15 February 2024
Petite salle / Tentoonstellingshal
Royal Conservatory Brussels (Regentschapsstraat/Rue de la Régence 30)
Is there still a future for CDs? Do we want to surf along on the vinyl revival? Embrace streaming or avoid it altogether? And how do we create a fair climate for artists? These and other questions will be addressed during the new music sector meeting at the Belgian Music Days.
13:45 Doors open
14:10 Facts & figures (Kunstenpunt (Flanders Arts Institute))
14:30 Keynote Esther Gottschalk on fair practice
15:00 Coffee break (with information market)
15:30 Book Presentation ‘The Guidebook to Self-Releasing Your Music’ by Matthew Whiteside
16:15 Coffee break (with information market)
16:45 Panel discussion: publishing music on cd, vinyl and through streaming
17:30 End of the programme
After the sector meeting you can attend the concerts of Ictus Ensemble (at 18:30) and of the Belgian National Orchestra (at 20:00) in the framework of the Belgian Music Days at Bozar. Tickets can be ordered on the website of Bozar.
This sector meeting is an initiative of MATRIX [New Music Centre] in cooperation with Flanders Arts Institute, Forum de la Création Musicale and ComAV, and takes place within the 4th Belgian Music Days festival.
There are endless ways to release your music. The streaming revolution has turned the music industry upside down, introducing new rules and shaping new listening behaviors. How do music creators view this? With the expanding possibilities, the challenges have grown even bigger. Moreover, all music genres respond differently to these evolutions and have their own ideas about what publishing music should be.
During this sector meeting we take stock of the Belgian contemporary music sector. How accessible is our music through streaming platforms? Are we still producing CDs and vinyl? What are the preferences in our sector, the individual needs, ambitions, and challenges? What do we want to publish, and why? Do we want to be out there with our music, to deliver a full artistic concept album, or do we wish to capture a best possible live experience of the music? And what is the best way to achieve that?
Many projects result from fruitful collaborations between labels and artists. Yet there is often still much work to be done when it comes to fair practices. On 13 November 2023 ECSA (European Composer and Songwriter Alliance) published its Fair Practice report, in which they investigate how the music industry responds the key principles of fair practice: transparency, solidarity, sustainability and trust. The report shows that all too often music creators have to deal with opaque contracts, a weak negotiation position, unpaid artistic work, skewed streaming revenues, and mysterious algorithms. In her keynote speech, Esther Gottschalk walks us through the reports main insights.
We invite composer Matthew Whiteside to share the insights, best practices, do’s and don’ts, he gathered in his recently published book The Guidebook to Self-Releasing Your Music: A Guide for Composers, Sound Artists and Performers. His sharp and clear step-by-step guide is designed to help music creators find their way in publishing music and inform them about the latest technology and industry developments. While his book is written from a UK perspective, it is nevertheless highly inspiring.
Looking for good practices in the Belgian contemporary music sector, we have gathered music creators with a wide range of different profiles around the table for a panel discussion on how they navigate the many options to release music.
Finally, we invite you to make the most of the coffee breaks to meet each other, to get inspired, and to visit the information desks by SABAM, PlayRight and ECSA. And to enjoy the delicious drinks and pastries, of course!
We’re already looking forward to listening to your (future) records.
Esther Gottschalk is the Director of the Association of Dutch Composers Nieuw Geneco, representing more than 320 composers of classical, contemporary and art music in the Netherlands.
She is a strong defender and promotor of the artistic, economic and sociocultural interests of composers and raises awareness for Fair Pay, Fair Share and Fair Chain in art music. Esther Gottschalk is encouraging wider support and additional financial flows and contribute to a greater visibility of composers working in the Netherlands.
She is the founder of New Music NOW, the independent foundation that promotes art music and infiltrates cities, festivals, conferences; founder of the annual Dutch Composers Day (Dag van de Componist) and New Music Network. She is an active member, and former Board member of the European Composers and Songwriters Alliance (ECSA), Vice Chair of ECSA’s ECF Committee, Co-founder and interim Chair of the Dutch Creative Coalition, member of the Fair Practice Code focus group, initiator of the Gender Balance & Diversity Working group of Nieuw Geneco and founder of the Nieuw Geneco Fair Practice Awards.
As a cultural entrepreneur, Esther Gottschalk is the Director of Gottschalk Cultural Advice, research and cultural consultancy for cultural institutions, festivals, collectives and funds, such as the National Mondriaan Fund, Lucebert Foundation, Parkstad Limburg Theaters, Schrit_tmacher Just Dance Festival, Cultural Capital Maastricht + Euregion, new music ensemble Nieuw Amsterdams Peil. She was the placemaker and founder of YXIE, centre for word, image and sound in Alkmaar. Previously, she was director of the FKU, the national trade association for art centers and art libraries.
Recently she wrote “Fair Chain; proposing alternative models for a circular value chain for culture” (in the context of the National Labor Market Agenda for Culture and Creative Industries), together with composer/researcher Jan-Bas Bollen.
www.nieuwgeneco.nl / www.newmusicnow.nl
Matthew Whiteside is an award-winning composer and concert producer based in Glasgow, enjoying a dual career as composer and the Artistic Director of The Night With…
Recent work has included Emptiness for United Strings of Europe and Emily Thorner, Night Thoughts, commissioned by Crash Ensemble for New Music Dublin and shortlisted in the 2021 Scottish Awards for New Music, a short opera Little Black Lies commissioned by Scottish Opera Connect, with libretto by Helene Grøn, Quartet No. 4 (Entangled) commissioned by the Institute of Physics for the 2018 NI Science Festival and Ground, Air, Life commissioned by the Glasgow Barons. In 2024 he published The Guidebook for Self-Releasing Your Music to help composers and performers understand the process of releasing music. This develops on his educational work mentoring composers and performers on how to run their music business.
From idea to concept, from recording to release on CD, LP or an online platform. How do you proceed once you've planted the seed to release your music? These will be the themes we’ll discuss with our panelists who are members of an ensemble, composers or artists. We’ll search for good practices, try to identify pitfalls, and to find the key to successful partnerships. Or should you become your own publisher?
PANEL MEMBERS: Ann Eysermans, Gerrit Geerts (Het Collectief), Bruno Letort and McCloud Zicmuse
Ann Eysermans is a composer, performer and conceptual artist. She plays harp and double bass within various groups such as Fnussjen, DUO, r.naakt.i and FENNA. She was artist in residence at ChampdAction from 2007 to 2023. In 2021-2022, she created FOR TRAINSPOTTERS ONLY for the Trains & Tracks festival (Europalia), in which her Prelude and Fugue for 4 diesel locomotives and harp were the main thread in a concert with harp and locomotives (on stage), a series of film concerts and a vinyl record released by the Cortizona label. In 2023, her new album MOONLIGHT SHADOH was released, also by Cortizona. Ten new compositions for, about and with her dog Shadoh, contain his usual sounds – including barking, smacking, drooling, whining, shaking himself, eating and drinking – sounding over the harp, viola da gamba, organs, noise and beats.
Het Collectief is a chamber music group, founded in 1988 in Brussels. Working consistently from a solid nucleus of five musicians, the group has created an intriguing and idiosyncratic sound, achieved by an unfamiliar mix of strings, wind instruments and piano.
In its repertoire, Het Collectief returns to the Second Viennese School, the roots of modernism. Starting from this solid basis, it explores important twentieth century repertoire, including the very latest experimental trends. The group also creates a furore with daring crossovers between the contemporary and the traditional repertoire and with adaptations of ancient music.
Next to the many concert venues in Belgium, Het Collectief regularly brings its productions to concert halls abroad, including The Netherlands, France, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Austria, Spain, Malta, Cyprus, Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine and in South America (Peru and Brazil) and in Asia (Hong Kong).
Bruno Letort is a prominent figure in the contemporary French music scene. Formally trained in composition and harmony, his work is characterized by a deliberate indifference to stylistic boundaries. His orchestral pieces, his numerous string quartets and a ground-breaking interactive opera are evidence of an open-minded sensibility as much to the minimalist movement as to the Eastern European tradition or ambient and electronic music. He has composed interactive interdisciplinary works for stage, film and ballet. As a composer, producer or arranger he worked with Laurie Anderson, David Torn, Evan Ziporyn, Stromae, Francis Lai, David Krakauer, Bruno Coulais, David Lynx, Mike Ladd, Pierre Henry, Fred Frith, Jean-Luc Godard...
He founded the French National Radio label 'Signature' and published records from Lee Ranaldo, Fred Frith, Pierre Henry, Ravi Prasad, Régïs Boulard, Noël Akchoté..
McCloud Zicmuse is a multi disciplinary artist & prince carnaval of Schaerbeek. Music is one of the primary areas of recognition for McCloud's work, such as gaining the Octave de Musique for best pop group in 2011 (FWB) to the Prize of the Minister of Culture (FWB) in 2020. Running DIY labels along the way: starting in the punk scene in the late '80's in the southern US, moving to the experimental & contemporary scene in the Pacific northwest, to mixing everything together here in Belgium, McCloud continues to publish works through the house label Herberg Rustiek, and is active musically with two projects: experimental hommel playing with Linus Vandewolken & a genre bending big band ensemble: Prins Zonder Carnaval & de Gilde.
Coffee breaks are for...
- reloading with something sweet and a nice cup of coffee or tea
- meeting each other
- getting inspired by each other
- getting informed at our information market!
The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) is a European network based in Brussels, whose main objective is to defend and promote the rights of music authors on a national, European, and international level. The Alliance advocates for equitable commercial conditions for composers and songwriters and strives to improve the social and economic development of music creation in Europe. ECSA collaborates with its members located all across Europe and strives to improve the social and economic development of music creation in Europe and beyond.
PlayRight is the collective management society that collects, manages and distributes neighbouring rights to performing artists in Belgium. All musicians, actors, dancers, comedians and circus artists whose work has been recorded can become a member of PlayRight in order to receive a remuneration in case their recordings are exploited. Other than that, PlayRight partners up with projects like Belgian Music Days that support Belgian performers.
Sabam offers its members and cultural organizations significant assistance in the creation, promotion, and internationalization of local cultural productions. Let's imagine, envision and embrace culture together!
Partners sector meeting
(also present during the coffee breaks - come and find us!)
The 'Composers Archipelago Flanders', in Dutch abbreviated to ComAV, is a interest grouping of Flemish composers. It was founded on 30 March 2003 during the first general meeting in Bornem. The founders were composers, active in different branches of the composers' profession.
ComAV wants to make a constructive contribution with regard to the development of a favourable climate and suitable circumstances in which the broadest possible field of composers can function optimally.
Archipelago' was added to the name as an unmistakable metaphor for the independence of the composer in all respects. It is therefore not a genre or style club. However contrary the individual interests and dispositions of the composers may sometimes be, there are always common points of contact to be found that are important for all composers.
Flanders' only refers to the territorial delimitation and does not in any way mean a mental isolation from the world. Composers who live or work in Flanders can become a member. By this addition, we mainly mean that we could act as a mouthpiece vis-à-vis the government and all other co-players in the Flemish music landscape.
Driven by knowledge, bitten by art, Flanders Arts Institute is the professional arts support centre for three disciplines: the visual arts, the performing arts and classical music. For all who work in the arts, Flanders Arts Institute aims to be an inspiration, an available and reliable source of knowledge, a data provider and fact-checker, a source of support, a facilitator and an innovator, and we do this in many ways.
We inform and give advice to artists, both new and experienced, about funding, career opportunities and international collaborations. We invite international professionals to get to know our sector and to garner possible collaborations. We gather the arts sector in thematic events, to discus topics that matter to them e.g. fairness, audiences, inclusivity, crisis, and many more. We map and describe the sector for everyone who's interested in our database and with expert essays.
Created on March 20, 2002, the Forum de la Création Musicale is an association and a federation for french speaking Belgian composers. The association's project is multifaceted: first and foremost, promoting the works of all composers in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, whether in written or electroacoustic music, but also making recommendations to the institutions concerned, both nationally and internationally, with a view to improving the status of composers, and acting as an information center and hub for all those involved in contemporary musical creation.
To provide both a showcase for composers and musicians from the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, and a forum for exchange with various national and international partners, the FCM has also created two alternating biennials, the LOOP Festival (odd-numbered years) and the Belgian Music Days (even-numbered years).
The International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) is an international network for everyone who is involved with contemporary music on a professional level. Its main ambition is to promote and establish contemporary music as an art form.
Within this network, MATRIX represents Flanders, devoting itself to the distribution of the music of Flemish composers through, amongst other things, organising sectoral meetings, study days, facilitating collaborations and cooperating in publications and presentations. Through the support of Flanders Arts Institute (Kunstenpunt), MATRIX can pursue this ambition with the necessary international allure.
MATRIX [New Music Centre] keeps a finger on the pulse of the contemporary music scene. Just like the culture and ecosystem we live in, this musical scene is in constant motion. And we are moving along. We translate the fascinating world of contemporary music into publications, exhibitions, and educational projects for various audiences. Together with KU Leuven, we manage an extensive music collection.