News from the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance on Advocacy work and activities in the music and culture sector - June edition




Conferences – Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU

ECSA Secretary General Marc du Moulin participated to two conferences organized by the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU in Bucharest on 19th, 20th and 21st June 2019.  The first conference “new challenges regarding Copyright in the Digital Single Market” was an opportunity to discuss the future implementation of the recently adopted Copyright Directive whereas the second one focused on the opportunities and challenges of the Music Sector in the Digital era. Marc intervened as a panelist during the two conferences and recalled the key role played by ECSA and its members on the Copyright Directive. He underlined the most important provisions of the Directive for music authors, most notably Articles 17, 19 and 22 and called on Member States to engage in a swift and ambitious implementation at national level.



Journées de la Creation #J2CRÉATION

On 27th and 28th June 2019, ECSA Secretary General Marc du Moulin participated to the “Creation days” (“Journées de la Création”), in Lyon. This two-day event organized by various French cultural organisations (in particular SACEM with the support of ECSA French Members SNAC, UCMF and UNAC) was dedicated to the implementation of the Copyright Directive and the forthcoming challenges for the cultural and creative sectors, both at European level and in France. Social protection (in particular pensions schemes) for authors in France and the next audiovisual law were also amongst the main issues discussed in Lyon.



ECSA Session: Stockholm edition

ECSA has the pleasure to announce that its Autumn Session will be taking place from the 7th to the 9th of October 2019 in Stockholm, hosted by Skap (The Swedish Society of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) and FST (The Swedish Society of Composers). The Session will consist of the usual committee meetings and the General Assembly, but also with a deeper focus on strategic issues at the ECSA Future Lab. The meetings will be accompanied by cultural events like a welcome reception, the ECCO workshop and concert featuring the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet . The latter will take place at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. PC: Raphael Andres



EAM Showcase – Composers’ Directory

The European Music Council organised a showcase on the European Agenda for Music (EAM) on the 12th-13th June  in Warsaw, Poland. The panels and meetings focused on the key themes, projects and activities that address priorities of the European Agenda for Music (EAM). In this frame, ECSA presented the Composers Directory, a digital platform which composers can use to  connect and promote their music sheets with music schools, music colleges as well as higher education institutions.



Soundtrack Cologne

Only a few days left to get the Early Bird Ticket for SoundTrack_Cologne 16. The Deadline is 1st July, 2019 CEST. As every year, the conference will be divided in the three different themed days “Music for Games” (29th August), “Music for Film” (30th August) and “Music for TV Series” (31st August). Within the scope of the Theme Day “Music for Film”, composers such as Amelia Warner (“Mary Shelley”), John Murphy (“28 Days Later…”) and Davíð Þór Jónsson (“Woman at War”) will be exchanging about their upcoming projects, personal experiences and will be available for questions from the audience. PC: Simona Supino




The annual general assembly of UNAC took place on 3rd June 2019 at the SACEM. At this occasion, the new executive board was elected. From left to right, starting from the top: Patrick Lemaître, vice president // Christine Lidon, vice president // Marco Attali, administrator // Sandra Bechtel, vice president // Olivier Dezlevingne, president // Alain Chamfort, administrator // Laure Desbre, administrator // Dominique Dalcan, administrator // Anne Goldstein, administrator // Michel Pelay, administrator // Raphaël Pottier, administrator // Jean-Marie Moreau, honorary presidentAt the bottom: Frédéric Kocourek, vice president // Benjamin Bleton, assistant treasurer // Dominique Pankratoff, honorary president // Laurent Juillet, general secretary // Anne Dorr, assistant general secretary // Patrick Sigwalt, administrator. Unfortunately, absent from the picture: Wally Badarou, treasurer // Richard Seff, administrator



Statement from the Nordic Council of Composers’ meeting in Copenhagen

On 6th June, the Nordic Council of Composers and representatives from the various composer associations’ administrations in the Nordic countries met in Copenhagen. From the meeting, the Nordic Council of Composers has the following statement:

The Nordic Council of Composers recently performed a survey among Nordic composers, to examine the situation for commissions, co-commissions and performances of Nordic music across the national borders. The survey shows that there is too little exchange of music between the Nordic countries. Only about 25 % of composers that participated in the survey have had commissions for new music from another Nordic country in the last five years, and only a small percentage of those who have had any activity across the borders have done so more than once.

It has become increasingly difficult to find funding for Nordic collaborations, and especially so for commissions and co-commissions, after the political restructuring of the Nordic cultural collaboration under NOMUS about 15 years ago. There is now a need for new initiatives, and a renewed political framework to encourage positive development for composers, musicians, and cultural institutions in the Nordics. To develop music, composers and musicians on the highest level, international collaboration and close contact is necessary. The Council of Nordic Composers will therefore work to improve on this situation, both on a national and on a Nordic level.




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