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.
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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.
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:
- 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”.
- 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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.