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CIAM, the International Council of Music Creators, is the umbrella organisation for a network of continental alliances that are involved in local debates on copyright and developments. Since some of its members participated in the creation of the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA), CIAM has supported the establishment of the Pan-African Composers and Songwriters Alliance (PACSA) in Africa, the Alliance of Latin American Creators of Music (ALCAM) in Latin America, the Music Creators North America (MCNA) in North America and the Asia-Pacific Music Alliance (APMA) in Asia-Pacific.

In 2014, CIAM Chair Lorenzo Ferrero had a successful meeting with the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles (CFLAC), a non-profit group of Chinese creators. CIAM’s goal was to establish an alliance for Asia-Pacific in 2015, which was achieved in 2016.

The current CIAM President is Canadian songwriter, Eddie Schwartz. The CIAM Honorary President is Lorenzo Ferrero.

CIAM Congress in Nashville, Tennessee

In October 2014, at its Annual Congress, CIAM unanimously adopted a resolution in favour of Fair Trade Music, a powerful project calling for high standards of transparency in the music value chain and for fair compensation for creators. The project aims to raise the public’s awareness of how the money flows when people purchase music, particularly with digital services. Inspired by the Fair Trade Movement, music creators have called for the fairer allocation of digital revenues.

Fair Trade Music Study

CIAM's study titled "Fair Compensation for Music Creators in the Digital Age” points to market imbalances in the use and remuneration of music on digital platforms. The new report marks the first time creators have banded together to voice their concerns about the business practices in the digital music market and the distribution of royalties by online streaming and download services. The report presents comprehensive, empirical evidence suggesting that an alternative to current business practices is urgently needed.

View the press release.

Download the study, in three languages


English (335.28 KB)


French (548.71 KB)


Spanish (330.3 KB)