During its general assembly in Seoul, South Korea, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) today (Oct. 20) approved measures aimed at streamlining its operations.

During its general assembly in Seoul, South Korea, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) today (Oct. 20) approved measures aimed at streamlining its operations. The move had been tipped in Billboard.

Members voted to combine CISAC's existing administrative council and executive bureau into a single board of directors. The board will have 20 members comprising executives of member societies, with guaranteed regional and repertoire representation.

"What has been achieved today is very important, but it is by no means the end of the story," CISAC secretary general Eric Baptiste tells Billboard.biz. He notes that the changes mark the first time since 1966 CISAC has undergone a major revamp.

"The board will be less Euro-centric and less music-centric," adds Baptiste, noting that CISAC's membership includes filmmakers, writers and other creators not from the music field. He notes, however, that more than 90% of the €6 billion ($7.5 billion) in annual collections by CISAC member societies are from the music field.

CISAC's members also voted to have the general assembly meet annually, instead of every two years. "This will bring CISAC closer to its members," says Baptiste.

The CISAC Congress will be held every third year after that year's general assembly; the board of directors will meet three or four times a year. The next general assembly will take place in 2005 and the next Congress will happen in 2007.

"The board will be run more like the board of a corporation," says Baptiste, whose title will change to director general as part of the confederation's new look. "There will be speedier decisions - a more business-like approach."

Baptiste says the Paris-based organization is also trying to reinvigorate its authors' councils by having them meet more often and rethinking its composition.

Tomorrow's general assembly will choose CISAC's new board of directors along with a board chairman and two vice-chairmen.

CISAC was founded in 1926 in France, where it still has its worldwide headquarters. From an initial 18 founding members, the non-governmental, nonprofit organization today counts 209 member bodies from 108 countries, representing more than 2 million creators.

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