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Capacity Triangle

The project aims at building capacities to foster the professional adaption of music creators and empowering creators through knowledge.

The project takes the form of seminars and webinars and focuses on three areas of learning:

  • Digital skills: in order to get familiarised with digital tools and business models.
  • Entrepreneurial skills: because most composers work on an individual basis and few of them have any knowledge on self-employment and social security law when they first step into the world of professional composing and song writing.
  • Copyright and publishing skills: in order to ensure that music creators get an opportunity to learn about copyright contracts and publishing rights.

On May 21st 2021, ECSA organised a Capacity Triangle webinar on “The intersection of Music & Tech. Promotion and remuneration on digital platforms & social media: what tools should music creators be on the lookout for?

The global health crisis has highlighted the importance of digital and the fundamental need to adapt to new technologies. Now more than ever, music creators must develop their skills to take advantage of the opportunities that digital offers in terms of promotion and remuneration. This webinar focused on how as a music maker, you can build and nurture an online audience, while learning about opportunities offered by new platforms and social media. The attendees learned new ways on how to connect to the online composer & songwriter community, how to enhance their professional career or how to pitch and sync their music. 

The session was moderated by Helienne Lindvall, an award-winning professional songwriter, musician and music and media writer for publications, also the Chair of the Songwriter Committee & Board Director at one of ECSA’s members: The Ivors Academy

The speakers for this edition were: 

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On March 29th 2021,  ECSA organised a new edition of the Capacity Triangle on “How can we improve authors’ contracts? Best practices and examples of collective bargaining agreements in France & Germany”. 

Now more than ever, individual authors do not only face precarious working conditions, low and unstable income, but also a very weak bargaining position vis-à-vis their contractual counterparts. In some EU Member States, music authors’ associations and their counterparts (in particular music publishers) have tried to address this situation by negotiating and signing collective bargaining agreements (CBAs). Those agreements – which also exist in other creative sectors – aim at promoting a more balanced and transparent framework for the contractual relationship between both parties. As the 2019 Copyright Directive very much encourages such collective mechanisms, the objective of this webinar is to showcase different examples of collective bargaining agreements in France (with the “Code des usages”) and in Germany, analyse the lessons learned from those experiences, and encourage their development in Europe.

The speakers for this edition were:

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On November 25th-26th 2020, ECSA organised a new webinar edition in collaboration with EMMA – European Music Managers Alliance, on "Creators and their Managers. How to make it or break it".

During this webinar, the speakers discussed how managers can help creators protecting their interests, improve their business skills and navigate through the music business. They also discussed common policy goals to achieve a fairer remuneration of creators and the new threats and opportunities brought in by the pandemic. 

Panel I – Creators’ and managers’ personal experiences and practical entrepreneurial tips

Moderated by Anna Lidell (ECSA, CIAM).

Panel II – Remuneration and working conditions of music creators during the pandemic

Moderated by Anna Lidell (ECSA, CIAM).

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