ECSA represents over 23,000 professional composers and songwriters in 22 European countries. With 43 member organisations all across Europe, the Alliance represents the interests of music writers of art & classical music, film & audiovisual music and popular music. ECSA’s principle mission is to defend and promote the rights of music writers at a European and international level by legal means and to also advocate for equitable commercial conditions for composers and songwriters. With the ultimate aim being to improve the social and economic conditions of music writers in Europe, ECSA acts as a focal point and pace setter for EU and international institutions.
The board of ECSA
The board is composed by the three chairmen or vice-chairmen of the committees apcoe, ecf and fface. Currently, these are Alfons Karabuda (President), Bernard Grimaldi and Antun Tomislav Saban (Vice-Presidents), John Groves (Treasurer), Jean-Marie Moreau, Kjartan Olafsson, Martin Q Larsson, Jörg Evers and Luis Ivars.
Alfons Karabuda (Sweden) was elected in February 2013 to the position of ECSA President. Mr. Karabuda is also Chairman of the Swedish Society of Popular Music Composers and Chairman of the Polar Music Prize Award Committee.
Background of ECSA
ECSA was initiated 2006 in Vienna in the framework of the European Composers' Congress, organized and hosted by the Austrian Composers Society ÖKB. The congress resulted in the signature of a Letter of Intent of over 30 associations of composers, setting-up a "Federation of European Composers' Associations".
A year later the alliance was established on 7th of March 2007 at the Theatro Circo Price in Madrid, regrouping the three main federation of composer associations in Europe: APCOE (popular music), ECF (art and contemportary music) and FFACE (Film and audio-visual music). The aim was to create and alliance representing all genres of music, which speaks with a unified voice for all music writers in Europe.
From left to right: Klaus Ager (President ECF), Bernard Grimaldi (President FFACE), Bernardo Fuster (President MUSIMAGEN, Spain), David Ferguson † (Chairman APCOE)
Today, ECSA activily represents interests of its' members and is represented on a permanent basis in Brussels.
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