Björn Ulvaeus elected as the next President of CISAC

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Björn Ulvaeus elected as the next President of CISAC

Björn Ulvaeus has been appoint­ed Pres­i­dent of CISAC, the glob­al con­fed­er­a­tion of authors’ soci­eties and the largest net­work of cre­ators world­wide. Björn Ulvaeus and Ben­ny Ander­s­son are one of the most suc­cess­ful song­writ­ing duos of all time.

Ulvaeus, co-founder of ABBA and pro­lif­ic writer of over 150 hit songs and shows, has cre­at­ed music that has inspired the world and spanned the globe. He is also a vocal cam­paign­er for the rights of cre­ators. He brings a deep under­stand­ing of the cre­ative indus­tries and the sys­tems that help authors get fair pay­ment for their works.

As CISAC Pres­i­dent, which has a three-year term, Björn 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.

CISAC – the Inter­na­tion­al Con­fed­er­a­tion of Soci­eties of Authors and Com­posers – rep­re­sents more than 230 authors soci­eties in over 120 coun­tries. Through this com­mu­ni­ty, CISAC sup­ports the glob­al net­work of col­lec­tive man­age­ment of rights. The CISAC com­mu­ni­ty ensures the liveli­hood of more than four mil­lion cre­ators and is respon­si­ble for col­lect­ing €9.6 bil­lion of licens­ing income and roy­al­ties world­wide.

Com­ment­ing on the new role, Björn 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 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 terms for cre­ators. I am also inter­est­ed in how the tech­nolo­gies we use can work bet­ter, earn­ing cre­ators fair­er rewards for their work and more roy­al­ties. 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”.

Björn Ulvaeus was elect­ed Pres­i­dent by CISAC’s Gen­er­al Assem­bly, which took place in a vir­tu­al meet­ing on May 28th, 2020. He suc­ceeds French elec­tron­ic music pio­neer Jean-Michel Jarre, who held the CISAC Pres­i­den­cy role for sev­en years.