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David Ferguson

Created: 2009-07-09 20:12:44
Dear colleagues and partners of ECSA, dear friends,It is with great sadness that we have to report that David Ferguson died on Sunday 5th July after a long and courageous fight against pancreatic cancer. As chairman of BASCA in the UK David was founder and director of APCOE and co-founder and co-chairman of ECSA. It is no exaggeration to say that without his passion and enthusiasm these organisations would not exist today.David’s knowledge of the music industry, the role of creators and the problems that were faced was comprehensive and was matched by the breadth of his determination to make the writers case, whether to publishers, collecting societies, governments or EU institutions. As ECSA spokesman his speeches and presentations became famous for their wit and flamboyance as much as for their incisive content.So easily did David take to his campaigning role and as his political profile grew, and with it the profile of European music writers, it was often forgotten that he was one of the UK’s leading composers for film and TV and had been a founder member of the cult band Random Hold.David’s death is a great loss to all music writers. For those of us who had the privilege of working with him, who were inspired by his humanity, determination and grit, and were his friends he is irreplaceable.In the name of the entire community adjoined in the European Composer & Songwriter Alliance,Klaus Ager (Co-Chairman, ECF)Alfons Karabuda (Acting Chairman, APCOE)Bernard Grimaldi (Co-Chairman, FFACE)Patrick Rackow (Spokesperson for ECSA)