Following its approval by both the European Parliament and the Council, the Copyright Directive has been published in the Official Journal on 17 May 2019. As a result, EU Member States have now until 7 June 2021 to comply with the provisions of the Directive, except for Article 19 (Transparency information) which will be mandatory on 7 June 2022. You can find here the Directive in all EU languages. ECSA calls on all Member States to engage in a positive and ambitious implementation to the benefit of all composers and songwriters across the EU.
The European elections for the Members of the European Parliament (in the next five years) took place between 23rd and 26 May. From a general viewpoint, the results show a) a rise of the right-wing nationalistic and Euro-skeptical political parties (between 100 and 150 MEPs) b) a decrease of both the Socialists and Democrats (S&D / 146 MEPs) and European People’s Party (EPP-conservatives / 180 MEPs) – which do not reach a majority of seats together c) and an increase of the Greens (69 MEPs) and Liberals & Democrats (ALDE/109) political groups. The formation and negotiations between several political groups (in particular EPP, ALDE, S&D and the Greens) will now intensify with a view to form a majority, elect the next EP President(s) and approve the next President of the European Commission put forward by the European Council (Member States). In the autumn, the European Parliament will hold a series of hearings with the Commissioners-designate (in agreement with Member States and the European Commission President), in accordance with their areas of competences. The next Commission will eventually be subject to the European Parliament’s approval and is expected to take office on 1st November 2019, when the mandate of the current Commission comes to an end. ECSA will closely follow this process and engage with the newly elected Members of the European Parliament.
A few days before the European elections and few months before the Polish national elections, the Polish government submitted a complaint (action for annulment) to the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) against Article 17 (former Article 13 – Transfer of Value), on the grounds that it is a “disproportionate measure that fuels censorship and threatens freedom of expression”, incompatible with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU. While this seems unlikely from a legal perspective, such an action could theoretically lead to the annulment of Article 17 by the CJEU. This complaint does not legally impact the implementation process but will probably be used by the reluctant Member States and Article 17’s opponents to slow down or prevent its application at national level.
Exchange with the forthcoming Finnish Presidency on its next priorities in the field of culture and audiovisual
On 22 May 2019, the forthcoming Finnish Presidency (1 July – 31 December 2019) invited different stakeholders for an exchange of views on its priorities in the fields of culture and audiovisual. The participants discussed various topics, such as the forthcoming negotiations on Creative Europe and the New European Agenda for Culture. ECSA underlined that the future Creative Europe regulation should benefit from an ambitious budget and should support more diversity in the music sector through a specific sectoral approach. Furthermore, ECSA called on the Finnish Presidency to take duly into account the European Parliament’s position regarding a) the recognition and visibility of creators b) the support for their professionalisation and mobility c) the need to address the gender equality gap in the music sector and d) the fair treatment of creative talent in the cultural and creative sectors.
Music Moves Europe – Dialogue Meeting
On 20 and 21 May, the European Commission organised a first dialogue meeting on the future “Music Moves Europe”, an initiative helping the EC to map key challenges in the European music sector and how to tackle them. The following topics were discussed: the future of music media, live music sector, access to capital for the music sector and sharing the value on the internet- the EU Copyright Dirtective. ECSA European Affairs and Programme Manager Alicja Swierczek took part in the panel on the Copyright Directive. There, she highlighted the need of collecting societies to work closely with platforms on the implementation of the Copyright Directive to ensure fair remuneration for creators and but also to remain transparent in this process.
European Film Music Day 2019
The European Film Music Day 2019 successfully took place on May 20th in the framework of the Cannes Film Festival. This year’s talking points were on the practice of buyouts and on the creative process behind scoring for movies compared to the one behind scoring for TV series. The experts also looked into how the new Copyright Directive will impact composers of film and media. The panels took place in the afternoon at FNAC Cannes and were followed by a reception at Plage Quinzaine to further discuss topics of interest and to meet other professionals over a refreshing drink by the Mediterranean Sea. Take a look at the pictures here.
ECSA Gender Working Group Members Natalia Vergara and Aafke Romeijn participated in the panel “Readdressing the Gender Gap in the Music Industry”, in the framework of the symposium “Exploring Gender Dynamics in The Music Industry » (Groningen, Netherlands). The symposium hosted various experts in music and gender education, sociologists, psychologists, artists and networks from across Europe, USA, Australia and China. The panel addressed the lack of women in leadership roles within composer societies, and the gender pay gap issue, in a context in which the female presence in the music industry is significantly increasing. Ms. Vergara and Ms. Romeijn provided suggestions to tackle this social urgency from various angles, including through initiatives, financial interventions, research, strategies, normative, training, digital activism, networking, mentoring, coaching, travel grants. They also proposed the creation of a database of female experts to facilitate women’ participation in conferences and in juries of festivals, with the aim to foster women inclusion and visibility in a quantitative and qualitative way. Moreover, Gender Working Group member Elizabeth Anderson presented the ECSA Gender Equality Charter at the General Assembly of the International Society for Contemporary Music taking plays during the World Music Days in Tallinn from 2-10 May 2019.
Composers’ Directory at EAM Showcase
The European Music Council is organising a showcase on the European Agenda for Music (EAM) on the 12-13 June in Warsaw, Poland. This will be an opportunity to take a closer look at the key themes and learn about projects and activities that address priorities or suggested measures of the European Agenda for Music (EAM). In this frame, ECSA will present 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.
Music 2025: THE MUSIC DATA DILEMMA
The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and The Ivors Academy would like to invite you to a presentation of ‘Music 2025’, an independent research report by Ulster University investigating the infrastructure issues around the management of digital data in an increasingly stream driven industry. The findings are the culmination of over 50 interviews with high profile music industry representatives across the sector and the presentation will reflect on key issues including areas of consensus and contrasting views. The team also found whilst there are great examples of data initiatives across the value chain, there are opportunities to improve efficiency and interoperability.
Anita Marullo, New Executive Officer
ECSA is pleased to announce that Anita Marullo (Italy) has joined the ECSA team as Executive Officer in May 2019. Formerly, she worked with various organisations active in the fields of arts, cultural policy, development aid, human and social rights, mainly in Brussels. Anita holds a double specialised Master in Management of Cultural Assets and Activities from the ESCP Europe of Paris and the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, as well as a Master’s degree in Philosophy of Society, Art and Communication. Benvenuta Anita!