NEWS FROM ECSA – August edition


Berlin, Germany – April 25: Symbolic photo on the topic of upload filter. An youtube icon for blocked content can be seen on a screen on April 25, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo Illustration by Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images)

Google threatens to remove all Danish music from YouTube

On 30 July, Google has threatened to take down all Danish music from YouTube in the middle of negotiations with the Nordic alliance of collecting societies, Polaris Nordic on the use of music on YouTube. The reason is that Koda refuses Google’s demand which asks for a 70% reduction in the payments provided to composers and songwriters for the interim extension of its existing agreement. . Koda’s media director, Kaare Struve, says in their press release: ‘Google has always taken an “our way or the highway” approach, but even for Google, this is a low point.’ ECSA stands with Denmark’s music creators in those negotiations and condemns Google’s attempts to leverage its market dominance over the music market. In that regard, ECSA calls once again for a swift and ambitious implementation of Article 17 of the Copyright Directive to clarify and strengthen the obligations of digital platforms regarding music authors’ rights. See here what we demand. 


ECCO Call for Works still ongoing

The next ECCO concert will take place as planned in Luxembourg on 6th October at the Philarmonie. While we’re tirelessly working with our member organisation from Luxembourg, FLAC to prepare to hold the concert with all the appropriate safety measures, we want to remind you that the call for works for the next ECCO concert is still ongoing.


Open call – Developing & promoting European music export

This call for tenders builds on the study on European music export under the 2018 Preparatory action “ Music Moves Europe: Boosting European music diversity and talent”. The general objective of this Call is to increase knowledge of and experiment with new approaches to European music export through the pilot implementation of certain elements of that proposed strategy. The results will inform possible future actions to implement the sectorial support for music and international dimension of the future Creative Europe Programme 2021-2027. The implementation of the activities of this tender is expected to take place in a post-Covid-19 environment and therefore take into consideration the feasible options and potential limitations related to it.

Call for proposal: Music Moves Europe

To implement the 2020 Preparatory action “Music Moves Europe: Boosting European music diversity and talent” (with a budget of €2.5 million), the Commission will select one consortium that will implement a support scheme that redistributes grants to recipients in the music sector, based on a needs assessment. The actions to be implemented should contribute to a green, digital, a just and resilient recovery of the European music ecosystem after COVID-19. Read more here. Deadline to apply is 30th September.


The International Composers’ Competition

Due to the epidemic in Poland and sanitary regime in cultural institutions, the final concert of the Mieczysław Karłowicz International Composers’ Competition cannot take place on the initially scheduled day. The organizers of the Competition, ZAiKS and the Philharmonic in Szczecin, decided to change the date of the final concert to 19th March, 2021. The time for submitting applications is extended until 31st October, 2020 (until 23h59 UTC+01:00). Results of the first stage will be announced by 15th December, 2020, and the new deadline for the submission of the orchestral parts is 1st February, 2021. Amendments remain in force in the Regulations.


The ECSA Gender Equality Charter is now available in Spanish!

The charter is a set of commitments aimed at improving the conditions and advancement of women composers and songwriters in the music industry and is meant to inspire ECSA member organisations and other stakeholders to take action and act to change the gender imbalance we experience in the music industry today. Please have look here to read the charter in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish, as well as to find out more on ECSA gender policies.


Webinars from the Center for Applied Music Research

The Center for Applied Music Research of the Danube University Krems deals with all forms of contemporary music creation in teaching and research. The Center also offers different online workshops for music professionals surveying key aspects of international music business developments. On 3rd September, there will be a one-day webinar on “ IP & Entertainment Law for Music Professionals” to examine important aspects of international intellectual property and entertainment law relevant to many areas and professional roles in the music industry. On the 18th September, instead, a webinar on “ Artist Management in 2020” will focus on highlighting the challenges artist managers have to face nowadays


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