Margaritis Schinas, Vice President of the European Commission replies to ECSA and the cultural and creative sectors
On 3rd September, in reply to the joint letter sent in June (Investing in Europe’s next generation by investing in culture) Margaritis Schinas, Vice President of the European Commission sent a letter to ECSA Secretary General. In his reply, Mr. Schinas recognizes the very hard impact of the crisis on the cultural and creative sectors and lists the different measures that have been agreed in the recovery plan, both specifically for the cultural and creative sectors (such as Creative Europe) or available to them.
The European Parliament adopts a resolution on the cultural recovery which firmly supports the cultural and creative sectors
The European Parliament adopted on 17th September a resolution on the cultural recovery of Europe, which reflects several points made by ECSA and the cultural and creative sectors in the last months. Although not binding, it includes very good provisions such as i) an EP message of solidarity with creators ii) the need to earmark for the cultural and creative sectors at least 2% of the economic recovery measures iii) the need to raise the overall budget of Creative Europe to €2.8 billion iv) a call on the Commission to introduce a European framework for working conditions in the cultural and creative sectors and industries at EU level v) the need to transpose the Copyright, AVMS and SatCab Directives, stressing that “the implementation of those directives and forthcoming legislative proposals must preserve and promote collective mechanisms to ensure adequate protection of individual creators”. ECSA sincerely thanks all MEPs for this resolution and for their support to the cultural and creative sectors in those very difficult times.
ECSA, AEPO-ARTIS and FIM condemn Epidemic Sound’s malpractices and its profound disrespect for authors and performers’ rights
On 23rd September, ECSA, together with the Association of European Performers’ Organisations (AEPO-ARTIS) and the International Federation of Musicians (FIM), has issued a statement which “strongly denounces Epidemic Sound’s malpractices and its profound disrespect for authors and performers’ rights”. In a context where creators activities are under existential threat because of COVID-19 and its consequences, the development of buyout contracts and the expansion of Epidemic Sound represents yet another threat against the fair remuneration of music creators around the world. Several press articles (here, here and here) mention this statement.
On 8th September, ECSA submitted its position to the European Commission’s public consultation on the Digital Services Act package. In its response, the Alliance first calls on the EU to respect the 2019 Copyright Directive and to better address copyright infringements and unlicensed platforms. It also encourages efficient measures to increase transparency and diversity online and asks for an assessment on the functioning of music streaming services. Finally, we urge the European Commission to ensure that the application and interpretation of EU competition law no longer prevents authors to engage into collective bargaining agreements.
Following the stakeholder’s dialogue, which took place between October 2019 and February 2020, the European Commission published a consultation document and a targeted public consultation to hear the views of stakeholders on Article 17. On 10th September, ECSA submitted its response to communicate certain important concerns raised by this document. Together with many other stakeholders in the cultural and creative sectors, the Alliance also sent a joint letter to Commissioner Breton, to communicate joint views and concerns.
ECCO concert Luxembourg
The 15th edition of the ECCO concert will take place at the Philharmonie in Luxembourg on 6th October 2020 Co-organised by ECSA and FLAC (the Luxembourgish Federation of Authors and Composers), funded by Creative Europe, the concert aims to promote contemporary classical repertoire across national borders and highlight the European diversity in music. Conducted by Thomas Goff the ensemble United Instruments of Lucilin will perform pieces from Roland Wiltgen (Luxembourg), Ziv Cojocaru (Israel/Austria), Krzysztof Ratajski (Poland), Jouni Hirvelä (Finland), Jan Martin Smørdal (Norway), Henrik Strindberg (Sweden).
On 16th September 2020 ECSA held a panel entitled “Let’s get political. Fair remuneration for audiovisual composers and songwriters” at the online conference of the Reeperbahnfestival. Moderated by ECSA’s EU Affairs and Programme Manager Alicja Swierczek, the panelists Micki Meuser and Tina Pepper from DEFKOM, John Groves from Composers Club and Alexander Freund and Michelle Leonard from VERSO discussed why they founded and joined their respective music authors association. The discussion ended by explaining current issues in their genres and how they address them through their associations. The panel is part of ECSA’s Creators Talks series and is supported by Creative Europe.
BAM! and Popauteurs have merged to become the largest pop music association in the Netherlands. BAM! Popauteurs represents songwriters from all genres: from dance to hip hop and indie. Especially during this uncertain period, it is important that pop musicians interests are well and clearly defended, and to ensure that necessary measures are taken so that pop musicians can continue to work on a sustainable career in the future. Arriën Molema comments: “With the experience of Popauteurs.nl and the energy of BAM! we have a powerful combination. In the coming years, we’ll fight for a better position for songwriters and pop musicians including fair remuneration for online music use. Also, we are committed to make sure that the specific problems of this group of musicians, who are vulnerable to the many market parties and often have difficulties in receiving government support, get noticed and dealt with. During this period, characterised by COVID-19, the necessity of this has become extra clear”.
SoundTrack_Zürich is a new Swiss and European film music conference taking place during the Zürich Film Festival. The conference is organised by SMECA (Swiss Media Composers Association), curated by Michael Aust (SoundTrack_Cologne) and organised in cooperation with FFM (Forum Filmmusik), ZHdK (Zurich University of Arts) and SoundTrack_Cologne. The primary goal of the event is to present the work of Swiss and European composers at eye level with their international colleagues. For all those who cannot take part in the physical event, the conference offers an online alternative.
SoundTrack_Cologne is Europe’s leading congress for music and sound in film, games and media, and a source of inspiration for the growing landscape of festivals and congresses in Europe. In over 40 round tables, panels, workshops and networking events, SoundTrack_Cologne focuses on current developments in culture, law, marketing and technics of media music and offers business cases and networking events. It will take place for the 17th time in 2020. SoundTrack_Cologne is a film event – from the music perspective. The event addresses business professionals, music students and everyone interested in film and music. Due to the remaining restrictions, especially regarding travel, SoundTrack_Cologne 17 will move to October 14 – 17, 2020. Take a look at the programme here!
Conference “Looking ahead – New Opportunities & Visions within EU Funding for Culture after Covid-19”
The Creative Europe Desk KULTUR organises this online conference in the context of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The event will take place via zoom on October 8th 2020, 16:30-19:30 CET. The conference will focus on the support measures during and after Covid-19 but also on the new cycle of EU programmes. The access link will be available on the CED KULTUR website on the day of the event. No prior registration is necessary.