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