On the 16th of May, ECSA’s member, SKAP-the Swedish Union of Composers of Popular Music, celebrated its 85th anniversary at the prestigious Stockholm City Hall. During the evening 13 stipends and awards were granted to composers, songwriters and lyrisicts. Handing over an award to Freemuse for its work against censorship and oppression of composers and musicians, Jan Eliasson, the former chairman of the U.N. General Assembly and the former Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs stated that censoring musicians is an abuse of human rights. In her turn, giving a present to SKAP, the Iceland’s Minister for Trade and Cultural Industries, Katrin Juliusdottir emphasized the importance of SKAP’s and STIM’s help to establish STEF (the Islandic authors rights’ society) and the significance of SKAP’s work dedicated to the development of FTT (Félag tónskálda og textahöfunda- Icelandic Association of Composers and Songwriters). Ms Juliusdottir also pointed out Alforns Karabuda’s effective chairmanship at ECSA. The dinner was also attended by the Sweden’s Minister for Justice Beatrice Ask and the Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn-Liljeroth as well as by ECSA representatives and ECSA members.For further information please click here.