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




The European Parliament finally approves the new “von der Leyen” European Commission, with the word “Culture” added to Commissioner Gabriel’s portfolio


On 27 November, the European Parliament (EP) finally confirmed the new “von der Leyen”’s European Commission by a large majority (461 votes in favor, 157 against and 89 abstentions). The Commission is therefore now ready to take office as soon as possible. In the run up to the vote, the President of the European Commission announced that the word “Culture” will be added to Mrs. Gabriel title (see the full speech here). This announcement is a positive signal and the result of advocacy efforts undertaken by numerous organizations, including ECSA, in the cultural and creative sectors. The most relevant Commissioners for ECSA are:

Commissioner Thierry Breton (Internal Market – French/Renew) who will be responsible on IP/Copyright matters and digital issues.

Commissioner Mariya Gabriel (Bulgaria/ who will be in charge of Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth (including on Creative Europe).

Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager (Denmark) who will coordinate the EC’s agenda on digital issues and be the Commissioner for Competition.



European Parliament: Cultural and Creative Industries’ Intergroup


Discussions are ongoing in the EP on the creation of EP Intergroups. ECSA, together with other creators’ organisations, is supporting the Cultural and Creative Industries Intergroup, which recently introduced certain specific important issues for creators. EP Political parties are now considering whether to support this intergroup before the EP Conference of Presidents takes a final decision in mid-December.



Creative Europe: EU Budget and ongoing negotiations


ECSA coordinated a joint letter calling EU Member States to support an ambitious budget for the next Creative Europe Programme (2021-2027). The letter has been signed by 90 organisations and sent to MEPs and Member States. As negotiations on the general EU budget will intensify in the coming months, the goal of the letter is to underline the need for a strong budget for Culture in general and for the Creative Europe Programme in particular. Those negotiations are expected to last for several months and continue under the Croatian Presidency (First semester 2020).
In the meantime, the content of the next Creative Europe Regulation (2021-2027) is still being negotiated between the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council. In line with its position, ECSA continues to advocate for certain important elements, notably regarding the need to put a specific focus on the music sector.



Study on the Health and Well-being of Music Creators


The present call for tender aims at undertaking a study on the specific health risks and concerns that affect musicians and creators of music. This call is published within the context of the preparatory action ‘Music Moves Europe: Boosting European music diversity and talent’. The general objective of this call is to deliver an expert study that provides a general overview of the occupational health risks musicians and music creators face, and an EU-wide mapping of existing initiatives contributing towards the prevention and treatment of adverse health issues related to performance and musical creation.  This study should identify best practices, successful interventions and experiences. Through the analysis of these cases, the study should identify possible solutions on how to improve the health and working conditions and career longevity of musicians and music creators.

We encourage all ECSA Members interested in contributing to this study to contact the ECSA Office. 



ECSA Session – Brussels


ECSA is glad to announce to all its members that its 2020 Winter Session is going to take place from 3 to 5 October in Brussels. A new unified session presenting the state of play of ECSA advocacy and cultural activities will be followed by the usual committee meetings, the General Assembly and Working Group meetings. Besides the meetings, the ECSA members will have the opportunity to attend the Creators Conference, the Camille Awards ceremony and the ECCO concert.



ECCO Home Page Launch


ECSA proudly presents a dedicated website for ECCO. Now you can read about the ECCO concert series, its history, past and current concert editions and the featured composers, ensembles and conductors. It will also include the call for works and any other relevant information. Check it out at:



HARPA Nordic Film Music Days & Film Composers Awards


The 10th edition of HARPA Nordic Film Music Days & Nordic Film Composers Award will take place from February 22nd to 25th at the Nordische Botschaften in Berlin. The HARPA offer the opportunity to meet Nordic film- and media composers, meet their music and the industry.
To relive last year’s edition, watch this video and see pictures here.

DRAFT PROGRAM HARPA Nordic Film Music Days & Nordic Film Composers Award
Sunday February 23rd
PUBLIC Screenings | all nominated films introduced by the nomination video or if possible, by the nominated composer in person
Monday February 24th
Seminars, lectures | award show | mingling



FEDORA Call for Applications 2019


FEDORA is dedicated to the future of opera and ballet by supporting the next generation of talented artists and making these art forms more accessible. The FEDORA Prizes encourage and support innovative and creative artistic projects in the making. So far, FEDORA has invested more than €1.3 million in 13 innovative opera and dance projects from 18 countries, which have been performed more than 400 times by 64 co-producing cultural institutions.
Discover now if your project is eligible for funding! You can apply until December 13th, 2019 and win up to €350,000!



Call for Works – Styrian Tone Arts Association 


The „Styrian Tone Arts Association“ (STB) in Austria announces an international composition competition for string trio and string duo resp. Composers of all ages, all sexes and from all nationalities are admitted to participate. The submissions have to be sent by e-mail as anonymous PDF-score between 6th January and 31st March 2020. The winners will be selected in a final public concert in November/December 2020 in Graz/Austria with the participation of the audience. Visit the website for more information.


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