CI­SAC ruft Re­gie­run­gen welt­weit zur Un­ter­stüt­zung Krea­ti­ver auf

In ei­nem of­fe­nen Brief ru­fen der Prä­si­dent und die Vi­ze­prä­si­den­ten der CI­SAC, des In­ter­na­tio­na­len Dach­ver­bands der Ver­wer­tungs­ge­sell­schaf­ten für Ur­he­be­rIn­nen, Re­gie­rungs­ver­tre­te­rIn­nen al­ler Län­der auf, Not­fall­maß­nah­men zu set­zen und Krea­tiv­schaf­fen­de best­mög­lich zu un­ter­stüt­zen.

Cal­ling on go­vernments for glo­bal ac­tion to help creators

This open let­ter to go­vernments in­ter­na­tio­nal­ly was is­sued to­day by the Pre­si­dent and Vice-Pre­si­dents of CI­SAC, the In­ter­na­tio­nal Con­fe­de­ra­ti­on of So­cie­ties of Aut­hors and Com­po­sers.

The co­ro­na­vi­rus cri­sis is po­sing an unpre­ce­den­ted thre­at, on a glo­bal sca­le, to a ge­nera­ti­on of peop­le who make a li­ving and a pro­fes­si­on as creators. We wri­te to­day as the Pre­si­dent and Vice Pre­si­dents of CI­SAC, and as ar­tists from dif­fe­rent re­gi­ons of the world, to call for ac­tion by go­vernments on a glo­bal sca­le to help creators sur­vi­ve the cur­rent cri­sis and even­tual­ly help lead it to re­co­very.

CI­SAC is the lar­gest crea­ti­ve net­work in the world, with over 230 mem­ber aut­hors so­cie­ties re­pre­sen­ting 4 mil­li­on working creators of all re­per­toires.

Creators of mu­sic, au­dio­vi­su­al works, vi­su­al arts, dra­ma and li­te­ra­tu­re are the back­bone of na­tio­nal cul­tures and of eco­no­mies. Even now, it is their crea­ti­ve works which are ever­y­whe­re hel­ping and con­nec­ting mil­li­ons of peop­le who are ha­ving to en­du­re a life of qua­ran­ti­ne.

But creators are in a uni­que­ly fra­gi­le po­si­ti­on. The lar­ge ma­jo­ri­ty of them are self-em­ploy­ed and de­pen­dent on royal­ties paid by aut­hors so­cie­ties. To­day, and in the co­m­ing weeks and mon­ths, creators will be among the worst af­fec­ted by the cri­sis.

Aut­hors so­cie­ties are do­ing their best, main­tai­ning royal­ty dis­tri­bu­ti­ons and using emer­gen­cy so­cial funds whe­re pos­si­ble. Howe­ver, CI­SAC mem­bers from across the world, are re­por­ting a col­lap­se of cul­tu­ral and en­ter­tain­ment ac­ti­vi­ty, af­fec­ting con­certs, fes­ti­vals, ex­hi­bi­ti­ons and all the main plat­forms whe­re crea­ti­ve works are used.

Creators are by na­tu­re self-mo­ti­va­ted en­tre­pre­neurs and will be an enor­mous­ly po­si­ti­ve for­ce in hel­ping dri­ve the eco­no­mic re­co­very in the fu­ture. But they ur­gent­ly need res­cue mea­su­res now, and only the le­ver of go­vernment po­li­cy will have the im­pact re­qui­red.

Several go­vernments, such as Fran­ce, have ac­ted, for ex­amp­le with emer­gen­cy fun­ding for crea­ti­ve sec­tors; others such as Ar­gen­ti­na, Chi­le and Peru, have al­rea­dy iden­ti­fied pro­tec­tion for the creators (for ex­amp­le via tax and so­cial se­cu­ri­ty con­ces­si­ons and emer­gen­cy pay­ments) as a prio­ri­ty.

It is im­pe­ra­ti­ve that go­vernments in all coun­tries act for creators now and en­su­re the hig­hest le­vel of sup­port pos­si­ble.

We thank you for your sup­port and for un­der­stan­ding the vi­tal im­por­t­ance of creators in the fu­ture of our cul­tu­re and so­cie­ty.

Kind re­gards,

Jean-Mi­chel Jar­re, elec­tro­nic mu­sic com­po­ser and per­for­mer

CI­SAC Pre­si­dent

An­ge­li­que Kid­jo, sin­ger and song­wri­ter

CI­SAC Vice Pre­si­dent

Mi­quel Bar­celó, vi­su­al ar­tist

CI­SAC Vice Pre­si­dent

Mar­ce­lo Pi­ñey­ro, film di­rec­tor

CI­SAC Vice Pre­si­dent

Jia Zhang-ke, film di­rec­tor, wri­ter and pro­du­cer

CI­SAC Vice Pre­si­dent

Calling on governments for global action to help creators