED

 

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.

 

 

 

ECCO CALL FOR WORKS

 

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!

 

 

 

EFMD POSTPONED

 

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!

 

 

 

ARTISTS’ WORKING CONDITIONS SURVEY

 

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!

 

 

 

SOUNDTRACK COLOGNE NEW DATES ANNOUNCED

 

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: akkreditierung@televisor.de. The film festival SEE THE SOUND will take place as planned in April (April 22nd – 26th, 2020)  – with some restrictions.

 

 

 

INFERNO MUSIC CONFERENCE CANCELLED

 

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.

Coronavirus by Olga Lionart, COVID-19 initiatives for music creators

COVID-19 Responses from the music sector

Please find below a list of actions taken to support music authors as well as the music sector in general in these difficult times. The listed measures are divided into European initiatives, categorised by country and general European initiatives as well as Worldwide initiatives. The initiatives by country include measures taken by governments as well as initiatives from ECSA member organisations, CMOs and other initiatives. Just click on the headings to see all COVID-19 responses from the music sector and national governments we have gathered.
 

Initiatives for music creators in EUROPE

 

Austria

ECSA Member initiatives

Österreichischer Komponistenbund (ÖKB) provides an overview of initiatives for music creators in Austria on their website.

CMO initiatives

AKM & austro mechana together with OESTIG have created an emergency fund of €1m with grants of up to €1k per applicant. AKM also offers interest-free loans of up to €15k that need to be paid back monthly over 15 months starting in October 2020.

Governmental measures

The Austrian government has created an emergency fund for the cultural sector of €5m at the moment and has introduced further financial measures for artists. A new system granting 15k self-employed artists with a certain level of social security €1k per month is being put into place. Additionally, a hardship fund (€2b) has been set up for one-person companies, non-profit organisations and freelancers in the arts and cultural sector. This fund thus also aims at helping self-employed artists and cultural workers, non-profit arts and cultural associations and arts and cultural institutions. The City of Vienna awards additional work scholarships (up to €3k) to support freelance artists and scientists during the Coronavirus crisis.

Other initiatives

The ECB Network has worked on an impact assessment of COIVD-19 on the Austrian creative sector. You can find the results here. Younion.at has launched a petition for support of the cultural sector. The Upper Austrian Cultural Platform (KUPF OÖ) has launched the campaign #norefundforculture. Igkultur.at provides a comprehensive overview of support possibilities for professionals of the arts and cultural sector. In cooperation with other foundations, the Foundation Austria has set up a donation account to give individuals and companies the opportunity to donate to artists in need.


Belgium

ECSA Members initiatives

Conseil de la Musique, Court-Circuit, FACIR, WBM, La FLIF, Le Service musiques de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, La SABAM, La Fédération des professionnels de la nuit bruxelloise, La BIMA, La Fédération des Jeunesses Musicales Wallonie-Bruxelles, Le Forum des Compositeurs and Les Lundis d’Hortense have created an online survey to collect data on the impact of COVID-19 on music creators. Moreover, BEA Music has launched the #PlayLocal campaign, encouraging people to listen to Belgian music and support local talent. Furthermore, Genootschap Artiesten Lichte Muziek (GALM) has, together with State of the Art, created a COVID-19 Reporting Point in the form of a google form to collect data about the impact of Coronavirus measures on music creators. Galm, Facir, Sabam For Culture and PlayRight+ have launched the Belgian Music Fund to support Belgian music projects in the form of calls for projects.

CMO initiatives

SABAM is collecting data on the impact of COVID-19 on music creators with an online survey and supports BEA Music’s campaign #PlayLocal by publishing a playlist of Belgian music. Sabam has also decided to exceptionally release €18m to about 9.000 authors from their accumulated reserve.

Governmental measures

On the website of Wallonie-Bruxelles, you can find information on mobility aids for cultural actors. A prime between €1.2k and €1.6k per month was introduced for independent musicians and composers. Artists with the artist status could access unemployment rights (€800-€900/month) and the access was facilitated for artists without the artist status. A law in support of artists grants artists facilitated access to unemployment benefits for all artists and technicians who can demonstrate either 10 artistic and technical performances or 20 working days between 13 March 2019 and 13 March 2020. Furthermore, there is no reduction in unemployment benefits in case of cumulation with copyright anymore and the law freezes the reference period from 1 April to 31 December 2020.

Other initiatives

Professional Federations of the Belgian cultural sector have published a list of urgent measures to be implemented under the name “No Culture No Future”.


Croatia

CMO initiatives

HDS Zamp provides emergency financial aid to its members with a newly established Solidarity Fund of about €65k. The Solidarity Fund has since been increased to over €100k.


Denmark

ECSA Member initiatives

Dansk Komponisforening (DKF) is collecting data on the impact of COVID-19 on music creators with an online survey. Danske Populaerautorer (DPA) provides an overview of initiatives for music creators in times of coronavirus on their website. Danske Jazz-, Beat- go Folkemusik Autorer (DJBFA) has published a guide featuring help for the cultural industry in Denmark.

CMO initiatives

Koda offers support for the calculation of the loss suffered by artists between March and July 2020, which can be added to the compensation artists can apply for at the Cultural Department.

Governmental measures

The Danish government has introduced financial compensations for events cancelled in March due to COVID-19.


Estonia

ECSA Member initiatives

Estonian Composers’ Union (ECU) provides information about financial help for music creators on their website.

Governmental measures

The Estonian government has put in place public funding which includes measures concerning the cultural sector like compensation of direct costs of cancelled cultural events.


Finland

ECSA Member initiatives

The Finnish music creator’s association (FMC) provides an overview of support measures for music creators in Finland on their website.

CMO initiatives

TEOSTO provides on overview of support measures for music creators in Finland on their website.

Governmental measures

The Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, major Finnish foundations and the Finnish Center for Art Promotion have established a fund (€1.5m) for financial support of artists. The Arts Promotion Center Taike will distribute the financial aid in April. The Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture has also started a survey to map the effects of the emergency situation caused by Coronavirus on the arts and culture sector. Music creators were given access to unemployment benefits, which usually is not the case.

Other initiatives

Business Finland provides funding for business development in disruptive circumstances also for the creative industry.


France

ECSA Member initiatives

Music authors (including SNAC, UNAC, and UCMF), publishers organisations and SACEM have published a joint press release on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on authors. Union des Compositors de Musique de Film (UCMF) also provides information for music creators concerning COVID-19 on their website.

CMO initiatives

SACEM has launched an emergency action plan, including an emergency fund (€6m) and exceptional copyright advances as well as a strengthened publisher assistance programme. You can also find a compilation of information on supporting actions here. SACEM has also started the campaign #ScèneFrançaise with many partners from radio, streaming platforms and festivals to support the French music scene.

Governmental measures

The French Ministry of Culture has announced an emergency financial aid (€22m) for the cultural sector, including €10m for the music sector and provides information for artists impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. On 27 March, the Minister of Culture presented a first action plan in favour of artist-authors. You can find  the report to the President of the Republic concerning the decree on exceptional aid to holders of copyright and related rights due to the consequences of the spread of the covid-19 virus and the measures taken to limit this spread here. Furthermore, the French government has introduced a law introducing a social aid scheme for self-employed professional artists and casual entertainment workers in the event of an exceptional event, such as acts of terrorism or epidemics. The Centre National de la Musique announced €11.5 million in assistance in the form of an emergency fund and the suspension of the tax on performances that took place. 


Germany

ECSA Members initiatives

Deutscher Textdichter-Verband (DTV) provides an overview of information for music creators concerning COVID-19 on their website.

CMO initiatives

GEMA has created an emergency fund (€40m) for its members, including two different emergency funds. The „Schutzschirm LIVE“ allows music authors to request an advance payment for their future distributions, whereas the „Corona-Hilfsfonds“ has been established to help individual members with up to €5k. GVL introduced the Corona emergency relief, a one-time payment of €250 as well as advances related to distributions from 2015-19.

Governmental measures

The German national government has put in place an emergency fund for the cultural sector. The “Soforthilfe” is divided in grants and loans, depending on the different federal states. On a regional level, Nordrhein-Westfalen and Baden-Württemberg have put in place financial measures.

Other initiatives

Initiative Kulturschaffender in Deutschland has started a position paper urging for improvements to the current aid programmes in Germany that can be signed here. The German Orchestra Foundation has established a fundraising emergency fund for freelance musicians that raised €855k until April.


Hungary

CMO initiatives

ARTISJUS together with Music Hungary has initiated the #mertkelladal campaign to support Hungarian artists (live music). In addition, ARTISJUS provides financial aid with a social support programme (€300k).


Ireland

ECSA Members initiatives

The Association of Irish Composers has published their recommendations regarding the Irish Minister for Culture’s COVID-19 Arts stimulus package on their website.

CMO initiatives

IMRO provides a comprehensive overview of support initiatives for creators in times of COVID-19.

Governmental measures

The Arts Council announced a COVID-19 Crisis Response Award fund (€1m), “designed to support the creation of new artistic work and its dissemination online for the public benefit”.

Other initiatives

The grant scheme #IrelandPerforms (€100k) was launched by FACEBOOK Ireland and Culture Ireland, Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht. It is being delivered in partnership with First Music Contact and Poetry Ireland and in association with RTÉ. #IrelandPerforms will award €1k to every participating artist performing on social media. You can find the application form here, which needs to be sent to showcases@cultureireland.gov.ie. Also, major Irish artists are hosting smaller artists to their audience via Facebook Live to assist them in growing their fanbases with the aim of having a financial impact for them.


Italy

CMO initiatives

SIAE supports the campaign #iorestoacasa, initiated by the Italian Ministry of Culture to encourage people to stay at home. The Italian CMO also created an Emergency Solidarity Fund (€500k) to purchase 2.500 food parcels that will be delivered to members in need. To request a food parcel, write to fondo.solidarieta@siae.it. Additionally, an Extraordinary Support Fund (€4.1m) has been set up for the company’s employees. SIAE is also looking into the possibility to grant multi-year interest-free loans to associates in liquidity difficulties (€50m).

Governmental measures

The Cura Italia public funding includes financial measures for the cultural sector like support of freelancers working in the performing arts sector.

Other initiatives

Fondazione Centro Studi Doc and Mei Meeting delle Etichette Indipendenti have started petitions for support of the cultural sector in Italy. Moreover, Keep on Live launched the #StayOn initiative for live music streaming.


Luxembourg

Governmental measures

The government of Luxembourg has introduced an emergency allowance of 2.500 euros for self-employed persons in Luxembourg. A month later, a new nun-refundable financial aid for self-employed persons was introduced, with an amount between 3.000€ and 4.000€ allocated to each person.

Other initiatives

A petition for the introduction of a broadcasting quota for “Made in Luxembourg” music to radio stations established in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg can be signed here.


Netherlands

ECSA Member initiatives

Nieuw Geneco provides tips for composers on their website and have sent several letters to political and cultural organisations asking for support of the music sector. BCMM provides an overview of the measures taken in support of music creators in The Netherlands.

CMO initiatives

Buma Stemra will pay copyright earnings earlier than foreseen to help with the liquidity of creators (€50m). The Dutch CMO has also paid a share of the dotation owned to the songwriter & publishers societies earlier than planned. In addition, Buma Stemra have established an emergency fund (€2.75m) and an investment fund of approximately €2.5m. Sena (neighbouring rights organisation) has announced that it will contribute to the emergency fund. Both organisations are in talks with the Ministry of Culture for them to contribute to the emergency fund as well. Buma also supports the campaign #Luisternaarons that encourages radios to play Dutch music to support the local music sector. Buma Stemra together with Sena have launched the Noodfonds Muziek emergency fund that provides financial support in the form of a grant for the most severely affected rights holders of Buma Stemra and Sena.

Governmental measures

The Dutch government has launched a help package of around €20 billion. It includes measures for entrepreneurs like a minimum income for entrepreneurs who have lost their income due to the social distancing measures taken to contain the spread of COVID-19, the possibility to postpone tax payments and the possibility to take out a loan in case of liquidity problems. The government has also introduced an emergency fund for particularly affected entrepreneurs providing a one-time €4k payment. An allowance for employers of up to 90% of salary costs was introduced as well. For the main cultural institutions  the government made available €300 million.

Other initiatives

Kunstenbond has asked its members to report their cancellations here. 3S Music Management has launched a website to support Dutch artists by listening to their music and buying merchandise through their webshop. The initiative was created in cooperation with World Music Forum NL, KINK, Mezz, MMF (NL), BAM!, Penguin Radio, Mojo and Buma Culture. United Independent Music Agencies (UIMA) have launched the campaign “Liefde door Muziek” on behalf of the entire Dutch music industry calling for support for live music. You can read more about it and sign the petition here.


North Macedonia

Governmental measures

Freelance artists registered as such at the Ministry of Culture received a monthly payment of the amount of the minimum wage in North Macedonia (approximately €250) in March and April. Artists who had projects as part of the national programme of culture that had to be cancelled due to Covid-19 received a one-time payment of €250.


Norway

ECSA Member initiatives

Norsk Komponist Fornening is currently collecting data on the impact of COVID-19 on its members. NOPA and Kunstnernettverket have addressed a joint letter to the Norwegian government. NOPA also provides information about the Norwegian compensation scheme for business and industry on their website.


Poland

CMO initiatives

Zaiks has taken measures to help authors financially and has addressed a letter to the Polish Prime Minister.

Governmental measures

The Polish governmental measures for creators include: no fees for requesting a delay for tax declarations, no financial consequences for late income declarations and access to social welfare for artists and creators. The Polish Ministry of Culture also promotes a special Patreon page for Polish artists so that they can be supported by the population during the time of COVID-19.

Other initiatives

MusicExport Poland is currently collecting data on the impact of COVID-19 and they provide an overview of forms of support provided in Poland.


Portugal

CMO initiatives

SPA has taken measures to help rights holders financially, including a solidarity fund (€100k), and is sending a letter to local governments asking for support.

Other initiatives

Gulbenkian has established an emergency fund, including funding for the cultural sector.


Romania

Other initiatives

Groupe Societe Generale Romania has made a donation of about €70k to the independent cultural sector.


Spain

CMO initiatives

SGAE has reinforced its advisory services by establishing a help line for economically vulnerable authors guiding them through potential financial aid demands. The Spanish CMO has also decided to allocate more than €15m in economic and social aid to its members.

Governmental measures

The Spanish Ministry of Culture is consulting stakeholders to help rebuild the cultural sector after the crisis. The Spanish government has presented a 76,4 Million-investment recovery plan to support the cultural and creative sector. The plan includes a 38,2 million grant for the performing arts and music sectors.


Sweden

ECSA Member initiatives

SKAP provides an overview of initiatives in Sweden on their website. FST also provides information about COVID-19 measures in Sweden on their website.

Other initiatives

KLYS has published a crisis package proposal to the Swedish government. Konstnärsnämnden and Kulturrådet are providing crisis support for Swedish artists who are experiencing loss of income during the Corona crisis.


Switzerland

ECSA Member initiatives

SONART is currently collecting data on the impact of COVID-19 on its members and provides information on where to apply for emergency aid in Switzerland.

Governmental measures 

Swiss artists can apply for emergency financial aid here.


United Kingdom

ECSA Member initiatives

Ivors Academy is currently collecting data on the impact of COVID-19 on its members. Ivors Academy has also launched a free and open Remote Recording Directory to connect composers for film, TV and games with professional musicians able to record from home. Ivors’ Academy together with the Musicians’ Union have launched the campaign “Keep Music Alive” to speak out against the insufficient streaming royalties paid to music creators especially during COVID-19 when earnings from live performances have become impossible. In the framework of the campaign, you can sign the #FixStreaming petition here. In addition, Ivors’ Academy, in collaboration with other organisations in the music industry, created a platform where music-sector workers can find all the help, advice and signposting they need to support them through the coronavirus outbreak.

CMO initiatives

PRS has established an emergency relief fund that will provide funding of up to £1k per member.

Governmental measures

The UK government made available two main support schemes that are relevant for composers and songwriters: The Self-Employed Income Support Scheme and the Job Retention Scheme.

Other initiatives

Help Musicians has created a financial hardship fund (£5m) and MusiCares has created a COVID-19 relief fund that relies on donations.


 

 

Other European Initiatives

Overview of initiatives in Europe

Live DMA provides an overview of initiatives for the music sector in Europe. Moreover, The Art Newspaper made available an overview of how to apply for financial aid in the UK, US, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and Italy. Compendium also provides an overview of cultural policies of European countries in response to COVID-19. European Creative Hubs Network and the Goethe-Institut have launched the platform Creatives Unite, which gives an overview of initiatives and information related to the cultural and creative sectors in the European Union in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Data collection on impact of COVID-19

EMC/IMC are currently collecting data on the impact of COVID-19 on music creators through this online survey. The European Creative Business Network (ECBN) is collecting data on the impact of COVID-19 as well.

Statements

GESAC has published a statement calling on European decision-makers to take urgent action. The CULT Committee of the European Parliament has also published a statement calling on EU member states to help the creative sectors.

Campaigns

The #saveEUculture campaign, initiated by MEPs Niklas Nienaß and Salima Yenbou, has sent an open letter to the EU Commission and the Member States, demanding support for the Cultural and Creative Sectors, which was signed by 105 members of the European Parliament and 312 associations, including ECSA and 41 ECSA member organisations. I you want to support the open letter, you can sign this petition.


 

 

WORLDWIDE Initiatives for music creators

KEA provides an overview of policy measures for the cultural sector in Europe and North America.

On the move – cultural mobility information network has published an overview of funding schemes, statements, campaigns and petitions around the world.

Shopify has created an overview of governmental initiatives worldwide.

Spotify has established a fund to support artists of up to $10m that relies on donations. The financial aid will then be distributed through Help Musicians, MusiCares and PRS Foundation.

The US music and entertainment companies have addressed a joint letter to the US Congress asking for financial relief during the crisis.


 

COVID-19 responses from the music sector last updated on 10 July 2020; cover image by Olga Lionart.

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AUTHORS’ ORGANISATIONS JOINT STATEMENT on COVID-19

Brussels, 26th March 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic ravages our societies, including the cultural and creative sectors, authors’ organizations stand in solidarity with all those affected by the virus and we support measures taken to contain it.

 Our members – writers of all kinds, composers, songwriters, directors and cinematographers – have seen their industries come to a standstill and their livelihoods vanish in a matter of days. We urge decision-makers to include specific measures to help self-employed and freelance authors as they devise emergency measures in support of the Cultural and Creative industries heavily impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

As governments and public agencies are starting to announce much-needed support measures for businesses at risk, we urge decision-makers to avoid creating a worrying inequality between the employed and self-employed workers and freelance community.

Authors are not businesses nor employees and already face precarious working conditions and unstable income. They work, whichever sector they are in, from contract to contract, and those contracts are now being suspended or cancelled. We also believe that few working professional artists / authors have any resources – savings, investments, pensions – that they can rely on in difficult times.

As such, several essential issues need to be considered in devising specific support to help mitigate the impact of the ongoing crisis on the creative community:

  • Loss of work (postponed/cancelled ongoing work, or work that was due to start).
  • Limited ability to work due to illness, self-isolation or caring responsibilities (children, vulnerable persons).
  • Limited ability to work due to specificities of the craft (e.g. access to required equipment, crew, ability to travel).
  • Financial impact of work loss e.g. uncertainty on ongoing contracts’ payments, reduced rates, compensation for contract termination, insurance.
  • Managing living costs (rent, utilities, mortgage, loans, etc).
  • Freelance authors’ access to unemployment schemes or welfare benefits aimed at people without any income who do not have rights to unemployment benefits.
  • Securing future work, including alternative employment in or outside the sector.

As a result, emergency measures should include:

  • Immediate access to full sick pay including isolation periods for freelance workers,
  • Possibility for authors to be covered by public health insurance during the crisis and the aftermath,
  • Adjustment of unemployment schemes where available to ensure continued access,
  • Immediate access to guaranteed basic income such as welfare benefits aimed at people without any income who do not have rights to unemployment benefits,
  • Options for replacement income for the crisis period,
  • Deferment/support for living costs (e.g. rent, mortgage, loans),
  • Tax relief.

We call on the European institutions and all public authorities across Europe to ensure that such measures aimed at supporting freelancers, including authors, are encouraged and financially supported, with temporary amendments or exceptions of existing rules where necessary. We also encourage the EU to swiftly assess the devastating impact of this crisis on authors and provide recommendations to overcome their specific challenges.

As the current situation will also severely impact authors’ royalties payments, we welcome the announcements of emergency social funds from collective management organisations (CMOs) and encourage the use of non-distributable funds, private copying levies or cultural deductions to support authors during this unprecedented crisis.

While use of our work diminishes in public spaces it increases dramatically online. Arts and entertainment, the result of our work as creators, turns out to have a hugely important role in helping society to manage in times of crisis.

In this context, sustained royalties’ payment will play a key stabilizing role for European authors’ income: it has never been more necessary for authors to share in the economic success of their works and therefore to implement the principle of appropriate and proportionate remuneration a mandatory rule preventing the widespread malpractice of buy-out contracts in Europe.

Last but not least, we encourage all EU institutions to ensure that emergency funds provided by the EU are available to authors and to finally agree on a future EU budget (Multiannual financial framework 2021-2027) that can match Europe’s cultural needs and ambitions.

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As we stand in solidarity with those directly affected by the virus and on the frontlines, this unprecedented global crisis puts us all, individually and collectively, to the test. With fit-for-purpose support from EU and national authorities, we want to believe in the ability of our sectors to recover from this unprecedented crisis. As authors, our desire to create vibrant and diverse works for audiences across Europe and beyond will certainly drive us to find the necessary means to do so.

 


The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) represents over 30,000 professional composers and songwriters in 27 European countries. With over 60-member organizations across Europe, the Alliance speaks for the interests of music creators of art & classical music (contemporary), film & audiovisual music, as well as popular music.  composeralliance.org/

 

EWC, founded in 1977 in Germany and newly constituted in 2006 in Brussels as an international non-profit organisation, the European Writers’ Council is the federation of 45 European national organisations of professional writers and literary translators in all genres in 34 countries. EWC’s members represent more than 160,000 authors in the book sector. europeanwriterscouncil.eu/

 

The Federation of European Film Directors (FERA), founded in 1980, represents film and TV directors at European level, with 47 directors’ associations as members from 35 countries. We speak for more than 20,000 European screen directors, representing their cultural, creative and economic interests. www.filmdirectors.eu/

 

The Federation of Screenwriters Europe (FSE) is a network of national and regional associations, guilds and unions of writers for the screen in Europe, created in June 2001. It comprises 25 organisations from 19 countries, representing more than 7,000 screenwriters in Europe. federationscreenwriters.eu/

 

IMAGO is a global umbrella Federation for cinematographers supporting our members and their art through affiliation, participation and advocacy. www.imago.org/

 

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ECCO Call for Works for Luxembourg is here!

The new call for works for the ECCO concert in Luxembourg 2020 is here!

ECSA’s ECF committee members are kindly invited to participate in the Call for Works for the ECCO concert that will feature the United Instruments of Lucilin. The concert will take place at the Philharmonie de Luxembourg in Luxembourg on 6th October 2020

Please find all the details and necessary submission information here below as well as on the dedicated ECCO webpage:

Deadline for submission is Monday 1st June 2020 – 12:00pm (CEST).

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

NEWS FROM ECSA – February edition

 

 

EUROPEAN COMMISSION’S COMMUNICATIONS ON EUROPE’S DIGITAL FUTURE, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND DATA

 

On 19th February, the European Commission adopted several communications 1) the “umbrella” communication “Shaping Europe’s digital future”, 2) a “White Paper on Artificial Intelligence (AI) a European approach to excellence and trust” 3) a communication “A European strategy for data”. 

The first communication confirms the EC’s intention to review the E-commerce Directive and propose a “Digital Services Act to strengthen the responsibility of online platforms and clarify rules for online services”. It also announces a Media and audiovisual Action Plan “to support digital transformation and competitiveness of the audiovisual and media sector, to stimulate access to quality content and media pluralism” which could include the music sector as well.

The White Paper on AI announces a legislative proposal on AI by the end of the year and invites for comments through an open public consultation until 19 May 2020. While the White Paper is rather silent on the interplay between authors’ rights and AI, several European Parliament’s own initiative reports are also looking at AI, including from an IPR/authors rights and cultural perspectives. ECSA will contribute to those consultations and discussions.

The communication “A European strategy for data” aims at creating “a single market for data where data can flow within the EU and across sectors” where “European rules, in particular privacy and data protection, as well as competition law, are fully respected” and where “the rules for access and use of data are fair, practical and clear”. The issues mentioned in this paper and the initiatives announced are relevant for the use of block chain and metadata in the music sector.

 


 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS – MUSIC MOVES EUROPE: EDUCATION AND LEARNING

 

The new Music Moves Europe call focuses on “Music Education and Learning”. Its goal is to identify and support innovative approaches to music education and learning through cooperation between the music and the education sector. The objective is to test small-scale projects with a European dimension. The maximum grant per project will be EUR 30,000.00. The Commission expects to fund at least 8 proposals. Deadline to apply: 6th of April 2020.

 

 

 

ECSA AT THE BERLINALE

ECSA Secretary General Marc du Moulin attended the Berlinale on 24 and 25 of February. On 24 February, Marc had the pleasure to participate to the Nordic Film Music Days & Harpa (see below for more information). On 25 February, he delivered a presentation on the Copyright Directive at an event organised by Music Publishers Canada and the Screen Composers Guild of Canada at the Canadian Embassy to Germany. This event also featured panel discussions on music, publishing, supervision and sync in Germany and has been a great opportunity to exchange with Canadian composers and publishers around many topics of common interest on both sides of the Atlantic.

 

 

 

CREATORS CONFERENCE & CAMILLE AWARDS 2020 AFTERMOVIES

 

We are happy to share with you the official aftermovies of the Creators Conference and Camille Awards 2020. Here is the playlist with all the panels from the conference. A big thank you to everybody who contributed to the success of the events and of course to all our guests for attending!

 

 

 

EFMD 2020 – SAVE THE DATE!

 

Don’t miss the last edition of the European Film Music Day (EFMD) in the framework of the Cannes Film Festival on 18 May 2020 at FNAC Cannes followed by a reception at Plage Quinzaine! This year’s talking points will be on the creative process, the advertising behind the creation of a film as well as audiovisual contracts and the practice of buyouts. The EFMD brings together audio-visual composers, film directors, producers and professionals alike.

 

 

 

CAPACITY TRIANGLE 2020 – SAVE THE DATE!

 

Join us at Haagse Toren, The Hague on 31st March for a day of empowerment for composers! The Capacity Triangle is dedicated to any composers that are eager to foster their entrepreneurial, digital, copyright and publishing skills. Inspiring pitches, panel discussions, and networking opportunities will provide the audience with the necessary tips and knowledge to face the challenges of the 2020 evolving music scene. This edition is organised in partnership with ECSA Dutch Member organisations: Nieuw Geneco, BAM!, VCTN, BCMM

 

 

 

3 NEW ECSA WELCOME HUBS

We are happy to welcome three more Welcome Hubs in Amsterdam, Cologne and Zagreb to our network. ECSA Welcome Hubs across Europe offer welcome and support to fellow composers and songwriters from the network, an action supported by the Creative Europe Programme.

 

 

 

HARPA- NORDIC FILM MUSIC DAYS

 

From 23rd to 24th February, the Nordic Film Music Days, a two day gathering of film and media composers from all the Nordic countries, took place in Berlin featuring seminars on topics like the film industry, creative processes, business and crossover as well as the Harpa 2020 Award show. The Norwegian composer Gaute Storaas received the Harpa award for Best Nordic film composer for his work on Colin Nutley’s TV series A Wedding, Funeral and a Christening at the closing night of the Nordic Film Music Days.

 

 

 

INFERNO MUSIC CONFERENCE

 

ECSA’s EU Affairs and Programme Manager Alicja Swierczek will hold a presentation on the benefits of joining a songwriter society at the Inferno Music Conference (9th – 10th April 2020) – a metal music network event in Oslo. If you want to find out how this is connected to the EU Copyright Directive, join her in Oslo on 9th April 2020.

 

 

 

BUMA MUSIC IN MOTION

 

The 10th edition of BUMA MUSIC IN MOTION will be organised on 19 May (award show) and 20 May (conference) in Amsterdam. BMIM is a platform for the innovative use of music in media, where exchanging knowledge and maintaining your network are the focus points. Some of this year’s speakers are video game composer Yoko Shimomura, multi award-winning music supervisor Catherine Grieves (Faber Music) and music supervisor Ben Sumner (Feel for Music). Early bird tickets are now available until 5 April.

 

 

 

BELGIAN MUSIC DAYS

 

The Belgian Music Days 2020 feature Belgian classical, jazz and cross-over repertoire from 1830 to today and will take place from 4 to 7 March in Mons. The artistic committee of the Belgian Music Days is composed of representatives of Componisten Archipel Vlaanderen (ComAV), du Forum des Compositeurs, Kunstenpunt, Point Culture, Matrix, ISCM Vlaanderen et l’Union des Compositeurs Belges.

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PRESS RELEASE: AT ECSA’S CREATORS CONFERENCE, EUROPEAN CREATORS CALL FOR AN AMBITIOUS AND FAITHFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE COPYRIGHT DIRECTIVE AT NATIONAL LEVEL

                                                                  Brussels, 4th February 2020

Creators, EU policy makers and stakeholders gathered in Brussels to discuss present and future policies affecting European creators’ lives.

On 3rd February 2020, the Creators Conference 2020, held under the patronage of the European Parliament, took place at the Vaudeville Theater in Brussels. Organised by the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance, the event welcomed 150 participants for panel discussions around the most pressing policy issues concerning European creators nowadays.

ECSA President Alfons Karabuda started the conference by thanking the European institutions for the adoption of the Copyright Directive. “Europe made a promise and it delivered.” Then Viviane Hoffmann, Deputy Director General of DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of the European Commission, who represented Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth as keynote speaker of the conference, opened the discussions by outlining the plans of the Commission for supporting the music sector.

Introducing the first panel entitled “Europe’s strategies for the creative and cultural sectors”, Jean-Noël Tronc (CEO, Sacem) stressed the need for a swift implementation of the Copyright Directive at national level to guarantee the right protection for creators against the big online platforms. During the panel, MEP Niklas Nienaß, highlighted that “creators are at the very origin of the economic strength of the cultural and creative sectors, yet their contribution is still undervalued both politically and economically.” MEP Tomasz Frankowski stressed the importance of the Creative Europe Programme: “Together with my colleagues at the EP, I will do my utmost to defend an ambitious budget dedicated to the Creative Europe programme 2021-2027 as I believe that European culture is the best vehicle to promote European values and European integration.” Barbara Gessler, Head of Unit for Creative Europe at the EC, explained that the objective of Music Moves Europe is to make European talent visible to the European citizens.

Before the second panel, Alfons Karabuda discussed with the representative of IBM Nordic Lars Wiigh about AI’s contribution to creativity. According to Wiigh: ”The people who develop AI are like composers: creative, innovative and curious. I believe in the collaboration between the human brain and the vast potential of AI”.
 
The topic of the second panel was the implementation of the EU Copyright Directive focusing on the provision of the liability of online content sharing service providers. Marco Giorello, Head of the Copyright Unit at the European Commission, explained that most of the Member States are in a preliminary phase for the implementation of the Directive, but he also highlighted how “we should be proud of what we have done. Our goal was bringing more fairness into the copyright environment and we did it”.

The last panel discussed buy-out contracts in the music and audiovisual sector. Pauline Durand-Vialle, CEO of FERA (Federation of European Film Directors) stated: “Buy-out contracts have a negative impact on freelance authors to build sustainable careers and develop new projects. Authors take significant risk in creating new works: they should therefore be entitled to a share in their economic success”. MEP Iban Garcia del Blanco, added to this: “All EU Member States should now engage in an ambitious and faithful implementation of the Copyright Directive to guarantee that all creators can fully benefit from the exploitation of their works”.

The Creators Conference 2020 was co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and supported by NOPA, GEMA, SACEM, STIM, PRS, ZAIKS, BUMA, Finnish Music Creators’ Association, the Society of Finnish Composers, TEOSTO, MPA Finland and Sabam.
 

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 The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) represents over 30,000 professional composers and songwriters in 28 European countries. With more than 60 members organisations across Europe, the Alliance speaks for the interests of music creators of art & classical music (contemporary), film & audiovisual music, as well as popular music.

Please click here for the PDF version of this press release.

For more information contact ECSA EU Affairs and Programme Manager Alicja Swierczek at alicja.swierczek@composeralliance.org