European Composer and Songwriter Alliance seeks Secretary General

European Composer and Songwriter Alliance 5<y Senior Level  Brussel, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium 5 Mrz 2018

Job Description

Secretary General

The main objective of the alliance is to defend and promote the rights of authors of music at the national, European and international level by any legal means. ECSA advocates for equitable commercial conditions for composers and songwriters and strives to improve social and economic development of music creation in Europe.

ECSA is an international non-profit organisation registered under Belgium law.

The Brussels Office was set up in order to co-ordinate ECSA relations with European institutions, i.e. the European Commission (EC), the Council of the European Union (EU) and the European Parliament (EP), as well as to liaise with several European and international industry associations and NGOs which represent stakeholders active in the field of culture, copyright and the music industry. The Brussels Office also serves as ECSA Headquarters, providing membership service, intelligence on policy developments and acting as a focal point for ECSA members.

The Secretary General is appointed by the ECSA board of directors.

Main duties of the Secretary General

  • Developing ECSA’s lobbying strategy and ensuring the infiltration of ECSA positions in the context of the EU Digital Single Market Strategy, most prominently with respect to the copyright directive;
  • Representing the interest of European songwriters in the context of the Music Modernisation Act and liaising with ECSA partner organisations in the US;
  • Representing ECSA ‘s official positions and positioning ECSA amongst opinion leaders;
  • Managing ECSA staff members and directing the work of the Programme Managers and the Executive Officer;
  • Liaising with the European Commission in the context of ECSA’s Creative Europe Programme and ensuring the implementation of ECSA’s work plan;
  • Ensuring the effective implementation of ECSA internal meetings, including the Autumn and the Winter Session;
  • Travelling is required.

The overall role of the Secretary General is to ensure the implementation of ECSA’s mission statement and aims, as well as to secure highest standards in terms of quality and productivity of the organization.

In particular the Secretary General is tasked to

  • Reporting to the President and the board on a general basis;
  • Preparing the Annual General Assembly and the Fall meeting, as well as assisting the President in chairing relevant ECSA meetings;
  • Directing and managing the team of the ECSA office (Executive Officer and Programme Managers);
  • Finding consensus and elaborate ECSA positions on a short notice;
  • Reviewing budget and accounts on a regular basis and ensure highest accounting standards (in collaboration with the Executive Officer);
  • Advising ECSA members on relevant policy matters, as well as providing intelligence reports on EU and global developments;
  • Maintaining and developing contacts with representatives of the EU, including members of the European Parliament, European Commission officials and permanent representations of the member states, as well as relevant professional organisations;
  • Exchanging information and views on IP within the European institutions and the relevant professional organisations (through both official and unofficial channels);
  • Organising and participating in meetings between the ECSA President and EU decision-makers and high-ranking officials from the relevant professional organisations;
  • Programming and organizing public awareness events including press conferences, the Creators Conference and establishing necessary partnerships.

The ideal candidate will have

  • An excellent knowledge of public affairs;
  • A thorough understanding of music and culture, the profession of composers and songwriters, as well as copyright law and the music industry;
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of the structure and political functions of major European organisations such as the EU;
  • Political judgement based on experience with the policy-making process at the EU level;
  • Extensive diplomatic and consensus finding skills;
  • Capacity to define and develop the ECSA strategy relating to its cultural program and the overall reform of copyright;
  • Experience of working in an international organisation and knowledge of the institutional context of such organisations;
  • Excellent ability to communicate orally and in writing in English and a further European language;
  • Proven experience of managing a team, including staff motivation and development, and co-ordination of work and information flow;
  • A structured approach to project management.


Gross Annual Salary: 65 000 EUR + additional benefits subject to the candidate’s experience. This position is based in Brussels, frequent travelling is required.


To apply please send your CV as well as a cover letter and copies of respective diplomas to

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