• 27 - 30 SEPT 2021

The benefits offered to composers by collective management societies

Session 8 | Discussion | Thursday, 15.5.2014 | 13:00 - 13:45 | Conference Room 2

Collective management societies have always played a key role in helping composers to earn money with their music. From licensing to royalty payments, this session will reveal how the system of collective management works. It will also explore the role of such societies as promoters of cultural diversity. Online use of musical works has increased rapidly over the past decade, broadening the way we consume music beyond traditional live performances and broadcasting. This has created new challenges for collective management societies, posing questions about how they should respond to best serve the community of composers. The forthcoming Collective Rights Management Directive sets out a legal framework for the cross-border licensing of online use of musical works. Will the directive help the European online music market to prosper to the benefit of all European composers?


Chaired by


Gernot Graninger (Austria)

Chief executive, AKM

Born in 1963 in Salzburg, Gernot Graninger studied law and history of art before gaining an MBA from Webster University. Since 2006 he has been chief executive of AKM, the Austrian management society for authors, composers and music publishers. He is also member of ALAI Austria and the International Commission of Jurists. (Photo: AKM)



Astrid Koblanck (Austria)

Managing director, Universal Edition

Astrid Koblanck has a background in law and worked for several years as assistant to the managing director of Literar-Mechana. She joined Universal Edition in 1996 and has been managing director since 2004.
(Photo: Aleksandra Pawloff)



Lucie Mattera (Belgium)

Secretary general of European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA)

Lucie Mattera – Secretary General of European Composer and Songwriters Alliance - ECSA since February 2014. Prior to her assignment with ECSA, she was a member of the cabinet of the Minister for the Economy and Finance in France. She also worked for the U.S. government, and has direct work experience in the European Parliament.
(Photo: Audrey de Wael)

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