News from Brussels – January 2019

Copyright Directive: No agreement reached yet but negotiations are intensifying.

On 18 January 2019, Member States were not yet ready to agree on the Council’s position on some of the provisions of the Copyright Directive. As a result, the last trilogue meeting between the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council, foreseen on 21 January, was canceled. Member States (most notably France and Germany) are now making their best efforts to reach an agreement amongst themselves and finally find a deal with the European Commission and the European Parliament in the coming days. Despite this delay, the European Commission, the Romanian Presidency of the Council, as well as the rapporteur Mr. Voss have shown their willingness to get an agreement as soon as possible. In order to get the Directive adopted before the next European elections, it is key that the three EU Institutions find a deal by mid-February. Once a deal is reached, the European Parliament will have to adopt it (before the next European elections in May) before it can finally be formally adopted by the EU. ECSA is continuously very much engaged in favor of the Copyright Directive. Please see below our efforts.


Authors’ Group Open Letter in support of the Copyright Directive

On 28 January, ECSA finalized an Authors’ Group open letter (see here) with its members (FERA, FSE, EFJ and EWC) to advocate for an agreement and underline the importance of the Chapter 3 provisions (fair remuneration for authors and performers). Please make sure to spread the word and share the news! NEW WEBSITE


As for Article 13 of the Copyright Directive (transfer of value/value gap), ECSA has worked with various partners on a dedicated website to promote the facts regarding Article 13 and counter the fake news and the tech industry campaign against it. Please make sure to spread the word and share the news!



Only 20 days to the #ECCO Concert and there are still seats available!

Don’t forget to reserve your spot by writing an email to:

Check our Press release right here.



ECSA is happy to hold this unique workshop giving a glimpse into composers’ heads at “Le Senghor, Centre Culturel d’Etterbeek” on 18th February 2019.

Here we present the updated schedule:
14:00-14:45 Talia Amar, Triangulation (piano)
14:45-15:30 Sampo Haapamäki, Logo (violin)
15:30-16:15 Gaëlle Hyernaux , Avatar (cello)
16:15-17:15 Jan Flessel, 3 Depictions of Night (piano, cello et violin)
– Break
19:15-20:15 Gilles Doneux, Defragmentation 2 (tutti)
20:15-21:00 Maija Hynninen, Winnowing (piano)

Entrance is free, reservation is mandatory via


Meeting of the Advisory Board on two studies in the context of the Preparatory Action “Music Moves Europe”



On 18 January 2019, the members of the advisory board discussed two forthcomings studies on 1) the feasibility of a European Music Observatory and 2) analysis of market trends and gaps in funding needs for the music sector in Europe. In case you are interested in contributing to those studies, we and the research team would very much welcome your input (please see the info sent by the ECSA office and do not hesitate to contact us for more information).



ECSA is excited to announce that the 2019 edition of the Capacity Triangle is finally here! This year the event will take place on the 25th March at the  Beursschouwburg in Brussels.

An exciting day for composers and musicians organised in partnership with one of ECSA Belgian members, GALM #UnitingArtistsinMusic and more partners!

More information on the Event will soon be available on ECSA’s website!


European Film Music Day: Save the Date!

Picture of the event : European Film Music Day a la FNAC. Credit: © Guillaume Lutz/Quinzaine des Réalisateurs

Mark your calendars! This year the European Film Music Day will take place in Cannes on 20 May 2019.

The European Film Music Day (EFMD) is a one day event bringing together audio-visual composers, film directors, producers and professionals alike. It is held in the framework of the Cannes Film Festival on a yearly basis.

More information on the event will soon be available on ECSA’s website!


UNAC launches 404 CREATORS NOT FOUND Campaign

Are you a creator? Take a picture and get the chance to be featured in UNAC+ECSA campaign!!
The idea is to put forward a pro authors message in favor of the Copyright Directive, easy to understand on social networks (notably on Instagram and on Twitter).
The process is the following:

An author takes a picture of himself handing a tablet, laptop or smartphone on whose screen is displayed the message “404 ERROR, CREATORS NOT FOUND” (referring to the absence of content error). Preferably the background of the picture would showcase a well know place, such as a famous monument or square;
You would send the picture and the name of the Author, his function/job, and the location of the picture to,, and
UNAC and ECSA will then use several hashtags such as #noCreatorsNoInternet, #createyourinternet, #SaYestothe#CopyrightDirective and publish it tagging various MEPs from the countries corresponding to the picture.

Image credit: UNAC 


ECSA X BAM! on Eurosonic/Noorderslag

In the picture from left to right: Aafke Romeijn, Silvina Munich, Natalia Vergara, Jess Partridge, Sine Tofte Hannibal and Pauwke Berkers. Image Credit: Natalia Vergara 

Together with Buma/Stemra, BAM! organized a panel on gender diversity in the music industry at Eurosonic/Noorderslag: “Pushing for change from within: how we move forward for gender equality in the music industry.  Moderator Aafke Romeijn (BAM! and APCOE member) invited ECSA members Sine Tofte Hannibal and Natalia Vergara amongst others to talk about different strategies to increase gender diversity in pop music. Both Sine and Natalia and Aafke are part of the ECSA Gender Diversity Working Group. Natalia talked about her female composers collective Señoritas On Fire and AMCE, the Female Composers Association initiated. Sine elaborated on research she did on the gender gap in classical repertoire. The panel was very well attended gave an inspiring overview on different modi operandi and their effectiveness. Concluding we could say that by now there’s enough research and evidence to state the music business has a problem with diversity, and it’s time to take affirmative action to improve the industry.



In connection with the upcoming Berlinale, HARPA Nordic Film Music Days will once again take place at Nordische Botchaften in Berlins Tiergarten area. More than 50 Nordic composers will be present.
In cooperation with NORWAY HOUSE, close to European Film Market, Nordic composers will speed meet directors and producers, have a meet and greet and at the embassy area, there will be seminars and lectures.

Click here to read about the Harpa Awards.


UNAC invited to represent authors and composers at the UPAD

From left to right in the picture :David Ribotti, dubbing author, Claire Giraudin from Sacem Université, Vanessa Bertran, dubbing author, and chairwoman of UPAD
© Olivier Delevingne

UNAC was invited to represent authors and composers at the UPAD (French Guild of Dubbing Authors) professional author’s right day on January 18th in Dijon, Burgundy, France. Together, these professional organizations have informed the authors about the recent reforms that affect their social protection, and about collective management, with the collaboration of Sacem also present. The debate on the stakes of the European directive was also one of the topics that were widely discussed.


The ECSA Staff welcomes Alfonso Guerra!

Image credit: Alfonso Guerra

We are very happy to introduce you to our new trainee!

Alfonso Guerra is a twenty-seven-year-old composer based in Brussels, student in his last year of his master’s degree at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles! Alfonso joined the ECSA team in Brussels at the beginning of January to support with the upcoming projects! Let’s make him feel welcomed.


Classical:NEXT reveals PROGRAMME

Image Credit: Classical:NEXT© Michael Mann

The conference announced the first parts of its programme, including an opening ceremony curated by Composer and National Sawdust co-founder and artistic director Paola Prestini. The Classical:NEXT Innovation Awards will celebrate women in music in honour of the 200th birthday of German pianist and composer Clara Schumann.

ECSA is happy to partner up with Nieuw Geneco to give young composers the opportunity in taking part in the international platform for exchange, debate & collaboration that Classical:NEXT provides. Each composer is paired with a Classical:NEXT-insider, who will introduce the composers to the community (and vice versa), bringing them into personal contact with relevant individuals and organizations as well as exchanging knowledge. For more information, see here.


*** *** ***





About ECSA:

The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) represents over 30,000 professional composers and songwriters in 26 European countries. With 54 member 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.

For the News from Brussels in pdf format, please click here



Latest News

NEWS FROM ECSA – March Edition

Authors’ Group position on MEP Semedo’s report on the situation of artists in Read More

Authors Group Position – European Parliament’s report on the situation of artists and the cultural recovery in the EU

15th March 2021 The Authors’ Group is Europe’s leading Authors’ network representing Read More

NEWS FROM ECSA – February Edition

The Launch of the “Your Music Your Future” International campaign ECSA Read More