NEWS FROM ECSA – January Edition

ECSA at Eurosonic Noorderslag

On 14th January, ECSA’s Creators Talks called for an open debate on the business and revenue models in the music industry and discussed the way of how a ‘fair music value chain’ can be created at the Eurosonic Noorderslag conference.

During the talks, all panelists agreed that a first good step for a fair value chain is the implementation of the EU Copyright Directive. It was pointed out that legislative actions can only go so far, so solidarity within the industry is needed – something that starts with transparent deals with digital service providers. Moreover, it was highlighted that all stakeholders of the music business will be required to come together in order to discuss the repartition of the streaming pie, as well as review the dangers of  streaming revenue getting lost for example due to metadata issues.

The discussion accumulated 212 unique viewers and was moderated by songwriter and performer Aafke Romeijn (BAM! Popauteurs). The panel included ECSA board member and songwriter Arriën Molema, Executive Chair of the European association of independent music companies (Impala) Helen Smith, Chief Executive of the Music Managers Forum (MMF) Annabella Coldrick, of-Counsel to Independent Music Publishers International Forum (IMPF) Ger Hatton, and co-founder and Managing Director of Complete Music Update Chris Cooke.

On 13th January, ECSA President Alfons Karabuda participated at “The New Copyright Rules – Finally fit for the Digital World?” panel, as well. He highlighted the importance of the Copyright Directive, which promotes a rebalancing of the value share for music authors, as well as the increasing value of music and culture. However, he underlined that music authors are not benefiting from this increase, even though they create the content that the middlemen use to build their business on.

#RebuildingEurope study by GESAC & EY

The European Grouping of Authors’ Societies (GESAC) and EY released the Rebuilding Europe study: The cultural and creative economy before and after the COVID-19 crisis

The study looks at how the Covid- 19 crisis is having a massive impact on the entire Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) value chain and helps to understand the creative economy’s untapped potential for a post-COVID recovery. In terms of figures, the study shows that the cultural and creative economy lost approximately 31% of its revenues in 2020. The shockwaves of COVID-19 are felt in all CCIs but performing arts (-90%) and music (-76%) are the most impacted sectors. The study foresees a loss of around 35% in royalties collected by collective management organisations (CMOs) for authors and performers, whose revenues will be sharply reduced in 2021 and 2022. The main recommendations for the recovery are 1) massive public funding for creators and the CCIs 2) ensuring fair remuneration and sustainable conditions for creators and cultural diversity 3) use the CCIs as a major accelerator of social & environmental transitions in Europe.

Read how culture can be part of the solution here.

The European Commission moves forward on the interplay between collective bargaining agreements and competition law

On 6th January, the European Commission published an inception impact assessment on the interplay between competition law and the ability of self-employed and freelance individuals (including authors and performers) to engage in collective bargaining

This impact assessment foresees different options to enable an improvement of working conditions through collective bargaining agreements for the “solo self-employed” and will be followed by a public consultation. Indeed, as several national competition authorities have considered that freelance authors are “undertakings” under competition law – which, as such, cannot engage in those agreements – the application of competition law has often prevented music creators to engage into collective bargaining agreements with their contractual counterparts. Since the 2019 Copyright Directive (Articles 18 to 23) very much encourages collective bargaining agreements to reach the level of protection and enforce the rights provided by the Directive, ECSA has already highlighted this inherent contradiction and encouraged the European Commission to ensure the application and interpretation of EU competition no longer prevent authors to engage in collective bargaining agreements.

4 Days To Online ECCO Concert Feat. Slagwerk Den Haag 

ECSA is pleased to announce the 16th edition of the ECCO concert, taking place online on 2nd February 2021.

ECSA is ready to welcome you to the 17th edition of the ECCO concert with Slagwerk Den Haag – an evening full of creativity, music, and composers from different corners of Europe! The concert will be streamed on ECSA’s YouTube channel on 2nd February at 20:00 CET, featuring the works of six composers: 

  • Age Veeroos (Estonia)
  • Davor Branimir Vincze (Croatia)
  • Katharina Roth (Austria)
  • Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard (Denmark)
  • Petra Strahovnik (Slovenia)
  • Thierry de Mey (Belgium)

Make sure you mark your participation on our Facebook event, so that you stay updated on all details and get duly notified with the link to the stream. 

Harpa Nordic Film Composers Award 2021

From Saturday 13th February  – Thursday 18th  February, Nordic Film Music Days invites you to meet the Nordic composers, watch the nominated films, and learn about sustainable contracts and how to use platforms to go out in the world with your music through seminars and lectures!

Full program and links for registrations will be available from February 1st at Nordic Film Music Days’ website

Taskforce Culture – Switzerland 

Representatives from our members: SONART (Swiss Music Association) and SMECA (Swiss Media Composers Association) became part of the Taskforce Culture, which was created for a specific need for mutual exchange and joint intervention at the beginning of the first Covid-19 related lockdown in Switzerland in mid-March 2020.

The five umbrella organisations Suisseculture, Suisseculture Sociale, Cultura, Swiss Music Council and Cinesuisse are also represented. SMECA is represented in the group and in the past has raised awareness for film music composers’ specific interests. With many productions postponed or cancelled, it is important to highlight the implications that are connected to the closing of cinemas, travel restrictions and the possible decline of commissioned music.

The group has and continues to contribute strongly to the Federal implementation of economic measures to support composers and the cultural sector in general. As the pandemic situation develops, Task Force Culture is in exchange with the Swiss Science Task Force and the Swiss government and government administration about strategies to reopen the cultural field.

For more information, visit their website.

Baltic Contemporary Music Network Launches New Festival: Baltic Music Days

This spring, Estonian Music Days will host the first Baltic Music Days in Tallinn and Tartu, from 22nd April to 2nd May, also available to experience worldwide via streaming! 

The festival, dedicated to Baltic contemporary music, was initiated by the Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian Composers’ Unions. An umbrella organisation the Baltic Contemporary Music Network was established in 2019 with the aim of jointly developing the international visibility of outstanding Baltic musicians and composers. The festival will start rotating between the Baltic states and will take place in a different country and its various cities each year. 

For more information on programmes and tickets, visit their site here.

International Songwriters Day Song Contest 

The International Songwriters Day Song Contest opened on 28th December 2020 and runs until 2nd April 2021. They are seeking songs of “inspiration” as well as indie music videos. Winners will be announced on International Songwriters Day, on 9th April 2021

The contest is open to writers all around the world, from all levels of experience. Check the awards & prizes and more on their website as well as their social media (Facebook & Twitter) !

Ask Clara – database

Ask Clara (Demandez à Clara) is a database developed by Présences Compositrice, an initiative dedicated to the promotion of female composers and their work. The platform contains more than 9000 works from female composers across all eras and various nationalities, including electroacoustic, instrumental, vocal, chamber music and orchestral repertoire. The database owes its name to Clara Schumann, pianist and composer as well as wife of the 19th century composer Robert Schumann. For more information, please visit the Présences Compositrice website.

Soundtrack_Cologne – Call for entries for SEE THE SOUND and PEER RABEN MUSIC AWARD

SoundTrack_Cologne is a major European congress for music and sound in film, games, TV and multimedia in general. SEE THE SOUND, the film festival of SoundTrack_Cologne invites all film makers, producers and distributors to submit films with a focus on music. The deadline for submissions is 15th March 2021. For more information, please check here.

In 2021, SoundTrack_Cologne 18 will again present the PEER RABEN MUSIC AWARD for the best music in a short film, and invites film composers and filmmakers to submit their short films with their original compositions by 12th April 2021. For more information, please see here.

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