The composers and musicians of CISAC’s International Council of Music Creators (CIAM) met for the first time ever on African soil on March 8 and 9 in Nairobi. The meeting, which was attended by over 40 creators from Africa, Europe and Latin America, was hosted by the Kenyan society MSCK.
With Kenya’s Minister of Culture Hon. William Ole Ntimama in attendance, the meeting brought international attention to the plight of African creators who face innumerable challenges to their rights from a lack of enforcement of legislation to widespread piracy. In addition, CIAM’s presence reinforces its commitment to supporting the recently created Pan-African Composers and Songwriters Alliance (PACSA).
Italian classical composer Lorenzo Ferrero (SIAE), known for his exceptional mastery of copyright issues, was elected the new CIAM Chair. He replaces Bendik Hofseth (TONO), whose impressive 4-year tenure transformed CIAM into an essential voice for creators in international policy debates. In addition, the new executive committee is composed of music creators from Europe, Africa and Latin America, emphasizing the international scope of CIAM’s mission. The new members hail from ABRAMUS (Brazil), KODA (Denmark), GEMA (Germany), HDS ZAMP (Croatia), MASA (Mauritius), PRS FOR MUSIC (UK), TONO (Norway), plus SIAE (Italy) represented by Mr. Ferrero and SGAE as a permanent observer. ECSA and PACSA will also have observer seats.
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