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.
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)
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)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com until 31st October 2020. To find out more, see here.
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.
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.
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)
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.