SKAP - The Swedish Society of Songwriters, Composers and Authors - is a Swedish interest group for professional songwriters, composers, lyricists and adaptors of all genres. SKAP holds presidency of ECSA - European Composer and Songwriter Alliance, and collaborates via ECSA with MCNA, Music Creators North America. Together, ECSA and MCNA represent National Music Creators' Organizations and their members in more than 40 countries.
SKAP works for the rights of individual music creators and for good conditions in the field of professional music creation. SKAP offers member services, such as councelling, training courses and insurance solutions. SKAP is, together with FST (The Society of Swedish Composers, representing composers in the field of contemporary classical music composition) and Musikförläggarna (The Swedish Music Publishers Association), trustee of Stim, the Swedish Performing Rights Society. SKAP is also represented on the board of the Nordic Copyright Bureau (ncb) which licenses mechanical and Internet rights in the eight Nordic and Baltic countries.
SKAP MAKES A DIFFERENCE – IN SWEDEN AND ON AN INTERNATIONAL LEVEL
SKAP is lobbying in Sweden and across the world. The main purpose is to advocate artistic rights, such as authors' rights and artistic freedom of speech, and to promote musical diversity.
In Sweden, SKAP works through a variety of networks, such as KLYS, Musiksverige and Kulturskaparna. Holding presidency of ECSA – European Composer & Songwriter Alliance, SKAP has an important role as representative for all composers in the European Union. The chairman of SKAP, Alfons Karabuda, is also a boardmember of the International Music Council, and an expert adviser on authors’ rights and freedom of speech in the United Nations Human Rights Council.
SKAP is actively fighting the growing emergence of coercion. This action is being closely coordinated with our colleagues in other composers’ associations in Europe through ECSA - European Composer & Songwriter Alliance. SKAP is also fighting the ever-growing concentration of ownership in the music industry. SKAP has actively lobbied in Brussels against various mega mergers (e.g. Time Warner- EMI, 2000, Sony-BMG records, 2005 and more recently the proposed merger of the publishing divisions of Universal BMG).
GOVERNANCE OF STIM – A PRIORITY
SKAP represents the interests of composers and songwriters in STIM, and ensures that Stim operates in an efficient and transparent way, not risking to discriminate any author.
SKAP offers its members free legal and economic counselling regarding contracts, authors’ rights and self-employment. SKAP arranges courses and activities for its members, hands out prizes and grants scholarships, and enables work and recreation in self-owned apartments in France, Spain and the US. Through SKAP, members can also benefit from better insurance solutions, such as company insurances, instrument insurances and insurances that cover sick leave.
IN FOCUS 2014: DIVERSITY AND EQUALITY
Every year, SKAP focuses on a certain issue that effects the whole area of SKAP’s work. The focus area for 2014 is Diversity and Equality. It is part of the strategic, long-term work of SKAP to promote the value of the work of music creators – regardless of sex, age, ethnicity, sexual preference etc.
SKAP – The Swedish Society of Songwriters, Composers & Authors
The folder SKAP – The Swedish Society of Songwriters, Composers & Authors presents SKAP and its operations. The folder may be downloaded here, or ordered in printed version from the SKAP office at info [at] skap.se.
UNHRC Report - The right to freedom of artistic expression and creativity
FN:s råd för mänskliga rättigheter publicerade 2013 sin första rapport om konstnärliga rättigheter. Rapporten syftar till att ge en bild av kulturskapares situation världen över och ger en rad rekommendationer till medlemsstaterna. Rapporten pekar på sambanden mellan olika konstnärliga rättigheter och hur dessa samverkar för att skydda såväl konstnärliga som demokratiska processer. SKAP:s ordförande Alfons Karabuda är rådgivande expert till FN:s råd för mänskliga rättigheter.