CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, which is currently staging the world Creators Summit in Washington, D.C., has launched LINK, a forum of intellectual property creators, to facilitate communication and enhance understanding between the creative community, collective management societies and decision makers.

According to the announcement, LINK, a think tank comprised of artists from a variety of creative sectors including music, drama, literature, audio-visual and visual arts and will serve as the voice of creators and ensure the flow of information to CISAC leadership, the global creative community, and ultimately policy makers whose decisions directly impact artists’ livelihood.

The first meeting of LINK included: Jean Michel Jarre, Angélique Kidjo, Javed Akhtar, Rupert Hine, Bendik Hofseth, Ousmane Sow, Werner Stauffacher, Simon Darlow, Penny Grubb, and the chairs of CISAC’s International Councils of Creators: Lorenzo Ferrero, Hervé di Rosa and Yves Nilly.

 “With the positive power of the artists’ voices united, LINK aspires to find common areas of interest and create a supportive community not only across artistic disciplines but also around the globe, and raise our voices together, within our national collective organizations and our national governments," Jarre said in a statement.

Some of the topics expected to be discussed within LINK include alliances with international/regional bodies; the balance of rights / constitutional rights, such as freedom of speech vs. freedom of creation; and the changes of law, especially in emerging markets such as China, India, Brazil.