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Creators Conference 2015

23 February 2015
Bozar (Rue Ravenstein 23, Bruxelles)
Creators Conference 2015

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08:30 - 09:15 Registration

Registration and welcome coffee

09:15 - 09:30 Introduction

By Mario Perez Amigo

09:30 - 09:45 Welcome speeches
Alfons Karabuda (Composer, IMC President) (SE)
Paul Dujardin (BE)
09:45 - 10:00 Opening address

Opening address by Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport. 

Tibor Navracsics (HU)
10:00 - 11:00 Session 1 - "Creativity building community"

10.00 - 10.10
Introductory Video testimonies

A candid and refreshing perspective on music creation, music creators and authors rights by future generations.

10.10 - 10.45

What is the role of creators in today’s societies? This discussion, we will illustrate how music creators contribute to vibrant democracies, how they help build bridges across communities and how they act as cement for societies.

10.45 - 11.00
"The right to freedom of artistic expression and creativity" - Skype intervention

Ms. Farida Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, will present progress made since the UN report on the right to freedom of artistic expression and creativity.

Farida Shaheed (PK)
Ingrid Kindem (NO)
Ramy Essam (EG)
11:00 - 12:00 Session 2 - "Keeping Europe at the Forefront"

11.00 - 11.15
Introduction : “The review of the EU copyright framework: the perspective of MEPs”

By Dietmar Köster (MEP)  

11.15 - 12.00
Discussion - “A creative agenda for the copyright review”

Music creators and EU policymakers will exchange views on the ongoing review of the EU copyright framework.

Michael Price (GB)
Dietmar Köster (DE)
Patrick Ager (AT)
12:00 - 12:30 Session 3 - "Invent and Invest - The nature of a Composer"

Three composers will show they are more than great artists; they are also resourceful inventors and wise investors.

Kjartan Olaffson – Calmus

Jean Marc Ledermann - Kollector 

Frederick Rousseau - Electronic music composer

Kjartan Ólafsson (IS)
Jean Marc Lederman (BE)
Frederick Rousseau (FR)
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 - 14:15 Session 4 - "'All in all, just another brick in the wall? International collaboration of creators"

A case study illustrating that all music creators are “Composers without borders”.

Maria Marcus (SE)
14:15 - 15:15 Session 5 - "Can 'fair' ever be unbalanced?"

Creators are like a rising tide for all actors of the value chain. Improve their conditions and a thousand flowers will bloom.

Presentation on « The economic value of Culture and Creativity for the EU » by GESAC

Introduction by European Commission of results of survey on remuneration of authors and fair contracts

The European Commission will present the preliminary findings of the survey it has commissioned on the remuneration of authors and fair contracts.


Presentations and exchange of views on good practice and positive examples of fair remuneration in the music industry.

Maria Martin - Prat (GB)
Christophe Depreter (BE)
Jeremy Cox (GB)
15:15 - 15:45 Session 6 - "Everything you've always wanted to know about music creators (But Were Afraid to Ask)"

A rapid fire Q&A session with Kasper Winding. 

Kasper Winding (DK)
15:45 - 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 - 16:15 Cultural break - Presentation of the "Exquisite Scorpse" project

Exquiste Scorpse is an exciting pan European musical creation. The concept is to create a multi territorial musical piece. It will highlight the inventiveness, the diversity and the richness of the European musical creation. The principle of “Exquisite Scorpse” (from “score” and “corpse”) is an adaptation of the “Exquisite Corpse game” to the musical creation.

Seven internationally renowned composers and songwriters are taking part in this musical creation. The resulting piece will be conducted by Franck Vagagnée live for its “Grand Premiere” during The Creators conference.

16:15 - 16:45 Session 7 - "Creators Conference 2025: the crystal ball session"

What is the future of the music creation? Our guest speakers will share their views on the future of music with the public. 

Ruta Vitkaustaike (LT)
Julie Ward (GB)
Matthias Hornschuh (DE)
From 16:45 Closing - Conference wrap-up
Alfons Karabuda (Composer, IMC President) (SE)

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