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News from ECSA: February 2024

News from ECSA: February 2024


ECSA President Helienne Lindvall talks AI at EU Conference on music

ECSA President Helienne Lindvall talks AI at EU Conference on music© Ger Hatton

On 22 February, ECSA President Helienne Lindvall discussed the latest developments in AI and its challenges for the music sector during the panel "AI trends in the music sector" with Yvan Boudillet (Utopia Music), Anna Zò (Music Tech Europe) and Irina Orssich (DG CNECT, European Commission) at the EU Conference on Music in Brussels, Belgium. Speaking on the need for a human-centric approach to AI, Helienne highlighted the importance of consent, credit and compensation. The conference also covered other topics, including music streaming, the needs and opportunities of the European music ecosystem, as well as information on how the EU supports the music sector. The event featured various other keynotes and presentations, among others by Iliana Ivanova (European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth) and Member of European Parliament (MEP) Iban García del Blanco (S&D, Spain). We look forward to the next steps of this important dialogue on the numerous crucial issues affecting the music sector.

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EU ambassadors give informal approval to the EU AI Act

EU ambassadors give informal approval to the EU AI Act

After weeks of intense negotiations, EU Member States ambassadors in the Council of the EU (COREPER) finally approved the final text of the AI Act on 2 February. This informal adoption marks an important step towards the final approval of the AI Act, following the informal political agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU in December. We now expect the AI Act to be formally adopted by the European Parliament (plenary session in April) and then by the Council of the EU. Find more information below via Euractiv.

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ECSA at Nordic Film Music Days 2024

ECSA at Nordic Film Music Days 2024© Thomas Kolbein Bjørk Olsen for Nordic Film Music Days

From 16-18 February, the Nordic Film Music Days took place at the Nordic Embassies in the context of the Berlinale. The programme included the seminar “Rights & International Law” on 17 February, during which ECSA President Helienne Lindvall, ECSA Vice-President Jesper Hansen, and composer and producer Pëtur Jónsson presented a brush-up on legal and contractual matters for composers. Among the covered topics were buy-out contracts, other harmful contractual practices, and the importance of knowing your rights as a film composer. In addition, Icelandic composer Edvard Egilsson was announced as the winner of the 2024 HARPA Nordic Film Composers Award for his score to “Smoke Sauna Sisterhood”. We warmly congratulate Edvard for his well-deserved HARPA award!

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Esther Gottschalk presents Fair Practice report at ISCM Sector Meeting

On 15 February, at ISCM Flanders’ Sector Meeting on music publishing, Nieuw Geneco Director and ECSA Fair Practice Working Group member Esther Gottschalk presented various initiatives for fair practice, including ECSA’s Fair Practice report, which was published in November last year in close collaboration with our Fair Practice Working group.

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ECSA Board Member Aafke Romeijn talks streaming fraud on Dutch radio

On 21 February, songwriter and ECSA Board Member Aafke Romeijn (BAM! Popauteurs) was interviewed on Dutch radio station NPO Radio 1 about streaming fraud, following news that a Danish person was accused of making over half a million euros in fraudulent streaming royalties. Aafke mentioned that many artists on Spotify receive offers to purchase streams and that these practices are quite common. She also elaborated on the low revenues that music streaming generates for the vast majority of artists and music creators. Listen to the full interview (in Dutch and from 12:46) below.

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IMC, SKAP and NIM officially launch the Fair Music® Project

Last week, the International Music Council (IMC), in partnership with Swedish ECSA Member SKAP and New Internet Media (NIM), officially launched the Fair Music® Project. Aiming to create a more equitable music ecosystem for music creators, the project will develop an improved compensation model compared to the ones that dominate the market. The initiative will kickstart in the coming months with a series of consultations with relevant stakeholders, after which a beta version of the platform will be released.

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Music Technology Policy interviews ECSA President Helienne Lindvall on music streaming

Earlier this month, ECSA President Helienne Lindvall spoke to Music Technology Policy blog about recent developments in the music streaming ecosystem, including alternative remuneration models of music streaming platforms and streaming fraud. The tech blog spoke to Helienne on the occasion of last month’s ESNS panel “Moneymon: the Streaming Economy Evolution”, in which Helienne featured alongside representatives of Deezer, Spotify, and Warner.

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CLIP Platform presented in European Parliament

On 21 February, MEP Ibán García Del Blanco (S&D, Spain) hosted a presentation of the CLIP (Creators Learn Intellectual Property) Platform. The platform, initiated by WIPO for Creators and the Music Rights Awareness Foundation, serves as a hub for music creators, aiming to raise creators’ awareness of intellectual property rights and related management practices. ECSA is glad to have contributed to the platform launch as a member of WIPO for Creators’ Advisory Board.

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MEP Daniela Rondinelli hosts roundtable on AI’s challenges to the CCS

On 14 February, ECSA joined a roundtable titled “How artificial intelligence is deeply changing the artistic, cultural, creative and media sector” and co-organised by MEP Daniela Rondinelli (S&D, Italy) with Eurovisioni ICFT. Many speakers, including MEP Rondinelli, MEP Brando Benifei (S&D Italy), MEP Domènec Ruiz Devesa (S&D, Spain), Renate Schroeder (EFJ), Oliver Roethig (UNI Europa) and Carole Tongue (ECCD), remarked on the need to guarantee the rights of cultural and media professionals in the digital world.


EU Audiovisual Observatory report on fair remuneration in licensing agreements

On 1 February, the European Audiovisual Observatory published a report on fair remuneration of authors and performers in the audiovisual sector. The study investigates how the 2019 EU Copyright Directive affects the rights of performers and authors in licensing deals, focusing in particular on fair remuneration, transparency, and the transfer of rights in the licensing process. The report also presents and compares the Directive’s implementation in various EU member states.

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EU Audiovisual Observatory report on women working in European TV/SVOD

Last month, the European Audiovisual Observatory published its report "Female professionals in European TV/SVOD fiction production” with figures from 2015-2022. Among many other figures, the study reveals that in 2022, women accounted for only 11% of all composers of European TV films and series (up from 5% in 2015). Despite overall progress since 2015, the report emphasises the need for industry-wide efforts to achieve gender equality in the sector.

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Call for Nominations: Camille Awards 2024

Call for Nominations: Camille Awards 2024

On 2 February, ECSA opened the Call for Nominations for the 2024 edition of the Camille Awards. All ECSA member organisations that represent media composers are eligible to submit their nomination for the categories Best Original Film Score, Best Original Music for a Drama Series, and Best Original Score for a Feature Documentary. Applications are open until 22 March 2024.

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World Soundtrack Awards launch composition contest for young composers

This month, World Soundtrack Awards Ghent opened registrations for its composition contest for young screen composers. With the contest, composers under the age of 36 have the chance to participate in the WSA Film Music Composition Contest and to win the Sabam Award for Best Original Composition by a Young Composer (worth €2.500) at the World Soundtrack Awards Ceremony & Concert. Submissions are open until 16 May 2024.

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Call for participation: Survey on composers’ perceptions of AI

The ‘Live AM: Artist Monitor’ research project is investigating the perceptions of composers and professionals about AI and its impact on the music industry. The results will be published during the next edition of SoundTrack_Cologne as an open-access resource. The survey is anonymous and open to people aged 18 or older.

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