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CISAC Elects Jean Michel Jarre as New President,
Expands Vice Presidency to Four Positions with
Javed Akhtar, Angélique Kidjo, Marcelo Piñeyro, and
Ousmane Sow

Appointments announced today by CISAC following conclusion of
2013 World Creators Summit

WASHINGTON, DC and PARIS, France (June 6, 2013) – In its annual meeting today, held in Washington DC, CISAC (the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers) has officially elected electronic music pioneer Jean Michel Jarre to serve as its new president. Jarre will succeed the late Robin Gibb, who passed away in May 2012, and Hervé Di Rosa, French visual artist and painter who served as CISAC’s acting president for the past year. The organization also expanded its Vice President role to four positions, enabling more territories and repertoire to be represented. These positions will go to Javed Akhtar, one of the most successful multi-platform creators from India; Angélique Kidjo, a Grammy Award-winning artist and activist from the West African nation of the Republic of Benin; Marcelo Piñeyro, an Academy Award-winning producer and director of Spanish-language films; and Ousmane Sow, a revered sculptor from the African city of Dakar in Senegal.

Jean-Michel Jarre

Jean-Michel Jarre

The appointments were announced today by the CISAC’s General Assembly following the organization’s fourth biennial World Creators Summit, the leading international and cross-industry forum addressing the future of copyright and creators’ interests.

The new President and Vice Presidents will act as the voice of the authors’ community worldwide, defending and championing the interests of CISAC, its 231 member societies and the 3 million creators it represents.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jean Michel Jarre and our new four Vice Presidents as we continue striving to create a world where creators can practice their art without fear of being short-changed,” said Kenth Muldin, Chairman of the CISAC Board of Directors. “As creators themselves, all five new appointees are well aware of the issues faced by the creative community, making them ideal candidates to carry on the legacy of our previous President Robin Gibb, who fought tirelessly for creators’ rights throughout his life. We look forward to working with them to continue the work of making his vision a reality.”

“When I first started making music, I never thought my path would lead me to become the head of an organization with such an important mission, and it is a true honor to accept the responsibility of the CISAC Presidency,” said Jarre. “Creators’ rights are up for debate all over the world, and it is our duty to ensure that they are able to maintain their control of and right to be compensated for their own art. I am excited to begin this journey with the rest of the CISAC Board, our new Vice Presidents, and all of our talented members.”

“Jean Michel Jarre is already demonstrating his strong leadership for the international community of creators, and I know he, Javed Akhtar, Angélique Kidjo, Marcelo Piñeyro, and Ousmane Sow will serve us all very well to ensure the voice of the artist is heard in the debate around the policies that most affect our lives. I look forward to working with them closely,” said Hervé Di Rosa. Di Rosa will now serve as the chair of CISAC’s International Council of Creators of Graphic, Plastic and Photographic Arts, CIAGP.

Jarre was one of the first electronic musicians, coming to international fame in 1977 with his smash #1 album Oxygene. The record has sold more than 18 million copies worldwide, and Jarre has gone on to sell over 80 million albums total, including subsequent hits Equinoxe, Magnetic Fields, Zoolook, and Rendezvous. He is also a true innovator in the live-performance space, bringing his music and vision outdoors to the masses. He was the first western musician invited to perform in Post-Mao China, and he has played at the Great Pyramids of Egypt, collaborated with NASA on a Houston City concert in memory of the Challenger space crew, performed for Pope John Paul II, played in front of France’s Eiffel Tower in celebration of the country World Cup victory, and more. Jarre recently embarked on his first-ever world tour, which will took him to more than 30 countries and feature over 220 performances.

Dubbed “Africa’s premier diva” by Time Magazine, Kidjo is a Grammy-winning musical performer with 12 albums to her name. She has been featured in the BBC’s list of Africa’s 50 most iconic figures, been listed as one of the Top 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World by The Guardian, and was ranked #1 on Forbes’ Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa list. Kidjo’s music cross-pollinates the West African traditions of her childhood in Benin with elements of American R&B, funk and jazz, as well as influences from Europe and Latin America, leading to collaborations with a variety of international artists including Bono, Carlos Santana, Peter Gabriel, Alicia Keys and Gilberto Gil. She is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and OXFAM, and created her own charitable foundation, Batonga, to support the education of young girls in Africa.

Angélique Kidjo

Angélique Kidjo

Akhtar is a respected Urdu scriptwriter, poet, and lyricist who has won over 30 awards for his films, including five National Awards for Best Lyricist and 16 Film Fare Awards for Best Script/Best Lyricist; been recognized by the Government of India, the Government of Uttar Pradesh, the All India Anti-Terrorist Association, and more for his activism; and delivered keynote speeches at Harvard University, Columbia University, and the University of Maryland, among others. Akhtar’s films introduced the concept of the “angry young man” to Indian cinema through massive hits such as Zanjeer, Deewar, Sholay, Sagar, Mr. India, Betaab, and more. He is also an accomplished poet, with his first collection, TARKASH, receiving rave reviews and becoming India’s first audio book. He is a founding member of the Muslim Intelligentsia, a group that fights against fundamentalism of all hues and seeks to lead Muslims to concentrate on education and women’s rights.

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Javed Akhtar

Piñeyro received the Academy Award for best Foreign Language movie in 1985 for the film La Historia Oficial, which he executive produced. Since then, he has won a variety of international awards for his filmography, which also includes Tango Feroz, Caballos Salvajes, Cenizas del Paraíso, and the upcoming Ismael. He has participated in major film festivals such as San Sebastián, Sundance, and Rome, and was honored with the Emerging Masters Award at the Seattle International Film Festival as well as three Goya prizes from the Spain Cinema Academy. He was also acknowledged with the “Sur” award by the Argentine Academy.

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Marcelo Piñeyro

Sow is a world-renowned sculptor whose works have been displayed at the French Cultural Center of Dakar, the Dokumenta of Kassel in Germany, the Palazzo Grassi in Venice, the Pont des Arts in Paris, and the Whitney Museum in New York City. Deeply rooted in his home country, he uses a unique technique on a structure made of iron, straw, and jute to create monumental works inspired by African peoples (the Nuba, the Masaï, the Zulu, the Peulh) and major events in history.

Senegalaisement.com, le site officiel des amoureux du Sénégal

Ousmane Sow

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Media Contacts:

Americas: Laurie Jakobsen / +1 (646) 484 6764 / laurie@jaybirdcom.com

Europe /UK: Penny Jones / +44 (0)207 812 0541 / penny@aspectconsulting.eu

Europe / France:  Lauriane Halle / + 33 1 43 59 29 92 / lauriane.halle@gootenberg.fr

Europe / Brussels: Aymeric Leruste / +32 2 510 60 23 / aymeric@aspectconsulting.eu

WCS: Marianne Rollet / +33 (0) 1 55 62 08 57 / marianne.rollet@cisac.org

CISAC : Gadi Oron / +33 (0) 1 55 62 08 50 / gadi.oron@cisac.org

 

About CISAC www.cisac.org

CISAC – the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers – is the leading worldwide network of collective management organisations and a unique international NGO uniting 231 authors’ societies and guilds in 121 countries, thus representing more than 3 million creators and publishers from all creative genres (music, film, visual arts, and literary). In 2011, worldwide royalties collected by CISAC members on behalf of creators reached $10.3 billion (€7.6 billion).

CISAC aims to increase both the protection and the promotion of creators’ rights worldwide. CISAC enables collective management organisations to seamlessly represent creators across the globe and ensure that royalties flow to authors for the use of their works anywhere in the world. To this end, CISAC provides the highest business, legal, and IT standards to protect creators’ rights and to support the development of the international network of collective management societies.

Founded in 1926, CISAC is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation with worldwide headquarters in France and regional offices in Chile, Hungary, Singapore, and Burkina Faso. Olivier Hinnewinkel is the organization’s Director General; the President is Jean Michel Jarre, and the four  Vice Presidents, representing CISAC’s represented creative repertoires, are Javed Akhtar, Angélique Kidjo, Marcelo Piñeyro, and Ousmane Sow.