The General Assembly of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), which was held on May 28, 2020 in a virtual format, elected Swede Björn Ulvaeus as the new President of the organization. He succeeded the French composer Jean-Michel Jarre, who held this post for seven years.
Björn Christian Ulvaeus is a Swedish singer, musician, composer and music producer, author of over 150 hit songs and shows. He is best known as a member of ABBA. In addition, Ulvaeus is an active supporter of copyright enforcement around the world, as well as an expert in the field of knowledge, which helps authors get fair remuneration for their works.
As CISAC President, who has a three-year term, Björn Ulvaeus will support the confederation’s work to secure stronger rights, more royalties, better systems, and improved conditions for creators across five repertoires – music, audiovisual, visual arts, drama and literature.
Commenting on the new role, Björn Ulvaeus said: “I have made a great living as a songwriter and an artist, and I have been fortunate enough to have enjoyed a lot of success. Now, as the President of CISAC, I am happy to have a different kind of opportunity, to try and help the next generation of creators in their working lives. CISAC has a unique international authority, and I believe passionately in its mission to secure better, fairer conditions for creators. I am also interested in how the technologies we use can work better, earning creators fairer remuneration for their work. I am therefore very excited about the opportunities ahead and looking forward to our collaboration”.
CISAC Director General Gadi Oron said: “Björn Ulvaeus has moved us, inspired us and lit up our lives with his songs and creations. I am absolutely thrilled that he has decided to take on the role of CISAC President, to support us in our mission to serve creators internationally. Björn has an extraordinary track record – as a creator himself, as a champion for creators’ rights, and as an expert in the systems which ensure creators are fairly paid. These qualities will be invaluable to CISAC’s work and we look forward immensely to collaborating with him”.
CISAC is an international non-governmental non-profit organization that unites copyright management organizations with headquarters in France and regional offices in Africa, Latin America (Chile), Asia Pacific region (China) and Europe (Hungary). It consists of more than 230 collective management organizations from over 120 countries. Through this community, CISAC supports the global network of collective management of rights, and ensures the livelihood of more than four million creators and is responsible for collecting €9.6 billion of licensing income and royalties worldwide.
The National Center of Intellectual Property is also a member of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers.
Based on the materials of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers.