Electronic music artist Jean-Michel Jarre has been re-elected as president of CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers Societies.
The elections took place during CISAC's annual general assembly, which was held in Paris on Friday June 3 and gathered together over 250 representatives of member societies, including ASCAP and BMI (U.S.), APRA (Australia), GEMA (Germany), JARSAC (Japan), PRS for Music (U.K.) and SOCAN (Canada).
The event, which marked CISAC's 90th anniversary, also saw the re-election of CISAC's three vice presidents -- Benin-born, New York-based singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo, Argentinean film director Marcelo Piñeyro and Senegalese sculptor Ousmane Sow -- for three year terms. Chinese film director Jia Zhang-ke, who won best screenplay at the 2013 Cannes film festival for A Touch of Sin, was newly elected to the position of vice president.
"We are thrilled that Jean-Michel Jarre, Angélique Kidjo, Marcelo Piñeyro and Ousmane Sow have been re-elected as President and Vice-Presidents of CISAC. We are also delighted to welcome celebrated film director Jia Zhang-ke as our new Vice President," said CISAC Director General Gadi Oron.
He went on to say that the election of Jia Zhang-ke to CISAC's senior leadership would help strengthen the organization's relationship with China at a time when the country "is increasingly improving its protection of authors' rights and establishing itself as a leading market for creative content."
In honor of the confederation's 90th anniversary, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls held a reception in Paris attended by Jarre and over 100 artists, composers, filmmakers and authors, including Axel Bauer, Olivia Ruiz, Eric Serra, and Oscar and Grammy-winning song writer B. At the address, the French Prime Minister spoke about the importance of protecting authors' rights in the digital economy.
"The [French] government acts on numerous levels: the battle against piracy, fair remuneration of authors and artists for the digital use of their works, and supporting the means of financing creation. France, an early pioneer for authors' rights, will stay at the forefront of its modernisation," said Valls.
His words were welcomed by EDM pioneer Jarre, who called authors' rights "a key driver of the creative economy, generating employment and revenue, which allows an entire class of, often young, people to live off of their talent."
"As the world becomes increasingly digital, it is all the more necessary to ensure that creators receive fair remuneration for the use of their artistic works, particularly in digital market," Jarre went on to say, calling for "governments and decision makers to support pro-creator legislation in France, in Europe and throughout the world."