NEWS FROM ECSA – November Edition


Joint letter from the Cultural and Creative Sectors on the inclusion of culture in the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF)

In these joint letters to the European Commission and national governments, ECSA alongside 110 organisations from the cultural sector urged to protect culture and make it an integral part of the recovery plans of the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). The Recovery and Resilience Facility is the key instrument at the heart of NextGenerationEU, the EU recovery plan designed to help the EU emerge stronger and more resilient from the current crisis.

The letters ask that at the very least 2% of national RRF budgets are allocated to the CCSs, as called for by the European Parliament in its recent Resolution on the “Cultural Recovery of Europe”.

The letter states that “it is our common duty to preserve culture in these challenging times, and we hope you will do everything possible to safeguard the diversity, vibrancy and richness of Europe’s Cultural and Creative Sectors”.

ECSA’s reacts against Spotify’s recent announcement

ECSA spoke out against the recent announcements by Spotify to “amplifying artist input in personalized recommendations” in exchange of lower royalty rates. Spotify per-stream rate is already one of the worst amongst streaming platforms. ($.003 and $.005 at best).

“As music creators heavily suffer from Covid 19 and its consequences, promising more exposure in exchange of lower royalty rates shows once more Spotify’s profound disrespect to the community of creators who struggle to make a living”, ECSA stated.

Read our full statement here and several press articles about the statement herehere and here.

The EU reaches a provisional agreement on the EU Budget with a sharp increase for the next Creative Europe Programme (2021-2027)

The European Parliament, the Council of the EU (EU Member States) and the European Commission reached a provisional agreement on the next EU budget (Multi Financial Framework budget from 2021 to 2027). While the European Parliament and Member States still need to formally approve the deal, the EU negotiators agreed to dedicate 600 million more to the next Creative Europe Programme, on the top of the 1 642 millions agreed by the European Council in June. This means that the Programme will benefit from a budget of approximately 2,2 billion euros, an increase of 50% in comparison with the 1,4 billion for the current Programme (2014-2020).

This is clearly good news for the future of the Creative Europe Programme, including for the future Music Moves Europe sectorial action which should be able to benefit from additional funding. However, as EU Member States now still need to formally approve this provisional agreement, some of them (in particular Poland and Hungary) refused to do so until now. Despite this obstacle, we are confident that the EU budget will eventually be approved and that the Creative Europe Programme regulation will be adopted soon and benefit from a sharp increased budget in the coming years.

Two studies launched under the 2018 Music Moves Europe Preparatory action finally published by the European Commission

ECSA participated to the consultations undertaken by the authors of those studies by bringing its glance on the music sector and the specific challenges faced by composers and songwriters.

Feasibility study for the establishment of a European Music Observatory (EMO)

The specific objective of the study was to analyse different scenarios for the set-up and operation of the Observatory (a core strategic resource to drive relevance and value for future policy actions in the music portfolio), taking into account the specific characteristics and requirements of the European music sector. 

The study shows that: “as data collection in the field of music is fragmented, scarce and poorly-harmonised, a European Music Observatory would help fill data gaps, contribute to a better knowledge of the sector and help inform music sector policy within Europe”.

It concludes that “having an independent, fully-fledged EMO would allow for a more inclusive governance structure and ensure that the needs of stakeholders and policymakers are met. However, the most feasible option would involve starting on a modest scale with the view of increasing the scope of the Observatory over a period of time, potentially reaching a fully-fledged independent structure in the future”.

To be more precise, “a number of approaches for scaling-up have been presented in this study, and the authors can conclude that a structure housed and coordinated within the Commission that conducts a number of activities in parallel, working with a number of different interested partners could serve this goal in the short-term”.

Read the study here.

Read a short summary of the study here

Analysis of market trends and gaps in funding needs for the music sector

The primary objective of the study was to identify future market trends and funding needs for the music sector in Europe: what is currently being addressed sufficiently by the Creative Europe programme and what is not.

It covers many topics: From key trends in the music sector (recorded music industry, streaming and piracy, consumption & audiences) to a gap analysis in funding needs at European and national level.

It also identifies 16 key policy recommendations, articulated around  three main ideas : the importance of ensuring tailor-made actions for music under the CE funding programme, promoting the awareness of music sector organisations of funding opportunities by other EU programmes and transparency requirements (to better monitor the cross-border circulation of repertoire but also allow music professionals gain a finer and more granular understanding on how the digital music environment affects their business practice, by enhancing transparency for streaming platforms for example).

Read the study here.

Read a short summary of the study here.

ECCO Concert 16th edition – Public Voting is open!

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

Much like all other concerts and cultural activities in the past several months and the months foreseen, ECCO is also going digital. Adapting to these new circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic does not have to hinder the connectivity events such as these have to offer, however. In line with ECSA’s objective to embrace digital tools and engage the audience in new ways, ECSA is premiering public voting for the ECCO concert this year.

The audience has the chance to vote for their favourite pieces by a selected pool of talented composers who submitted their work for this concert edition. Most voted for pieces will then be brought to life by the ensemble Slagwerk Den Haag, in a one of a time, online stream.

Here you can go on the ECCO website, where you can find a short introduction to the nominated composers, listen to their pieces, as well as register your vote by 9th December, 24:00 CET. One vote can be registered per e-mail address.

The ECSA’s Creators’ Roundtable on Music Streaming

As live venues are closed, music lovers have turned to streaming services to reconnect with their favourite music. But how does music streaming function? How do creators feel about music streaming? Is it a sustainable model? What are possible alternatives to current streaming models?

ECSA invites policy makers, music sector experts and creators to answer these questions during the Creators’ Roundtable on 1st December 2020, 13:00 CET.

With: Members of the European Parliament Alexis Georgoulis, Niklas Nienaß and the support of the Cultural Creators Friendship Group (CCFG).

Last chance to participate!

Register today before 14:00 CET (Monday, 30th November)

Capacity Triangle webinar – Creators & their Managers

On 26th November, ECSA organised a Capacity Triangle webinar on the relationship between music creators and managers in collaboration with the European Music Managers Alliance (EMMA), which gathered 70 participants from more than 15 different countries.

Throughout the 1st panel, the speakers exchanged on the creators’ and managers’ personal experiences and they gave the attendees practical entrepreneurial tips. 

With: Arriën Molema, BAM! Popauteurs (The Netherlands)- Kate Havnevik, NOPA (Norway) – Marie Dimberg, Dimberg Jernberg Management (Sweden) – Joan Vich Montaner, Ground Control (Spain).

During the 2nd panel ECSA & EMMA representatives exchanged on the current measures taken in the frame of the current COVID19 pandemic to improve the remuneration and working conditions of music creators. 

With: Per Kviman, Versity Music and EMMA Chair (Sweden) – Marc du Moulin, ECSA Secretary General – Arriën Molema, BAM! Popauteurs and ECSA board member (The Netherlands).

Both panels were moderated by Anna Lidell, chair for the organisation of songwriters and composers in Denmark, DJBFA, The recording of the webinar will be soon available on ECSA’s YouTube channel.

International Young Talented Composers Competition by Oscar Navarro Music

The online International Young Talented Composers Competition organised by Oscar Navarro Music aims to give visibility and support to talented young people, amateurs or professionals, in the field of symphonic music composition.

Composers from 18 to 39 years old can submit their work until 15th March 2021.

For more information about requirements and registration, please see here.

Classical:NEXT Encore

Classical:NEXT Encore is a new online event series from Classical:NEXT, dedicated to music industry professionals. It takes place three to four times a year, offering sector and regional meet ups, presentations of the latest innovations and developments, project pitches and of course, music and networking. For the first series, taking place from 30th November to 11th December, topics include coaching and psychological support, understanding media landscapes and podcasting.

For more information and registrations, please see the website.

Trempolino and Sacem present Slash Program – season 2: open call

Slash is a European learn­ing pro­gram ded­ic­ated to 9 emer­ging pro­fes­sion­al song­writers-pro­du­cers from all over Europe, who wish to step up their career.

The main goals of this pro­gram is to sup­port creation in this new con­text and to provide con­crete and prac­tic­al tools to solve issues, detect new oppor­tun­it­ies and deal with day-to-day life.

The program :

  • three 6-days workshops in Lisbon (PT), Aarhus (DK) and Nantes (FR) (TBC),
  • an individual coaching program (online)
  • inspiring meetings with professionals from cultural & creative industries
  • a creating residency with the mentors

The themes addressed will be actual, innovative and practical : designing a SLASH musician brand based on storytelling, marketing and operational direct-to-fan strategy, monetizing the artist’s music, discovering future issues of music (connected speakers, blockchain, artificial intelligence, algorithm…), understanding the entire author’s right and copyright value chain and composing in a binaural approach, etc.

The program also includes networking opportunities on international festivals and showcases. 

The learning program is completely free. Travel, housing and catering, coaching and workshops expenses are covered by the program.

This program has been created and is curated by Trempolino and Sacem. It is co-founded by the European Union through its Music Move Europe program.

Apply before 6th December 2020 here.

The members of the Cultural Creators Friendship Group (CCFG) live!

On 4th December 2020 from 09:00 to 11:00 CET, the first public event of the Cultural Creators Friendship Group (CCFG) gets live and online. The Cultural Creators Friendship Group (CCFG) is a cross-partisan coalition in the European Parliament (EP) with members from six different political groups. Its aim is to improve the whole European cultural ecosystem and especially the situation and conditions of creators, e.g. authors, performers and artists.

The Members of the CCFG will present themselves, explain what the CCFG is and does, and discuss the current situation of cultural creators in the EU.

With: Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Culture, Alexis Georgoulis, Laurence Farreng, Ibán García del Blanco, Niklas Nienaß and many more.

Sign up here.


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